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Old 07-29-16, 03:24 PM   #1
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26 inch tires

Is it just me or my local area? I'm getting really frustrated at the lack of 26" tires when I go into any of the several LBS's around here ( Northern Colorado ). I can't help but feel that the whole 650B and 29er thing was just a way to make a new market pool and force new sales. I happen to really like my 26" bike and have no desire to get a 27.5 or 29. For me, this is pushing me to have to go mail order ( for now I can still get what I want there ). This means I won't be going to the LBS to get odds and ends because I will just include them with the tire order. All of them said they can order what ever I want, well so can I. One went as far to say the distributors pressure them not to stock much in 26".

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I'm amazed that any shop would not have a decent selection of 26" tires. Yes, 29r and 27.5 is trendy now on new bikes, and will probably be here to stay, but far and away the bikes on the trails now are still 26".

I understand that there are so many brands/models and widths that no shop can stock everything, but a decent representation of some key selections is a must and not having it is inexcusable.
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Surprises me too. I'm in the suburban Midwest and both lbs and chains stock plenty of 26 in tires, as well as a lot of new bikes which still have 26 in wheels.

Maybe your area is a mt bike Mecca where they cater to the latest and greatest high end market, which is more likely to be the 650B and 29er crowd?
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I am fortunate to live in an area where anything outdoors is near by. Mountain biking is big around here. Things tend to fall in three camps, high end bikes that never see dirt, high end latest trend ( seems to dominate what the LBS's stock ) but do get used well, and everything else. The shops do tend to have the 2 or 3 brands they want to carry which is just fine, I understand you can't stock everything, but the 26" selection is just sad. Looks like I will have to mail order to get what I want. At least it sounds like it's just a local phenomena.
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The four bike shops in my city do not have a single 26" bike in their inventory. They do carry a limited selection of 26" tires.
Why won't you have the shop order what you want?
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Why won't you have the shop order what you want?
Not me. If the LBS doesn't carry what I am looking for, I walk out, then go home to my computer where I will support an online retailer that actually has what I want in stock. And cheaper too, usually.

I want the LBS to stay in business, but I'm not going to support their business model if they choose to ignore the needs of riders who have bikes more than a year or two old. The LBS is being quite short-sighted if they merely look at the inventory costs of carrying products for older bikes; sure, those items might not seem to sell as often, but they serve a very real purpose of getting customers inside the door and keeping them. The customer that needs a 27" road bike tire might eventually think about buying that new mountain bike, and if they are pleased with the ability to buy that obsolete 27" tire at their LBS, they are more likely to use that LBS for the new mountain bike purchase.

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not me. If the lbs doesn't carry what i am looking for, i walk out, then go home to my computer where i will support an online retailer that actually has what i want in stock. And cheaper too, usually.

I want the lbs to stay in business, but i'm not going to support their business model if they choose to ignore the needs of riders who have bikes more than a year or two old. The lbs is being quite short-sighted if they merely look at the inventory costs of carrying products for older bikes; sure, those items might not seem to sell as often, but they serve a very real purpose of getting customers inside the door and keeping them. The customer that needs a 27" road bike tire might eventually think about buying that new mountain bike, and if they are pleased with the ability to buy that obsolete 27" tire at their lbs, they are more likely to use that lbs for the new mountain bike purchase.
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So You talk To the shop Owner , Or just come here to Vent?
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Is it just me or my local area? I'm getting really frustrated at the lack of 26" tires when I go into any of the several LBS's around here ( Northern Colorado ). I can't help but feel that the whole 650B and 29er thing was just a way to make a new market pool and force new sales. I happen to really like my 26" bike and have no desire to get a 27.5 or 29. For me, this is pushing me to have to go mail order ( for now I can still get what I want there ). This means I won't be going to the LBS to get odds and ends because I will just include them with the tire order. All of them said they can order what ever I want, well so can I. One went as far to say the distributors pressure them not to stock much in 26".

Anyway, Rant over

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Why not just find tires on Amazon.com?
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https://www.biketiresdirect.com/search/26in-mtb-tires

After riding a 29 and now a 27.5 bike I have no use for a 26" wheeled bike,, sold it long ago...
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Amazon is dysfunctional in their descriptions. Can never be quite sure which tire in the series you will get.

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Yes I have, one said their distributor discourages them from stocking 26 inch tires. The rest said they just want to focus on 27.5 and 29. Pretty much means they just want you to buy a new bike.

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Yes I have, one said their distributor discourages them from stocking 26 inch tires. The rest said they just want to focus on 27.5 and 29. Pretty much means they just want you to buy a new bike.
Or It's like my local bike shop.. He had a dozen 26" mtb tires he paid good money for,,
Couldn't sell them even at half price, tried for more than a year, Gave them to a bike Co-op,, tax write off..

He stocks 29ers because that's what most of his customers ask for and when I need a 27.5 he orders it for me...
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Is it just me or my local area? I'm getting really frustrated at the lack of 26" tires when I go into any of the several LBS's around here ( Northern Colorado ). I can't help but feel that the whole 650B and 29er thing was just a way to make a new market pool and force new sales. I happen to really like my 26" bike and have no desire to get a 27.5 or 29. For me, this is pushing me to have to go mail order ( for now I can still get what I want there ). This means I won't be going to the LBS to get odds and ends because I will just include them with the tire order. All of them said they can order what ever I want, well so can I. One went as far to say the distributors pressure them not to stock much in 26".

Anyway, Rant over

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Dang, you just missed out on some good deals at pricepoint. Geax Mezcal were down to $10 or so.

Only really big bike shops or small shops that carry stuff for people on olde MTBs will have a bunch of 26er tires to choose from.
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Keeping lots of stock for most shops isn't financially viable. If we keep buying stuff online pretty soon we won't have local shops. The money you save online over the course of product life is negligible compare to the support you can show to local business.
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