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It's amazing to me when you skim this thread. All the high quality 26'ers still out in use. Why buy a new clown wheeled bike when you can ride a high quality fun ride for years and years. Such as what's displayed here in front of us. It cracks me up how many people that buy into the new hype every year. Money wasted every year that could have been spent elsewhere. Such as a mtb vacation or family matters.
Well, to be fair, a lot of people buy a larger wheeled bike as their first real MTB. Or, they are replacing something that needs to be replaced. It's their money and they have the choice as to what size wheels to buy. It's good that we have choices.
 

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my XC(museum piece) bike Giant NRS1 composite


Commencal Meta 55 2010model 1x10(34t-with 16t & 40t)


also still ride a Iron Horse team Sunday....no pic's tho
 

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two of 'em in the family

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on the left: my 2014 Santa Cruz Blur TRa
Mattoc Expert fork, SRAM 2x10 twisters, Mavic Crossmax ST wheels, Magura MT4 brakes

on the right: wife's 2012 Santa Cruz Juliana
Marvel Pro fork, SRAM 3x9 twisters, Mavic Crossmax SL wheels, Shimano XT brakes

lower inset: wife & 8 year-old. :thumbsup:
 

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Sometimes, when I spend too much time reading about bikes on the internet and not, you know, actually riding bikes, I get to feeling like my bike is old-fashioned.

I mean, it's got a heavy coil fork.


It's got a 3x9 drivetrain (ewww!).


It's got these tiny little wheels.


But I have managed to strap a few modern parts on her.




I'm not a "26 or die" person, but man oh man does this bike put a big smile on my face each and every time.

 

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Nickel 150/140 with Alfine8 internal gear hub.

I'd be down with 27.5, but all the bikes have thru axle dropouts now. Internal gear hubs have a non-removeable axle. I'd rather have no derailleur than 27.5. Plus, the Nickel is a joy to ride.
 

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I LOVE 26" wheels, be it for trail riding, commuting, or just cruising the mean streets of North Dakota. Here's my 2013 Cannondale Trail with 2.1 Kenda's on it. It's plush, but nimble.

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This was my 1995 Specialized Hard Rock that I sold last fall. Was a great bike with a few updates to keep it fresh, now being used as a SS by a fellow MTBRer who bought it from me.

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Nickel 150/140 with Alfine8 internal gear hub.

I'd be down with 27.5, but all the bikes have thru axle dropouts now. Internal gear hubs have a non-removeable axle. I'd rather have no derailleur than 27.5. Plus, the Nickel is a joy to ride.
Its really obvious how exposed an RD would be on a bike with a swingarm like that.
 

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Updating the old mountain bike by gremlin75, on Flickr

Updating the old 26 (on a budget for the update):

2008 Giant Rincon (Keeping the frame, handle bars, stem, and crank arms)
Rockshox 30 gold fork
Raceface 30T NW chainring
Shimano HG81 10 speed cassette
KMC 10.93 chain
Shimano Zee rear derailleur
Shimano Zee shifter
Shimano Deore m615 brakes and levers
Shimano saint peddles
ODI Rouge grips ("gremlin" lasered on the locks)
KS Eten dropper post
WTB Rocket saddle
Shimano SLX hubs with WTB i23 frequency rims (laced up by universal cycles)
Schwalbe nobby nic tubeless tires
 

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Get a spoke wrench! I recommend the park tool ones.
 

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Updating the old mountain bike by gremlin75, on Flickr

Updating the old 26 (on a budget for the update):

2008 Giant Rincon (Keeping the frame, handle bars, stem, and crank arms)
Rockshox 30 gold fork
Raceface 30T NW chainring
Shimano HG81 10 speed cassette
KMC 10.93 chain
Shimano Zee rear derailleur
Shimano Zee shifter
Shimano Deore m615 brakes and levers
Shimano saint peddles
ODI Rouge grips ("gremlin" lasered on the locks)
KS Eten dropper post
WTB Rocket saddle
Shimano SLX hubs with WTB i23 frequency rims (laced up by universal cycles)
Schwalbe nobby nic tubeless tires
Do you live alone?
 

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Was that directed at me? If so I have spoke wrenches but curious why you would say that



Possible. Why looking for a room mate? LOL
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Shimano SLX hubs with WTB i23 frequency rims (laced up by universal cycles)

then you need to finish the build yourself. No wheels bought from a store or mass produced will be good enough. You simply need to go over it yourself.
 

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I trust the builder at universal far more then I trust myself.

I plan on playing with lacing and spoke tension on my old wheel set. But for now I have no experience with building or truing.
 
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