26" mountain bikes

Discussion in 'Mountain Biking, Trials and BMX' started by Alfa GT, 21 Jul 2017.

  1. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    The calibre bossnut looks great. I've not ridden one yet, but the spec list for the price is great. I've had a good look at a friend's in the flesh and he's very happy with it too. If I was in the market for a new FS bike it's what I'd get (though I'd have to strongly resist the urge to splash it on a retro Marin Mount Vision instead).
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    I've just googled the new version of the Marin Mount Vision and they look great. Also had a little flick through Wiggles discounts page and seen they have some seriously discounted GTs.... can I have a GT road bike and Mountain bike or is that a bit sad?!
  3. ChrisEyles

    ChrisEyles Veteran

    Not sure about the new ones, through I think they're supposed to be pretty good... what I seriously lust after is one of these:

    Unfortunately I'm of pretty limited use on any MTB stuff past the 90s! But good luck finding something :smile:
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  4. Threevok

    Threevok Carpe Rotam

    South Wales
    Yes you can and no it's not :becool:
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    Ok, I can't make a decision and now I've seen a purple orange five which has made me feel all warm and fuzzy downstairs :sweat:
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  6. Yellow Saddle

    Yellow Saddle Veteran

    Loch side.
    Don't worry, it is probably just the saddle that's a bit uncomfortable. You can always change it.
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  7. BretonM

    BretonM Well-Known Member

    Personally, I love the feel of a nibble 26 inch wheeled bike !

    So free and fun !

    Plus there are some ASTOUNDING deals on 26" products such as wheels, Tyres, forks etc.
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  8. I like Skol

    I like Skol I'm adamant I haven't got any PPI....

    Ha, they will have to catch me first and that isn't going to happen anytime soon!

    Just put some new tyres on my 26" MTB recently, a set of Halo Knobblers. Also shopped around for new tyres for my older sons 27.5 GT Avalanche and struggled to get anything with a chunky tread at the right price. Appeared to be a better choice in the 26" size unless you want to spend silly money (I suppose people will pay more for the fashionable sizes?)

    Taking my 26" Zaskar, my younger son's 26" Kona (also shod with a new set of Knobblers this very day. £14 a tyre and Fr/Rr specific treads, what's not to like :okay:) and the 27.5" Avalanche to Sherwood pines tomorrow so will see how the 'small' wheels hinder us......
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    Alfa GT

    Alfa GT Active Member

    Just building up an old (2010) Mondraker Prayer 26" frame and can't wait to get it out on some trails... gone for the cheap and fun option in the end! Got some Shimano Zee and Deore parts and going to make it a bomb proof bomber!
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  10. Gibbo88

    Gibbo88 New Member

    Not sure on this but most Dh bikes seem to be fitted with 26 wheels I have some 26 inch halo sas wheels on my patriot, think they are a tad stronger than the bigger sizes.
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  11. Zippykona

    Zippykona Regular

    I wouldn’t care about wheel sizes but I would certainly worry about buying a frame with a straight steerer.
    Non tapered forks are getting rare. Nice ones,anyway.
  12. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    I know it's an old thread, but I'll just add a few words in praise of the 26" MTB.

    I have a GT Avalanche hardtail (2nd hand, cheap) and I've been riding it a lot in this damp spring we're having - and getting well caked in mud in the process. And it is just so much fun. Approaching 60, belting round the woods on the GT is really helping me feel young again!

    I bought a second set of wheels, and I have the Tioga knobblies it came with on one set (I have no familiarity with the brand, but they seem great for the mud), and Schwalbe Land Cruisers on the the others for when I'm on firmer surfaces and really don't want the knobbly drag.

    I recently saw some Continental Sport Contact II tyres going cheap (£10 each) and got a pair, and I'll put them on my Grisley rigid just for knocking about on cycle paths and the like. (And the £20 I paid for the tyres has brought the total I've spent on that bike so far to £50, including the bike.)

    In short, after a near lifetime of riding steel road bikes (for which I still have a passion), I've also come to love the 26" MTB format.

    And if you don't need the latest generation of technology for competition or serious technical riding, there's a whole load of 1990's to 2000's generation MTBs going on eBay for silly money. Every cyclist should try one, at least once :okay:
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  13. Salty seadog

    Salty seadog Space Cadet...(3rd Class...)

    Come back YS
    Last edited: 13 Apr 2018
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  14. Alan O

    Alan O Über Member

    Yes, I miss him.
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