Usernoname wrote:singlespeedscott wrote:I think the 26" wheel is dead for performance MTB but there is still a demand in the touring community.
For fast XC the current crop of 29er XC race weapons cannot be beaten by a 26" wheeled bike when using 2.2" tyres.
For general trail riding I think the consumer is better off using the current crop of 650b plus sized trail bikes. Roll over is as good as a 29er in the rough stuff and cornering grip is is in another realm. The move to long and slack trail geometry also gives you a lot more confidence in fast rough stuff. However I have to admit I am not a huge fan of the huge wheel flop associated with this geometry when slowly grinding up twisty stuff.
I've recently moved from an '11 Epic 26er to a 27.5+ HT. Great fun bike and rolls over chatter soooo much better than 26". It's got 3" tires so yes bit a slog. 2.8's are probably better suited to general trail riding, but with this model it would drop the BB to an unacceptable level. It can take 29" wheels and will probably get a set with 2.2 tires for longer rides. One of main reasons to move on was I just couldn't get the tires I like anymore (and a good deal going on the + bike). Still have an old '07 26" HT and will keep it going for commuter etc.
Yep I can see a move to 27.5 but it will only be when I just can't get tyres or the two bikes I have totally fall to bits, which I doubt. The tyre thing has been discussed on here and I'm very very lucky that I have a Totally independent bicycle shop local. I had picked up 26x1.75 pair tyres off the rack there only few months ago. And sourced 26x1.50 for a mate they ordered them and had them there the next day. So if the bikes fall to bits I may get the 27.5 but till then.