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  • Such iddy biddy little wheels on that mtb Malaysianz.

  • The bottom of the icarus track ends looks unfinished

  • Such iddy biddy little wheels on that mtb Malaysianz.

    I reckon proper mountain biking will always be done on 26... aside from those fashionistas moving to 650b...

  • I reckon proper mountain biking will always be done on 26

    I reckon your definition of 'proper' is deliberately skewed to make that statement valid in your own terms. Trick cyclists might like the tiny wheels, but pretty much everybody who can squeeze onto a 29er is using one for XC.

  • "proper" to me is a bike that can handle everyhing, the tight and technical included.

    Are you talking "everyone" racing now or leisure? Are the pros still switching between big and little wheels depending on the course?

    Alot of people that would consider themselves "proper" mountain bikers, I'd question...

  • Some proper mountain biking is done on 29er, some is done on 26", or even 24" or 27.5" or 36". I was just taking issue with your implication that only 26" riding is 'proper'

  • The "proper cyclist" disussion (whether road or mtb) is about as tedious as it gets, and usually perpetuated by people who spend more time thinking about riding than actually riding.

  • Do you even proper mountain bike?

  • I was just taking issue with your implication that only 26" riding is 'proper'

    ... and I was just replying to JB's trolling....

    BUT, my opinion of proper mountain biking, whether or not the same as yours, is still valid, as my opinion...

  • The "proper cyclist" disussion (whether road or mtb) is about as tedious as it gets, and usually perpetuated by people who spend more time thinking about riding than actually riding.

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  • why, thank you x

  • I reckon proper mountain biking will always be done on 26... aside from those fashionistas moving to 650b...

    I doubt it seeing as most of the main manufacturers either have already or are starting to drop 26" bikes from their ranges. 27.5 is the new 26 and 29 for everything else.
    Jump and DH are for the most part, the main areas using 26 inch and its being shown that 650b is better for those too, faster, easier rolling over rocks and roots with a larger wheel while maintaining most of the turning/handling properties.

  • There's a whole lot of money to be made from moving to 650b too.

  • I think a lot of people who cycle maybe don't know much about the sciences involved in cycling, myself included. And when you don't have a community like lfgss for advice and help, people are gonna listen to manufacturers when they are told that their old 26" bike is no good any more and they need a 650b bike. Especially if all companies are saying the same thing. Probably a lot of people will go out and buy new bikes just to be up with the latest tech when their 26" was just fine.

  • Hopefully that will mean plenty of cheap spare parts for me!

    Another side to 26" is the availability of parts, I'm hoping to do some MTB bike pack touring in the next couple of years, and this would be a big swaying factor over the other wheel sizes, despite the fact a 29r would most likely be better suited to that kind of trip... To me I guess the ultimate mtb is the one that can do everything well, and for me, that's an 853 26r hardtail with decent forks and 30 gears.

  • Exactly, its whatever suits both the rider and the style of riding.
    I never did any kind of distance mountain biking but I've had a few different styles of bike, all 26" I might add. I remember doing 30 miles or so on a full soft suspension bike which was bloody hard work. I had a single speed hard tail with marzocchi forks which was awesome for jumping but not great on distance and then another with rigid forks and gears which was great for trails and cross country but not jumps/drops.
    I'd love to have a go on a 29er.

  • Horrible filters. I'd just like to see a photo of that bike, not some bad too-close warped cameraphone shots with some 90's photoshop filters on it.

  • Reddit in actually posting a bike that's really quite nice shocker:

    http://imgur.com/a/dE6tr#1

  • That is gorgeous.

  • The fence is nice though.

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