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Old 12-10-20, 01:56 PM
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26 incher nosuspension anyone?

cleaning up the old girl 1996 think gary fisher wahoo for riding..7 speeds of glory 26 inches of love and no suspension.
is it even worth taking into trails or am i fool.
debating going SS but not sure.
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Old 12-10-20, 02:05 PM
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Depends on where you're heading. There's plenty of trails here on the island that I'd have no problems riding that on. Most entry level to mid-range places should be fine and not much different then what the bike was designed for. I wouldn't hit a black diamond with it but I was never that good on a 26" mtb.
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It's good exercise. Go hard and you'll come home feeling the burn in muscles you didn't know you had: the suspension muscles! Plus it improves your bike handling, you have to ride smooth and take good lines with no suspension, and you'll find that translates to better riding when you get on a suspended bike.
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I regularly ride a rigid 26r. As Russ says, maybe not some black diamonds but plenty of thrills and spills just the same.

The only fool is the guy who doesn't go mtbing because he's afraid of what the other guys think. Go throw yourself and your bike down a hill and see if anything breaks.
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Pump up the tires, light the fires and just SEND IT DOG!!!!
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Rene Herse will release some excellent tires for that thing pretty soon.

https://www.renehersecycles.com/intr...e-26-knobbies/
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Rene Herse will release some excellent tires for that thing pretty soon.

https://www.renehersecycles.com/intr...e-26-knobbies/

nice! I will have to remember these
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Old 12-11-20, 05:13 AM
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Originally Posted by wgscott View Post
Rene Herse will release some excellent tires for that thing pretty soon.

https://www.renehersecycles.com/intr...e-26-knobbies/
will cost more than the entire bike.
but seem sweet.
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Old 12-11-20, 06:53 AM
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More things change the more they stay the same.you will benefit more by riding it than not.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
will cost more than the entire bike.
but seem sweet.

Itís a consumable.

My full rigid team issue Marin, with xtr and a Tange Prestige tube set retailed at close to 2500 in 1994 or 5, Spending $200 on tires and a tubeless conversion to get some more use out of the old ghetto dinosaur would be recycling at its best in my book. ó otherwise it just sits in my attic because i would rather watch it decompose than sell it for what it would realistically bring

at least good tires brings some old soldiers a potential new lease on life
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
Itís a consumable.

My full rigid team issue Marin, with xtr and a Tange Prestige tube set retailed at close to 2500 in 1994 or 5, Spending $200 on tires and a tubeless conversion to get some more use out of the old ghetto dinosaur would be recycling at its best in my book. ó otherwise it just sits in my attic because i would rather watch it decompose than sell it for what it would realistically bring

at least good tires brings some old soldiers a potential new lease on life
sad but true. i do need tires as it came with road urban treads wanna go large 2.2 or max capacity to help make more mt rideable. but not spend over $100
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Originally Posted by DMC707 View Post
My full rigid team issue Marin, with xtr and a Tange Prestige tube set retailed at close to 2500 in 1994 or 5...
...i would rather watch it decompose than sell it for what it would realistically bring
Iíve looked at the prices of older mtb parts on eBay, especially XTR. You might have a lot more money sitting there than you think. Maybe not in the frame.

John
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Old 12-13-20, 03:33 AM
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The other source of entertainment, if you like to have a crack is passing dudes, on late model bikes on a "clunker". I once got lectured by some dude about how much better disc brakes are. About halfway down the hill he lost his back brakes, reckon he had some moisture in the oil. But they were still better.
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Old 12-13-20, 09:24 AM
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Your '97 model is brand new. Here is my 1953 Schwinn DX. I normally have canti brakes on it, but they were removed for a race that day.
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Rigid can be good fun. Very connected to the ground.
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I was using a 26" rigid for long enough until I got a 27.5" with 120mm travel, though ironically I leave the suspension locked off unless it gets really rough so I'm not bobbing about so much.

Go for it
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Started out on a rigid 26 incher and had a blast with it. Not going for another mtb now, but think it'd be fun to ride one again. It will teach you to pick your lines for certain!
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Originally Posted by Tracks_Of_Death View Post
Rigid can be good fun. Very connected to the ground.
Actually quite the opposite.

Suspension keeps the tires connected to the ground. Rigid bounces the bike off the ground.
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Originally Posted by Herzlos View Post
I was using a 26" rigid for long enough until I got a 27.5" with 120mm travel, though ironically I leave the suspension locked off unless it gets really rough so I'm not bobbing about so much.

Go for it
Bobbing = cheap suspension or set up improperly.
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Do it!!!

This '84 Schwinn High Sierra and my 20" BMX are the only bikes I ride on the trails around here (SE Michigan)! Super great workout and fun to focus on front wheel, think more about momentum, and then just pedal. I feel like I know the trails better and I love just setting the tire pressure and going. I do run another set of tires for wetter/looser conditions. The only issue I've had is grip fatigue, so gloves are a must for me. It's currently setup 40/18, but something a couple teeth lighter is my ultimate goal, I just have to find a good combo that will also fit in the dropouts with good chain tension.

I'm a major supporter of riding what you have and having fun, so setup that Wahoo and go for it!


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Bobbing = cheap suspension or set up improperly.
Absolutely, cheap bike with coil suspension so no adjustment. I'm certainly considering getting rid of it given how little I use it and how much it weighs.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
cleaning up the old girl 1996 think gary fisher wahoo for riding..7 speeds of glory 26 inches of love and no suspension.
is it even worth taking into trails or am i fool.
debating going SS but not sure.

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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
cleaning up the old girl 1996 think gary fisher wahoo for riding..7 speeds of glory 26 inches of love and no suspension.
is it even worth taking into trails or am i fool.
debating going SS but not sure.
What is the question, here?

If it is your only or best bike for singletrack, then ride it.
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