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Are 27" and 26" tires getting hard to find?

Old 07-20-22, 01:02 PM
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
That is my point. You can always take your Yo Eddy or Bontrager Race Lite, mount a kids seat on the back, and take to the MUP. Those tires will always be there.

But at that point it really isn’t a mtb.

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I think where people get the impression that 26ers are getting hard to find, is that LBSs don't stock as many as they used to, cause they don't sell 26" MTBs any more .
MTB tire choice is also a lot more location/condition and preference dependent, so you may not be able to find what you want locally.

Panaracer is still making the Smoke/Dart, if you want to ride old-school, and Schwalbe, Conti, and Maxxis have pretty comprehensive lines of 'proper' 26'er MTB tires. There's also some cool retro-cult stuff being produced (panaracer, again) but really, online/boutiques are the way to go.

I have a couple of vintage 26ers, so this is where I'm at. My 96 Cannondale F-1000 is my primary trail bike, and TBH, I'm suffering some analysis -paralysis on it's upcoming tire and brake upfit, cause there's almost too many choices.
​​​​​​​I also just picked up an 89 KLEIN, but it's being done up in BMX/klunker style, as an "urban scrambler" since even as nice as it is, I don't want to ride trails the same way I did it the '80s
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Old 07-20-22, 01:18 PM
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Originally Posted by BlazingPedals View Post
Maybe if the obsolete 559 tires get tough to find, it'll trigger some company like Compass to sell some high-quality tires in that cachet size.
René Herse (formerly known as Compass) already offers high-end 559mm BSD tires:
https://www.renehersecycles.com/prod...ponents/tires/
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Old 07-20-22, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by Ironfish653 View Post
Panaracer is still making the Smoke/Dart, if you want to ride old-school, and Schwalbe, Conti, and Maxxis have pretty comprehensive lines of 'proper' 26'er MTB tires. There's also some cool retro-cult stuff being produced (panaracer, again) but really, online/boutiques are the way to go.
I just flipped through the current Panaracer catalog again, and it's heartening how many true MTB tires they're still making in 26". They even make a GravelKing in 26", which they easily could have skipped doing.
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Old 07-20-22, 01:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Herzlos View Post
Whilst there's enough demand for them, sure. But eventually they'll get rare and expensive, and companies will dedicated production facilities to better selling products.

I'm also not sure how many folk with top quality 26" wheel bikes will stick with 26" indefinitely. Should they trash the bike, would they get another 26" or would they change size to something like a 27.5 or 27.5+? Are there many disciplines where people are still using 26" at the top end?
Nobody is really riding 26ers in top-level competition anymore, but the MTB boom of the 90s produced a lot of bikes, and a lot really nice ones, too
I have a couple of really nice vintage MTBs (a KLEIN and a Cannondale) and I still enjoy riding them, but I'm well aware that even a mid-range new bike has way more capability off road. If I were to start racing again, it would definitely be on a new bike.

Just because it's outdated, though doesn't mean they're not still really nice bikes, and people who own them and ride them don't want to put cheap junky tires on them. Retro MTBs are pretty popular as trendy urban "scrambler" builds as well, so the demand is still there
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Old 07-20-22, 03:27 PM
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Oh I'm not saying they are bad bikes, I'm just saying that the bulk of 26" bikes being made now are pretty low end and will likely never have high end tires fitted, whilst the number of nicer 26ers that'd get high end tires will decrease gradually over time as rust, accidents and neglect takes their toll.
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