Retrobike Forum Index

It is currently Thu Jul 09, 2020 9:43 pm

* Login   * Register * Search  * FAQ



Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 73 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 8  Next
Author Message
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 8:37 am 
King of the Skip Monkeys
King of the Skip Monkeys
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:34 pm
Posts: 32358
Location: Bournemouth's most wanted
Looking at what Facebook considers suitable adverts for my profile, adventure bikes, gravel bikes and road bikes (all with disc brakes!) are dominating everywhere.

Is there anywhere left to go with 26?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:07 am 
King of the DuckBoard
King of the DuckBoard
User avatar

Joined: Sun Jan 28, 2007 12:30 pm
Posts: 21216
Location: 26 the only wheel size
legrandefromage wrote:
Is there anywhere left to go with 26?



Sadly no. It's the best wheel. Strong, stiff and light. Can't improve on that. The ad men can't think of any new ways to sell it. So kill it and sell some thing else.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:07 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Wed Mar 26, 2014 5:58 am
Posts: 720
Location: Wild-wild-wild-EAST
Yeah, why not, sod the marketing b'stards! I think 26" bikes require less material to be made anyway (Greta-factor, mind!) and the used 26" bikes could be a good base for bikerecycling for the Greta Army also. As it's still better to refurbish them than to make/buy some new alloy/plastic abomination however big wheels it may contains :twisted: :lol:


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:08 am 
Gold Trader
Gold Trader
User avatar

Joined: Wed May 05, 2010 2:32 pm
Posts: 2554
Location: 024, The Netherlands
Who cares about what FB says..?!


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:21 am 
King of the Skip Monkeys
King of the Skip Monkeys
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:34 pm
Posts: 32358
Location: Bournemouth's most wanted
Double-E F wrote:
Who cares about what FB says..?!


I dont, but unfortunately theres a lot that do and what they do influences the rest as to what appears in the market. If they all wore plastic bags for clothing, there will be adverts for the latest plastic bag outerwear, kippers for hats, cats and dogs, living together

etc etc


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re:
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:33 am 
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
Lincs, East and South Yorks Deputy AEC
User avatar

Joined: Fri Feb 29, 2008 11:55 pm
Posts: 7444
Location: GUNNESS NTH LINCS
The future is what one makes it, I've just bought a 26er downhill bike.........says the fat old lad from the flat lands haha


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 9:49 am 
GOLD | PoTM | Rider | rBOTM
GOLD | PoTM | Rider | rBOTM
User avatar

Joined: Tue Feb 26, 2013 6:26 pm
Posts: 22108
Location: Northest North Yorkshire. whippet real good...
I think I have just bought another 26” bike. I’m going further back rather than forward these days as I’ve done 29 etc and like 26 for convenience and swapping plus it’s what I know. I do like 29 if you can build a light one. Half the pleasure is the retro ness isn’t it?


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:00 am 
King of the Skip Monkeys
King of the Skip Monkeys
User avatar

Joined: Wed Nov 07, 2007 4:34 pm
Posts: 32358
Location: Bournemouth's most wanted
For every 29'er and 27.5 there will be thousands upon thousands of 26 wheeled bicycles. But if you only believed what the cycling press says, 26 bikes simply dont exist and anyone riding them is a dinosaur on a dinosaurs' bike.

Personally, I have found big modern tyres are great on 26 wheels but the 29/ 700c sized wheels are just too big for me - but then you'll have 'experts' telling me I'm wrong or have been riding the wrong bicycles or that I am the wrong person (again).

I've yet to try any sort of 27.5/ 650b and look forward to it but no budget means it wont happen for a while.


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 10:47 am 
Retro Guru
User avatar

Joined: Tue Aug 07, 2007 12:41 pm
Posts: 422
Location: BURGOS. Castilla y León. ESPAÑA
For me is the best wheel size, the most balance and the most fun. I´m not too tall so I don´t like 29", I only own a 27.5" and 5 26" the newest is a 26". My last built is a declaration: I don´t care about 27.5 or 29".

Recently I have built some custom wheels (CK hubs+ Alpine rims+ CX ray) because no one have a decent wheel in 26" the best for XC you can find is a Cross ride. Why should someone expend lot of money in some good wheels if he think 26" is death.

But not all is XC, for free ride spank still sells 26" wheels and I think hope do the same. And for street trial 24" or 26".

And except in mtb clubs, people still rides 26". There are lot of 26" bicycles and even Decatlhon sell one model or two in 26". Magazines and shops what you to buy the last crap they have invent, it is your choice. But after lot of years in MTB you will feel tired about the last, the best what ever. It is always the same: your bicycle is a crap because it is not the last bicycle ...


Top
 Profile  
 
PostPosted: Sat Nov 30, 2019 11:05 am 
Old School GrandMaster | Rider
Old School GrandMaster | Rider
User avatar

Joined: Thu Nov 26, 2015 7:29 pm
Posts: 6689
Location: peak district
Like you said, its all marketing for the consumable world we live in.

One just assumes that everyone is on the latest version of a product, because of all the constant images and reviews, when in reality most cant afford them and settle for secondhand. 29" bikes will make up a very small percent of actual bikes sold over the world.

Pop music for example, a lot of people assume that they are the biggest stars in the world, they always top the charts, they are always shown on tv/radio etc so its only natural. Country and western artists sell many times more records than any pop artist, they are just not thrust down our necks all the time, wether thats a good thing or not, i will let you decide :)

As for your original question, when i finish building my Teleporter i wont need any type of wheel :D


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 73 posts ]  Go to page 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 ... 8  Next

All times are UTC [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: hamster, Heavy, jimmy5willy, jonboy, Majestic-12 [Bot], PGNAV, player, vincenth and 99 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

About Us

Follow Retrobike

Other cool stuff

All content © 2005-2015 Retrobike unless otherwise stated.
Cookies Policy.
bikedeals - the best bike deals in one place
FatCOGS - Fat Chance Owner's Group

Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group