26er Status Report Part One

The 26er is dead.

Or is it?

TeamCow aims to find out. In an in-dpeth two-part expose, I will examine the current retail situation for 26ers, and the aftermarket opportunities for upgrading.

We’ll pick five companies and look at their lineup for 2018 and see what they still sell for 26ers. I expect there are some cheap ones, and maybe some DH options, but not much else. Then in part two, let’s see what’s left in the aftermarket; does Fox still sell a 26″ compatible fork? Are there still high-end 26″ wheels made by Mavic or ENVY?

Before we start, I’m going to make a couple exceptions. DH bikes don’t count in our search here. DH bikes are highly specialized bikes for one purpose – getting down the mountain fast. They’re not general purpose trail bikes at all.

Also fatbikes. There are still lots of fatbikes with 26″ wheels, but they’re not “normal” bikes. They have custom frames and custom wheels of course, and they’re much more specialized than a 26er mountain bike.

2001 Schwinn Homegrown Comp

Like this 2001 Schwinn Homegrown for instance. From about 1981 to about 2012, this was simply a “mountain bike.” But today, you probably can’t go into a store and buy a new bike with 26 x 2.0″ tires for general trail use.

Or can you??  Let’s find out!

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Review of reviews

I have seriously neglected my duties here at teamcow.ca, so if you’re following along at home, my apologies.

I promise that I will post more, and what I’ll start with is more reviews of vintage companies. I have a list to work from, and it’s a long list.

But, before we get there, let’s check out what I’ve covered already, just in case you may missed something.

Here’s my list so far;

Bontrager

Bridgestone

Cannondale

Fisher

Gaulzetti

Haro

Klein

Kona

Norco

Schwinn

Specialized

Trek

Yeti

Now, there is one here that’s not like the others, and that’s Gaulzetti. They’re certainly not a vintage company, but they make bikes that look like vintage bikes. Well, they used to anyway. It’s been a while, and honestly I don’t know what they do anymore.

Get ready for some new posts – I’ve got nearly two dozen more lined up.