We’ve written extensively about the disappearance of the 26er, and our survey overwhelmingly supports the thesis that the 26in wheel is going the way of the horse-and-buggy. However, as with everything in life (and especially in mountain biking), there are people that disagree! Cotic Bikes is here to tell you that #26aintdead, and they have one heck of an argument:

Cotic Bikes Presents #26aintdead from Steel City Media on Vimeo.

(Watch the video here.)

# Comments

  • blundar

    I love my 26″ full sus bike. It is like a small nimble sports car. I also rode an AM hardtail 29er with with a very short chainstay. It was fun, rolled over everything, and a fast climber. I was like a powerful modern day muscle car.

    I’ll keep my 26er, and I am also planning on also getting an AM 29er. I think that they complement each other perfectly from opposite ends of the wheel size war.

    26ers are definitely not dead. Their sales may be slower than from years past, but sure will not see them filling up dumpsters next to the bike shops any day soon.

  • delphinide

    This video shows something very important: it’s the rider, not the wheelsize. Greg Minaar described his riding style as a ‘ferret on crack’ which is funny and fitting. Plus he’s on a hardtail. I can’t ride like that on any wheelsize…and I consider myself experienced. This guy is awesome. ..and I love the message. It makes me want to ditch my 29er for a 650b..I mean, 26. Dangit!

    • Jeff Barber

      Yeah, it’s interesting that we’re seeing a 26in HARDTAIL in this video. Talk about a dinosaur, I don’t even think the department stores sell these anymore. 🙂 But like you said, it’s never about the bike, it’s about the rider.

  • blundar

    With the mad riding skills that this guy has, he can even make a plastic “Big Wheel” tricycle look good.

  • MTI

    The only thing that will kill the 26 wheel is putting me in a video like that. Hell I’d kill the sport if I had to demo any bike. You guys are right it is the engine not the wheel size just look at Brian Lopes Also there are going to be a couple of the smaller companies that see the profit in the die hard 26 folks. I bet Yeti in a year or so brings back their ASR-5. There most likely will also be one large company that produces higher end 26 inch as well. I bet Specialized as they are holding off the 27.5 for a reason. Awesome video I don’t know how they ride like that.

    • skibum

      I’ve spent a lot of time on Yetis and in Yeti dealerships across the west. I demoed a SB-95 and absolutely loved it. I haven’t taken the time to throw a leg over a SB-66 though to really compare the two. Interestingly, to a man, every one of the shop dudes I talked to said they prefer the -66 to the -95 and for most of them it was their primary if not only bike. Shop dudes may not be the buying public in general, so I’m not sure if this will translate into Yeti salvation of 26″ trail bikes, but I kinda hope so.

      However, all this is purely academic on my part as I already own three bikes (all 26″) and there’s no way in hell I’m getting another with one kid in college, two more following closely behind, and a whole host of home improvements in the queue well ahead of my catching up to the rest of the biking world. (btw, one of my three bikes is a ASR-5c, and that bike is waaaaaaay cool).

    • MTI

      ASR5c is my dream bike. I should have bought one last year but 17 year old twin girls expenses come first…and I am not complaining.

      Funny you mentioned the Yeti shop dudes because I was reading some of their comments along with Yeti customer comments and there were lots of gripes about the ASR-5 being discontinued especially among Yeti followers. I have to admit that is the basis of my prediction (HOPE) they bring back their old 26 ers.

    • skibum

      To be completely honest, the Five isn’t nearly as plush as the 575 it replaced, but it is wicked fast, shoots up hills and, despite the lesser cush, is pretty unshakable when pointed downhill. Fortunately, I also have a Yeti Seven for for when I really want the big travel and extra plushness. The two together make a heckuva quiver! (although the Five would still be perfectly as an only bike–it’s pretty close to a legit one bike quiver on its own)

      I was also pretty surprised to see Yeti pull the 5 from their lineup given their initial reluctance to commit to 29″ and it seemed like the Fives were selling like hotcakes even after 29ers caught on. If they doesn’t bring it back by the time if and when you decide to grab a great 26″ trailbike, the Pivot Mach 5.7c might be a good substitute.

  • dgw2jr

    My FS 26er: “Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    I wish we could ride like that around here. For sustainability reasons, our trails camber out into ravines. Unfortunately.

  • Brian Williams

    26 is not dead by far. I look at it being a great platform for smaller riders. I do not see my 11year old daughter on a 29er, 24 is to small. 26 with an extra small (which she has) or small frame are just right.

    The other area is free-style riding where being a bit nimble has its benefits. As for me, I am more x/c so a 29er HT is my weapon of choice to tame the trails.

    Almost all the 26ers I see at my LBS are small frames, maybe a few medium ones.

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