Put my bike in for a service today and got talking to a spech dealer whi recons within 3 years 26ers will be history.
So a guy with a vested interest in a company that are actively phasing out 26" wheeled bikes from their range gives you some sales spiel to get you to buy a new bike, and you believed him?
29ers have been around for a long time now, evolving and becoming better all the time. There are many good 29ers out there, HT or FS, but a bike is just a tool for a job, and there are still situations where 26" bikes make more sense to many people. Just because Specialized, Trek and Scott etc. see fit to phase out 26" wheels, does not mean the whole industry will necessarily do the same. After all, we are all individuals, with individual preferences and requirements.
Remember when Shimano tried for force Rapid Rise on us? XTR no longer available in normal rise... Next Gen came out, they eventually relented, and offered both types from then on. Same goes for the dual control shifters. Shimano told the world normal Rapid Fire shifters were history, but the public told Shimano they wanted the choice.
29ers will continue to grow their market share, that's kind've inevitable given lots of people are 29er curious right now as the industry as thrown a lot of weight behind them. But unless short arses, DHers and people into real techy stuff where smaller wheels make sense all stop riding, then 26" wheels will never be history...