My Bulls**t detector has just gone off. Where the hell are you people getting your misinformation from and why are you perpetuating it?
I suggest you get it recalibrated then. Fox have already said to a number of people they are phasing out production of 26" forks for 2014.
Any manufacturers with a shred of decency will keep making 26" alongside any other new stuff they feel they have to make to sell bikes.
They will, it will just be the cheap crap.
Which manufacturers would that be then? Do you have the slightest idea how many manufacturers are still making 26" or did you just make that up off the top of your head?
I'll revisit this in a few months, when most of the industry has launched its 2014 bikes. I'll give you a clue though. Very few, to the extent that entire ranges of 26" bikes that had been spec'd and signed off for production have been pulled & redesigned as 27.5" bikes.
There will always be smaller, niche brands (such as Cotic) who will do things a little different, but the mid to high end market 26" is dead for 2014. Whoever is left standing with the 26" at the start of the year isn't going to be selling many bikes, whether you agree or not. It's not going to happen, or happening, it's already been done months ago.
Read the article by Chipps & digest.