26 inch hardtail, long, low, slack
If you want long and low you’re probably best off getting a 27.5 frame and putting 26″ wheels. You may need an angleset to get slack with a shorter 26″ fork. On the 27.5 frames look at the BB drop figure – 40-45mm is about the limit of rideability with 26s before you’ll get overwhelmed by pedal strikes. A 130mm 27.5 frame will fit a 140mm 26 fork whilst keeping the angles constant, with the 26″ wheels dropping the BB height by 12.5mm. A Bird Zero TR will definitely work or a Mondraker or Orange – everything else I can think of is rather short.Posted 1 year ago
It’s a great bike! And riding it has made me ride my Spitfire better too – I’ll never be the quickest rider in the world but I was inordinately chuffed to get into the top few percent of Stravaists on a particularly rocky descent at Afan which was a UKGE stage in 2014 so had had plenty of fast riders down it.
A stock Zero AM is 45mm BB drop – my modded one is 55mm BB drop so the BB height is basically the same as if you ran 26″ wheels and 160mm forks. I was running 175mm cranks but I changed to 165mm a few days ago due to my faulty knee – don’t think I’ve had a strike since but conversely I wasn’t striking pedals any more often than on my Spitfire before. I think we forget how low the BB gets on a modern full-sus when you’re riding it hard!Posted 1 year agoedward2000Member
Think a 27.5 with 26 wheels would be very prone to pedal strike
I run a bird zero with 26 inch wheels and I can’t tell the difference, nobody noticed and no kittens died. Not struck the pedals any more than normal either. You would only lose about 15mm of clearance anyway?Posted 1 year agomindmap3Member
The Slackline might not be the longest or slackest thing out there but I think they ride really well. I love the 853 version that I had which I thought was so much better than the BFe it replaced. Personally, I wouldn’t write it off.
I’ve been caught up in the world of super low / slack/ long bikes and disregarded some older bikes for a while. I recently built up an old Demo 8 for mucking about on and I really like it. And I mean really like it. It’s not slack compared to a modern DH bike…in fact its only a tad slacker than my Rune was with an offset bush. Shorter too. But you know what, I really like it and feel happy / confident on it. Even on the lesser DH runs I’m quicker on it than I was on my Rune.Posted 1 year agoduirMember
The Stanton Slackline comes up way too short in reach by about 40mm so I am not sure if thats any use to you if you want long. I had one and that was one of my complaints, the others were no stealth routing and it needed to be a degree or two slacker if run at 140mm. It also rusted on the inside like crazy so if you removed the bottom bracket the whole inside shell was orange and orange fluid escaped the drain holes in the frame after a wet ride. After mine got chipped the outside of the frame under the paint could also be seen to be rusting heavily.Posted 1 year ago
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