- Are there any FS 26" frame only manufacturers left? And not new old stock.
Just academic interest at present. As a replacement for a (small) Yeti 5 (140mm fork).
Only one I can see is Liteville 301 (but £2000 for just the frame..)
transition are still doing a 26’erPosted 5 years ago
Looks like I’ll need to budget an extra £500 for 650B wheels and forks.Posted 5 years ago
Transition suppressor?Posted 5 years ago
Sorry just read the 140mm fork. I’ll replace that unsuitable suggestion with another (new/old) but manufacturer direct, well prices and looks fun too!Posted 5 years ago
I think it will have to be ride my Yeti until it breaks then look for a 650B frame.Posted 5 years ago
When you change your frame to a 650b all you will have to change (as long as you can get your current fork to fit) is the rims and tyres if moving from 26″. Probably a fraction of the whole cost if you’re buying a new FS frame!Posted 5 years ago
Spitfire? 26″ dropouts and can run 140-160mm fork.Posted 5 years ago
Good shout on the Spitfire.Posted 5 years ago
Got a few Medium Endorphin frames left Leku – down to £1299 with Fox CTD shock (can also supply CC DBInLine and DBA-CS) – only have day glo yellow left now.
140mm rear travel, perfect with a 150mm fork.
Not really 26″ in the traditional sensePosted 5 years ago
In his defence a 26″ would fit..Posted 5 years ago
Pyga?Posted 5 years ago
oldish stock but I would be all over the reduced Foes frames at Balfa
Would one die if a 26 inch wheel was put in a 650B frame?Posted 5 years ago
Not really 26″ in the traditional sense
Shhh. I nearly got away with that….Posted 5 years ago
Would one die if a 26 inch wheel was put in a 650B frame?
My mate has done it to try and replicate his downhill bike but with less travel. XL Nukeproof Mega TR 275 with 26″ wheels.Posted 5 years ago
lots do 26/650 compatible. i’m looking at banshee and nicolai . love the pivot bikes but never see a 26 at shows anymore 🙁Posted 5 years ago
Another vote for a Transition Suppressor. There must be others out there surely?Posted 5 years ago
Not really suitable, but the kona process 167 still tickles my fantasy bike urges. Not sure the promised frame option will ever get to the UK though.Posted 5 years ago
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When you change your frame to a 650b all you will have to change (as long as you can get your current fork to fit) is the rims and tyres if moving from 26″. Probably a fraction of the whole cost if you’re buying a new FS frame!
If keeping a 26″ fork, those wheels/tyres have to clear the fork, if you’re going for 650b wheels.Posted 5 years ago
I’m running 26″ in the Spitfire with 650b dropouts and I haven’t died yet. Oddly, there’s masses of mud clearance, but no mud ATM.Posted 5 years ago
I think Saracen are still doing the 26″ Ariel (14X) frame only I believe.Posted 5 years ago
Looks like I’ll need to budget an extra £500 for 650B wheels and forks.
Why? El Ciclon is 26″ wheelsPosted 5 years ago
El Ciclon is a good option. The numbers are very similar to my Yeti.Posted 5 years ago
However it just doesn’t ring my bell. For £1700 I’d rather get a Bird Aeris, buy some new forks and rerim my wheels with LB carbon rims (and still save money).
Get a spitfire, I have and it’s awesome. Plus if you ever want to change to these new-fangled 650b wheels, they’re just a dropout kit and fork away…Posted 5 years ago
You could just buy a 650b frame and use that. The major difference will be BB height. If say you got an Aeris, in 140mm mode the BB height on a 26 wheel will be roughly the same as 650 wheel in 150mm mode (at full compression – within a few mm anyway – close enough that fork choice could erase the difference). So it would work fine in 140, although 150 would be sketchy but it would technically work. The tendency for long wheel bases on current bikes with long front ends means that the super short rear end doesn’t really work anyway as the balance of the bike is all wrong, so even though a 26 wheel could allow the rear to go shorter, you’re probably losing out rather than gaining if it did.
Just my thoughts as a lot of people do ask ‘can I run 26 wheels’ and this is what I tell them.Posted 5 years ago
Thanks for the responses. Still just academic interest at present. But the Bird with existing wheels looks good at the moment.Posted 5 years ago
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