Does anyone here have one? Going to order one tomorrow, should I be considering anything else? I have a hardtail for proper mile munching but am after a bike I can play in the woods with on and start getting properly airbourne but also be able to pedal all day..Posted 4 years ago
And I’m going for a 26″, keeps the cost of the build down, and I like my retro wheels. Will I not be able to get tyres or wheels in 2 years time like the marketing wants me to beleive?NorthwindSubscriber
I’m building a “new” high spec 26er, around a refurbed frame- I was planning to go bigwheel after the old frame cracked but I got a replacement triangle for it instead so refreshing the whole bike.
My prediction is that yes cool new stuff becomes scarce in 26, and over the next few years it’ll get harder to walk into a shop and buy things. But there’ll be stacks of used stuff as people switch to 650b, and sale stock, and it’ll still be possible to get what you want online- if maybe not precisely what you want.
The main thing is, the resale values of 26 inch parts are going to be lower… Pretty much zero I expect by the time I replace this bike. Personally I wouldn’t be buying a new 26er at the moment but I don’t mind dropping a fair wedge of cash on making my last 26er a bloody brilliant one, it’s still cheaper than the 29er frame I was going to buy. (probably a COvert, coincidentally!)
ymmv 😉Posted 4 years agomikewsmithSubscriber
kind of agree with Northwind, 4 guys on horses came round looking for some 26″ tyres last week.
BUT…Posted 4 years ago
If your not a serial bike swapper and understand whats going on it’s not a bad idea.
When I look at my 26″ bike built just before the 650b revolution got to full speed the things I may need to replace are mostly not wheel size specific. I reckon it’s got 4-5 years in it unless I get richer soon.
So I reckon I may need forks in 2-3 years if it comes to it some 650b forks will work fine.
Rims – still going OK, if it’s looking like an issue I will just order 3/4 sets though with the number of 26″ still out there it’s not looking too bad.
Rubber – the biggest worry really but again if it’s getting to be an issue I’ll fill the garage up.kimbersSubscriber
after the old frame cracked
probably the most reliable unbreakable
edit – just realised northwind was talking about a different bike, but i though transition had a spate of cracking coverts?Posted 4 years agoandyeccSubscriber
I’ve had a covert (26 inch) for a couple of years. It’s fantastic – a great do it all bike with a bias towards descending and having fun. It will happily pedal all day but it’s not the quickest climber.Posted 4 years ago
If you want a bike that is almost as capable downhill but pedals better you could consider the Bandit, now available in 27.5 or 29 inch. Because I want something just a bit quicker than the Covert for all day rides I’ve just bought a new Bandit 27.5 to keep the Covert company. Haven’t quite finished building it up yet but hoping to be riding it this weekend. If it rides as good as it looks it’s going to be awesome.
I’m going for it! I looked at the bandit but I have a hardtail too so don’t really need to compromise..
I’ve never spent this much on anything bikewise but I feel I’m getting pretty much as much as I can from the HT now so time to move on, seeming I haven’t read a bad word about them, and I’m getting a great discount from my LBS I’m taking the plunge!Posted 4 years agoceepersSubscriberzero coolMember
The GF has a covert 26 2 in stock build. It rides brilliantly. I would say that my Alpine 160 has the edge over it for descending, but I think the covert pedals and climbs better. The CTD shock doesn’t seem to be slowing her down and as she hates fiddling with settings (weird I know) it suits her. They’re not the lightest, but if weight was everything we’d all be on carbon XC hardtails with seat posts on full extension complaining there’s not enough climbing on trails these days!
Tom KPPosted 4 years agoel_diabloMember
I’d recommend you take a look at the Banshee Rune, comes with changeable dropouts and easy enough to swap to 27.5 if the need arises.Posted 4 years ago
Great deals available form Rob @ Bike Active. Got mine with CCDB, Reverb stealth and a few other bits for less than rrp of the frame alone.CragMember
I’ve just built this up
Only ridden a handful of times but first impressions are very good. Not sure it climbs as well as my trusty old Zesty but seems to descend with much more assurance. Overall quite pleased with it. Just needs some Pikes now……………..Posted 4 years agoTrimixMember
With my Covert I find it climbs well, but if its really steep the Talas does help. But only when its so steep your only just going to make it.
Of course it does depend on things like leg power, grip, rider position. But, dropping the front will alter the geometry and stop the front lifting.
I find on every ride I do in say the Chilters / Wales / Yorkshire Ive needed to use the Talas at least once.Posted 3 years agojambalayaSubscriber
Very happy Covert owner here, definitely recoomend ine to you. Mine is setup as my alps / big bike but there sre plenty ridden as allrounders and I’ve ridden mine that way too. Of course 26 wheels forks etc will be available in 2 years time, it’s the size the vast majority of us are riding. As a slight aside all my kit is over 2 years old and it’s not broken or worn out (forks 7 years old although admittedly not heavily used)
Excuse to post photo
Posted 3 years ago
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