Despite the complete dominance of larger-wheeled 27.5 and 29-inch mountain bikes, some mountain bikers still prefer the agility of 26-inch wheels. A lively discussion is taking place in our forums about the future of 26-inch mountain bikes. One member posed the question: Will the 26er ever rise from the ashes?
One die-hard 26-inch fan claimed that he would keep riding 26-inch wheels until he can’t buy tires anymore. Lucky for him, that day is unlikely to come—26-inch tires are still popular with dirt jumpers, children’s mountain bikes, and fat bikes. That said, some forum members expressed their frustration with the lack of components options available these days. A common lament is that it is getting increasingly difficult to find high-end wheels and suspension forks for the smallest of the three mountain bike wheel sizes.
Another forum member pointed out that 29-inch mountain bikes have eclipsed 27.5 mountain bikes over the past two seasons. If 27.5 is on the way out, does it follow that 26-inch wheels could see a resurgence?
What do you think? Have 26-inch wheels been relegated to mountain biking’s past, or will the cycling industry take a turn back to 26-inch wheels once again? Join the conversation here.