29ers and 650b wheels might be making a lot of noise in the MTB landscape, but guess what—with decades of design momentum behind them, 26” bikes still have tons to offer, when done right.
At the Trail X level, a 26” design simply kicks butt over big-wheelers. Larger hoops need more—more aluminum in the rims, more rubber on the outside, more stainless in the spokes. Factor in larger frames and forks to accommodate those big wheels, also requiring more material in turn, and at this price a 26” MTB comes out costing less and weighing less.
Our 26” hardtails like Trail X and Durango weigh less and cost less than comparably equipped big-hoop bikes, but that smaller wheel size really comes through with snappy acceleration and flickability that can’t be matched by 29ers, and we capitalize on that with the most dialed-in geometry you’ll find anywhere—race tested, world proven.
Get up into 26” full-suspenders, and our Dakar XC series is simply unbeatable. Same price as a 29” hardtail, maybe even the same weight, but with the stick-to-the-trail handling and ride of our incredibly refined mp2 suspension.
And then there’s the 150mm travel AMT: when you want to do it all, fast, this is the bike. Our mp4 progressive suspension design assures efficient climbs and delivers surprisingly plush rear wheel traction for aggressive descents. 2013 upgrades include stouter chainstays and a new 3-piece welded yoke for superior stiffness.
These are the best 26” MTBs we’ve ever made. And with all the awards and accolades we’ve won in the past, that’s really saying something.