I was just wondering if it could be worthwhile for Kris to offer a 26" frame as well. So anybody who’s interested please post a reply.
I would really appreciate a 26" aluminum frame. One of the great things about 26" is that there is a large amount of tires available, including the 3" Duro and the 2,5" Hookworm.
I am currently using a 29" KH frame with a 26" wheel set with a KH/Schlumpf geared hub. It kind of works alright, but I think it would be great to have the brake bosses in the right place, and to have less clearance between frame and tire. So let’s see if Kris could make some money on these.
I’d be up for that up until last year, then Nimbus started offering brake bosses and 42mm bearing holders on the off road frames. Yes, steel and not as fancy, but also a bargain at $40. See pic of this 26 x 3.0"er . . . . “the Zombie Hunter 26” complete with a posted 2009/unlimited zombie hunting permit. http://joeq.dot5hosting.com/store/page2.html
Cause when you find yourself in zombie infested woods on your unicycle with a shotgun, you’ll be set up to legally bag a few zombies.
I’ve ridden the new 26" Nimbus with brake bosses and I now ride the same in a 24". The price and quality make the Nimbus a great buy. Also Koxx makes a 26" frame with brake bosses, frames are maybe double the cost of the Nimbus. The weight difference is minimal between steel and aluminum. Steel is stronger, more resistant to gouging.
Yes, that’s true. But my problem is that none of these 26" frames can be schlumpfed, as far as I know. So the only thing that works with a KH/Schlumpf on a 26" wheel is the KH29 frame, which is a little too big and has the brake bosses at the wrong height.
So until now there is no elegant solution for this kind of a setup, which is: KH/Schlumpf hub, TryAll 26x47 rim, 26x3 Gazza (or Duro), KH 150/125mm moments, magura etc. I think that could actually become quite a popular and most versatile muni rig, if only there was a nice frame for it…
What about a Hunter? I ride a 26 with brake mounts in the right place and I know Rick will build one to work with a Schlumpf. IMO it is the perfect muni size, faster and rolls through sections way better than a 24 and with tires that outperform any 29.
Do the Koxx frames have machined bearing holders? If they do I don’t see why they would not work (with a bit of grinding of the inner lip on the bearing holders), The reason I would not consider a Koxx frame is they would not fit a 3" tire. The Nimbus frame with machined 42mm bearing holders should work with the inner lip reduction.
I don’t think that Rick Hunter makes frames with 42mm bearing holders but I could be wrong.
I did wait a long time to release it due to the market size, but a KH26 frame will be available by late April or Early May, as well as a 47 mm wide KH rim. I have this setup built up right now with a KH/Schlumpf hub, and for me it feels like an ideal size for an All Mountain-style geared muni.
Woohooooo, that’s what I was hoping to hear! Awesome!
I guess I should have waited for your rim. I now have a very golden try-all without machined braking surfaces. I do like the large holes in it, but I would have preferred a decent black or silver one (they were out of stock when I ordered). Maybe I will replace it with a KH when they become available over here.
I would like the frame with that great glossy silver clear-coat-only-look, like the double crown KH20. Any chance for that to happen? Then people could get them PCed in their own colours in case they don’t like the silver. But I think silver would also be very practical because it wouldn’t show the scratches and stuff.
Now I’m looking forward to ordering a KH26 frame, a KH touring handle bar, and maybe the new rim too.