I’m not sure what to do, so I’m asking for some input in addition to my previous thoughts.
My situation is the following: I own two Munis, an old heavy 24" and a geared 27.5". Since my daughter was born last year, I don’t ride that much any more. But when in ride, i only use the 27.5". The 24" has been less and less used over the last years. It feels too slow and to heavy. But in technical terrain, the 27.5" is too big for me, then i prefer the 24". The 27.5" is also heavy due to the schlumpf hub. In races where no gear is allowed, i just “deactivate” the schlumpf since its still better than the 24".
I’m now thinking of abandoning (maybe selling or just keeping some parts) the 24" and replacing it with something different that I will hopefully use more often. My first thought was to build a lightweight 26". I’m not sure how i’d like a 26" in technical terrain but is shall be better than the 27.5". I could also go for a new 24". I’d feel safer with the small wheel, but in not so technical terrain, 24" is really slow. On the other hand, 26" is not so much different from 27.5". Does it even make sense, to have my two munis so close together in wheel sice?
Regarding tires, i really like the Duro feeling. I ride it on the small wheel and on the big one, i use the Schwalbe nobby nic in its APX version, that comes quite close to the duro feeling but with less weight. tire choice for 27.5" is great. But what’s with 26" and 24". Are there good and light tires in these sizes out there (around 2.8" to 3.5" wide) that can compete with the duro regarding grip and dampening/forgiveness?
Also, there are not much 26" frames out there. I could use a 27.5" frame, but as the legs are not parallel, the frame will allow less tire width in 26" as it allows in 27.5".
Maybe somwone has ideas that bring some new input to my thoughts.