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26" on an old Super 8?

Discussion in 'Downhill & Freeride' started by mtbman4, Sep 6, 2005.

  1. mtbman4

    mtbman4 Monkey

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    Anyone run a 26" rear wheel on a Santa Cruz Super 8? I would like to fit a 2.7 Maxxis Minion in the longer wheelbase setting. Does anyone know if this is possible? Has anyone made the swap from 24" to 26"? How much of a difference did it make? I ride super-tech, ultra steep DH, with little pedaling involved.
     
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  2. zedro

    zedro Turbo Monkey

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    they were originally designed around 26" wheels
     
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    Which old one? The newer-older Super8 were spec'd with 24" rear wheels.
     
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    zedro Turbo Monkey

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    with 3" Gazzi's? how could anyone tell they werent 26"? :rolleyes:

    there may have been an OEM spec, but it's not 24" only, probably were just trying to be trendy
     
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  5. Supa8

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    Should fit fine. The 26" is a big improvement. Your rear wheel won't get hung up as much on the steep stuff. I ran a 24" (came with mine ) and switched to a 26". You might buzz your seat more though. Just don't get caught back there when the tire comes up.......
     
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    No you're wrong.
     
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    i've owned both generation super 8's, and ran 26" wheels on both of them, no prob. A 26 x 2.6 gazzi fit with room to spare
     
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    I was asking for information on tire sizing, not a history lesson. Thanks to those of you gave me some relevant information. I think I remember glancing at a pic of one with a Michy Comp 32 2.8 on it, but I may have been mistaken.
     
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    a 26 x 2.7 maxxis will fit with the chainstays in the short position. Anything much bigger, any you'll hav to move the dropouts back.
     
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