Often overlooked as relics of the past, classic mountain bikes with 26″ wheels can be some of the most versatile bicycles available. One way that we like to give new life to a vintage mountain bike is by converting them into commuters. Most come with mounts for racks and fenders, along with multiple braze-ons for water bottles or other accessories.
The smaller, 26″ wheels are also stronger, and unlike modern hybrids, these vintage mountain bikes have increased tire clearance, allowing for fatter tires and comfier riding.
Here are a few to help you get inspired.
First up is this classic, late ’80s Fisher Montare. Built in Japan, this late ’80s Fisher Montare offers both classic style and unmatched versatility.
Up next is this Specialized Stumpjumper, sporting Shimano Deerhead front and rear derailleurs.
And last, but certainly not least, is this Ritchey Ultra. With a suspension stem and 21 speeds, there isn’t much this bike can’t do.