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650B vs 29er 2 years 8 months ago #41967

Are there any advantages to the 650B vs 29er wheel? I just don't see the point of throwing another wheel size out there on mountain bikes. 650B just seems like something that will fade away eventually...

Thoughts?
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Re: 650B vs 29er 2 years 8 months ago #41968

I am seeing a lot of prototype 650b wheeled bikes popping up here and there and have also read a few interveiws from bike company people stating that 650b is going to be the next big thing in MTB's and will probably end up being the norm after the dust settles.

It's the happy medium between 29" and 26" and that makes a lot of sense to someone like me who is still on the fence about a 29" wheel.
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Re: 650B vs 29er 2 years 8 months ago #41969

Wheel size is up to the individual. Personally, I find 29 to be too big for my riding style and height (5'11"). I know Moto Mike would agree.

As for 650B fading away....I doubt that very much.
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Re: 650B vs 29er 2 years 8 months ago #41977

I dont see 650b fading either. Jamis, KHS are just a few that have had the wheels size in production bikes so far. I heard Scott will have one for production in 2013 along with several other companies. This is good because you can probably start seeing a drop in price of these bikes and start getting more options for tires, wheels and suspension forks for 650b specific.
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Re: 650B vs 29er 2 years 8 months ago #41979

Scottish wrote:
I dont see 650b fading either. Jamis, KHS are just a few that have had the wheels size in production bikes so far. I heard Scott will have one for production in 2013 along with several other companies. This is good because you can probably start seeing a drop in price of these bikes and start getting more options for tires, wheels and suspension forks for 650b specific.

When Eric (of Eric's Cycleworks) built my 650B's this spring, he informed me that Stan's was having a difficult time keeping up with production for that wheel size. Apparently demand is high.

More tire choices are definitely needed as well.
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Re: 650B vs 29er 2 years 8 months ago #41980

Combining this wave with my predicted tubular wave of the future, then I'm guessing tubular 650b will be the wheel of choice in the somewhat distant future (they still need to be made easier, more reliable, less expensive, and need more tire choices). Clinchers already can't compete with the weight. I read somewhere that there is an 1100g 29er wheelset that has a 26mm wide rim cavity! Light weight and super low rolling resistance. The low rolling resistance will make it less necessary to go to 29" diameter although there will be more than a few hangers on I'm sure.
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