650B vs 29er

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4 years 4 months ago #44216 by boogenman
boogenman replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er

indigo22 wrote: I don't disagree. But I don't see the majority of brands supporting 26. It might be left to the boutique brands.


You need 29" wheels.

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4 years 5 months ago #44208 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er

indigo22 wrote: I don't disagree. But I don't see the majority of brands supporting 26. It might be left to the boutique brands.


That would actually be fine with me. I'm really only interested in those companies anyway.

My next build: Pivot Mach 4 or 5.7 (haven't decided yet).

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4 years 5 months ago #44207 by indigo22
indigo22 replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
I don't disagree. But I don't see the majority of brands supporting 26. It might be left to the boutique brands.

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4 years 5 months ago - 4 years 5 months ago #44205 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
I think about this every time I ride.

The way I see it, the only thing larger wheels are good for is:

- slightly improved traction
- better ability to roll over obstacles

On most, if not all trails, 95% of the surface is smooth. So the advantage of being able to roll over things only comes into play once in a while.

Even on the most slippery roots, I never have any issues with traction on 26" wheels. Learn how to hit the roots the right way.

Now, factor in the disadvantages of clown wheels:

- no rigidity in the wheel
- heavier
- they don't like tight turns

Bigger wheels might be better for extra tall riders, or people who are new to riding trails, but I think most advanced level riders will have more fun on 26.

(this comes from a guy who has owned one 29'er and two 650B's, and is now back on 26 for good)

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4 years 5 months ago #44203 by indigo22
indigo22 replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
The future? What is your thought on that?

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4 years 5 months ago #44202 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
26" is the past.....and future of mountain biking.

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