650B vs 29er

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4 years 7 months ago #44362 by boogenman
boogenman replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
By the end of the 2014 UCI World Cup season I think most of the DH guys will be on 27.5 wheels.
Now that 27.5 has taken off all the top DH guys will be testing and tweaking 27.5 set ups all winter for the start of the new season.

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4 years 7 months ago - 4 years 7 months ago #44359 by bluemirage188
bluemirage188 replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
i agree three wheel sizes seems a bit overkill, but in the industrys need to make something new and exciting, i dont see it as a bad thing. people who ride groomed trails and mostly XC will appreciate the rolling speed and rollover ability of a 29r, the downhill/freeride folks will no doubt continue using 26" wheels largely due to the lateral stiffness and avalibility of high end parts, and for the trail riders/all mountain/enduro folks there is the 27.5" size mixing the two extremes. frame geometry wont allow a truly slack and agressive geo within the constraints of the 29" size, but can be masaged into an awesome bike/frame in the 27.5" size.

Honestly though this shouldnt be an issue for anyone, at the end of the day who cares how big your wheels are as long as your hitting the dirt? At the end of the day this is a purchase decision, and when your looking at ta new bike or upgrading you have another option. which is better? throw a leg over one you havent ridden and hit your favorite trail. Which ever makes you ahve more fun is the one to get.

I ride a 6" travel all mountain bike with 26" wheels, and can moderately keep up on the climbs with my 29" buddies, and can go to the bike park with the DH rig guys too. works for me. find what works for you and ride.
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4 years 7 months ago #44312 by Ethan CWW
Ethan CWW replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
I bought a 650B bike this year to see what all the buzz is about. I purchased a Jamis Nemesis 650B hardtail. I did that after riding a Jamis Dragon 650B at a few trade shows and having a hard time not grinning ear to ear. The Nemesis was about $1,000 chaper... 650B is just more fun to ride, kinda like a 26 with better roll-over-ability, not as much as a 29er, but enough for most trails. At the end of the day if you could own a sick 26, 27.5, 29er you could pick the bike for the trail, but most of us can't afford that. The industry is moving towards a 29er/650b world, good bye 26" except for DH and kids bikes. The slightly smaller wheel size allows for many more geometry/travel/size options. Though, at 6"4" I'm the ideal customer for a 29er, I'm really excited about the new wheel size. I agree that more standards are not what we need, but if something is better/different/fun, maybe it's worth it.

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4 years 8 months ago #44253 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er

TJ_Zydel wrote: for the foreseeable future...2-5+ years... 26" wheels will be phased out. Ll the big and other companies are on board with 29" and 650b. its just a matter of time. Walmart will still sell them as the asian suppliers still have stock of cheap parts...


26" wheels will never totally go away. Maybe big companies like Giant and Trek will phase them out, but I would never buy one of their cookie cutter bikes anyway.

I believe 29" will definitely go away for good at some point though.

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4 years 8 months ago #44252 by TJ_Zydel
TJ_Zydel replied the topic: 650B vs 29er
for the foreseeable future...2-5+ years... 26" wheels will be phased out. Ll the big and other companies are on board with 29" and 650b. its just a matter of time. Walmart will still sell them as the asian suppliers still have stock of cheap parts...

ahhhhh dude...

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4 years 8 months ago #44245 by boogenman
boogenman replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
For 2014 Giant is phasing the 26" wheel out from all bikes except the Glory and Reign-X. They are also cutting down on 29" wheels and focusing on 27.5".

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