650B vs 29er

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4 years 4 months ago #44227 by boogenman
boogenman replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er

kb voodoo wrote: It would be cool if someone made a 24.5" wheeled bike.

Long travel (6"-8"), slack head tube angle.

You'd have stiffer, lighter wheels. Quick as lightning acceleration and razor sharp handing, especially in tight turns.

It would be a jumping machine too.

Don't forget, the top of the line Honda motocross bike has a 19" rear wheel, and a 21" front wheel.


10-12 years a ton of downhill bikes came with 24" wheels. Specialized sold the big hit downhill bike with a 26 up front and 24 in the back. Obviously the 24 trend didn't take off, they were just too slow and gave bad ground clearance. When racing overtook the freeride buck scenes they put the final nail in the coffin for 24"

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4 years 4 months ago #44226 by Lucas
Lucas replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
Trek 650B

It seems that Trek has joined the 650B bandwagon.

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4 years 4 months ago #44225 by Lucas
Lucas replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
You could also buy one of those Honda Motocross bikes for about 1/2 of the price for that S-works Carbon Camber.

The price of bikes is getting crazy. 29 or 26 inch.

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4 years 4 months ago #44224 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er

Garick wrote: Scott is virtually abandoning 26" for 2014, leaving it only to dh, freeride, dj and entry level mountain bikes.
www.bikemag.com/gear/scott-sports-bets-b...-bigger-wheel-sizes/

And specialized has eliminated 26" from the 2014 Stumpjumper FSR line except for one model. They are also ignoring 650B.
www.pinkbike.com/news/Specialized-2014-T...ber-stumpjumper.html

I didn't think much of the comment about 26" going away at first but it seems to be happening.


I feel like decisions like that are being made based strictly on sales and what the current trends are. But I'm sure they're making money, so good for them.

The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...

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4 years 4 months ago #44223 by Garick
Garick replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
Scott is virtually abandoning 26" for 2014, leaving it only to dh, freeride, dj and entry level mountain bikes.
www.bikemag.com/gear/scott-sports-bets-b...-bigger-wheel-sizes/

And specialized has eliminated 26" from the 2014 Stumpjumper FSR line except for one model. They are also ignoring 650B.
www.pinkbike.com/news/Specialized-2014-T...ber-stumpjumper.html

I didn't think much of the comment about 26" going away at first but it seems to be happening.

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4 years 4 months ago #44222 by kb voodoo
kb voodoo replied the topic: Re: 650B vs 29er
It would be cool if someone made a 24.5" wheeled bike.

Long travel (6"-8"), slack head tube angle.

You'd have stiffer, lighter wheels. Quick as lightning acceleration and razor sharp handing, especially in tight turns.

It would be a jumping machine too.

Don't forget, the top of the line Honda motocross bike has a 19" rear wheel, and a 21" front wheel.

The 1970's: No knee pads, helmets, brakes, or over cautious soccer mom's. It's just how we rolled...

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