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650B or not to 650B

Posted by revolutionbicycles on December 16, 2011 at 8:00 PM


650B or not to 650B


650B middle wheel

26" wheeled mountain bikes as we know it might become extinct at least at the higher-end. Bigger wheels have proven themselves better for their control going downhill, traction, and bump absorption to name a few things.
29"er mountain bikes have gained momentum in the market place and on the trails. Still some riders with experience on both 26" and 29" mountain bikes toss around the attributes of both. Not all is perfect.
Then there is 27.5"(650B) considered the best of both worlds. The nimbleness of a 26" with the big wheel benefits of a 29"er.


Some industry people I spoke with scoffed at the idea 27.5" wheels will be the next "IT" wheel size icluding the idea 26" wheels will fade out leaving two options 27.5" or 29" for the performance rider. They touted 29"er as the only option for serious riders!

For most of 2011 I have ridden on a 26", Pugsley"Fat Bike, 27.5"-650B, and 29"er.
Now that 2011 is winding down I really enjoyed riding a 27.5" wheeled bike and excited to hear that FOX SHOXs is making a suspension fork along with a few other manufacturers will be offering 27.5" wheeled mountain bikes by 2013.

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