I don't think Monty Hall used 27" wheels
steve77 - and then they'll tell us we need new wide-rim-specific tyres.
You all worry far too much.
I can still buy decent quality parts to keep my 21 speed, 1" headset, 26" wheel, 26.8mm seatpost, non suspension corrected 1992 Orange Prestige on the road. Infact, it's in great nick.
To be honest 650 wheels bother me less then tapered steerers, 15/20mm Maxel etc. At least it's all up front and everyone knows about it rather then it happening by stealth. If you went from qr to 15/20mm forks you have to buy new wheels (unless you have Hope hubs etc). Nearly all the decent and well priced forks are tapered atm. I have 1 1/8th. All these 650/29er changes are nothing new, it's been happening for years. Even after all the changes you can still keep a 20 year old bike on the road with no problem at all.
The best innovations make a really noticeable difference to the quality of your ride but don't force you to change anything else on your bike - e.g. dropper seatposts
If something unquestionably makes the bike better but is incompatible with a lot of other components people will still be enthusiastic about it - e.g. disc brakes are great, but meant we all needed new hubs/forks/frames
What is annoying is when a new standard is pushed out that is a marginal improvement at best, but is incompatible with the largest and most expensive bits of a bike. 650b is probably the worst example of that in years. It's annoying because suppose in a couple of years I want to buy new forks for my old non-tapered headtube chameleon frame. Yes I'll undoubtedly be able to buy whichever forks I want at full retail price, but when hunting for bargains or used ones there'll be a much more limited choice because of all the tapered and/or 650b stuff knocking about
I'll see your gravel bike and raise you a beach racing bike
Shamelessly stolen from BikeSnobNYC
The frame is based on (and replaces) their Cross Winner cyclocross bike. But, they tweaked it to make it more effective for the flat, sandy courses. The seat tube got steeper to bring you closer to a time trial position so you can lay down the power through softer sand. The head angle was slackened a bit to provide better stability. All of which sounds a lot like some gravel racers we’ve seen.
I saw an advert for Thomson's 29er-specific negative rise bar yesterday. I'd quite like to beat them with it.
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