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Does This Spell the End of 26-inch Wheels For Giant?
Pinkbike asked Giant USA's Global Product Marketing Manager Andrew Juskaitis a few questions about the switch to 27.5-inch wheels:
Is Giant USA eliminating 29 and 26-inch wheels from its XC, Trail and AM models for 2104?
· No, not entirely for 2014. Reign X and Glory remain 26 inch for 2014 and Anthem X and Trance X will still be offered in 29-inch. But that story will change in the future….
So, there are no 29er XC racing bikes for 2014?
· Anthem X 29er, XtC Advanced 29er and XtC Composite 29er will still be offered.
Will Giant follow this path throughout its DH range next year?
· Can’t answer that question directly, but you can imagine that if we believe so strongly in 27.5 for the majority of our range in 2014, you can guess what might happen in our future…
Can we expect to see 29 and 26-inch wheels eventually disappear in Giant's consumer-priced bikes in the near future?
· 26-inch for sure, but 29-inch will be dependent on market feedback. That said, if the market progresses the way we believe it will, 29-inch will be phased out in approximately two years....again, totally dependent on market feedback.