I can't believe I ever doubted that the manufacturers had our best interests at heart.
Turns out that the new wheel size isn't just a cynical, nasty, manipulative, dirty, kick in the face for their installed customer base.
Giant, for one, are just worried that we're having to suffer with too light, too efficient, too stiff 26 inch bikes.
They fear we can't handle their snappy acceleration and have sacrificed all to provide us with a bigger wheelsize that solves all these problems.
They have kindly written this explanatory note for their website:
I'm writing this post in order to assuage my guilt and to help others who may be under the misapprehantion that the major players behind 650b are a bunch of money-grabbing, illigitimate, rapacious shysters with the ethics of a heroin addicted weasel and the bare faced cheek of a Zimbabwean cabinet minister.
Please accept my most sincere apologies.