Please would someone explain to me, that when a real player in the industry makes a deliberate move to update it's range, ( a range that is, in all fairness, a very popular one - who mentioned earlier that nearly all his riding buddies ride Santa Cruz bikes?) and not just with new colours and a few little tweaks. They have brought out 2 new bikes and redesigned their core product ( Orange and 5 anyone?), and all 3 are designed with the 650B wheel size as their primary focus.
And there are still, yes still, people on this forum who are suggesting that the 650B will die a death and it'll never catch on! Do what?!
Not only Santa Cruz, Scott, Orange, Cube, Turner etc etc....
Think about the cost of getting one new bike to market. Development, prototypes, redesign, manufacturing, ensuring that the component manufacturers are going to be able to supply their own tested and evaluated products. The investment involved by all these companies and people is eye watering.
Furthermore, many of the 650B bikes that have been launched are not first time purchases, they are being targeted at people who know a bit about their chosen hobby/sport/pastime and are prepared to invest time and money into it. An educated market.
I would say that's quite a risk. They must be pretty sure that these bikes will be an improvement over those that have been thus far, otherwise, they are set to lose a lot of money and may well put some of them out of business completely. That would certainly reduce choices for the keen mtb'er.
I don't believe the industry can afford for the 650B move to fail. The global economy is stretched, money and credit is not as available as it has been. It could be suggested that the industry has invested in itself to try to stimulate demand and growth. Better than introducing cuts wouldn't you say?
How about a change of attitude from the skeptic's? How about giving change a go? What is there to be afraid of? What is the worst that could happen? ( and please, no more with the "I won't be able to get pucker bits for my 26er in a few years..." Of course you will ).
Attitude is everything and we make our own world.