Have we done the wheel debate being discussed on the Cycle Show?
Whatever you may think about the merits (or lack of them) of the 650b over 26″ it’s getting harder to see how 26″ is going to win this one. I’d like to be proved wrong, but with so many players jumping on the bandwagon and no big voices in favour of 26″ it may be time to run up the white flag. Unless the downhill guys can save us. If they were to refuse to switch to 650b then I can see 26″ making a comeback. Otherwise it looks to be game overPosted 4 years agoBruceWeeMember
The industry is having a New Coke moment, that’s all.
The American public’s reaction to the change was negative and the new cola was a major marketing failure. The subsequent reintroduction of Coke’s original formula, re-branded as “Coca-Cola Classic”, resulted in a significant gain in sales. This led to speculation that the introduction of the New Coke formula was just a marketing ploy; however the company has always claimed it was merely an attempt to replace the original product.Mister PMember
I thought T-Mo came across pretty well btw!
That’s because from what I have seen she is a genuinely nice person. I have done a bit of work on her bike at events and she is always chatty, polite and grateful for the help.
Was nice to see Matt, formerly of this parish, pop up too.Posted 4 years agobrakesMember
just watched this.Posted 4 years ago
I was slightly incensed that there was no consumer opinion and all opinions came from brands and distributors who want to sell new whole bikes (i.e. not 26″) and riders who are paid to have opinions by those brands/ distributors. Matt Letch’s opinion was the best, and summed it up well >>> there’s nothing particularly wrong with 26″.
and whilst consumer opinion is varied, as some consumers are more gullible than others 😉 at least it would have given the article some non-commercial balance.CaptainFlashheartMember
did the cycling show actually have a feature that wasn’t about commuting and bimbleing to coffee shops on a fixie then?
Yawn. It’s about cycling. All sorts of cycling. They’ve shown the Megavalanche, they’ve shown road racing, they’ve shown trials, they’ve shown bimbling, they’ve shown fixieasshats, they’ve shown unicyclists, they’ve shown etc. etc. etc.
It may not be perfect, but at least they’re doing something to get out there and promote cycling overall, not just your chosen niche.Posted 4 years agobartimaeusMember
I quite enjoyed the ‘Enduro’ segment… made me want to go out riding immediately. The wheel size debate was a bit of a taster and did not mention the potential consumer backlash. For me the most disappointing bit was the buying-a-new-bike section in that it seemed to suggest that all entry level bikes were awesome and good value – so +1 for promoting cycling, but -2 for actually helping someone get a new bike.Posted 4 years ago
Wrecker is that for real or just a great conspiracy?
oops its true
They had may mate who’s a double world transplant champ on the other day 🙂
the low point of the day was Tracy admitting that she was turning up to events equipped for all 3 wheel sizes.
The mind boggles.
I’m expecting a thread
“I’ve loaded the VW transporter for a trip to Wales with 26, 650b and 29er AM bikes. I’m off to CYB. which wheel size for which trail”
Maybe trails will be graded by wheel size?
“Welcome to TAWR, 650b or larger only please!!!”Posted 4 years ago
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