- Is it just marketing…?
and better to market the loss of mud clearance from an unchanged frame with slightly bigger wheels in the summer, than during the rest of the uks seasons where the chainstays will rub through in months, requiring replacement.
*ride a 29r frame with 20″ wheels next seasonPosted 4 years agoKryton57Subscriber
Yes its evolution, but mainly marketing.
Global business is and has been in downturn of late. So, how do you enthuse customers and investors to part with their money? You come up with something new and innovative that they can believe in, then market and sell the hell out of it.
26′ wasn’t going to ignite the steady dribble of volume sales, and other technology attached to 26 is too expensive to mass market and sell (adaptive shocks for example) to anything other than the top tier.
A company I know of that has spent the last five years trimming itself down to increase cost efficiency and report higher margin, hss now realised that investment in effective Sales and Marketing surround new innovation is the only way out to create increased revenue.
But as said above, its good for us all to have a choice (as long as the spares list keeps up).Posted 4 years agowobbliscottMember
If we’re questioning the role of marketeers in cycling then why stop at MTB wheel sizes? That is the tip of a very big iceberg really. What about ridiculously priced clothing and apparel? Different materials for frames? £200 saddles? A range of 5 or more rear derralier models? A plethora of energy and food products? The fact that despite all the significant advances in materials and design technology they still can’t make parts that last anywhere near as long as they did 20 yrs ago? Ridiculously short service intervals for suspension (when did you last have your cars suspension serviced?), tyres costing the thick end of £50, and we could go on and on…..Posted 4 years agobikeneilMember
ampthill – Member
26 spares will not dry up in 2 years. You can still but 27″ tyres!
You may be able to still buy old tyre sizes, but you can’t get the range choice. I’d think that new ranges of 26″ tyres, wheels, forks etc will start to be dropped from manufacturers new products…Posted 4 years agoAristotleMember
There will be lsight differences, but I somehow think that most people would notice much more difference/improvement by losing a few kilos, getting fitter and/or practising their technique than by buying an expensive new bike with slightly bigger wheels than their old one.
What I’ve observed over the years is that the good riders ride well whatever bike, wheel size, gearset, suspension etc. they happen to be using. Likewise for the not-so-great riders….Posted 4 years ago
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