so, which company is going to cash in on the 26" ?
Santa Cruz seem to be keeping the Nomad & Blur TR (now just the Blur), seem to be some 456’s out there and Nicoli don’t seem to have jumped right in yet. Nukeproof are still there but it does take them a very very long time to release a new model. Rocky Mtn still have the slayer and 99% of the worlds DH bikes are 26″.Posted 4 years agoiaincSubscriber
I found this when deciding on my Cotic Soul a few months ago :
got an email from cy talking about wheel sizes and he says that cotic will continue to support 26ers for many years yet . This is good news to me as I love my soul and wouldnt want anything else TBH but its LBS that tell a different story and get me thinking ! Long live the 26er !!
Posted 4 months ago # Report-PostPosted 4 years agono_eyed_deerMember
I predict X-Fusion are going to find a particular niche here, with Fox et al. disappearing evermore up their tech-obsessed bum-holes, dropping 26″ and pushing fork prices to the limit, X-fusion could step up to the mark and produce nice forks at a nice price that people want to use on their nice bikes.
Now, if they could only sort that logo out a bit, I might be in.. 😉Posted 4 years ago
It’s an interesting idea. Would it actually make good business sense for a manufacturer to say that they are going to stick exclusively with 26″? Not for a big player obviously, as they need big numbers and have to follow (or, if they are clever, set) trends. But for a smaller player it might make sense. There are probably enough people pi$$sed off with the whole wheel size debacle to make it work. Cotic came close with the “we will continue to support 26″ statement, but that’s not the same as saying that they will only make 26” bikes.
I thought Orange, with their gritty northerners image may have held out against the 650b tide a bit longer to be honest.Posted 4 years agomickyMember
2nd hand prices for 26″ stuff has lowered considerably. I got my dream 26″ Titanium inbred frame off ebay recently for very little. I can see other 26″ stuff for sale at the old prices that just isn’t selling. Such as the Ti yeti ARC frame on the bay for a grand that has been there months. People are thinking twice before buying 26″ now. Im not anti 29 or 650b. Im still having fun on 26″ so if prices are comming down then great.Posted 4 years agonickcSubscriber
Given that 99.99% of mountain bikes that exist in the world today have 26″ wheels, you guys waiting for the fires sales to start are going to waiting a while
If any major manufacturer of forks or wheels drops 26″ stuff from their catalogue they will die a horrible painful sales death.Posted 4 years agohoraMember
Next years model- you’ll always go with what sells/what is selling otherwise you are committing financial suicide. The thing is 650B WILL be around for a longtime, just like standard steerers, tapered are but the introduced 1.5 is dying out. New things come, some disapear and some stay but there is always the original way that stays.
Suspension forks came out, were made brilliant and light yet…
Why is there a market for a decent rigid forks…still?
Stop blatting on instead of 26″ there is now also 650b,Posted 4 years ago
Having gotten all hot under the collar about this initially I’ve come to the conclusion that all “The Industry” are really going to be flogging are 26″ frames and forks with a bit more mud clearance, it’s not actually an issue really, but they just can’t say that outright or the Swizz is up…
X-fusion, as mentioned above, already started labeling their forks as dual 26/650b compatible ages ago as the A-C dimension can be the same from one to the other, so why not just make a single variant, Job done.
Frames with Swapouts rule here, if you really need to tweek the rear axle position between 26″ and 650b it’s not a massive change, but more than likely you can just flog one frame for both sizes, people were already cramming 650b wheels in to certain 26″ frames anyway, the difference is marginal enough that you may already own a frame able to take 27.5″ and just not know it…
A sensible company would simply support both wheel sizes in one pretty straight forward product, rather than support only 26″ or adopt 650b exclusively and basically bin any share of the other market…
It’s have your cake and eat it O’Clock, you can flog it as 27.5″ compatible to the car park Bitches, and 26″ compatible to the old stick in the Mud types, and not affect your cost of goods one jot…
Hurrah for “Change!Posted 4 years ago
Not sure if that’s in response to my question, but I was asking about the offset on the fork (usually the amount the dropouts sit in front of the legs). I know that when 29ers first came out the fork manufacturers just used the same offset that they had used with 26″ forks (to save cash), which meant that the trail increased and head angles had to get steeper to compensate. Now we have 29er forks with more offset, so the head angles can return to normal. But what about 650b. Do 650b specific forks have a different offset to 26″ forks and is it enough to worry about?Posted 4 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
The thing is 650B WILL be around for a longtime, just like standard steerers, tapered are but the introduced 1.5 is dying out
You sure about 1 1/8 steerers? Try finding a decent 140mm+ single crown fork in “not a taper” steerer.
Fox have the 32 noodle, or the 36 behemoth, the 34 is taper only.
Rockshox have dropped standard steerers on the Revs and the new Pike is Taper only.
Marzocchi are taper only on the high end 55 models.
X-Fusion are taper only for their longer travel forks.
Who does that leave? White Bros, Manitou, BOS, Suntour errrrrPosted 4 years ago
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