The 650B adavantage! 0.55% Betterer!
yacoby – Member
But for mortals such as ourselves that 1 second makes sweet FA difference.
29er I understand. 650B… Not quite so much.
Plenty of us mere mortals spending lots of cash swapping out perfectly good components for incrementally lighter ones for far smaller advantages. There’s an actual, tangible benefit to bigger wheels – in the context of everything else that goes on with bikes, why wouldn’t people want that, however small?Posted 4 years agoyacobyMember
What I was trying to say is that the biggest weak point isn’t the kit (at least for me) and from my perspective I am not going to notice a 1% speed difference.
Maybe useful for the people a couple of seconds off the top at Strava or whatever, but in my view if I spent the £300 on a trip to the Alps I would probably end up much faster than if I bought new wheels. Or even just a couple of days riding somewhere in Scotland trying to catch faster riders.
If people want marginally larger wheels, go for it though *shrugs*Posted 4 years ago
There’s an actual, tangible benefit to bigger wheels –
Is there? I’ve not seen any evidence that 1″ difference to the size of my wheels will offer me any tangible benefit at all. And, for me 2.5″-odd bigger was a hindrance.
It seems like the writing is on the wall, and we’ll all be on 650B in a few years. I’m just glad that it’s not very different to 26″.Posted 4 years agoBillOddieSubscriber
According to this video featuring a certain Nico Vouilloz, using a 650B wheel over a 26 wheel equates to 1 SECOND in 3 MINS! That’s worth while then!Posted 4 years ago
molgrips – Member
It’s about how it feels. Lighter feels nicer, 29er feels faster etc.
Yup. I’ve just switched to a slower bike because it’s more fun to ride, couldn’t care less about saving seconds except when I earn them. The article just shows the performance difference is irrelevant for most, so it goes entirely back to fun, feel, and cost.Posted 4 years agotraildogMember
I cannot understands peoples negative reaction to this. If you are a racer then any advantage will be good. Many people are not pros but still enjoy racing and so look at giving themselves an extra edge. It is correct that there are probably more cost effective ways of giving yourself and edge and there is nothing stopping you from following them.
Personally I am happy that the difference is so small as it means I will get much more time out of my 26″ wheels which I’m perfectly happy with and love riding. If I get an oportunity to change to 650b then I will certainly look at it, but I won’t lose any sleep over losing so little time in an event with riding them.Posted 4 years agoPacemanSubscriber
b45her – Member
i really hope 650b does win the clown wheel wars, there’s no real world difference from a 26er and it keeps the true clown wheels(29ers) where they belong, on cyclocross and shopping bikes.
My missus sometimes does her shopping on her 26er… she’s hardcore gnarr though 😉Posted 4 years ago
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