trek are dropping 26" now.
650b is also commonly called 27.5”, but that’s not accurate. Looking at the standard ETRTO rim diameters, 650b is closer to 26” than to 29”. Not surprisingly, 650b rides and behaves much like a 26” wheel, with just a little more stability and speed. Depending on your riding style, 650b may be a better 26” wheel.
At least they’re honest about it. Others take note.Posted 4 years ago
wrecker – Member
This is a gloriously moronic quote from the Trek press release (from the above linky)
What’s wrong with that? Doubtless some people will prefer it and some won’t
And the majority of mindless, sheeplike morons will buy what they are told to.
650B is turning out to be a very good litmus test for gullibility.
I’ve a spreadsheet with the details of every STW’er that has expressed a positive opinion.Posted 4 years ago
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wrecker – Member
I’m certainly not pro 650b, so don’t bother mailing me!
I’m just pleased that a manufacturer isn’t blindly following the industries’ “27.5” bollocks and are being more open about the actual size.
So the open cynicism and utter comtempt shown to the current 26inch user base by the manufacturers doesn’t bother you at all?
It’s just the nomenclature of the most unwanted ‘innovation’ in cycling that causes you a problem?
Good grief………. 😉Posted 4 years ago
Rusty, its annoying. I don’t want a 650b bike. I am now resigned to the fact that that’s what we are going to be riding in a couple of years. To me, the naming of 27.5 is the embodiment of how marketing driven the whole thing is. It’s complete bullshit. But that’s what we’ve got.Posted 4 years ago
gullibility of the bike buying public and the utter cynicism and contempt displayed by the manufacturers
Really, it’s not that way. Calm down.
Markets change, products change. Businesses have to move on or they stagnate and a stagnating business is a dying business.
Sometimes they get it wrong, perhaps they have here, perhaps they haven’t. But they have to try.
I really doubt there was ever a conference in a dark smoky room where a bunch of “industry bigwigs” thought best how they could shaft Mr Rusty Spanner of Singletrackworld.Posted 4 years ago
People like buying new bikes. Manufacturers want people to buy new bikes from them. So manufacturers think up innovations to make themselves stand out. So magazines write about the new innovations. So people read the mags and want new bikes.
We didn’t start the fire…Posted 4 years ago
650b hasn’t been lead by engineers or designers.
The differences are too slight.
No one is pushing this as the great leap forward in bike design.
We’re just being offered a fait accompli.
I think we can all agree on that.
So, it must be marketing led.
A new wheel size will put doubt in the minds of owners of perfectly good 26 inch bikes that they need the latest thing.
So no discernable design benefits, minimal investment yet increased sales?Posted 4 years ago
Seems like cynical marketing bullshit to me.
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