Trek goes 27.5 now
We have made a policy decision here to call the new wheel size 27.5 and not 650b. We feel that 650b is rather meaningless in the context of describing other wheel sizes in inches. It may not be exactly 27.5 inches but still we feel 27.5 is a better and common vocabulary for describing this wheel size.
As for the validity and worth of this new wheel size, well that’s a different kettle of worms altogether 🙂Posted 4 years ago
We feel that 650b is rather meaningless in the context of describing other wheel sizes in inches.
27.5 is also meaningless as it’s plainly inaccurate and intentionally misleading. Why not call it 27″? It is after all 25mm (~1 inch) bigger than 26″.
It’s your mag, but I’m disappointed. Got to keep the advertisers happy I suppose.
I make no judgement on the validity of the wheelsize, but I think we’ll all be riding it sooner or later as that’s what the industry has decided they want us to ride. I don’t think 25mm is going to make much difference except to our pockets come upgrade time.Posted 4 years ago
Shame that… It’s always informative when marketing is misleading, tells you they have an inconvenient truth to hide. It doesn’t really matter whether the wheel size is closer to 26 or 29 but it does tell us that they’d like us to believe that it’s a bigger difference than it really is…
Hate the game not the playa…Posted 4 years agob rMember
It may not be exactly 27.5 inches but still we feel 27.5 is a better and common vocabulary for describing this wheel size.
Said the man from Marketing…
26″ = ISO 559mm (actual imperial = 22″)Posted 4 years ago
650B / 27.5 = ISO 584mm (actual imperial = 23″)
29″ = ISO 622mm (actual imperial = 24.5″)
could be worse sometimes they are called ‘tweener’ that really grinds my gears
its just for them yanks innit you cant have 26, 29 and then 650 for one thing they know that bigger is always better so no one would buy 29ers anynore
also its numbers and a letter thats just too complicatedPosted 4 years ago
kimbers – Member
im on a one man campaign to have all bike numbers in metric so it will remain 650b in my house
Think I will keep it imperial and 26 😉 Maybe I’ll just put 27.5 stickers on everything though, nobody’ll be able to tell the difference without a ruler. (which is why all the 27.5/650b branding is so massive on new bikes)Posted 4 years agoRikMember
650b rolls off the tongue better than 27.5.
650b/27.5 – whatever you call it is here to stay. Whether we like it or not we will be riding them over 26 inch in a few years. And in a few years you won’t be able to get high level 26 inch bits like suspensions forks. Everybody always uses the example of 7, 8 and 9 speed drive trains – yes you can still get 8 speed but not in XTR or XT level.
We are going to have to lump it.
Same with the argument that big 2.4 tyres on a 26 inch wheel is the same size as 650b. It maybe if you put a 1.8 inch tyre on the 650b. Yes it’s only 25mm but that still equates to a 3.4 inch tyre to make them the same size. And we don’t all ride around on 3.4 inch tyres unless you own one of those stupid fat bikes.
Get over it, ride you 26 inch bike into the ground. Then when you come to buy a new bike pick either 29er or 650b. That will be your choice.Posted 4 years ago
You can’t blame Singletrack for following the industry line, it’s obvious this is an unstoppable force… It’s mostly balls, but that’s not going to make the slightest bit of difference. They can’t stand aside and they can’t resist it even if they want to. It’s certainly no sell-out.
If you have a grumble, point it at the people responsible, and just remember in future that the industry is not on your side, you’re just a wallet with legs and change is implemented for the marketing benefits not to improve your ride.Posted 4 years agomindmap3Member
It’s all our fault anyhow…if we’d bought enough 26ers the industry wouldn’t need to find ways to flog us all these new wheel sizes!
On a serious note, I can’t be bothered stressing about it. I’ve resigned myself to that’s what’s happening because the manufacturers have decided. At least my frame can be swapped over with some new drop outs.Posted 4 years agoJunkyardMember
You can’t blame Singletrack for following the industry line,
The industry line is deliberately misleading to suggest it lies between the two when anyone informed knows this is most definitely not the case. I [expect the media to impartially report the facts [ yes I am often disappointed but rarely by STW]
it’s obvious this is an unstoppable force..
I would imagine some part of that strategy involved get the media involved in your “campaign” to help seel the message., I doubt it involved a fight with the industry mags tbh who constantly argued that 650 b is not half way between 26 and 29.Posted 4 years ago
Whether 650 b is better bike is subjective so they can say as they please but the maths dont lie about actual wheel size and where it lies hence why 27.5 is essentially spin
I think they look quite good but my friends experience of those bizzare Trek shocks and shocking dry-parts-of-the-USA-only-cable-routing will have me looking elsewhere.
I really like Treks. A friend has a remedy and another a Fuel EX. I really enjoy riding both bikes. I’m sure I’d enjoy the 650b version just as much. I don’t really know why this has got my knickers in a twist, the whole change has left a sour taste (actually, JY has nailed it).
Edit, and apologies Mark, it wasn’t my intention to get your blood pressure up. I just hoped someone would ask the pertinent questions on behalf of the consumers, but on reflection perhaps it’s not your place to do so.Posted 4 years ago
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