- wagon wheel fans-haha not one on the podium!
Ah yes but pussy wouldn’t be interested in xc or endurance as he isn’t fit enough to pedal. He can just about manage to slowly roll down hill whilst pretending to be gnar and shred. Oh and troll, but i suppose mashing a keyboard with chubby little digits doesnt take much skills either 😀Posted 4 years agodunsapieMember
Why is it only now that 650B/27.5″ wheels are being hailed as the greatest advancement in mountain bike history?Posted 4 years ago
Smaller (less influential) companies had tried to put out 650B bikes about 4-5 years ago but had very little interest.
Now the big companies are telling us how good they are and everyone is listening. The power of marketing perhaps?vondallySubscriber
troll on…………respect to the world cup downhillers but they will ride what their sponsors tell’em
khani on the money……..at 47 glad I rode my wagon wheels yesterday, surprisingly faster down hill than I was on 26er…………
most importantly I smiled. giggled, scared my self silly and sat happy at the top of the next 3 mile climb…….still not in the top 100 in strava though 8)Posted 4 years agoTom_W1987Member
Yup sticking with my 26 inch wheels. On the flattest dh track (its not even a proper dh track, its not far off being an enduro level stage) on the world circuits….the 29ers and 650bs couldnt get close.
I remember half you guys saying a while ago that this was where the big wheeled bikes would prove their dominance.
Riders will ride what the company can offer….to win. A lot of the major companies have 650b and 29er bikes that would suit that track….gwin couldve ridden an enduro 29…he didnt. Brendan could have gone 650b, gee could have. Etc etc
Maybe its just that 29ers are for n00bs 😛 and 26ers are for those who haz got skillz yoPosted 4 years agogaz552Member
The thing that annoyed me a bit during the live stream of the downhill was the commentators constantly talking about the riders on different wheel sizes and one of the commentators stating that the 26″ was going to be dead after the event with 27.5 replacing it.
About 5-10mins later the fastest time was set on a Yeti SB-66 running 26″ wheels. Proving that 26″ was far from dead and being replacing by 27.5″.
Anyhow, it is a stupid debate and while I laughed when the 29er (must have caught too much grip) going into the corner and the rider went down, I was still glad that he was ok as it could have been nasty.
And isn’t one of the main reasons we watch because we enjoy the racing and want to see the riders do well and not get hurt..? (just thought I’d throw that out there)Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
The Roots and Rain figures probably aren’t complete but considering how few 650b bikes there were in the race, having 2 in the top 6 is hardly a bad result is it? Especially considering that the hardware’s still catching up, and how few of the real top contenders were using them- Stevie Smith aside, you’d not really tip Nick Beer or Blenky for the win, frinstance, let alone Bingelli and that other feller.
And leaving everything else aside, the most likely wheel size to win was always whichever one Greg Minaar had on his bike…Posted 4 years agoTom_W1987Member
But why didnt so many others choose to ride their 650b prototype downhill bikes eg scott, gt etc? Why wasnt graves running the new sb75? If 650b was so much faster why have the syndicate team not been testing prototypes at least in practice?
Occams razor says its because theyre slower. Sorry but this has made up my mind, the bike industry is prizing my 26 inch wheels out of my cold dead hands. They’ll be getting no money out of me until there are no spare parts left for my bike. No wheel, frame or suspension upgrades anyway.Posted 4 years ago
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