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Wheel Wars: 26 vs 27.5/650b vs 29er

Posted March 14, 2015 06:37PM by Skye in the Cycling Forum

Skye
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The arguments for going to a 29er seem reasonable (rolls better, more traction vs slightly weaker, more rotational mass)
Now I see there are 27.5" aka 650b bikes too. Is this just a plot to sell more product?

Of course, if you're buying a new MTB, you can choose anything you want and it doesn't really make a difference. But if you already have a lot of spares, or you're looking at the used market, there is WAY more selection for 26" spares and gear.

What do you ride for getting up & down the hills? Are the new sizes pure marketing BS or worth the hype?

In the end, just get out there and ride what you've got!!



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Skye
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@TheStaminist   Skye Nott
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Joined: 3 years ago   Posts: 516

Sometimes Youtube suggests good videos to watch... MTB wheel size debate - 650b & 27.5 at Eurobike
Is 29" really too big? This was from 2012 so if "it will be decided within 5 years" we should almost be there already.

It does kind of seem like 650b is pretty popular now, maybe it does hit that sweet spot
I don't know, I'll just stick with my 26er hardtail until it breaks (probably never)



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