I love 26" and planned on being on them forever. However, as companies start eliminating 26" from the ine up things like tires, wheels, and forks will have less options. Looks like 27.5 will be my next bike and just maybe on of these new treks.
Trek Unveils 2014 27.5 / 650b Slash and Remedy Lineup 7
Technical trail and enduro platforms teased at Trek World Europe
(Waterloo, WI) – Trek Bicycle today previewed their 650b plans to European retailers and select members of the European bike press, unveiling two revamped platforms in the technical trail and enduro product lines. The Slash and Remedy lines will be offered in 650b options to address those segments where the emerging wheel size is most suited to the terrain and rider demands.
The 160mm-travel Slash has been completely redesigned from the ground up with a focus on the emerging and demanding enduro scene. With a lower bottom bracket and slacker head tube than the 26-inch version, the Slash 650b provides a lower, longer position for the competitive enduro racer. And amazingly, the alloy frame weighs 350 grams less than its 26-inch predecessor.
The Remedy line adds 140mm-travel alloy and carbon 650b options to complement the 29er lineup launched in early June. The smaller-wheeled sibling was built around the nimble ride characteristics of 650b wheels to offer technical trail riders a more playful option alongside the more confidence-inspiring 29er. The Remedy 650b will be offered in both OCLV MTB carbon and Alpha Platinum Aluminum.
“After a decade plus of alternative wheel size development, testing, refining, and debating, it’s become clear that for trail riders wheel size is primarily about riding style,” said Travis Ott, global MTB Brand Manager. “29” will be fastest for XC racing, but as we get into more trail riding, 650b and 29 can both excel on the same trail. Then it really comes down to how different riders tackle the same trail in their own way. So the Remedy now has the confidence-inspiring 29er option and the more playful 650b option. Then the Slash gets the new small wheel treatment with a ground-up 650b chassis.”
After a busy year that has already seen the launch of the all-new Fuel EX 29, Remedy 29 and mountain bikes in Project One, Trek's 650b models will hit worldwide retailers this autumn.
Credit: Trek Bikes
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sspomer 7/17/2013 11:50 AM
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if that does actually happen, it's going to be a while. i would not let the industry dictate what i ride. it's gotta feel great, and i have to feel like i can rip on it. all else comes second.
26ers are only dead to those who feel the need to justify to themselves or others, the purchase of a new bike..
The big boys, Santa Cruz, Trek and soon Giant all going 650b (27.5)
26 inch wheels are headed for the grave, (until they get re-introuduced in 8-10 years as the next big thing)
26" is just dead now. When will Specialized announce a 27,5" Enduro?