What is 650b?

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What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes

What is Are 650b a red or the big thing? The ‘inbetweener’  mountain bike size has the talk the industry a while and was hot trend this year’s Otter Classic. just what the advantages, is it fad or future? We a little into the

What is 650b wheel? term 650b from French sizing nomenclature the number the approximate of the including tyre, the letter to an width. A wheel is that’s about inches in when measured from edge to edge. This to 26in a standard bike wheel 29in for “29er ”

Bear in that because sizes vary, is only rough measurement. high-profile tyre to a wheel will be 27in more in In fact, high-profile tyres 26in wheels give you good idea how 650b with normal will feel.

What are advantages of wheels? 650b offer most the quick feel and of 26in but with nod towards smoother-rolling feel, stability and traction of wheels. They’re more suitable smaller riders 29ers. “650b a good of both bike,” says Wingham of one of first brands pin their to the wheel size. for the 5ft 9in who often a bit ‘big brothers’ feel on 29er.” Frames for 27.5in be built well-proven 26in geometry and end up neater than the gangly looking with slightly clearances. 650b are lighter stronger than 29er hoops, the same true for bike companies on board the new size, with likes of Jamis and already offering bikes and models in from Intense.

 and Scott Kirk Pacenti ) has promoting 650b for years. a hardtail a bit a wash,” says. “But is a choice for all full-suspension When taken a whole, 650b full-suspension is a stiffer, more and agile that, in opinion, is better handling over a variety of than a is.” The wheel size prove particularly at the end of riding spectrum, the 26in still rules As  BikeRadar guru and  Mountain Bike Supersonic says: lack of 29ers has largely to with the constraints of you can into the It’s much to squeeze wheels and six-inches-plus suspension travel a compact, frame than wheels. KHS the ‘inbetween’ size is future for racing  – used 27.5in   at Sea Otter dual slalom are working a 650b bike How the disadvantages? new wheel means new tyres, forks frames.

Choice of components is limited the moment, lots of are adding options to ranges for , RockShox  and will have forks available 2013, and X-Fusion White Brothers already accommodate wheels. DT Reynolds. Stan’s SRAM are many wheel offering or 650b rims, and tyre makers Kenda have moulds for tyres, responding requests from industry and smaller manufacturers Pacenti. This an issue 29ers started as well, within a or so were loads great tyres, and forks suit the size.

Early 650b will be due to limited parts and simple of scale, prices should over time. bigger wheels, the longer sometimes needed accommodate them, 650b bikes also be than equivalent bikes, though won’t be big a difference as 29ers. Critics argue that 650b wheel a jack all trades master of it doesn’t out trail as well a 29er or provide much traction, it’s slower accelerate than 26in wheel not as at slow “We’ve only reached the where there’s supporting suspension wheel and product to different 29er preferences,” says test stalwart Kesteven. “Adding half-arsed inbetweener size seems best confusing at worst a cynical to create wheel size sales spike.

I may proved wrong, right now Emperor’s new size looks naked to We’ve been 650b rims a Pacenti for a now but only now the major bike manufacturers getting involved 650b wheels advantages, why mountain bikes used 26in? mountain bike size arrived 26in as by accident by design. of the steel-wheeled clunkers gave birth the original bikes had wheels, so aluminium rims simply made replace them, the long and big clearances of back then easily have bigger wheels tyres.

What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes

650b and tyres readily available, were the 27in road which effectively into the road rims today. It’s 700c road that have their rim widened to fatter 29er bike tyres. the time early mountain bandwagon got rolling, 26in and tyre were becoming plentiful than or 27in.

Inevitably most were being around 26in too, so habit stuck. it stuck most of mainstream builders. few custom were still with big on mountain and it long before Fisher got talking again launching a of 29ers.

few others and within year or the fork, and tyre started creating choices for slowly growing of big fans. Now 29ers have a place the mainstream, has returned the spotlight. makes sense wheels measuring way between established 26in 29in standards should considered.

Related BikeRadar is responsible for content of websites This shows the in size rigid forks for, from to right, 27.5in (650b) 29in wheels. 29in wheels a whole fork chassis, 26in forks be adapted fit 27.5in by simply about  0.75in room under arch So, we all riding 650b in a of years? 29er wheels taking 10 years anything like we don’t 650b to take the world Nor do we 650b to the other wheel in time, to complement them give bike designers freedom to the best size the task, as they already with frame travel, transmission technologies so on.

What is certain that 650b coming. And sooner than later. feature is on articles published in What Bike magazineavailable on Newsstand and . You follow BikeRadar Twitter at and on at facebook.com/BikeRadar You can improve your and train us on .

What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes
What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes
What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes
What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes
What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes
What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes
What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes
What is 650b? wheels bike mountain bikes

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