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    Has 650B already gotten stale? They're at Bikesdirect now

    I'm pretty underwhelmed by their initial selection:

    Up to 60% Off 27.5 650b Mountain Bikes Equipped with Shimano or SRAM

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    In Europe they get entry-level manufacturer-direct companies like Canyon and YT Industries. We get Bikes Direct.
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    They are hardly worth the 'discounted' prices, if you look at the real parts specs.
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    The Dawes Haymaker 2750 is cheaper and a little better than a Hardrock Disc 26" for example so there is some value.

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    Not in terms of material quality, weld quality, weight, and warranty, it isn't.
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    the single speed rigid probably wouldnt make a bad winter beater/ commuter. something to beat the hell out of on salty roads n not care.

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    Excuse my ignorance but I failure to see the correlation between these bikes and 650b being stale. Care to enlighten me?

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    It's just a weak attempt at 'humor' from a H8tr
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    Re: Has 650B already gotten stale? They're at Bikesdirect now

    In that case, fat bikes must have gone stale as well. :-)

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    The difference is that their fat bikes look a lot better than their 650b stuff. Maybe that's due to my more limited knowledge of fat bike bits, but I looked at their $700 fatbike quite a while last night, wondering if I should pre-order. In the end... their biggest size was too small, so my bike budget is safe for a while. But none of their 650b bikes had any appeal to me at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post
    In that case, fat bikes must have gone stale as well. :-)

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    I don't think the pics on the website does this bike any justice, and I have enjoyed this bike more than my Roubaix or Supersix
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    I do think it's interesting that two of the trending bike styles - fat bikes and 650B MTB - seem to have skipped the mid range and gone from high end straight to bottom end. You can get a $1200 650B hardtail or a $350 one, but not a $500 one from Trek or Specialized. You can get a $1800 fat bike or a $700 one, but not a $1000-1200 one from a major supplier.

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    Has 650B already gotten stale? They're at Bikesdirect now

    Quote Originally Posted by BATRG3 View Post
    I do think it's interesting that two of the trending bike styles - fat bikes and 650B MTB - seem to have skipped the mid range and gone from high end straight to bottom end. You can get a $1200 650B hardtail or a $350 one, but not a $500 one from Trek or Specialized. You can get a $1800 fat bike or a $700 one, but not a $1000-1200 one from a major supplier.
    You can't get a Specialized bike of any configuration in 650b wheel size for any price anywhere. They don't make any.

    Your point a again? Hint: do a bit of research before next post. TIA.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dwt View Post
    You can't get a Specialized bike of any configuration in 650b wheel size for any price anywhere. They don't make any.

    Your point a again? Hint: do a bit of research before next post. TIA.
    I was making the point that Specialized is the kind of manufacturer who could offer a $500 model if they wanted to, as could Trek. I'm aware that Trek has a higher end 650B, but nothing in the low-mid range, while Specialized has ignored 650B altogether.

    My point was that folks like Jamis will sell 650Bs for >$1k because they can, Bikesdirect will sell them for $350 because they can't really ask more, but if you want better quality (like a Hardrock or a Myka) without going higher end you're out of luck.

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