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    Are tires coming down in price for 650?

    I want to run a 650 in rear along with a 29 front and I was pricing tires and they seemed expensive. Are 29 and 650 getting better in pricing.

    I mean 40 to 60 for a bike tire is like steep.

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    Not for good ones, it isn't.
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    Others will cry about rolling resistance but bang for the buck I like Nevgals from Kenda
    great tire here in Pisgah and surrounding area.
    Still going to run you 40 bucks with tax and shipping you can get the racing ralph for a buck or two cheaper but it wont last as long as the kenda
    these days 40 bucks is cheap for tires sad but true..
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    That's because they are good tires. You'll have to wait for next summer to find entry level 650b tires. I'm not sure why you'd want them though. A cheap tire will make a 10k bike ride likes 1k bike. Quality tires cost over $50 retail.

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    Ah, the CST folding tires are actually pretty good. I'm running a set of Heathens and they made off camber stuff a breeze, more grip than my worn Rocket Ron Evo's, and they are tough. They are heavy though, and don't roll as well as my RoRos did. They should be about $35 retail. However, they are not yet available in 27.5s.

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    Thanks , I used to be able to get full sized moto X motorcycle tires for 50$, and that was not to long ago.

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    $40 for mtb tires is expensive????
    I think the Crossmarks I just bought were about $62 each and I was happy paying that to my LBS. Most of the tires I had bought previously were more than.
    Hardrock 29er, Niner EMD9, Cannondale F29, Camber Expert, 650b Nickel all gone.
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    This has been beaten to death, but companies make literally millions of a single tire and size for motorcycles per production cycle versus maybe a hundred thousand (maximum) bicycle tires per size/production cycle, at roughly the same mold and R&d costs. (And mere hundreds/low thousands for, say, fat bikes)
    It's economy of scale, pure and simple.
    In fact, this factor alone is a large part of Giant's economic model to make a bulk of their mt. Bikes 650 in the coming years.
    Good bicycle tires are incredibly niche, all things considered...
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    Sure, some cheaper tires that won't be worth riding will hit the market in the 650b size soon enough...

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    Tire prices in general are higher then a few years ago. My favorite 29er tires were IRD fire XC Pros. I use to be able to pick them up for about $36 on sale, now the best I can find them for is $56. Also, a lot of the 650 tires are tubeless ready, so again cost more then their non-TR counterparts. Vee Rubber has some tires in the $40-45 range and might be worth looking at. I just put on a set of Michelin Wild Grip'r2 advanced for right at $50 a piece shipped. Not to bad for a nice tire in my book.

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    Re: Are tires coming down in price for 650?

    Moto tires are produced in much larger quanity. Same think with car tires when you only make 10 thousand of a tire it is hard to bring cost down.

    I budget 60 a tire and use about 4 a year. But i get to ride a bike!

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    I don't know if they make 650B sizes yet, but I have been very happy with the Serfas Krest tires that the shop here sells for about $35. They last a long time and rarely flat. I have used them in both 26 and 29.
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    One thing about 26's they were cheaper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Realslowww View Post
    One thing about 26's they were cheaper.
    Not for good ones.
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    Vee Rubber offers a plethora of good tires around or below the $40 price point. Kenda tires can also be had for sub $40. German brands tires are expensive if you buy them from local distributors, if you order from discount stores overseas, they can be had for ~$50 incl. shipping.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Realslowww View Post
    I want to run a 650 in rear along with a 29 front and I was pricing tires and they seemed expensive. Are 29 and 650 getting better in pricing.

    I mean 40 to 60 for a bike tire is like steep.

    Thanks.
    B9r? You're in a niche market. Get used to it or find anther hobbie.

    Be helpful if you listed what rr tyres you've been running. Kenda Nev 2.35's can be had for >$40 but may not be what you need/want. Pricepoint has the Geax Saguaro's that are ~$40.
    Otherwise $40 is pretty much your bottom end price range.
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    This must be the cheapest 650b tire I have seen recently: $29.99 for Honey Badger w/ wire bead Kenda Honey Badger Sport 27.5" Tire > Components > Tires and Tubes > Tires | Jenson USA Online Bike Shop

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    This is the thing I am running 40CM tires because I mostly road ride but I hit slick corner the other day and busted my A$$ going like 20 plus MPH and I am thinking if I would of had some real tires I may have been able to save my butt.

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