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  1. #1
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    27.5/650b bike for Leadville?

    Anybody race Leadville this past weekend on a 27.5/650b bike? I assume the vast majority of riders were on 29er hardtails. I am just curious to hear if anyone raced on 27.5/650b wheels, and if it was an advantage/disadvantage compared to the bigger wheels on that course, which seems to be all fire roads.

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    I'm sure there are others more knowledgeable, but I do believe 26" bikes were ridden to wins from at least 2003 to 2009 with the 09 win being a FS bike. This years winner was a 29 FS.

    My first thought would be if 26" bikes can be ridden to a win, a 27.5/650b would be just as capable on the course, (BIG 'but' here) but you really have to take the rider into consideration.
    2012 Diamondback Podium 3
    2013 Specialized Stumpjumper EVO 29 - MIA
    2013 Giant Anthem X Advanced 2

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    The Leadville race is so fitness oriented, I doubt wheel size really matters that much.

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