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    Quote Originally Posted by Varaxis View Post
    Consider that Anthem X 29er has a frame weight of just over 5 lbs, rivaling carbon frames, and you got their top level component spec for that alloy frame. What did it come in at, 4k?
    $2800 actually. Still feels like an anchor compared to my Seven 622 SLX. I'm really a roadie just looking to return to the woods for cold weather riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by socalpete View Post
    Newbie here , where does Giant stand in the hierarchy of all bike manufactures?
    Supposedly the largest, but there may be some companies in China that produce more bikes for internal consumption. I have no clue where Giant stands in production of mountain bikes. Giant manufactures bikes for other brands. Giant is part of the big three: Giant, Specialized, Trek. Cannondale may fit in their somewhere. Think GM, Ford, Toyota. Giant is big.

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    My $.10...

    29er fit has been hard to come by and I started in 2005 on a KM. I am not the tallest guy in the world (5-7) and I tend to throw my bike around. 29er's went against everything I originally learned how to do on a bike.

    Present-day I am still learning how to get around the deficiencies of a 29er, but at least I found a few models that fit well. The simple fact is that 26er parts are starting to erode and 29er parts are expanding all the time. This in itself will force the use of 29ers in the future and make 26er's the bicycle's of small adults like my 5' tall wife.

    So even though I don't see a lot of personal gain out of the 29er product progression, I know it is the standard wheelset size going into the future. So we all will have to adapt and accept what is taking place in the marketplace.

    Now...

    1. Is 26er going to disappear? NO... between the 30+yrs of old bikes that need parts and short riders, 26 is going to be around for a long time. If anything, "cruiser 24" will probably disappear.

    2. 650b future? YES... that wheel will be around for a while because it promotes better fit geo for short riders. Most 26er frames can tightly fit 650b. And I have seen an up-tick in 650b bikes at regional races, so they are being used for a reason. When I was in Germany 6mo ago, I saw even more 650b.


    In the end, wheel-size zealots will have their discussions and soap-box bullsh!t blogs. But the market responds to customer wants, NOT needs. Frankly I am suprised that a "29er" forum even exists present-day. It IS the bicycle now... it isn't a niche product.
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    Giant is out of their mind.

    I think 27.5 has a really strong chance to stick around and overtake 26" wheels but it's not an easy sell.

    29ers just work so well for the IMBA trail sanitation standards.

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    I agree here with most. It does make sense (somewhat) for them to begin to phase out the 26 inch bikes going forward but to even comment that 29ers are going away is ludicruis to me. Maybe even wishful thinking on their part.

    I have ridden all three and 26 and 650b are pretty close IMO. 29 is still a pretty different ride and on certain trails still seems like it would be the preferable choice.

    I think all three sizes could coexist but I just don't see 26inch wheels around as new bikes for much longer as a whole.

    In my local craiglist ads used parts (fork's, wheels, etc.) you can get half of what you can get for 29inch parts. Unscientific I know but worth noting..

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    Won't?

    Now that is really going out on a limb. Saying anything "won't" happen is way to optimistic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdb View Post
    Supposedly the largest, but there may be some companies in China that produce more bikes for internal consumption. I have no clue where Giant stands in production of mountain bikes. Giant manufactures bikes for other brands. Giant is part of the big three: Giant, Specialized, Trek. Cannondale may fit in their somewhere. Think GM, Ford, Toyota. Giant is big.
    Giant owns factories and production, it's not necessarily the bikes that end up with the name "giant" in the bike shop.
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    "There are literally masters degree courses in college for it now when 20 years ago marketing classes were just a small part of a business degree."

    Huh? In 1977 I got an MBA in Marketing. It is certainly nothing new. Where have you been?

    As for all the comments others have made on Giant being behind the curve, not knowing what they are doing etc. I'm sure the largest bike company in the world (the one that probably makes the bikes for so many other smaller brands) has some idea of what they are doing.

    I never bought into 29" I don't hate it or love it or really give a rats arsh about wheel size. I just enjoy riding and can see 27.5 as the way to go. Not the best thing to say on the 29" forum but a fact none-the-less. The truth is I was saying today that I would probably buy a 29" FS for my next bike but a 27.5" would probably work just as well for my type of riding.

    What someone else said about a person entering a bike shop, finding three wheel choices and taking the middle of the road approach makes sense too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Bubba View Post
    What someone else said about a person entering a bike shop, finding three wheel choices and taking the middle of the road approach makes sense too.
    With that logic, wait for the 32" wheel to make an appearance, and then 29er might be the middle of the road. Okay, I'm just JKing about that...

    Realistically, in the end, I think people will be buying whatever they see others buying, others that they believe to share something in common with. If they are unhappy with that, then they might seek out the better choice that addresses their concerns. 650b is a solution that might be for those that want the performance of bigger wheels, but don't find the 29er suiting them.

    I still think 29er offers more capability. I want to see 29er DH in the pro ranks, and I don't mean something like Fontana/Southridge nor Sea Otter. I've been spoiled by high end 29ers, so none of the 650b I've tried have impressed me yet, though the only one I really tried on real trails that I can compare to my 29er is the Rocky Mtn Altitude 790 MSL. I think I would rather have a quiver, a 26 playbike and a 29er racy, yet balanced all-day bike, rather than go for a single in-betweener.
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    Never having ridden a 27.5", I can't comment on them. I have ridden a number of high end 29" and would say that if I was buying a bike today, I would go in that direction but I can not realistically justify the entry price. A new bike is going to cost in the area of $4k and I already have two 26" bikes I am very happy with. It is going to be interesting to see what is out there next summer when the 2015's start showing up because that is more in the ball park for a purchase.

    My local east coast terrain is more tight and technical than anything else so a responsive longer travel bike fits my needs. Just the thing a 27.5" is supposed to be best suited for. As I said, next year will be very interesting.

    PS: I'm now officially old as crap and my back says "don't be stupid, ride FS or stick to your road bike."

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    Iíve got to give Giant credit for rocking the boat and making the wheel wars a lot more intriguing. I mean hell, Specialized just skipped right past 27.5 on nothing less than a 155mm travel Enduro 29. At this point, Iím actually interested to see how this all plays out. I popped up a big bowl of popcorn for this one.

    Iím not buying everything Giant is saying by a long shot, but Iím not 100% dismissing it either. 27.5 is a compromise just like any other wheel size, but maybe itís the best compromise for more riders than was previously thought.

    Iím open to whatever wheel size works best, but I really donít think Iíll ever be in the market for a smaller wheel. Iím not the norm though - Iím 6í2Ē, and weigh 230 geared. I looked at Giantís charts in Pinkbike. IMO, at my weight, a few pounds just doesnít matter that much, even when I apply a multiplier of 3 (uneducated guess) to the rotational weight in the wheels. And I donít really care about the numerical value for the angle of attack. What I do care about is the difference in lost forward momentum when riding over obstacles of various sizes, and they didnít include a table for that. Also, I believe that the greater the angle between the point of contact with the obstacle and the CG of the bike + rider, the greater the loss in momentum. So as a tall dude, Iím gonna keep rocking my big wheels.

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    I see it in pretty simple terms.

    There are two mainstream wheel sizes to choose from, big ( 29 ) and small ( 26 ). In two years time this will be exactly the same choice except small will now include 650b. The extent to which 26 will suffer from 650b market dominance will depend on public gullibility and the shear weight of hype which is currently looking unstoppable. As it's been already said, 650b is NOT an inbetween size and feels and behaves pretty much like a 26 compared to the huge difference in feel to a 29. Giant's cynical business positioning and attempt to influence the mass market towards one side of a clear wheel size choice is as cringeworthy as it's attempts to change steerer and headset standards. Just ignore them, they are followers not innovators.

    There is so much more to wheel size than this nonsense in any case. Surly's new 2.7 x 26 tyres for instance. interesting times...

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    When I upgraded my 26er bike up to 2.3" wide tires, I ended up with tires the same outside diameter as a 650b with 2.1" wide. IMHO 650b is just not enough of a difference from 26er. I am also guessing that 26er's will disappear in favor of 650b.

    The technology and demand for 29er's is huge and still growing. They will not be going away any day soon. My 700c hybrid rigid bike was an awesome bike. Oh and by the way, 700c is almost the same size as a 29er, just a bit narrower. I learned to mtb with that bike. The roll-over capability and momentum of that bike was awesome compared to my current 26er FS bike. My next bike will most likely be a HT 29er.

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    Re: What's happening with the 29er market!? So confused

    Blundar:
    "When I upgraded my 26er bike up to 2.3" wide tires, I ended up with tires the same outside diameter as a 650b with 2.1" wide."

    Can you please specify, which 26" 2.3 and 27.5" 2.1 you are talking about?

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    Wheel size is primarily consumer-driven, then reinforced my industry marketing which drives demand even more. For one person 29ers are better, for another the old 26" works fine, and for still another the 27.5" just "feels right". It's all personal preference, and has little to do with wheel size. Some bikes, regardless of wheel size, just fit better than others. Consumers often mistake this feeling as a certain wheel size being superior than another. The fact is, riding your bike more has far more to do with how you feel on the bike and how well you ride than wheel size does. You can even get more out of choosing the appropriate tire tread pattern, tire pressure, or suspension tune for the terrain you're riding.

    My point is that bike companies have even SAID that wheel size doesn't matter much. They just don't want to miss out on sales, regardless of how strange consumers' reasoning is. So as long as there is sufficient demand for 26/27.5/29/36" wheels, there will be bikes and parts made for people to buy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by blundar View Post
    My 700c hybrid rigid bike was an awesome bike. Oh and by the way, 700c is almost the same size as a 29er, just a bit narrower. I learned to mtb with that bike. The roll-over capability and momentum of that bike was awesome compared to my current 26er FS bike. My next bike will most likely be a HT 29er.
    A 700C rim has exactly the same BSD(bead seat diameter) as a 29" mountain bike rim, namely 622mm.
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    giant is desparate. they have no ideas and they'd rather try and compete with the little companies who are taking the first leap in 27.5" than lose their arses with their lame 29" models v. S and Trek. In a couple years Santa Cruz will be buying Giant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Bubba View Post

    Huh? In 1977 I got an MBA in Marketing. It is certainly nothing new. Where have you been?
    Under a rock evidently. I have only recently encountered people with marketing degrees. I am sure that has nothing to do with how many years i was a blue color grunt and paid zero attention to co worker/business associate/client/competitor education background. :P I just assumed SEO, paperclick, social media, bla bla bla was the birth of modern marketing, not the evolution of it.

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    Meh, marketing ploy... and it might work for them. Reduce SKUs by having only 1 bike size (thus being able to sell them cheaper or make more money on them or likely a combo of both) and become known as the 650B specialists. Kinda like Niner but with 650B.

    Either way, the 29er ain't taking a dirt nap but I wouldn't be buying stock in 26 inch bikes any time soon. You couldn't find a high end 26 inch XC bike in AZ if you wanted one.

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    There's this company... they built their reputation and success on only selling 29ers... their name, it escapes me at the moment... But yeah, if Giant wanted to go all in with 650B, it likely would be an idea that would work out well for them. Its not like only selling 29ers is hurting that one other company.

    Edit: weird, someone else made a similar post in the same minute.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rev Bubba View Post

    My local east coast terrain is more tight and technical than anything else
    Like worse than this!? Jeeze that's crazy!

    What's happening with the 29er market!? So confused-sd550img_1953.jpg

    Funny thing on this ride, I was on my 7/8" highline, but I think there were at least 2 29ers, one of which being a lenz lunchbox, and that one seemed to do better than my dinky 26" wheels in this technical terrain. There are plenty of tight moves here where you have to take a certain line down a chute or make a certain corner, so there's a lot more to this than just rolling straight down. A lot of these rides got me thinking that the 29er guys are riding the same terrain as us on much heavier bigger-travel bikes, they didn't exactly make the kind of 29er at that time that I wanted, so I waited...
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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    There's this company... they built their reputation and success on only selling 29ers... their name, it escapes me at the moment... But yeah, if Giant wanted to go all in with 650B, it likely would be an idea that would work out well for them. Its not like only selling 29ers is hurting that one other company.

    Edit: weird, someone else made a similar post in the same minute.
    Well, one has to separate "Giant" the company that produces bikes with the name "Giant" in local bike shops from the company "Giant" that makes bikes for many other manufacturers that no doubt end up in all kinds of shops and likely online. Even if "Giant" only made 27.5" bikes under their name, they'd still be making lots of 29ers and 26ers for other companies, in addition to everything else they make. They are not really separate of course, but one saying they will only make 27.5 doesn't really affect the other...
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    Re: What's happening with the 29er market!? So confused

    Are the 29 in guys in the same boat as the 26" guys awhile ago? 650b has won xc world cups, cross races, enduro races, and had been wildly popular before the big companies started going in. Had every one been sleeping on the 650b forum? I worked at the internet arm of a bike shop and for the past six years 650 tires were always selling like hot cakes. I love my 29r...but I am jumping ship when a studded 650 tire comes along. The size rocks.
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    Wildly popular? I have yet to see one on the trail (admittedly, I live in SLC where we're pretty darn backwards).

    Walk into 10 random bikes shops in your area and count how many 650b items you can purchase. Let me know what you find. My guess is not many.

    It's a great wheel size and so are all the others and none of them are going anywhere. Kudos to the Giant marketing folks for getting a boatload of free publicity by making silly comments!

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    I would say that they are wildly popular in sense that we sold tons of rims and tires for a wheel size that really didn't exist. For awhile, it was our hottest selling tire size. I understand where you are coming from, not seeing them on the trails or in shops. I can walk into our shop(and others) and see them and i have seen a bunch in the trails already here in Maine.

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    Look at the MTBR Threads. 650B is always 1/3 of primary 29er forum volume... And that doesn't include the 29er parts/components forum.

    650 group size has not increased in months.

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    29ers are selling really well, 26 is okay and 650b has a lot of interest but not enough geometries to satisfy all the riders on the market yet. 26 may very well dwindle off but for many cross country racers the 29er will still be faster and smoother and people will want that for years to come. 29er won't be going away anytime soon.

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    What's happening with the 29er market!? So confused

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    Kudos to the Giant marketing folks for getting a boatload of free publicity by making silly comments!
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    Quote Originally Posted by LB412 View Post
    Look at the MTBR Threads. 650B is always 1/3 of primary 29er forum volume... And that doesn't include the 29er parts/components forum.

    650 group size has not increased in months.
    You fail to take into account that the wheel sizes are at two separate places in time. Its not like 29ers were just starting a mainstream push last season.
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    For bikes up to 140 or 150 mm travel, I sometimes think the L and XL sizes should be 29ers, and the S and M sizes should be 650B.

    Question: Did you marketing guys have to read "Syrup" by Max Barry? Most hilarious send-up of marketing ever!

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    Quote Originally Posted by indyfab25 View Post
    not seeing them on the trails or in shops. I can walk into our shop(and others) and see them and i have seen a bunch in the trails already here in Maine.
    The problem is you can't tell the difference between a 26" and 27" on the trail or in a bike shop considering the meager 25mm difference. I literally have to read the sidewall to tell what the size is.

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    650b is not a new technology.

    I was describing an observation in forum activity. The 650b group did not spike post Downieville marketing blitz and has remained flat. I wish I had recorded and graphed it. Considering this community I believe its a major indicator.

    That said I would ride a 650 in some isolated situations but it will never be my everyday AM bike. For ref I ride in Southern Cal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kosmo View Post
    For bikes up to 140 or 150 mm travel, I sometimes think the L and XL sizes should be 29ers, and the S and M sizes should be 650B.

    Question: Did you marketing guys have to read "Syrup" by Max Barry? Most hilarious send-up of marketing ever!


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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    You fail to take into account that the wheel sizes are at two separate places in time. Its not like 29ers were just starting a mainstream push last season.
    IDK, I seem to remember very shortly after 29ers started breaking ground, within a year the 650s were there as well, in addition to the 69ers/96ers. I'd say 650 has been around almost as long as 29, it just never took off until there was a 29er dominated market.
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    IDK, I seem to remember very shortly after 29ers started breaking ground, within a year the 650s were there as well, in addition to the 69ers/96ers. I'd say 650 has been around almost as long as 29, it just never took off until there was a 29er dominated market.
    It still hasn't taken off.
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    Its not like 29ers were just starting a mainstream push last season.
    Neither was 650b.
    More than a handful of companies have taken a swing at the whole "all in on the new idea" old ass trick since, what, about 2008? Jamis, Haro... now Giant.
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    No, not worst than that......

    I did say I was old. Old enough to know enough not to ride something like that. Tight twisty singletrack is plenty for me at this stage.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cjsb View Post
    giant is desparate. they have no ideas and they'd rather try and compete with the little companies who are taking the first leap in 27.5" than lose their arses with their lame 29" models v. S and Trek. In a couple years Santa Cruz will be buying Giant.
    Santa Cruz will be buying Giant?
    Have you any clue how big Giant is? Their name alone should be a clue.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    Kudos to the Giant marketing folks for getting a boatload of free publicity by making silly comments!

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    Patrick VanHorn went on to say that extensive testing and prototyping demonstrated that Giantís 27.5-inch models combine the best attributes of both the 26-inch and 29-inch wheel sizes without any of the disadvantages. ďSo what you get is better handling and better control from a lighter weight bike that still rolls over obstacles as well as a 29er he said.

    False. Thanks for playing.

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    Me too. Under a rock for many things myself that is, especially advances in mountain bikes. I guess you can always watch "Mad Men" to get an idea of marketing in the fifties.

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    2010 i got back in to mtb and bought a Specialized Stumpy FSR there were no 29ers anywhere over here (UK)....roll forward to beginning of last year, and 29ers seemed to be catching on with the odd LBS model sat in a lineup of 26ers, roll on to end of last year and one shop has mostly 29ers and some 650Bs.....i think its taken time for 29ers to catch on and gain some momentum.....i now own two 29ers and would happily buy another two over the current wheel size choices, my Stumpy hasnt been ridden since i bought them.

    I think that the markets just starting to really find its feet with 29ers take the Scotts,Treks and Santacruzs 130/135 travel and the USA based 155 travel Specialized with the super short chainstays, components such as strong and light wheelsets too eg Mavics are only 120gms different between 26 and 29 (Crossmax ST)......i still feel that 26" will become a bit more niche and 27.5 and 29 will become the dominant sizes.

    Obviously there will be so many 26ers out there that the components will keep them alive for years to come!

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    It is pretty clear that the market has moved completely away from 26. Trek, Specialized, Cannondale, and Giant won't be producing 26" wheeled bikes at the premium end of the trail and XC market in 24 months. There is just not enough demand. They all see this. Giant focusing on 27.5 is anticipatory, and might be a great move. I don't think it will be, but you never know. At least they are hedging and keeping 29ers around. All of those out there who don't like 29" as a concept, or didn't think it was cool, or didn't like it in application can basically now get a 26er that is a little bit better as far as rollover, but have a "cool" new wheel size that allows them to still say they didn't go 29er. I think they sell pretty well, but 29er stays dominant in trail and XC. I think for most the 29er will be a better solution, but the market doesn't always pick the better option.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    and is probably editorial input from Pinkbike who are anti 29" zealots.
    This is far from the mark. ~5 years ago, maybe. Many of their readers/posters are, but not the staff.

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    I'm well aware how long 650B has been around for (since, like, ever) and 29ers, and my point was, 29ers have had that "cult following" for what like 10 years now? And they've become super super mainstream in the past 3 years or so.

    650B has always been around, but seriously how many 650B tires existed before Pacenti started getting involved (relatively) recently?

    In terms of mainstream appeal, 650B got started with the hype wagon like a good 8 years after 29ers. The only reason we're seeing such a massive push in such a relatively shorter time frame compared to how long it took the 29er to get mainstream appeal, is that no company wants to miss the cash boat like a lot of them did with 29".
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    The 29er won't die. It's so woven into the fabric of nearly all XC Racing, amateur and pro.
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    So was the 26er, 10 years ago.

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    The 29er won't die. It's so woven into the fabric of nearly all XC Racing, amateur and pro.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seat_boy View Post
    So was the 26er, 10 years ago.
    Yes, but I cannot see 650b as "the optimal wheel size." Over a 26" wheel - 650b feels like a 26er on....weak coffee. A 29er feels significantly different in all aspects over 26."
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    What's happening with the 29er market!? So confused

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    Re: What's happening with the 29er market!? So confused

    650b will certainly take away sales from 29er.
    Diehard 29ers will continue buying them, but 650b will eventually catch up with 29 sales # and probably out sale them in 1-2 years. Here are the reasons:

    -26er riders will have to go to 650b willingly or unwillingly.

    -New riders will most likely pick 650b over 29. (it is a "new" thing after all and lot of stores will steer them towards it)

    -most of the Asian market will buy 650b for the obvious reason...

    -lot of current 29er riders will go to 650b (including me) for various reasons - not entirely comfortable on 29, seeking lighter, more agile, stiffer bike, just to mention few.

    -most of the women can be better fitted on 650b

    -lot of bike manufacturers will have to pick just one wheel size for economical reasons, and I believe most will pick 650b

    So there you have it. There will be fewer 29 choices in the future. They will not go away, there will still be a lot of 29" lovers, just the selection will be limited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HSracer View Post
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    Anyways here's what Giant is saying about wheel sizes
    "Can we expect to see 29 and 26-inch wheels eventually disappear in Giant's consumer-priced bikes in the near future?

    ∑ 26-inch for sure, but 29-inch will be dependent on market feedback. That said, if the market progresses the way we believe it will, 29-inch will be phased out in approximately two years....again, totally dependent on market feedback."

    Taken from - 650B For Giant's 2014 Elite-Level Mountain Bikes - Pinkbike

    As someone who has been looking into 29ers for my next XC race bike this is a bit troublesome. I know they're just talking about the Giant line but I would guess that other bike makers have the same thought process.
    Will never happen. 29ers are here to stay

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