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    Re: 650b & DH...The Cat is Out of the Bag!

    Hey Folks,

    I wonder what this refers to?

    "Aaron Gwin's Q&A with the audience was the highlight of the evening. The well-spoken, down-to-earth, 2012 Downhill World Cup Series Champion let attendees in on a little secret. Aaron let slip that he just "may be testing" on something other than 26-inch wheels for his 2013 season. Interesting, very interesting."

    Aaron Gwin Lets A Secret Slip At SoCal CycleFest | News | mountain-bike-action

    Inquiring Minds Want To Know!

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    This would explain the photos of a massive-looking Fox 40 I saw photos of a while back....

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    Why the assumption it's 650b?

    I'd be testing long travel 29ers, speed traps would begin quaking in fear if Gwin came along on a 200mm travel 29er...

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    I suspect we'll see quite a few 650b dh bikes at Pietermaritzburg SA.
    Long and very pedally course.
    And KHS already has seen their bike finish third at Rampage under Bingelli.

    29" DH (think big heavy rim, big tire, big big spokes) is still a monster to turn quickly. But would be fun on A Line if you give up the whips. Still a lot of lateral flex at 29" today when cornering really hard.

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    i know khs and intense already have 650b dh protos out. probably more companies. makes sense trek would get in on it.

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    I got a chance to chat with him after the event (still stoked about meeting him!) and he told me he's probably going to stick with 26. He didn't like feeling the bigger wheels, especially 29er-size flex under hard cornering. *You did not hear this from me. These are not the droids you are looking for.*
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spykr View Post
    I got a chance to chat with him after the event (still stoked about meeting him!) and he told me he's probably going to stick with 26. He didn't like feeling the bigger wheels, especially 29er-size flex under hard cornering. *You did not hear this from me. These are not the droids you are looking for.*
    Good! The move from 20" wheels was enough for me, maybe I am behind the times and think of 29ers as old dude XC rigs, I know they have their place but thats the place they sit in my head
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    To do 650b or 29 for DH race rig, I would think you need to go carbon. And that means ENVE. And they aren't exactly giving those away. I would not be surprised to see some racers on a 650b Enve DH wheelset next year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Orangesicle View Post
    29" DH (think big heavy rim, big tire, big big spokes) is still a monster to turn quickly. But would be fun on A Line if you give up the whips. Still a lot of lateral flex at 29" today when cornering really hard.
    Why perpetuate this kind of ignorance?

    Yes, the hoops are larger and yes the spokes are longer. That doesn't automatically mean that there is lateral flex, nor that you have to 'give up the whips'.

    It is *easy* to build a light, stiff, durable 29" wheel that can hold up to (and impress) even WC level racers.

    Will it be as light as a 26" set?

    No, but it won't have the inherent drawbacks either...

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    I think everyone has their preference for wheel size. And all three wheel sizes have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to physics, no wheel size is best in every single category, all three are a compromise. So stop the damn wheel size pissing contest.
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    I'd think the main problem you have with 29" wheels on a TRUE DH bike is how it limits frame design. 650B seems like the best wheel size to me. I'm no engineer or anything like that, just my two cents. I'd buy a 650B DH bike, I'd not buy a 29'er DH bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlockinz View Post
    I think everyone has their preference for wheel size. And all three wheel sizes have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to physics, no wheel size is best in every single category, all three are a compromise. So stop the damn wheel size pissing contest.
    Agreed...but when you have this argument settled, can you take care of the platform, vs clipless debate. Oh...and world peace.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schlockinz View Post
    I think everyone has their preference for wheel size. And all three wheel sizes have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to physics, no wheel size is best in every single category, all three are a compromise.
    I agree completely. I just get stuck when people say you can't do it or it won't work, when 99% of them have never seen much less ridden what they're talking about.

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    Maybe a 26' rear and 27.5 front will dominate. I've been using that setup for three years now. It was a noticable improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fix the Spade View Post
    Why the assumption it's 650b?

    I'd be testing long travel 29ers, speed traps would begin quaking in fear if Gwin came along on a 200mm travel 29er...

    gonna be 650....inside spies
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    Quote Originally Posted by Huck Pitueee View Post
    Maybe a 26' rear and 27.5 front will dominate. I've been using that setup for three years now. It was a noticable improvement.
    Hey Mr. Pitueee,

    I've been using the same combination on my AM rig for the last two seasons as well and agree with you 100%. I've been using the 27.5" Stans Flow rim, with a Pacenti Neo-Moto tire, as my front wheel on my AM bike and it's been perfect.

    Now that Stans has an even burlier 27.5" rim in the Flow EX model I'm thinking of putting it on my DH rig. It's a Santa Cruz VP Free with a Fox 40 fork. Have you heard of anyone else running these two sizes on a DH rig?

    My only question is what DH tire will be available in 27.5"? I've come to appreciate the benefits of a Maxxis Minion DHF in a 2.7" size and don't want to go smaller than that.

    I'm sure we'll learn more as the 2013 season unfolds.

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    I've been running the 27.5/26 combo on my XC/Trail bike and love it. If my DH bike has an inverted fork next year and there are good tires I'll go 27.5 on the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lelandjt View Post
    I've been running the 27.5/26 combo on my XC/Trail bike and love it. If my DH bike has an inverted fork next year and there are good tires I'll go 27.5 on the front.
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    Quote Originally Posted by schlockinz View Post
    I think everyone has their preference for wheel size. And all three wheel sizes have advantages and disadvantages when it comes to physics, no wheel size is best in every single category, all three are a compromise. So stop the damn wheel size pissing contest.
    Where would my 2001 24 inch rims work best?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dbabuser View Post
    What fork are you running on your trail bike?
    Maverick Duc32 set at 145mm travel. I switch between a 2.35" Racing Ralph and 2.35" (larger, heavier) Nevegal. I took 2nd at the Big Mountain Enduro #1 using the RR a week after switching to the larger wheel. Definitely felt like it added some stability and capability without slowing the bike anywhere.
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    I remember predicting this a few years back Eventually, ALL mountain bikes will essentially be 29ers or 650. 29ers for pretty much everything, and 650 for the real long travel situations where a bit more maneuverability and travel is needed. 29ers constrain the geometry too much in this realm. The 650s appear to be seeing somewhat of a resurgence with the "mid-travel" market, but I expect to see 29ers rebound back and 650 to fall out of favor after a while for mainstream, as it probably won't be economical to support two main standards, except for smaller niches like downhill.
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    Threads like this make me want to stick a fork in my eye.

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    I was really hoping that at least a majority of 19 posts after mine would be constructive and focused on speculation of whether this may actually be something to look out for on the WC circuit next season.

    ....silly me.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by rep_1969 View Post
    I'd think the main problem you have with 29" wheels on a TRUE DH bike is how it limits frame design. 650B seems like the best wheel size to me. I'm no engineer or anything like that, just my two cents. I'd buy a 650B DH bike, I'd not buy a 29'er DH bike.
    same here, spent some time on a bandit 29er, really didn't like it in the air. though the 650b is interesting. though for now will stick with 26er
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    Quote Originally Posted by sambs827 View Post
    I was really hoping that at least a majority of 19 posts after mine would be constructive and focused on speculation of whether this may actually be something to look out for on the WC circuit next season.

    ....silly me.....
    Here's how this will go down: someone (doesn't matter who) shows up one weekend with a 29er or 650 b, and gets laughed at. He wins, and by a convincing margin. The next weekend, all the big players will show up with a similar bike and by the end of the season, all but a few will be running a bike other than a 26.

    Once that happens, we'll see the bike companies release those bikes to the masses.

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