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    Giant 650B

    Giant was a bit late to the 29-er realm. And with the 650b train moving fast will Giant take a faith on putting it earlier than big-S -who apparently tried to push the long travel 29-er with Enduro as opposed to 650B route?
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    With boutique bike (small) manufacturers start to launch their 650b (or27.5 whatever you want to call it) it will be nice to have affordable options from Giant.
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    You will most likely see team riders on a prototype soon if they don't stay at their 29er for the performance.

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    I would suggest that the model of bike you see a 650b in won't be one that has a 29" model. Look for a new model, or a 650b Reign X, although I don't think they'll do away with a 26" Reign. It's selling way to well for them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plupp View Post
    You will most likely see team riders on a prototype soon if they don't stay at their 29er for the performance.
    Good one. But regardless of (current bike) performance team riders will be asked to guinea-pig the new model if it was to be available soon I guess.
    Well theya are the advertisement board anyway for the manufacturer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    I would suggest that the model of bike you see a 650b in won't be one that has a 29" model. Look for a new model, or a 650b Reign X, although I don't think they'll do away with a 26" Reign. It's selling way to well for them.
    And Giant has span of model covers pretty much all travel range. Make it difficult to predict what would it be if it was any 650b out to the market.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cotharyus View Post
    Look for a new model, or a 650b Reign X, although I don't think they'll do away with a 26" Reign. It's selling way to well for them.
    Stranger things have happened.They did away with the 26" Tx in most markets and it was one of the benchmark go to beginner FS trail bikes.
    It's replacement the 29er Tx is marketed as an Enduro bike. Maybe the Ax 29er is now being pushed as the beginner Fs Trail bike?

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    My guess is that a XTC carbon frame will be the first with 650B wheels and pretty soon.

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    Re: Giant 650B

    No, 29ers own the XC market. To think otherwise is delusional and oblivious to the market demand. There is zero demand for a new wheelsize in XC.

    If Giant makes one, it'll be a Reign variant. I don't think they're ready for this bandwagon though.

    650b/27.5 is actually only a 27 inch rollout. Not enough to justify.
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    [QUOTE=Silentfoe;10269764]No, 29ers own the XC market. To think otherwise is delusional and oblivious to the market demand. There is zero demand for a new wheelsize in XC.

    If Giant makes one, it'll be a Reign variant. I don't think they're ready for this bandwagon though.

    We will see, have you got any information about development of a Reign?

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    Quote Originally Posted by gvs_nz View Post
    Maybe the Ax 29er is now being pushed as the beginner Fs Trail bike?
    No, it's still the Tx. The Ax is firmly in place as an XC bike. All of the guys in my local shop ride with me, and they all cringe a little when we've taken off sprinting down an open section of trail, and I take the shorter route - which usually involves the wheels coming off the ground - on my Ax. I've told them I realize it's not designed for hucking, but I also wouldn't do anything on the Ax that I wouldn't do in a race, and they've seen me do worse on my rigid SS, and seen me avoid doing some of those same things on the Ax. No, the Tx is still the trail bike. Giant and their dealers seem to prefer that Ax riders keep both wheels within 3 or 4" of the ground at all times.

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    Giant will have a 140-150mm fs 650b announced by end of year! I've got some reliable sources!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptkevin View Post
    Giant will have a 140-150mm fs 650b announced by end of year! I've got some reliable sources!
    Sounds good. It maybe early in the year and Giant is not usually leaking any information before they are ready to launch, but any clue on that?
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    Usually Giant waits for this trends to become mainstream before launching a product, they played the waiting game with the 29ers and most probably doing the same with 650b; almost sure that some sort of prototype has already been developed.

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    Here in Aus you can either get a very low end entry level HT in 26" and the rest of the HT's are all 29ers. I reckon giant will bring out 650b this coming year, and I'm hoping at least some in the HT range, for people that want a decent HT but don't want a 29er.

    But who knows, just a wait and see, when the recreational range is released mid year it might be a telltale.

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    I've stated this in the thread about 2014, I really think we will see a 650b in the 2014 lineup. My guess is I will be riding one at Giant's dealer event in Park City in July.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptkevin View Post
    Giant will have a 140-150mm fs 650b announced by end of year! I've got some reliable sources!
    It will be anxiously awaited, by me anyway... I'd love to see what they come out with. 2014 is when I plan to ad a full squish into my stable....26? 29? 650? Dunno...
    But I have ridden Giant with all my mountain bikes and kinda don't wanna change...the ball is in their court.
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    Cool-blue Rhythm TX 26" in 650b outfit

    Giant Trance TX26" 2012 with 650b

    Been riding this TX 2012 model with ZTR 650b outfit for a few months.
    Tires are Ralphs 2.25 front and back.

    Happy to guide any of you and answer any questions...as my time permits...cheers


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    I've been running a 650b front wheel on my 2009 Anthem for about a year now. I'm pretty amazed you got a 650b wheel in the rear. Can you show us a picture of the clearance on the back wheel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bbense View Post
    I've been running a 650b front wheel on my 2009 Anthem for about a year now. I'm pretty amazed you got a 650b wheel in the rear. Can you show us a picture of the clearance on the back wheel?
    Hi Bbense,
    It was a tight fit, but very successful. No latest photos as travelling away from home again. But here are some earlier test shots.

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    Tire center knob clearance to chainstay & seatstay (including the curved bridge) was 5-6mm. Extensive cycling in our tropical monsoon muds posed no issues. As center knobs never accumulate mud. No rubber to metal contact. No mud jams.

    Tire side knob clearance to chainstay sidewall was a very generous 15mm. Surprisingly there was some rare mud rubs, as side knobs love to gather mud. But didn't intrude on ride quality or performance.

    All in all, very successful conversion. You will need to experiment a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emailpeter View Post


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    Looks cool, but are you sure you're running those rotors in proper direction?
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    I'm waiting for 28.125" wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by frango View Post
    Looks cool, but are you sure you're running those rotors in proper direction?
    Hi Frango, thanks for guide & feedback. I too wondered that, but just followed the arrows printed on rotor. Been running it 6 mths well, shall monitor.

    I'm here merely to guide anyone wanting to convert an AX or TX to 650b, for whatever I can contribute.

    So many AX/TX frames around the market at such low prices, its a good value proposition. One big plus is that chainstay length remains super short compared to a true 650b Trance. And I've gotten my bike to 22.8 lbs total weight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emailpeter View Post
    Hi Frango, thanks for guide & feedback. I too wondered that, but just followed the arrows printed on rotor. Been running it 6 mths well, shall monitor.
    If it is so, than that's OK Happy trails!
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