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    27.5" Motobecanes are coming!

    According to a email a friend of mine received from Bikes Direct, is that they are fazing 26" bikes out completely to make room for their new 27.5" bikes. The reason he got this email is because he ordered a 26" bike, but they oversold it.

    Very cool stuff indeed.
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    not cool. the 27 and half part

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    Schnikies! I just saw Giant was leaking info on 650's...now this! I have to say, the price and possibly equipment specs on the Moto might woo me from a Giant...I can hardly wait to see! And lets hope full suspension is in the initial release!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerw View Post
    not cool. the 27 and half part
    I guess what I posted above answers how I feel on the new wheel size. And it has looked like the 650 was going to catch on a lot faster than the 29ers did. Everyone I talk to that rides a 650 on single track etc loves it! No exceptions....I question removing 26ers from anyones lineup as I do not see the 650 as a replacement..just another choice. As time goes if sales fall off that is one thing...
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    i have no reason to down size/grade to any less the 29" for cross country single track riding. For downhillers, i think they would be looking up to this option. thats all

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    Quote Originally Posted by ProfGumby View Post
    Schnikies! I just saw Giant was leaking info on 650's...now this! I have to say, the price and possibly equipment specs on the Moto might woo me from a Giant...I can hardly wait to see! And lets hope full suspension is in the initial release!!!

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    I guess what I posted above answers how I feel on the new wheel size. And it has looked like the 650 was going to catch on a lot faster than the 29ers did. Everyone I talk to that rides a 650 on single track etc loves it! No exceptions....I question removing 26ers from anyones lineup as I do not see the 650 as a replacement..just another choice. As time goes if sales fall off that is one thing...




    Are they up on their site? BD has not been quick to adopt new standards in the past, no reason to expect them to do it now.

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    I hope that they will come out with a redesigned titanium fly 650b, because I was actually thinking of buying a 29 titanium and just putting on 650b wheels, anyone done this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2b8tor View Post
    I hope that they will come out with a redesigned titanium fly 650b, because I was actually thinking of buying a 29 titanium and just putting on 650b wheels, anyone done this?
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    Quote Originally Posted by tylerw View Post
    i have no reason to down size/grade to any less the 29" for cross country single track riding. For downhillers, i think they would be looking up to this option. thats all
    Ya, I cannot see the new size moving the 29 out of XC in any way...and a few DH riders, at least one very prominent rider, are tearin it up on the 650!
    I am really anxious to get a 650 out on the technical stuff we ride most often. I am looking for better rollover and still being able to toss the bike around, and many riders report that this is a real benefit of the middle sized wheel...
    And I will still never sell my 26er!

    And Dirty $anchez, Motobecane told me directly (via email) and others that the 650 is expected for 2014. How many etc? I dunno...
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    Cool. Will wait and see what the Moto 650 will look like before buying another bike.

    I'm not real crazy about my current 29er, although it is a nice bike. I hope the 650 will be a bit quicker handling than what a 29er is.
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    So, what exactly does BD mean by 2014? Does that really mean the year 2014, or, like some models or cars and bikes, the 2014 model is to be released in summer or fall of 2013? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by June Bug View Post
    So, what exactly does BD mean by 2014? Does that really mean the year 2014, or, like some models or cars and bikes, the 2014 model is to be released in summer or fall of 2013? Inquiring minds want to know.




    Mike has stated many times that BD does not have model years, based on that, 2014 is most likely the calendar year.

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    i've been weighing whether to build 650b on my own, but if motobecane is coming out with 650b titanium i'm willing to put the build off for a while. mike should make some sort of announcement in the forum or at least to everyone who has purchased from him via email. of course, having a tapered head tube and thru axle will be definite a clincher. ;-)

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    I would hope the tapered head tube is a no brainer...After seeing Giants initial releases not having thru axles I'd hope Moto will! But, you know what, it is not a deal breaker for me so far...
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    It's not a deal breaker for me either. I don't think tapered head tube and thru axle make much of difference for the type of riding that I do. However, having it make it more appealing. Especially considering that Lynskey Silver Series for 650B XT build is quite attractive. While I didn't have problem with FSA crankset and Elixir brakes that I got from my previous purchase of Motobecane, I do prefer having a complete grouppo. But, that's just me.

    Of the three possible choices: build my own using Chinese HT carbon, wait for possible Motobecane Ti offering, or go with Lynskey Silver Series.

    While I do like the value of Motobecane, I'm getting bit antsy to get another bike this summer.

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    Looks like a low-end rigid SS 27.5 has found its way into the mix.. more to come I'm sure.

    Save up to 60% off new 650b and 27.5 Mountain Bikes - MTB - Gravity 29 SS Single Speed new 650b and 27.5 Mountain Bikes

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    I hope they come out with something a little more "all mountain" friendly with the 650B wheels. I've been looking through their full suspension offerings and everything is still running a very XC'ish 70-72* head angles.

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    Cool! Waitiing for the Ti bikes now.
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    Hey its been a little while now since anyone commented on the bikesdirect 650b bikes so I wanted to share some info I have. I purchased the Gravity 650b ss rigid about a month ago and I absolutely Love it. I have been riding my full carbon Supersix all season so I didn't think going down to this level bike was going to be that much fun, but I was definitely wrong. The bike has been so much fun I am so happy with my decision. I was looking at all kinds of 650b and i made my decision on the fact that I didn't know if I was going to like the 650b wheel size and or the single speed but wanted to try them both.
    So the Gravity 650b 27.5" SS Rigid let me try both of these without spending a lot of money.
    Since I bought it I changed few minor things and have been liking the bike ever
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    Quote Originally Posted by echefanthony View Post
    Hey its been a little while now since anyone commented on the bikesdirect 650b bikes so I wanted to share some info I have. I purchased the Gravity 650b ss rigid about a month ago and I absolutely Love it. I have been riding my full carbon Supersix all season so I didn't think going down to this level bike was going to be that much fun, but I was definitely wrong. The bike has been so much fun I am so happy with my decision. I was looking at all kinds of 650b and i made my decision on the fact that I didn't know if I was going to like the 650b wheel size and or the single speed but wanted to try them both.
    So the Gravity 650b 27.5" SS Rigid let me try both of these without spending a lot of money.
    Since I bought it I changed few minor things and have been liking the bike ever
    How heavy is it? What did you end up changing?
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    Sorry I didn't even get to finish the last post I sent.
    I was saying that after making a few minor changes to the bike it has been great and so much fun.
    I put a carbon seat post with FIZIK Antares saddle, white lock on grips, white platform pedals, and nice fat Schwalbe Racing Ralph tires.
    The bike weighs 25.98 lbs.
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    Slowly but surely. A few HTs and FS in the lower end have been posted. Patiently waiting for something without a Suntour fork.

    Up to 60% Off 27.5 650b Mountain Bikes Equipped with Shimano or SRAM

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    Still waiting. Any word on when high end full suspension 650b/27.5 will debut?

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    In the same boat. I KNOW my next bike will be a full suspension Motobecane. Almost pulled the trigger on the 29'er frame and fork but just can't get past the glossy black (ughh...). Now I'm waiting to see if they release new 2014 full suspension models for the 27.5. I'd buy that in a heartbeat or if they offer the frame set for the 29'er in a different color.

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    Anyone buy a 527HT? thinking about pulling the trigger on one soon as a backup bike.

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    I have a 27.5 TI coming today. I have to say Shipping was pretty fast. Was shipped out Monday. Sizing is a bit of a risk since they do not have a geometry chart on the site yet for that frame, so went by the recommended sizes.

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    let us know what you think of it.

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    Do Bikes Direct prices ever decrease?

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    [QUOTE=sml-2727;11234321let us know what you think of it.[/QUOTE]

    Here are my impression s so far. By way of backround I m coming from lower end treks, most recently a trek 4300.

    Fit and Finish are first rate. No flaws or blemishes. Astheticly the titanium is gorgeous

    Bike comes almost completely disassembled.

    I am about 5'6 3/4. With a 29-30 inch in seam. Stand over is about 28 inchs on the 15 inch frame. was torn between the 15 and the 17 but i am happy with the 15 inch. I think I would have clearance issues otherwise. I will say I am catching my toes a bit on sharp turns but i also had that issue on my 18 trek. It may be this bike is so sensative and fun I am turning tighter on purpose.

    I finished it with saint pedals and a different seat. Stock is torturous on my (cough)Older (cough) posterior.

    Did about 6 miles today on street. very fast acceleration. Very sensative steering. Coming from mechanical disks almost went over bar first time i hit them.

    Road vibrations where significantly reduced over the trek .

    Tomorrow I should be going trail riding with my son (his first time) I will post more then.

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    Also compared the 26 inch trek to the 27.5 ti over some obstacles. The bigger tires have a very similer road feel to the 26. BUT the ability to go over obstacles is significantly enhanced. I have never been comfortable on 29rs but I have no issue on the 27.5.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lincoln Lawyer View Post
    Do Bikes Direct prices ever decrease?
    BD usually offer a modest pre-order discount, pre-order because the timing is prior to BD receiving shipment from Taiwan. With some models such as their Ti hardtail XC bikes, BD seem to sell out the smallest size very quickly. BD may eventually offer a modest closeout discount on the last several bikes, usually the largest size, when moving on to newer combination of frames and compinents.

    The stuff that gets banged up in shipping and returned to BD may show up with a larger discount at their outlet Bike Island.

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    27.5" Motobecanes are coming!-image.jpg27.5" Motobecanes are coming!-image.jpgWell, for those of you not keeping track, BD has released the 150mm dual suspension 650 b models..... a pro and a comp. I put mine on order last week. Arrival time is one month from now.... grrrrrrrr! Guess i'll keep riding my moto 29er hardtail till then! BTW, i bought the pro model. I have already purchased a WTB volt saddle, reverb dropper post, 60mm truvativ AKA stem, and a shock pump. I have a thread on the 27.5/650b forum if ya wanna check it out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coot271 View Post
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ID:	904543Well, for those of you not keeping track, BD has released the 150mm dual suspension 650 b models..... a pro and a comp. I put mine on order last week. Arrival time is one month from now.... grrrrrrrr! Guess i'll keep riding my moto 29er hardtail till then! BTW, i bought the pro model. I have already purchased a WTB volt saddle, reverb dropper post, 60mm truvativ AKA stem, and a shock pump. I have a thread on the 27.5/650b forum if ya wanna check it out.
    Where did you find this info? I just visited the motobecane Web site and didn't see these new models. I wanted to check the geometry to see if they're still making everything with old XC geo...aka 71* head tube angles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SeaHag View Post
    Where did you find this info? I just visited the motobecane Web site and didn't see these new models. I wanted to check the geometry to see if they're still making everything with old XC geo...aka 71* head tube angles.
    SeaHag, go to bikesdirect.com and click on MTB tab, then 27.5/650b tab. You will see the bikes on the second or third row down. The geo specs are not listed. I contacted BD about it and Chris advised that they didn't have them, but would get them posted as soon as they could. The HT angle..whaddaya think? It may be 68/69 deg. maybe??

    Or, just google motobecane 6BY6.
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    I saw them on thursday, good price for a full suspension bike, the frames looks way different than a Giant Trance, which is the other 650b im looking at right now but they are 2x more in price.

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    But ... no X-Large / 21" size available. Both my Fantom Pro 29 and Borix X-9 are of the XL size. Pretty sure the 52cm is bit short for me. Dang it, and I just broke my 29'r full suspension bike and was looking at the 27.5 as a replacement.

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