Sounds like Pivot has some "stuff" in the pipeline. Look forward to seeing what they come up with. Sounds like '14.
Who is the ideal rider for 27.5-inch wheels?
Chris Cocalis, Pivot Cycles Owner: Enduro type events are taking off, and these guys are talking about wheelsize a lot. I’m hearing top-level guys discussing whether the Whole Enchilada in Moab is best done on short- to mid-travel 29er, or mid- to longer-travel 26-inch bike. Can you have both of those worlds? Yes, potentially. I’ve been on the sidelines listening to this, and for these guys 27.5 would be good bikes. We might dip our toes in it for 2014.
MountainBike.Com: Many designers and engineers struggled with early 29er geometry. Is it easier to make a better-handling 27.5, or is there some secret sauce?
Chris Cocalis, Pivot: There’s a point where, with 5 or 6 inches of travel, you just can’t package a 29er effectively. It’s easier to get there with 650b. But I think there’s more to it than averaging two geometries. It certainly depends on the suspension design. Even the way the contact patch handles.
I’ve been pretty vocal that we’ve been working on “stuff” for a while now. The current 29ers are really brutally efficient race bikes, and 26-inch bikes are great for a lot of things. Unless you fully combine those, and get the best of both worlds and then some—which I think we can do—then I don’t see the point of doing it.
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