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    Specialized launches 27.5"

    Specialized us informed their Dealers today that they will launch 27.5" tyres:
    Fast trak, ground control, purgatory, butcher

    So a question of time when we will first bikes. They will concentrate on 29 though.

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    Its back to the future-- this is what happened with them and the 29, more or less. It will be interesting to see where their line-up finally sits in a few years 29 vs 27.5 vs 26.

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    26 will disappear and multiple models will be 27.5 and 29. Just a guess...

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    Well I plan on waiting to get a 27.5 stumpy after 26ers disappear. It will be awhile before they work out the kinks so a second or third gen stumpy will be in my future

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    27.5 Enduro would make me excited.
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    Sea otter!

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    My poor wife, just got a 29er HT S-works built today. Stuff probably won't be out until next season anyhow. At least something to really look forward to for the following year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by titusquasi View Post
    26 will disappear and multiple models will be 27.5 and 29. Just a guess...
    Enduro, Stumpy and probably Demo as per my LBS's confirmation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by briscoelab View Post
    My poor wife, just got a 29er HT S-works built today. Stuff probably won't be out until next season anyhow. At least something to really look forward to for the following year.
    HTs are still 29 land. Don't worry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirkinho View Post
    Specialized us informed their Dealers today that they will launch 27.5" tyres:
    Fast trak, ground control, purgatory, butcher

    So a question of time when we will first bikes. They will concentrate on 29 though.
    This is great news!

    Spec tires are my favorites. Biggest problem has been the frail casings, even on the Control versions. Now that they have the Grids I really excited.

    The Purg has been my favorite all-purpose trail tire. The GC is nice too, but doesn't have quite the bite the Purg does.

    Thanks for the info.

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    I won't change my 29er for nothing!!!!

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    A Stumpy 27.5 with 150mm of travel would be awesome.
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    Stumpy FSR 2015 27.5'' ? It would ride GAZILLION times better than it's 29er counterparts.
    I'm not sure I'm ready to drop the 29 wheel anyway,I'm leaning toward road bike more and more and when it comes to pure mtb fun with friends it's my goofy Stumpy FSR I grab a lot more than my Epic.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastazione View Post
    Stumpy FSR 2015 27.5'' ? It would ride GAZILLION times better than it's 29er counterparts.
    I'm not sure I'm ready to drop the 29 wheel anyway,I'm leaning toward road bike more and more and when it comes to pure mtb fun with friends it's my goofy Stumpy FSR I grab a lot more than my Epic.
    Mmmh why should it ride better?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirkinho View Post
    Mmmh why should it ride better?
    Do you not understand GAZILLIONS!?
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    Quote Originally Posted by juan_speeder View Post
    Do you not understand GAZILLIONS!?
    Gazillion=much less?

    Otherwise it won't make sense

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    I'm glad they finally caved on the midsize trend. Too bad I already bought several schwalbes for my trail and dh bike. Oh well, when they wear out I'll pick up some butchers and maybe a purgatory

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    i guess they had to jump on the 27,5" train as Giant and Scott have already a 27,5" line up.
    Well shall be interesting to see a someone else said i won´t leave my 29er either no way too great of a bike.

    but Good news for those who want Specialized to make 27,5" bikes sooner or later they have to

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirkinho View Post
    Mmmh why should it ride better?
    Do you have one ? The bike is a damn truck...
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    I"ll be happy when all this wheel size stuff settles down.





    If it ever will

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    There are advantages/disadvantages to small vs large wheels. And with everyone going larger that seems to be where MTB's are heading. Think about it though, maybe the it's all a ploy that the bike industry knew 30 years ago that larger wheels had more benefit than smaller wheels offroad. So they decided to start out with 26" way back when and in order to sell bikes they slowly migrated towards 29" wheels...hmmmm...Maybe 30 years from now we'll all be riding 26ers' again...

    Ride what works for you is all that matters...

    Anyhow, when I look to buy another MTB in 5 years maybe I'll go with a 27.5. LOL.
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    Specialized launches 27.5"

    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    27.5 Enduro would make me excited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    There are advantages/disadvantages to small vs large wheels. And with everyone going larger that seems to be where MTB's are heading. Think about it though, maybe the it's all a ploy that the bike industry knew 30 years ago that larger wheels had more benefit than smaller wheels offroad. So they decided to start out with 26" way back when and in order to sell bikes they slowly migrated towards 29" wheels...hmmmm...Maybe 30 years from now we'll all be riding 26ers' again...

    Ride what works for you is all that matters...

    Anyhow, when I look to buy another MTB in 5 years maybe I'll go with a 27.5. LOL.
    We are all just sneeches looking for stars upon ours... Dr Suess can answer the real reason bike companies are introducing new wheel sizes.

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    Hmmm S-Works Fast Trak. Any ideas if this means they will be releasing an xc oriented 27.5 bike (hardtail maybe)? I would have figured the only thing they would do 27.5 is the enduro, stumpy evo, etc. But their selection of tires makes it sounds like they have more than just that in the works.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastazione View Post
    Do you have one ? The bike is a damn truck...
    Yes, so I bought a 29er that doesn't
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    Quote Originally Posted by RCMTB View Post
    There are advantages/disadvantages to small vs large wheels. And with everyone going larger that seems to be where MTB's are heading. Think about it though, maybe the it's all a ploy that the bike industry knew 30 years ago that larger wheels had more benefit than smaller wheels offroad. So they decided to start out with 26" way back when and in order to sell bikes they slowly migrated towards 29" wheels...hmmmm...Maybe 30 years from now we'll all be riding 26ers' again...

    Ride what works for you is all that matters...

    Anyhow, when I look to buy another MTB in 5 years maybe I'll go with a 27.5. LOL.
    Maybe you should read some Mountain Biking history. Tom Ritchey's first bike in 77 was a 650B, but 26 inch tires were cheaper and more readily available.
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    "mountain bikes" were always supposed to use the bigger wheel (29'er) as it was felt to excel during testing (bear in mind these were fully rigid frame/forks)

    except for commercial business fears about the poor supply of the 29 tire (Nokian of Finland) so the originators decided to use a smaller wheel as Schwinn had warehouses full of excess stock 26" "beach cruiser" knobbly tires perfect for the new 'mountain bike' venture

    very difficult to risk your business venture based on poor supply of the ideal choice, when the second choice is available cheaply in abundant supply

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    Quote Originally Posted by Devastazione View Post
    Do you have one ? The bike is a damn truck...
    S-Works Epic 29, rides like a rocket!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moefosho View Post
    27.5 Enduro would make me excited.
    Me too...I have ridden both current sizes......The 29er is a bit to large and the 26er is a bit to small....the 27.5 should be just right!!

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    Could I be the first.......650b ground controls on an epic

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mazukea View Post
    A Stumpy 27.5 with 150mm of travel would be awesome.
    ^Wow, it's like they answered my request!
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    Do you think if I bought the 29er enduro I could just get 650b rims and tires to put on it? Hmm I see testing I'm my future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak609 View Post
    Do you think if I bought the 29er enduro I could just get 650b rims and tires to put on it? Hmm I see testing I'm my future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak609 View Post
    Do you think if I bought the 29er enduro I could just get 650b rims and tires to put on it? Hmm I see testing I'm my future.

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    How about you just wait a week or two until they announce the new Enduro at Sea otter? hopefully right? LOL
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    Re: Specialized launches 27.5"

    Quote Originally Posted by Chuch View Post
    How about you just wait a week or two until they announce the new Enduro at Sea otter? hopefully right? LOL
    Will they be available for purchase this year?

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    I would expect another early release like the Enduro 29r last year.

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