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    Updated trends in bicycle industry


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    I see short people wanting 27.5 bikes at our shop, so it ain't dead yet.
    I got some bad ideas in my head.

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    Typical marketing drivel.

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    Cheap people buy things twice

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    The results are from an un-scientific survey conducted by Vital MTB, to be evaluated with all the usual caveats. Here are the full results, which are kinda interesting, especially if you're in the biz:

    https://www.vitalmedianet.com/pdfs/V...urvey_2018.pdf
    Do the math.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lone Rager View Post
    The results are from an un-scientific survey conducted by Vital MTB, to be evaluated with all the usual caveats. Here are the full results, which are kinda interesting, especially if you're in the biz:

    https://www.vitalmedianet.com/pdfs/V...urvey_2018.pdf
    "Will purchase within 12 months... 46.4%
    Enduro / All-Mountain ................. 51.5%
    Trail............................................. . 20.8%
    Downhill....................................... 11.4%
    Cross-Country ................................ 7.7%
    Dirt Jump / Street / 4x .................... 3.9%
    Electric MTB.................................. 2.6%
    Freeride / Park................................ 2.2%

    27.5" / 650b.................................. 42.5%
    29"............................................... . 37.7%
    27.5+ ............................................ 10.3%
    26"............................................... ... 5.9%
    29+ ................................................. 2.0%
    26+ ................................................. 1.1%
    Fat bike........................................... 0.5%
    "

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    Quote Originally Posted by krumme View Post
    "Will purchase within 12 months... 46.4%
    Enduro / All-Mountain ................. 51.5%
    Trail............................................. . 20.8%
    Downhill....................................... 11.4%
    Cross-Country ................................ 7.7%
    Dirt Jump / Street / 4x .................... 3.9%
    Electric MTB.................................. 2.6%
    Freeride / Park................................ 2.2%

    27.5" / 650b.................................. 42.5%
    29"............................................... . 37.7%
    27.5+ ............................................ 10.3%
    26"............................................... ... 5.9%
    29+ ................................................. 2.0%
    26+ ................................................. 1.1%
    Fat bike........................................... 0.5%
    "
    Can't believe the survey didn't include:
    • Jeep bikes
    • Junk bikes

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    ^come on, don't forget Drag Bikes, they're still relevant you know.
    All the gear and no idea.

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    I plan to purchase a Mongoose XR-75 and upgrade it slowly to show all you posers what's what. they have a 1" threaded dual crown fork that I can cut in half, which is the same thing as a Lefty. then I can fit a hybrid wheel on it and that's the same thing as a 29er. DIY!

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    The survey is so unscientific and is a perfect reflection of the interests of VitalMTB's readership. Vital should use this as their marketing guide for the next fiscal year.

    The best way to do this is go to a local trail on a Saturday and poll everyone you meet. You'll get plenty of people who never heard of vitalmtb saying they are just fine with buying another 27.5er.

    Oh, and fat bikes. Seriously based on that survey we'd think no fat bikes ever get sold.

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    The ladies really are well represented at 3.7% which probably skews away from 27.5 due to size issues. Also, over 50% of people responded that they want over 150mm of travel on their next bike? Is this just a survey of people who ride lift access? Almost 60% of those who said they raced say they raced Enduro while only 38% did a XC race? Considering only a few states have Enduro races this is just way off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geraldooka View Post
    Typical marketing drivel.
    to a certain point.

    but then again, they did talk to lenz.

    **"We were always a little more slack than other 29ers out there. And we kept figuring out how to make the rear end shorter and shorter," said Lenz, who builds bikes at his shop in Brighton, Colorado. "Then we started playing with more travel — 6- and 7-inch downhill bikes, which was an area with no 29er forks or tires at the time. We had to make offset hubs to run a Fox 36. We were the weird kids on the trail with big wheels, but now it's not so crazy."**

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    Quote Originally Posted by sissypants View Post

    The best way to do this is go to a local trail on a Saturday and poll everyone you meet. You'll get plenty of people who never heard of vitalmtb saying they are just fine with buying another 27.5er.
    While that seems like a good idea people that are content with their bike and not in the market for a new bike will say that their bike size is fine. People in the market for a new one should test different sizes and then decide what they want. I didn't want a 29" until I rented one in Vegas and now I have a 29.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sissypants View Post
    The survey is so unscientific and is a perfect reflection of the interests of VitalMTB's readership. Vital should use this as their marketing guide for the next fiscal year.

    The best way to do this is go to a local trail on a Saturday and poll everyone you meet. You'll get plenty of people who never heard of vitalmtb saying they are just fine with buying another 27.5er.

    Oh, and fat bikes. Seriously based on that survey we'd think no fat bikes ever get sold.
    Well it depends what trail you go to. In my riding group I rarely see 27.5 and only 1 person I ride with has 150mm bike that he rides often. I know more HT and rigid riders. If you go to the trails the message will be pretty much all 29 or 29+, maybe 27.5+ a The reader survey is a good reflection of the vital mtb readership and awareness. It NOT a good representation of regional or overall ridership. Once you understand that you can put the data in context.
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    Vital appeals to a younger, more jump/ downhill oriented crowd. they have a sister BMX site as well. that poll represents their readers, which skew that direction, and not the industry or mountain biking as a whole. I would bet that if you polled Dirt Rag readers, you'd see a lot more fat bikes and rigid bikes because their readers have rigid joints and are fat.

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    Old news.

    I built a 32# muni ten years ago using rims from a Walmart 32" cruiser.

    Great wheel size for uni as a 36er is a lot of wheel.

    On a bike, no friggin way, 29ers are plenty tall.

    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
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    XMed GG Smash 29/27+
    Lrg Devinci Hendrix 27+ (Loaner)
    Pivot Shuttle 27+ (wife)

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