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    And the trend of the dying 27.5” wheel size continues on thru 2019....

    Bye bye 27.5”, it was interesting

    “The mountain bike category also showed a little spark in March... Subcategories of the mountain bike showed the continued shift from 27.5 full-suspension to 29-inch models.”

    https://www.bicycleretailer.com/indu...s#.XNbqbyRlChA

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    Havent seen any new release in 2019 except maybe E-bike or kid bikes. They also fooled us with Plus sizes.

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    I feel bad for all the DH riders if they have to settle for a 29 or 26. 27.5 seems like the perfect balance for that discipline.

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    Maybe bike sales are slumping because we're tired of standards constantly changing and the idiotic naming of concepts that have been done 20 years ago, like downcountry and mulletbikes.
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    Ya'll sure like freaking out and complaining.

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    Pfft you guys are all outdated!
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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebeau View Post
    And the trend of the dying 27.5” wheel size continues on thru 2019....

    Bye bye 27.5”, it was interesting

    No kidding ! I've got the proof too.
    "They" are trying to pass 29 off as 27.5 plus. Just measure 'em and you'll see.

    That ol 29'r magic must have sumpthin to it if I can sustain on it's close-cousin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Meeners View Post
    Worst thread of the year.
    Which year? Thread began Jan of 2018.

    2018 people didn’t want to hear/believe it. 2019 there is no denying it.

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    Good thing I picked up a new 27.5 last week... in before the bin

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebeau View Post
    Which year? Thread began Jan of 2018.

    2018 people didn’t want to hear/believe it. 2019 there is no denying it.
    Both. I don't really understand what the big deal is. Unless you are purchasing a new bike every 6 months it's a non-issue. If anyone is worried about sizes disappearing, don't. With the ever increasing availability in the used bike market - being able to attain a newer frame with whatever size wheel is preferred isn't a problem.

    Besides - Just like anything else that I like, industry conspiracy doesn't control my enjoyment or what I choose to purchase. If you like 27.5, you will find a way to have it. I have five bikes. Two are 26", and three (2016 or newer) came 27.5" or have been converted to 27.5". I have no issues with parts availability for either of them.

    So, albeit 27.5 non-plus "dying" being quasi-real news... it's not really impactful enough to warrant three pages of complaints IMHO. There are two choices 1) give in to the direction of the industry or 2) find a way to ride whatever size you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebeau View Post
    Which year? Thread began Jan of 2018.

    2018 people didn’t want to hear/believe it. 2019 there is no denying it.
    That’s really funny that this thread actually started well over a year ago. The 27.5” fad perfectly fits the definition of what we call in the retail industry a “boom splat”. Really crazy popular for a short time, and then dead. If you jump on the boom and get out before the splat then your doing great. It is really tough for the manufactures and shops that where late to the game, missed the initial boom, and are then stuck with product they have a hard time selling and need to discount to move cuttting into their profits even more.

    Is 27.5 going the way of the 26-a2e373ba-6fa4-4c4e-8b0e-22582d800c87.jpg
    Get out of the gutter and onto the mountain top.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    Good thing I picked up a new 27.5 last week... in before the bin
    WTF were you thinking? It's as if you don't place any value on all the useless interneter speculation here.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tahoebeau View Post
    And the trend of the dying 27.5” wheel size continues on thru 2019....

    Bye bye 27.5”, it was interesting

    “The mountain bike category also showed a little spark in March... Subcategories of the mountain bike showed the continued shift from 27.5 full-suspension to 29-inch models.”

    https://www.bicycleretailer.com/indu...s#.XNbqbyRlChA
    I think it is a bit premature to declare it is “dying” and not simply a correction from the over the top hype.

    Didn't the same thing happen to fat bikes? They boomed, busted, and now seem to have reached more of a steady state. And what about plus: while 3.0 tires are still declining, 2.8 appears to be sticking around.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by d365 View Post
    Good thing I picked up a new 27.5 last week... in before the bin
    lol - You probably just felt sorry for the last of the litter like the dog nobody picked.

    I got in on the 27'5 omnishambles a few years ago. I'm sure they were obsolete, dying or past date-code even then. Mine still looks at me with those big puppy eyes. Bikes for the trail and the longer haul trips, camping or bikepacker was the box I checked and those bikers, reviewers and long trippers covering all parts of the globe had enough good to say about the traits I was interested in. Yet I have no doubt some companies offer or focus more on bikes by type and use than others and it could very well seem slim pickin's for the shopper that doesn't know where to look.

    It could be emotion and drama attached to the prospect of sales ebb and flow or regional preferences to bike types, tires, width etc.... Something seems to ignite an intolerance whereas we shouldn't have so many choices Gol Darn-it !
    Not everyone cares that the type of bike they like or chose is not leading the pack or the top seller in sales figures and growth - if it isn't. The care and attention to finding the right bike is more than enough reward for most people. I'd hope all find that result.
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    If I buy a 27.5, it is gaurenteed to become obsolete. I tend to buy things right before they become completely outdated. High end steel bikes before the aluminum rush, HL bikes before VPP and Dw links, high end 26" bike before 27 and 29" bikes. My track record is pretty darn good (in a pathetic sort of way).
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    I just purchased my wife a high dollar 27.5" trail bike even though I do believe they are going to have much lower resale value in the future than 29ers.
    I did it because she is 5'3" and I feel 27.5" just provides a better fit at her size.

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    Most 2019 releases actually happened in the last few months of 2018 and most releases you actually see in 2019 will be in the 2nd half and called 2020. Sometimes you see some prototypes at sea otter, but that's mostly components and gear.

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    I see all humans that are alive dying out in the next century. I blame the human industry, so going to wait til the next wave to invest in life.

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    27.5 abbreviated;

    Whycantwealljustgetalong
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    I just bought a 27.5 bike..... should I sell it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HowMaybesGo View Post
    I just bought a 27.5 bike..... should I sell it?
    Who is going to buy it??
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    Quote Originally Posted by jcd46 View Post
    Who is going to buy it??
    Exactly..... I am pretty much screwed. What a waste of money.
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    These 'concerns' remind of me of a favorite recent post. One concerned with resale value of 27.5 versus ….

    Feeling violated putting that in perspective. Just imagine a bike isn't worth .43 cents on the dollar but actually .38 !
    I'm not forgetting to thank my bike storage area though. The reason some have N+ xx is -


    RESALE VALUE !! Mine are locked up at the Time Share

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    27.5 is so perfect and dialed that there's no new gear to come out. 29ers are still clunky and wonky, so every year we get a new revelation in design to make them handle like anything besides a freight train, so all the "new" goes to the clown shoes.


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    ^

    That one right there.

    Yep, close the thread !
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    I buy all my bikes for resale value. I don't even ride them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meeners View Post
    I buy all my bikes for resale value. I don't even ride them.
    Lol...my friends always ask me why I cut my fork steerer so short. The first thing they mention is resale. I just tell them that I'm not saving the fork for whomever may buy my fork who knows when.

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    I personally cut my new forks so short that they don't even fit on my bike. Resale be damned!

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    27.5 is so perfect and dialed that there's no new gear to come out. 29ers are still clunky and wonky, so every year we get a new revelation in design to make them handle like anything besides a freight train, so all the "new" goes to the clown shoes.

    You nailed it. The industry is so desperate for something "new", mullet bikes are the thing.
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    Tall people have seized control of the mtb industry and are taking their revenge for years of poorly fitting bikes. Suck it all of you who fit comfortably on a Medium frame with medium wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vader View Post
    You nailed it. The industry is so desperate for something "new", mullet bikes are the thing.
    Next year the mullet bikes will be new and improved, with a more nimble, smaller 27.5 wheel installed up front too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Meeners View Post
    I buy all my bikes for resale value. I don't even ride them.
    If you are careful, you can get two nice size sets of wind chimes out of a bike. Way more worth than most bikes !
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    Quote Originally Posted by bachman1961 View Post
    If you are careful, you can get two nice size sets of wind chimes out of a bike. Way more worth than most bikes !
    Not if I haven't taken the bikes out of the box yet. RESALE baby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by x-rated View Post
    Havent seen any new release in 2019 except maybe E-bike or kid bikes. They also fooled us with Plus sizes.
    Don't say that in the plus bike forum. Some of those guys believe 2.35 will soon be extinct.

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    27.5 and 29 will be gone next year. It's all about metric wheel sizes from 500mm to 700mm in 25mm increments.

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    Quote Originally Posted by One Pivot View Post
    Next year the mullet bikes will be new and improved, with a more nimble, smaller 27.5 wheel installed up front too!
    ...and it will have a 26 in the rear. #26aintdead #superflickable

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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillipJ View Post
    27.5 and 29 will be gone next year. It's all about metric wheel sizes from 500mm to 700mm in 25mm increments.
    Don't joke. It worked to trick people with Shocks....
    Changing bushing overlap has nothing to do with what system of measure you use.
    What may have helped however is breaking free from the old standard sizes

    Actually if you look at what design engineers do. They use the system that is in place in their work place (often dictated by what country they are in). For example here in Australia when items are made to 'Inch' standard. They are actually designed in Metric millimetres. An example of this is drill bits. A 3/8" drill bit is designed and made to 9.525mm. Then it is just labeled 3/8". This is because it is what they know, and also what the machinery used to produce the tool uses.

    PS. Don't try and correct me by saying that most modern machinery can switch between mm and inch in the click of a button. It is still done the way I said.

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