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Is Giant making one of these? Are they going to make 26'' wheel dh bikes obsolete and just totally kick ass? I'd like to say no, but since several bike manufacturers are not even making a 26" wheel bike (other than a dh bike), I'm starting to wonder. Just a thought to kick around.
 

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27.5 and 29 er will be the leaders in xc and some AM....but the need for a strong rim will always keep a 26 in business....but the bronsons are nice
 

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27.5 and 29 er will be the leaders in xc and some AM....but the need for a strong rim will always keep a 26 in business....but the bronsons are nice
High profile carbon rims will make this a moot point. Tall profile to reduce spoke length, and increase stiffness. Plus, Derby is pushing 40mm wide, making a WAY stiff rim w/o weight penalty.

But, wagon-wheel'd DH sled might be most advantageous for tall riders.
 

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I think frame makers will have their DH bikes use 650b by about 2015 or 16. Some are playing with the idea now and I'm sure the rest will follow sooner or later. It's just a matter of time...

One argument I hear that's against 650b in DH right now is lack of tire choices. Once that sorts itself, I'm sure there's going to be more and more people switching.
 

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29 dh bike seems like it would be way too tall. Also, rolling over everything like it isn't there might make it less fun. Kind of the way super fat skis make skiing too easy. Maybe not though. I'm fingers crossed that my newly purchased dh bike stays relevant to the scene and competitive for a little while.
 

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I have watched 3 different experienced riders that have gone over to 29" wheeled bikes, try to ride them through the same stuff we have ridden for over a decade, nasty wasshed out gullies, drops, jumps & only one of them seems to be able to make the transition to 29" & still ride w/ the same "gusto" as they had on 26". They tend to come back from the mtns bleeding and "skint up". I guess we'll ALL follow the trends after a certain point, (have to when the "old stuff" is no longer made/supported). I guess I'll stick to the old school rig that is working for me presently - a 26" aluminum Nomad w/ CCDB air & 36 180 Talas.
 

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Specialized cleared out all their 26" Demos at crazy prices, so I bet their new DH bike will be 27.5. It will probably be "announced" at Sea Otter. Like it or not it looks like 27.5 is moving into the DH market even for the bigger companies.
 

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I thought at first that a 29" wheel bike was gimmick that would pass. Summer after summer I noticed more of them, and then tried keeping up with a dweeb riding one up my favorite hill. I've had a HT 29'r for 2 summers now, and spend most of my time on it in AK. I'd prefer rides that necessitate a big trail bike, we just don't have many of them. Anyway, maybe the 650b bike will rally in the dh scene.
 

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It's unfortunate, but it's all marketing. The 650 will overtake the market because the frame companies want you to buy new stuff all the time.
2010 my buddy gets a warranty frame. 31.6 post. They tell him it's bigger to accommodate height adjustable post. 2 years later, his new bike accepts the "new standard" 30.9. That was $300 wasted. Wait 3-4 years. Either 31.6 will be the standard or 34.7 (made up) will be.
Last year a buddy breaks his Fuel ex. It started off he needed a cassette, rings and a chain. All 10spd cause it's hard to get the 9spd anymore. I noticed the crack. When the new frame came in I noticed he would need a different bb and a headset reducer. I rebuilt his fork this year and noticed wear on the stanchion. Fox offered a crash replacement. Now the fork has a tapered steerer, 15mm to, and post mount brakes. A new headset was ordered and a new wheel. He wanted the ta and knew a new wheel would be necessary. But the brake mount is the issue. He has elixirs and a 185mm rotor. The adapters are only for 180mm anymore and cost $20 (which are all sold out) and a new disc is $35+. All because the 51mm "international standard" isn't standard anymore and the 185mm disc is discontinued for a couple years now.

My point is just because it works, doesn't mean it's here to stay. I believe the industries motto is "If it ain't broke, we ain't makin' money!"
 

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It's unfortunate, but it's all marketing. The 650 will overtake the market because the frame companies want you to buy new stuff all the time.
2010 my buddy gets a warranty frame. 31.6 post. They tell him it's bigger to accommodate height adjustable post. 2 years later, his new bike accepts the "new standard" 30.9. That was $300 wasted. Wait 3-4 years. Either 31.6 will be the standard or 34.7 (made up) will be.
Last year a buddy breaks his Fuel ex. It started off he needed a cassette, rings and a chain. All 10spd cause it's hard to get the 9spd anymore. I noticed the crack. When the new frame came in I noticed he would need a different bb and a headset reducer. I rebuilt his fork this year and noticed wear on the stanchion. Fox offered a crash replacement. Now the fork has a tapered steerer, 15mm to, and post mount brakes. A new headset was ordered and a new wheel. He wanted the ta and knew a new wheel would be necessary. But the brake mount is the issue. He has elixirs and a 185mm rotor. The adapters are only for 180mm anymore and cost $20 (which are all sold out) and a new disc is $35+. All because the 51mm "international standard" isn't standard anymore and the 185mm disc is discontinued for a couple years now.

My point is just because it works, doesn't mean it's here to stay. I believe the industries motto is "If it ain't broke, we ain't makin' money!"
Reality based perspective, IMO.
 
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