Monday, December 3, 2012

The 650b freight train

Whether the industry knows what to call it yet is in doubt, but one thing is clear after spending a week with suppliers and product managers in Taiwan at the Taichung Bike Week: The midsized tire diameter is poised to soon dominate the bulk of the mountain bike market.
The wheel size is currently a rarity in most U.S. bike shops and even hard-core enthusiasts are just learning of its existence. But make no mistake, the change is not just speculation, marketing hype or wishful thinking; it's approaching like a freight train powered by some big checkbooks.
At least one major bike brand recently canceled a production run for a new 26-inch model just before the bike was set to go into production.

The 650b freight train | Bicycle Retailer and Industry News

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