World Cup Win on a 650b by Scott — and Seven Cycles Wants the Buzz??By Michael Frank on April 13th, 2012
Swiss rider Nino Schurter’s World Cup win a few weeks ago came on a bike built by Scott. But Schurter won on a bike with 650b wheels (halfway between a 29er and a 26-inch wheel) and Seven, maker of 650b’s (among other wheel-sized bikes) is arguing that this spells a tipping point for a third mountain bike wheel standard. There could well be advantages for racing: Tall 29ers are tougher for shorter riders to steer and to tip into and out of turns, and sheer physics require that you have more mass at the edge of the rim, mass that’s harder to move. But pity the poor bike shop having to stock three wheel and tire sizes…plus forks, too. It could happen; nobody thought the 29er “fad” would go anywhere, either.
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