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What size wheel, what length travel?

btbsAdmin | 19/11/2014 17:28:08

The mountain bike world is an ever-changing place and with the introduction of 29er bikes to the mass market, a rush of changes have arrived in the past couple of years. The popularity of longer trail ‘enduro’ style bikes is quickly growing and our shop stock for 2015 reflects this. Whilst our area is and always will be a cross-country heartland, longer travel bikes are no longer the beasts of old. The new generation of bikes have cross-country ride characteristics with longer travel, ideal for the many trail centres that now exist. 1
IMGL6597-e1402814499991 Hard tail and short travel bikes remain the default bike for our terrain. Carbon bikes with decent specification have dropped in price and aluminium bikes continue to offer great value performance. Standout bikes from our brands in these categories would be the Specialized Stumpjumper and Scott Scale for hard tails and the Specialized Epic for short travel full suspension. 29er is absolutely the only wheel size that should be considered for such bikes, it’s simply better in everything it does.
Travel then steps up to 120 or 140mm, with both wheel sizes playing a part. As a shop we still feel 29er is superior even with the increased travel, but 650B wheels are selling well, as the riders like the perception of snappy acceleration and nimble turning. Giant’s Trance is a great value package and we have two models in stock starting at £1500 – all 2015 Trance bikes now run a 650B wheel. Scott’s Spark is available with both wheel sizes on a bike that is almost a cross-country set-up. Specialized’s perennial Stumpjumper FSR is having something of a resurgence and it’s no wonder. This bike is also available on both wheel platforms. prvw_0_1424528
Genius 160mm travel bikes have always been heavy and nasty to ride on anything that wasn’t pointing downhill. It’s here that the market has seen the biggest change with these true enduro style machines able to take on all types of terrain. The Giant 650B Reign, brand new for 2015, is getting great reviews and combines Giant’s traditional value for money with reliable performance. The Scott Genius is a big seller and offers great performance in a lightweight package with the rider able to select which wheel size they prefer. Finally we have the Specialized Enduro. The name says it all really. It’s not cheap but it’s a brilliant ride, whichever wheel size is chosen.
All of the bike models mentioned are available to see at Behind The Bikeshed along with a good selection of cheaper hard tail bikes including Giant’s Talon, Specialized’s Rockhopper and Crave and Scott’s Aspect and Scale.  However the proof of the level of performance offered by our brands is in the riding. We have access to the demo fleets that all 3 of our partners run and are happy to arrange rides out for our customers to experience them first hand and make their own mind up. So come and see us in-store for the best selection of mountain bikes in the town backed up with expert advice and the best customer service. prvw_0_1335936