Are major companies planning to eliminate 27.5'' wheels?

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Are major companies planning to eliminate 27.5'' wheels?
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Posted: Feb 3, 2020 at 13:03 Quote
I have a 27.5'' bike and I love it. But the industry seems to be plotting against it, so it seems to be the right time (maybe a lil late) to sell it and buy a 29''.

I've tried 29'' bikes and they just don't feel right for me or the trails I ride, but the risk of running out of tires and losing a lot of money selling my 27.5'' when "it's dead" is f*cking with my mind.

It will help to have the following info

| Brand | Has 27.5'' 2020 enduro bike? | Will have a 27.5'' enduro bike next year? |
| Specialized | No | No |
| Ibis | Yes | No

oooooor, if anyone can leak information like "Giant's CEO is planning to get rid of 27.5'' bikes" or "Giant CEO will keep 27.5'' bikes" will make my life easier Smile

Posted: Feb 3, 2020 at 21:40 Quote
Well you only have to worry about rims, forks and tires. Don't think any of those items are going to be tough to find in 27.5 for a decade or two.

Now when they start selling 30.5" wheeled bikes as the next best thing you can start to be concerned.

Posted: Feb 8, 2020 at 10:52 Quote
And considering consensus is 27.5 is best for S, XS adult frames it ain’t goin no where. Just some manufacturers now have bikes with the 27.5-XS,S, 29-M,L,XL model. Yea, more buyers are trying 29rs since geo has been good but as long as there remains a preference for 27.5 in the upper sizes, they’ll continue building them, especially in the Gravity segment due to the more aggressive geo...

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 at 13:56 Quote
In the long run I think 27.5 will become alot less common and the 29 will take its place, but once 29 talk settles down there will be something else that will become the next big thing you can't ride your bike without, remember that at one time not such a long time ago 26" was the ultimate.

I've just bought a Mondraker Dune 2019 model which are only available to buy in 27.5", the 2020 model being the same. If 29 was an option I may have gone for it but I'm not fazed one bit that it's not. Enjoy the bike and maybe look into 29 when it's time for a change.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 at 14:29 Quote
I haven't ever ridden a 29, but the wheels are objectively huge. I don't feel like I need bigger wheels on my mtb than I do on my moto.

I want to ride one, but I think 27.5 with good suspension is just as good. I think 29s getting popular is mostly due to the average rider not knowing jack about suspension setup.

Posted: Feb 12, 2020 at 14:32 Quote
I was skeptical about 29" Happy with 26" didn't feel much of a difference going 26-27.5". But 27.5-29" it's apparent & with modern geo it's great. Only downside is the occasional 29" tire up the butt crack when getting far back over the rear on vert-near vert stuff. I'll learn hopefully.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 at 18:24 Quote
As stated above, I can't see them doing away with 27.5" bikes/tires even just for smaller bikes. There are a lot of us shorter people out there that just don't feel good on 29ers. I also know a lot of tall people that still prefer how much more playful the 27.5" tired bikes are too. And, while it seems like it was hard to find 26" tires for a little while there, they are making a resurgence in the form of youth bikes. I'm sure that there will be lots of years before the demand for 27.5" is low enough for it to become a resale concern, and many more years than that before it would be hard to find replacement parts.

Posted: Feb 17, 2020 at 18:28 Quote
MTB is becoming more and more diverse. I cant see it being a standard that will be done away with, but rather that it will remain as an option for builders/designers.

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