Trek Bicycle today previewed their 650B plans to European retailers and select members of the European bike press, unveiling two revamped platforms in the technical trail and enduro product lines. The Slash and Remedy lines will be offered in 650B options to address those segments where the emerging wheel size is most suited to the terrain and rider demands.
The high-end Slash 9 is built up with SRAM's X01 drivetrain and FOX suspension hung on its revamped aluminum frame.
The 160mm-travel Slash has been completely redesigned from the ground up with a focus on the emerging and demanding enduro scene. With a lower bottom bracket and slacker head tube than the 26-inch version, the Slash 650B provides a lower, longer position for the competitive enduro racer. Amazingly, the alloy frame weighs 350 grams less than its 26-inch predecessor.
The 650B Remedy is in addition to the already released 29er model, and there are six models of 650B Remedy bikes in total. How long until we see a carbon frame for the big-wheeler?
The Remedy line adds 140mm-travel alloy and carbon 650B options to complement the 29er lineup launched in early June. The smaller-wheeled sibling was built around the nimble ride characteristics of 650B wheels to offer technical trail riders a more playful option alongside the more confidence-inspiring 29er. The Remedy 650B will be offered in both OCLV MTB carbon and Alpha Platinum Aluminum.
|After a decade plus of alternative wheel size development, testing, refining, and debating, it's become clear that for trail riders wheel size is primarily about riding style. 29'' will be fastest for XC racing, but as we get into more trail riding, 650B and 29 can both excel on the same trail. Then it really comes down to how different riders tackle the same trail in their own way. So the Remedy now has the confidence-inspiring 29er option and the more playful 650B option. Then the Slash gets the new small wheel treatment with a ground-up 650B chassis. - Travis Ott, Global MTB Brand Manager|
Trek's 650B models will hit worldwide retailers this autumn.www.trekbikes.com
Pinkbike's TakeWhile they might have taken their time getting to the mid-wheeled pool party, Trek is certainly the largest brand to jump in. And they aren't just dipping their toes into the water, with the expense of a brand new mold for the carbon fiber Remedy 650B platform being the equivalent of a cannon ball sent right into the middle of the pool. Trek's massive resources have allowed them to design and manufacture both 29'' and 650B-wheeled versions of the Remedy platform, with the aluminum 29er model debuted in early June, thereby allowing consumers to choose the wheel size that makes the most sense for them... so long as they aren't looking for 26'' wheels, that is. Having spent an admittedly limited amount of time so far on the aluminum framed Remedy 29er, we can say that the bike is a potent trail weapon that handles unlike any 29er of similar travel that we have spent time on - it is a very good bike and we are excited about the obvious prospect of a carbon framed model that is no doubt in the works. Will the 650B compare as favourably?
The 650B wheeled Slash is even more interesting in our minds, as it is a travel bracket that sees many rider still looking for 26'' wheels. The previous 26'' wheeled Slash is one hell of a potent bike for rowdy terrain, and the slightly bigger rollover capabilities of this new 650B version will likely only improve the bike's performance. But will the consumers bite? If the near extinction of performance level 26'' wheeled bikes wasn't clear before, it now seems to be written in 10ft tall letters on the wall in front of us. Interesting, this announcement means that new wheel sizes have been deployed for Trek's entire high-end full suspension lineup barring one model: the Session. We were given the ''no comment at this time'' answer when we asked about a possible 650B-wheeled DH bike in early June, but we have a sneaking suspicion that not only have 650B Sessions been tested, but that we'll also see them under Trek World Racing riders at some point this season. Bigger wheels for World Champs in South Africa? We think so. - Mike Levy