So Giant openly have their pro riders on 650b bikes, GT and Scott have all but eliminated the 26" wheel from their performance line and today Trek have announced that the Slash and Remedy will now come in 650b/27.5 options. It seems that only Specialized are left holding out, but for how long? Keep in mind that the big S once said they would never make a 29" wheeled bike, I think they called it a "gimmick", and just look how that turned out.
Check out Trek's press release below.
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 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. And amazingly, the alloy frame weighs 350 grams less than its 26-inch predecessor.
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,” said Travis Ott, global MTB Brand Manager. “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.”
After a busy year that has already seen the launch of the all-new Fuel EX 29, Remedy 29 and mountain bikes in Project One, Trek's 650b models will hit worldwide retailers this autumn.