News & Reviews
- Jun 26, 2009
Intense is now the latest of many companies to announce 650B bikes, a trend which is legitimizing the wheel size in many riders minds. Have a look at this preview of the bike and weigh in with your thoughts...
By Vernon Felton
Courtesy of Bike Magazine
Twenty-four hours ago, Intense Cycles joined the many companies (Norco, Jamis and Scott, to name just a few) that have rolled out new 650B mountain bike models.
In case you’ve been sleeping through the war of the wheels and have, consequently, missed the whole 650B brouhaha, here are the basics: 650B has been around since the cretaceous period. Neanderthal hunting parties, the story goes, later painted the wheels on the walls of their caves. Tom Ritchey built a bunch of 650B mountain bikes, shortly thereafter, but a bunch of worker elves at Nokian tires got sick with the flu in 1978, which led to a shortage in tires and, in a nutshell led to all of us riding 26er wheels.
To read the rest of Vernon's article on the new bike go here. What are your thoughts on the trend of 650B...here to stay, or passing fad?