Today I was reading in Bicycling Magazine and came across a very interesting article about the how the 26er might be dead. Scott has recently launched the 27.5 inch mountain bike and it looks like it might be the new size to look at for the future. The 29er is still the bike to go forward with that I am sure of now. After swallowing my words, actually more like eating my words, and riding the 29er in Holland, I can now see that this is the way to go, but I would definitely watch this space for more to come!
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Did Scott Just Kill The 26er?
launches their new Genius dual suspension trail bikes in two new wheel sizes, with a 26″ version significantly absent.
The Genius range is associated with long travel 26″ rigs that rip around the backwoods, whooping off drops and down steep rocky chutes. In a world where wheels are getting bigger, this has been the refuge of the super-skilled lunatic fringe who’d rather die than subscribe to the ‘hype’.
Besides, 29ers are for roadies who don’t know how to ride a bike. Heard that before? Well then came, which hit the high stage in Pietermaritzburg when Nino Schurter managed to pip our own Burry Stander, on a hardtail with bigger wheels, but not as big as Burry’s 29er’s.
Scott’s new range affirmed their position on the new wheel format at a presentation in Frigolet in the Rhone Alps yesterday. Mountain bike legend Thomas Frischknecht stood in front of a crowd of journalists saying, “This is the future of mountain biking.” A bold statement, backed up by the two models wheeled out: a 27.5” wheeled carbon machine with 150mm travel and one with 29” wheels and 130mm travel. Official nomenclature: Genius 700 (pictured below) and Genius 900 (bottom of the page) series respectively. And no 26er.
On the tech side, the new Genius frame has taken design cues from the Spark, moving away from the articulated link driven design with the double-barrelled pull shock. It’s 20-30% stiffer than the previous version, 150g lighter and features three suspension modes controlled by their Twinloc lever on the bars: Lock, traction and descend (rigid with an ‘emergency blow off, climbing and fully open for the big hits).
They’ve saved most of that weight dropping old pull shock and also with their smoother, better load-bearing lines (requiring less carbon reinforcement) and there’s an updated IMP carbon manufacturing process where internal walls are better compacted. The rear shock is supplied by DT Swiss and the front end courtesy of Fox. The top tube looks nice and roomy, the BB low and chainstays short, the right ingredients for a great big wheeler. Read the test in our upcoming issue.