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Old 07-17-19, 12:04 PM
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List of 650b hybrids

EDIT TO HIGHTLIGHT WHY I MADE THIS THREAD:
One advantage is the circumference of a 27.5x2.1" tire is about the same as 700c32c which means a much more comfortable, larger tire without sacraficing speed.
The spokes are shorter which means a stronger wheel.
With a similar circumference, the chainring size don't need to be changed to get the same pedaling effort.
Also, the same circumference means the frame geometry won't have to be changed to eliminate toe overlap. (The experience of turning a corner won't change.)
Wider tires means better traction which means better braking.
To summarize, same speed and steering as 700c while having more comfort, better braking and stronger wheels.

Devinci Cartier

Raleigh Redux

Masi Strada Vita Uno

Kona Dew

Louis Garneau M1

KHS Urban X

Brodie Robson

Silverback Scento Metro

Marin Nicasio RC

PLUS HYBRIDS (with 27.5x2.4" or larger tires)

Breezer Midtown

Brodie Torque

Surly Bridge Club

I could include the Specialized Roll, Marin Stinson, Felt Vera Cruz and Cannondale Treadwell although those have a laid back design for leisurely riding. And the Cannondale Bad Boy has a one-sided fork which I could care less about. Interesting too that the electric bike designed by motorcycle racer Erik Buell has 650b wheels (Fuell Fluid-1). Schwinn also has the unusual dual-suspension hybrid called the Solana and beach cruisers Costin and Hornet.



ANOTHER EDIT: I find the Breezer Midtown 1.5 very interesting. First, because of the Kenda Kwick 2.4" tires. Second, it has an aluminum frame & fork. (It also has Shimano hydraulic brakes and Shimano hubs. And it's under $1K.) I'm tempted to sell 2 bikes to buy one. The only thing I might change is the gearing to 42/32/22 and XLC PD-C07 or PD-C08 pedals.

AND ANOTHER EDIT: Forgot to add the UK models of the Raleigh Strada. (I wouldn't bother with the cheaper ones with the threaded headset but whatever.)

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Old 07-24-19, 05:22 PM
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I own the Raleigh Redux 2, 2019, very happy with it. Would definitely recommend it, since it comes out to way less than the others despite competitive specs, under $600 with the corporate discount which is easy to find.

I looked at all these bikes myself, and chose the Redux based on the steeper head tube angle, and the price. I wanted a 1X, hydraulic disc, 26" or 650b rigid wide tired flat bar bike, and the Redux was it. (I also wanted tubeless and through axles, but that wasn't an option, but I'll do a tubeless conversion myself.)

I really think 1X 650b wide tired hybrids are the way to go, and have no downsides compared to a more conventional hybrid, for the city riding a hybrid typically does. For some reason all

Another bike is the Rondo Booz, looks super svelte but also costs more.

Also the Haro Beasley (from same corporation that owns Masi).

The Marin and the Masi have flat bars but are designed for drop bars so the top tubes are too short unless you want to sit upright all the time. Same for the Breezer Doppler, which you didn't include.

https://www.breezerbikes.com/bikes/a...pler-cafe-plus
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My wife's Canyon Roadlite has 650b wheels. However it is only on the XS size.
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There is the Priority 600 from Priority Bicycles. The Pinion gearbox makes that an interesting one.
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Two more to add to the list:

Salsa Journeyman
It's offered in flat bar and drop bar versions, as well as 700c and 650b versions.

Jamis Sequel
It's a little more expensive than the average hybrid, but it's all Reynolds 520 chromoly and has a 1x10 drivetrain. And the desert storm color looks pretty cool.

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Old 09-29-19, 08:19 PM
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Marin stopped rebadging their drop bar bike as a hybrid, and made a dedicated flat bar model, and it looks really nice. Best one it's price category of around $1k retail.

https://www.marinbikes.com/bikes/20-muirwoods-rc

(I still think the Redux 2 is the best value though)
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