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    Default Is a 650b+ bike unsuitable for Cairns trails?

    Hi all,

    Quite a specific question but I'm really interested in a 650b+ hardtail as I want to hack around a bit without the maintenance issues (I'm lazy) and cost (I'm poor) of a full suspension bike.

    But I was told by a bike shop owner that Smithfield trails (my local trails) will be rubbish on a 650b+ bike unless it's an e-bike.

    There's zero chance of a demo ride so it would be good to hear from people that have ridden there however subjective the reply.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HamboCairns View Post

    But I was told by a bike shop owner that Smithfield trails (my local trails) will be rubbish on a 650b+ bike unless it's an e-bike.
    Did they say why?

    I used to trail ride on an 18kg Stinky there, that was fun.

    Ride what you want, it will be good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by indica View Post
    Did they say why?

    I used to trail ride on an 18kg Stinky there, that was fun.

    Ride what you want, it will be good.
    Said the rolling resistance kills the fun. I saw a pair of fat bike riders and looked like they were having a good time!

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    Last year I hired a Norco Sight with 650B on Smithfield trails. I had an awesome time and the wheel size would have made little difference compared to my own 26" wheeled Intense Slopstyle. Making sure frame size is correct makes more difference than wheel size as I rode the Norco in size small, as I prefer smaller frame to try and make bike more controllable or "chuckable".
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    Hi scblack, just confirming that I'm talking about 650b plus size (2.8 and above). I already own a 650b hardtail :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by indica View Post
    Did they say why?
    ...because they don't sell 650b+ bikes, clearly.
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    Think I'll just buy an Orange!

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    Quote Originally Posted by moorey View Post
    ...because they don't sell 650b+ bikes, clearly.
    They do, very highly rated ones actually..

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    The person you spoke to is probably over thinking the rolling resistance thing. If your primary concern is low rolling resistance on smooth trails, get a CX bike. The rougher the trail gets, the bigger the better (deformation, traction... Been discussed plenty). You know what's best for you :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by moorey View Post
    ...because they don't sell 650b+ bikes, clearly.
    Quote Originally Posted by HamboCairns View Post
    They do, very highly rated ones actually..
    ... any e-bikes in the shop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lazmo View Post
    ... any e-bikes in the shop?
    Haha yeah there is!

    I'm looking at the new Trek Roscoe BTW (not the shop or brand that offered that advice btw)

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