WATERLOO, WI (BRAIN) — Trek Bicycle is adding the 650b wheel size to its mountain bike lineup in 2014. The company unveiled a revamped Slash and Remedy line, both featuring 650b models, to European retailers and press Wednesday.
Trek brings a redesigned 160-millimeter-travel Slash to the growing enduro mountain bike market. The 650b model features a lower bottom bracket, slacker head tube angle and an alloy frame that weighs 350 grams less than its 26-inch predecessor.
Mid-travel 140-millimter-travel alloy and carbon 650b options will be added to the Remedy line, complementing the recently launched Remedy 29.
“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. 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,” said Travis Ott, global mountain bike brand manager at Trek. “Then it really comes down to how different riders tackle the same trail in their own way.”
Earlier this week Trek also announced the launch of its redesigned Speed Concept triathlon bike. The 2014 model offers storage solutions for gear and nutrition and weighs nearly a pound lighter less than its predecessor. A deeper fork profile, smaller frontal area and refined tube shaping offer improved aerodynamics and shave 437 grams in weight, Trek claims. All cables and housing are routed internally and the frame includes an internal battery option to accommodate electronic drivetrains.
Trek’s new bike models will be available at retailers worldwide in the fall.