Giant Bicycles leads the pack in technology and innovation in mountain bikes, and Century Cycles has their latest 2014 models now in stock!
The hottest trend in mountain bikes this year is 27.5-inch wheels. Originally known as 650B size, this new "tweener" size falls between traditional 26-inch wheels and 29-inch wheels. Why the new size? Many folks feel that 27.5-inch wheels are "just right," combining the best of both worlds--the increased traction and ability to roll over obstacles of the large 29er wheels, with the lower weight and quicker handling of 26-inch wheels. Also, the 27.5-inch wheel size alleviates problems that some riders have experienced with frame design and fit related to the 29er wheels, especially for women and smaller riders.
(By the way, confused by all this talk about different wheel sizes? Our article Tech Talk: Know Your Tire Size will help you sort it out.)
Giant has committed in a big way to the 27.5-inch technology. All of the Liv/giant women's mountain bikes use the 27.5-inch wheel size, and many of the men's/unisex models offer you a choice.
The 2014 Giant mountain bike lineup at Century Cycles is led by the '14 Giant Anthem 27.5 3:
We haven't forgotten about the ladies; we've got the '14 Liv/giant Lust 27.5 2:
For you 29er fans, we still have options; the '14 Giant Anthem X 29er 3:
Looking to get into serious off-road riding on a budget? We've got two hardtail 27.5 offerings from Giant in stock. The '14 Giant Talon 27.5 4:
The '14 Giant Talon 27.5 5:
Men's Journal magazine recently tested several other models of 27.5-inch mountain bikes from Giant. Edit Stan Horaczek came to this conclusion:
"Once you get on, the most immediate advantage you notice is how much more nimble a 27.5-inch tire-equipped bike is than a 29er, especially in high-speed corners. Less gyroscopic force means it's easier to lean over and take banked turns as they're meant to be taken…Ultimately, a 27.5-incher seems like the real deal. Even many pros seem to be making the switch..."
You can read the full article here.