2014’s Hottest 650B Mountain Bikes...

If you buy a new mountain bike next year, there’s a good chance it could have 650B wheels on it. A couple of years ago I never thought I would be writing a list of my top five hottest 650B mountain bikes. But here we are, 2014 rapidly approaching and just about every major manufacturer now has a 650B bike or two in their range for the new season. Let’s pick five that I’ve got my eyes on for next year.

GT Force

One of the most interesting bikes in the new 650B sector comes with a lot of expectation. GT have been languishing in the shadows for many years, but two years spent working on the brand new Force, a 150mm bike designed around 650B wheels, with input from Dan Atherton and Hans Rey, has the potential to reinstate the brand back at the top table.

GT Force
GT Force

It uses an updated and simplified version of the Independent Drivetrain (ID) suspension with the new Path Link, stout 15mm axles everywhere and a full carbon fibre frame. Geometry has been honed by the team with much feedback from Atherton and, as I found when I rode it in Utah, is absolutely dialled. The bike is long and low with a 67-degree head angle.

Have a gander at Dan Atherton’s custom Force here

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  1. Chris Kimberley

    no mention of the new Kona Process! seb kemp gave all 3 version a glowing review

    1. Chris Kimberley

      And Al Stock just won the latest UKGE round on a a 153 process

      1. James McKnight

        I’m off to test out the new Process next week I have a feeling it might be on my own list along with a certain number out of a small country in the Pyrenees..

  2. Marcus Æthelstan Xedric Dyson

    Cube Stereo!

  3. serge the seal of death

    Rotwild R.E1 FS 650B

    1. serge the seal of death
  4. serge the seal of death

    Rotwild R.E1

  5. serge the seal of death

    Bloody computers! The X1 is nice to!

  6. Benjamín Irarrázaval

    Scott Genius LT????…..

  7. Slam Man

    Commencal Meta AM… sorted. simple, strong, no bull. it just works

  8. serge the seal of death

    Wonder when Orange will do a 650B

    1. Alex

      The 2014 orange 5 is 650B, looks amazing!

  9. chris.m

    For the first time in many years, a GT I actually like. The best design yet IMHO!
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    The Pivot looks very busy and cluttered around the main pivot area and isn’t the nicest looking bike they’ve done. Hopefully it’ll ride better than it looks.
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    I’ve always loved the way Giant’s ride. They soak up the bumps really well and their build quality is fantastic, but their sizing, for me, is well off. Hard to deny their value though. Lets just hope their graphics aren’t too much.
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    Trek can be a bit hit and miss. They make lovely looking bikes, but have suffered a little with their suspension, i.e. DRCV. Some love it, others hate it. I’m personally not a fan, as new shocks are more controlled and I don’t see the need for their extra volume. If controlled, they ride well though.
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    I am a big fan of Santa Cruz. They make bikes that are truly lust-worthy. They are a little bit busy with cabling and their front centre length could be a bit longer, but they have an amazing feel on the trail, with a really sure footed feel and great amount if grip. Not a value brand so to speak, but what boutique bike is?!
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    I just hope that 2014 whittles down the wheel size “debate” and people can just choose a bike based not on wheel size, but what bike they “need”. With manufacturers using 29″ for hardtails and shorter travel bikes and others using 27.5″ for bigger travel (with the odd few exceptions), it should create some harmony… eventually!
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    A nice bike, is a nice bike, regardless of wheel size. I think the fact that manufacturers are having to think outside the box is making them come up with some good solutions. I’m looking forward to seeing more 2014 models!

  10. Chris Kimberley

    what happened with the process review?

    too late ive ordered one!

    1. James McKnight
  11. pete gson

    Yeah that photo isnt even the force.. nice work ;)

  12. Felecia Job

    Just rode the Kona Process 153 for 3 days in Moab, It is a very agile bike, able to take on anything in its way. Manualing is very easy. The bike is quick, very easy to flick, and climbs petty well to boot. It is the current favorite of many of bike professional in Moab this year. Pretty amazing for a bike which can be purchased for $2500.

  13. Robert Kukenberg

    My vote goes or the Force, but on your piscture, there is Sensor. May the force be with you!

  14. Matt Anderson

    No mention of the Norco Range? Carbon is here for 2014.

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