27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

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27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby ehart814 » Tue Mar 18, 2014 5:45 pm

Haven't seen a thread specifically for 27.5's yet, so I figured I would start one.

The 27.5 thing isn't going away... I don't own one yet, but it appears that this is the next big thing. Manufacturers are saying that they want to phase out 26" bikes to replace them with 27.5's. Some members have posted pics of 27.5 Mongoose bikes at Walmart. I saw one today at a Walmart. An FS model, but pretty low end. Didn't bother posting pics because someone else already did.

So for starters, does anyone out there have any info on the new Seek'R 27.5? The bike looks awesome.... and I'm sure I'm not the only one around here that wants one. It's so weird that there is no info online about them yet.... I travel for work a couple times a week so I hit pretty much every Walmart I see and I haven't found one yet. I live in Northwest PA.

If the Seek'R is already being sold at Walmarts, and it isn't online, there could be others... Genesis? Iron Horse? Anyone seen any other 27.5's at their local BB store???
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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby desertguns » Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:16 pm

Shoot Craig - washington_desert_rat - a PM & he'll set up a separate forum for 650B bikes. Its been coming for a while...
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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby ehart814 » Wed Mar 19, 2014 5:22 pm

So one of my best friends is a co-manager at my local Walmart. I gave him the pic someone posted of the Seek'r. He said that he can look up the bike with the number on the sticker. (Thanks to whoever posted those pics). When he goes to work tomorrow I'm going to text him to see if he can give me any info on availability.... I'll post any updates I get. I hope he can get me one! It's amazing to me that there is no info out there about this bike!


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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby ehart814 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:22 am

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Not impressed with the Seek'r. And it's not as light as I hoped.


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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby BoomerBrian » Thu Mar 20, 2014 5:14 pm

Looks like a typical bbb.


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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby ehart814 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:19 pm

Other than the frame, it's cheap even by those standards. I was totally sold on it until I saw the cheapo twist shifters and plastic pedals. And it was heavier than I hoped. I was totally ready to buy one, but I was disappointed. If the price was 150 or less, I would have bought it. But literally everything besides the frame disappointed me.


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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby desertguns » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:16 pm

That's the same shifter that came on the Dolomite. Certainly no worse than the lowest, low end SRAM shifter it replaces. It functioned fine & the grip was more comfortable than the SRAM it replaces. And all the $220 Kent & Pacific 29ers come with plastic pedals. Have for several years. As BB said - typical box box bike. If you're going spend much time on the bike those are some of the components most of us upgrade at some point anyway. Those pedals were stock on the Beast & I replaced them after 8 months. So what...It's the perfect bike if someone want to check if a 650B is right for them. Totally upgradeable & if you don't like it, you're not out an arm & a leg. Suggest you get an entry level $400 650B at Bikes Direct if you don't like wrenching on your own bike.
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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby ehart814 » Thu Mar 20, 2014 8:27 pm

I don't mind wrenching. I was bummed cuz I just had my hopes up for that bike but after looking at it, I decided it just wasn't a good value compared to the other offerings. I wanted a hard tail 27.5 and the price seemed great. I thought the frame and paint looked great. But I rode the bike down the aisle and the brake lever had literally 1/4" of play where it pivots. Literally it was total junk. The rims look very weak. It was pretty much the same weight as the BBB 26" fs bikes. For the same price, there was a 29" iron horse fs bike with shimano components. Much better quality, though that bike is a totally different category.

It just seemed to me that if the Seek'r was a 26", it's a $140 bike. Maybe the different size makes it worth the price but I guess I'll just hold out for a while to see what new bikes come out for spring.




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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby morando6784 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 7:44 pm

^^ check out bikes direct, $330 gets a decently equipped 650b.

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Re: 27.5 BBBikes (MTB)

Postby ehart814 » Fri Mar 21, 2014 8:11 pm

Yeah that looks like it would be much better.... definitely better equipment. I think I'll probly have to wait till next summer to buy one, now that I have 2 new mountain bikes.
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