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Tech trends: What are 650b tyres and road plus?

Is the resurrection of 650b a good thing and could it be for you?

Among the constantly evolving road bike trends has been a bit of chatter about 650b, an old French wheel standard that has been making a reappearance in recent years. But what is it and what are the benefits? Watch the video to find out. 

I wrote an article about 650b a couple of years ago and we're starting to see a few more bike manufacturers design their adventure and gravel bikes to accommodate wider tyres on smaller wheels. I've finally got my hands on some suitable wheels (3T) and tyres (WTB Horizon) to find out what it's all about, so stay tuned for a review very soon. 

David worked on the tech team from 2012-2020. Previously he was editor of and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds, and you can now find him over on his own YouTube channel David Arthur - Just Ride Bikes

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