With the 2014 Scott Spark recently launched in both wheel sizes, what an opportunity to answer the burning question: which wheelsize is better? We got the answer… kind of.
– By Neil Gardiner
Even the greatest opponents of the 29er format will agree that the mountain-bike world has been forced to have another look at the outdated 26” wheel. Those who’ve refused to ride a big-wheeler are looking to the 650b (or 27.5”) option, and it’s predicted that in two years’ time, over half the world’s off-roaders will have these in-betweener wheels. Which option is better? Well, the debate continues; but we were lucky enough to be in Switzerland to test both sizes, on exactly the same model: 2014’s Scott Spark range shows off both 29” and 27.5” versions – the perfect opportunity for a back-to-back test.