You can have it all! With more agility than a 29er and more traction and efficiency than a 26-inch wheel, Giant's Tempt 2 with 27.5 inch wheels is the enticing answer. It all starts with Giant's ALUXX aluminum frame that's light and responsive with confidence-inspiring stand-over room. Then you get a RockShox fork with 100mm of plush suspension and precise steering to guide you through the rough stuff. It's packed full of Shimano components with 30 wide-ranging speeds and Shimano disc brakes for great speed control with modulation. And, Giant's wheels and Schwalbe tires provide sure-footed grip and the Giant stem, bar, and saddle are ride-everyday reliable.
27.5-inch wheels (also known as 650B) offer the best characteristics of 26- and 29-inch wheels for an outstanding ride.
Efficiency: Increasing the wheel diameter decreases the angle of attack (the angle at which round objects meet square objects). The lower the angle, the easier it is to roll over obstacles and maintain momentum.
Traction: With a larger diameter, the tire's contact patch increases, putting more rubber on the trail. A 27.5-inch (650B) has nearly the same contact patch as a 29er for superb acceleration, braking and cornering.
Weight: The weight of a 27.5 wheel, tire and tube is only 5% more than an identically built 26-inch wheel. Compare this to a 12% increase with a 29-inch wheel. Lighter wheels mean a lighter bike, and better climbing and acceleration.
|Frame||Giant ALUXX aluminum|
|Fork||Rockshox XC30 w/lockout, 100mm-travel|
|Hubs||Giant Tracker Sport|
|Tires||Schwalbe Rapid Rob, 27.5 x 2.25|
|Front Derailleur||Shimano Deore|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore SLX|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano, 10-speed: 11-36|
|Handlebars||Giant Sport, low-rise|
|Brake Levers||Shimano M395|
|Brakes||Shimano M395 disc, 6-inch rotors|