Long Story Short: 650b vs. 700c

Today's gravel and road riders have more wheel and tire options than ever. Our Warbird, Warroad, and Journeyman models all have the versatility to run either the classic 700c or the repopularized 650b wheels and tires. While it's nice to have choices, making the right decision when it comes to wheel and tire size can be a bit daunting.

Salsa Design Engineer Sean Mailen knows a thing or two about the ride characteristics of 700c and 650b wheel and tire combinations. We sat down with him to get the skinny on the differences between these two options, and when you might choose to ride one over the other. 

Long Story Short: 650b vs. 700c from Salsa Cycles on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for more Long Story Short episodes! Each will take a dive into our product line or product feature, or just how certain things happen at Salsa Cycles.

This post filed under topics: Gravel Long Story Short Road Sean Mailen Tech

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Harrison Maddox

Harrison Maddox

I’m a jack-of-all, master-of-none sort when it comes to the outdoors. Riding, climbing, paddling, skiing or hiking—everything has its own appeal. All that matters are the effort and the solitude. I’m not competitive but I enjoy a good challenge, and I’ll say “yes” to anything that puts me in over my head or involves type 2 fun, as that’s where life’s spicier moments seem to live.


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