We’re a bike shop with locations in Victoria, Langford and Nanaimo, British Columbia. We carry an extensive inventory of bicycles including the following: kids, hybrids, city, cyclocross, road, mountain, triathlon, downhill, dirt jump, and bmx. Check out the latest from leading brands, such as Specialized, Norco, Santa Cruz, and Ridley. We also carry a complete line of parts and accessories, to compliment any style of riding. (Read more...)
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2014 Specialized Fatboy

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2014 Stump Jumper Comp Evo 650B

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Oak Bay Bicycles now has the 2014 Specialized Stump Jumper Comp Evo 650B in stock!! If you’ve heard the news, 2014 will be the last year that the Specialized Stump Jumpers will have 26″ wheels. Next year, the smallest wheel size available for the Stump Jumpers will be 650B. This...

Most of the XC riders around here have drunk the 29er Kool-Aid; bigger wheels just make sense in certain applications. Still, there is a lot of totally warranted skepticism about pushing bigger wheels into the All Mountain/Enduro/Feeride side of things.

So, can you freeride a 29er? Andrew took out this bike to see what big wheels can do. The point isn’t that big wheels are better for dirt jumping or freeriding et cetera, but just that the supposed tradeoffs in those areas aren’t nearly as serious as people think.





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11 comments

  1. Steve Mitchell says:

    Mar 24, 2011

    Ha, the burning 29′r question indeed.. Is that Andrew from Marty’s? is he working/ riding for Oakbay now?

    Steve Mitchell

  2. Brian @ OBB says:

    Mar 24, 2011

    Sure is!

  3. Phil says:

    Mar 25, 2011

    Great Video!
    What Song is that?

  4. Brian @ Oak Bay Bikes says:

    Mar 25, 2011

    Lorn – Greatest Silence

    glad you like it!

  5. JJ says:

    Mar 25, 2011

    I thought that the MTB manufacturers were coming out with 27″ wheels, that was what i was hearing. Any news or info on that?

  6. Brian @ Oak Bay Bikes says:

    Mar 25, 2011

    You probably mean 650B, which is another major can of worms. Last year it looked like it might catch on for MTB, this year most of the manufacturers abandoned it. Read up on it, it’s interesting stuff; some frames allow you to run 650B wheels on a stock 26″ bike as well!

    But yeah, it seems that 650B is staying in the rando circles for now.

  7. Robert says:

    Apr 5, 2011

    Where is that Trail at the end with the jumps?

  8. Brian @ OBB says:

    Apr 6, 2011

    Victoria BC, and that’s the most you’ll get out of us. Get out there and find/build stuff!

  9. Jim Thompson says:

    Apr 29, 2011

    Do Canadians just revert to the stantard system as you feel like it?
    73.66 does sound kinda not the same. But I am sure rounding up wouldn’t be too far out? However Americans do use metric for engine size–go figure?

  10. Bev Jackson says:

    May 16, 2011

    thats my boy!!!!!!!

  11. sam clewans says:

    Sep 25, 2013

    what bike is that?

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