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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:58 am 
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There's a lot of good information here http://650bpalace.blogspot.co.uk/

Just Riding Along bike shop near Sheffield have quite a a bit 650b stock.

I have been running the Velocity-made Pacenti P35 650b rims on my Spooky for a while and I really like the wheel size. I don't know whether it's kiddology but somehow they do feel just right.


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PostPosted: Thu Oct 11, 2012 10:16 am 
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I used to run the largest tyres possible when I was dispatching, I guess the bigger rims will let me run lighter tyres still getting the diameter benefit, not that it is a HUGE difference, like 26 to 29.

There are a number of good sites with lots of good information, but I am guessing this will be a mainstream topic within a year.

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 12, 2012 2:32 pm 
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shedobits wrote:
Bit OT I know but has anyone here built a 69er? I need to repair / replace the forks on my 456 so now seems a good time to try it. Hadn't thought about 650 though, any one done this?




I have( had) 2 on the go. My kona in the sig was a conversion but is now bust and I am awaiting a good steel frame for it. I also have a purpose built trek 69er ss.

The kona was a great xc/path bike but could be a bit trick in the technical stuff due to slight toe overlap, but that was only an issue if my feet weren't properly in the pedals. Go for it!


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gavinda wrote:
My kona in the sig was a conversion but is now bust


Sorry to see that - I really liked that build.


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Me too tres gutted. It was my first attempt at 'building' a bike and I was pretty pleased with myself. **** taunts me very time I turn on the laptop too as its still my background. :evil: :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:07 am 
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I'm a tiny little shop in the middle of nowhere and even I'm starting to get the odd query about 650b.

It'll be everywhere in 2 years.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 13, 2012 6:58 pm 
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I've been quite pleased with my 650b conversion. The difference is subtle but noticeable. It raised my bottom bracket around half an inch but the extra height is actually a good thing for me. My favorite riding areas are full of rocks and roots so I can pay less attention to avoiding pedal strikes now. I think Cannondale's Beast of the East had around a 13" bottom bracket height and mine is around 12.5" sagged. I was due for new tires so I thought I would just spend a few extra $$$ and build up some 650b wheels.
Bike fit, set up, and your own bike handling skills are still #1 in my book. 650b just gives a slightly different feel that I like and I would definitely do it again. Here is an older pic in 26" mode and a new pic in 650b mode.

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It doesn't look like you have lost much clearance at all!

Nice ride.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 09, 2013 6:19 am 
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I have fitted 650B tyres on my Cotic Soul whit out any problems:
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 9:27 pm 
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What about 24" wheels and 5" tyres, no need for suspension, 1kg extra rotational weight and lose 4kg with a ti rigid build...

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