This is how it all starts........... a trail begins to hold water after this crap.
This one below was a booger. The long part fell out in the road and the root ball was just to the right of the trail. Thank goodness the tree was almost hollowed out or my little caw couldn't have made this cut................. cuttin"
Sexy little anodized orange hubs and the weight isn't too shabby either.
I also got to tr out my new park truing stand when I built these up. The version 2.2 stand doesn't need the 29 extenders! All wheels fit in this with or without tires installed.
This is the almost final picture below. I have carbon bars and stem coming yet. I need to take this to the shop and weigh it. It's lighter than my Ninier Air 9 carbon. If I like this I'm selling it and throwing down for Focus Raven 650. The only reason I pulled the trigger was to see if I'm actaully going to like 1 650b or not. I'll easily get my $$ back if I do decide to sell it and it's a lot cheaper than the Carbon Focus Raven no doubt.
I've built it with Shimano DynaSys XT drivetrain w Sram X9 BB30 cranks, BB7 brakes, Fox 26" fork (it really does work), Stans Flow tubeless w/Circus Monkey hubs laced w/Sapim spokes and Maxxis Crossmarks 2.1 tires. The Flows are a tad heavy but QBP was out of the others and I was impatient. I've got another X-Fusion fork coming for it soon, X-Fusion is legit people and you get the performance of Fox for 1/3rd the price. I told you... this was a budget build with carbon. I cant wait to get this thing on the mountain as soon as the trails dry some.
So....... Who all is on this 650b train? Bikerumor says:
Tire selection seems to be slowly coming around as is the same with frame manufacturers listed above. I really want to try a set of Pacenti tires but not if I have to pay retail.
MTBR has many threads that address the fork question: What 26" fork will work with a 650b tire? Most of them (650b tire/wheel) will bolt on and clear the arch of a 26" fork. The problem lies whereas the fork reaches the end of it's travel stroke - the tire rubber hits the fork crown (that's the thing the stanchions are pressed into at the top of the legs for you newbs). The cure looks to be as simple as mounting a 10mm spacer inside the forks internals to restrict the travel that last 10mm. The X-Fusion comes with this spacer and requires you to install it of you're running the 26" fork 650b style.
I'll keep you internets peeps informed after my first ride so all 3 of my readers can get a little free info.