December 11, 2013


BIKELUGS.COM is making room for their 2014 product by putting the current gear on sale.  Some prices are slashed to a 60% savings. Buy now, the product isn't changing much- just getting a visual makeover.  Time to stock up or upgrade those worn out wheels.  650B Palace has been rolling on some of our wheels from 2007, which are BEAT.  Time for some new hoops!!

Visit BIKELUGS to find all the deals!

October 21, 2013


Check out the current and ever growing selection of 650B Tires!  A link to the list is in the TOP RIGHT CORNER of this page when view on a computer.

September 10, 2013

Race Face Puts on Their 650B Face

New Turbine wheels for XC to AM uses straight pull bladed spokes in 650B and 29er. It’ll come with a 15mm thru axle front and 12×142 rear, with conversion parts available to run QR rear.  Rims have a 21mm inside width, 25mm outer, and 19mm height. They’re tubeless compatible, and they’ll offer a tubeless kit and XD driver as aftermarket options.  Hubs are their own, with full sealed cartridge bearings and a three pawl mech.  Price point is around $600, making them a good upgrade over a basic no name OEM wheelset or as a budget replacement. 1800g and 1880g depending on wheel size.

Race Face is also bringing back the 3pc design crank with the new NEXT SL carbon crank.   Oversized 30mm spindle with a replaceable ring or spider option. 


 --Via Bike Rumor

August 04, 2013

Pivot Adds 27.5 Les and Mach6-50B

For 2014 Pivot has redesigned their Mach 6 chassis around the 650B format for better handling and control. 
"The Mach 6 features the next generation of long travel dw-link design. With features like 6.1” (155mm) of travel, a low BB height (13.6”), longer top tubes, lower stand-over, and a slack head angle (66 degrees), built around an ultra stiff and responsive carbon chassis, the Mach 6 is a bike designed to push your capabilities and reward those willing to push the limits.   We optimized the design with internal top tube cable routing, internal dropper post routing, ISCG 05 tabs, and a look that screams of speed.  The Mach 6 absolutely rips for the aggressive trail rider."

The Les is also available as a 27.5 version.  And now in more frame sizes!
"Getting your race ready LES under 20lbs will not be an issue. The biggest news is the small and additional X-small LES frame size that opens up the opportunity for shorter riders to get on properly fitting bikes with bigger wheels.  Now you can own, ride and race the most highly optimized hardtail ever created with geometry, stand over clearance, weight, and ride tuning perfected for the smaller rider. The LES 27.5 is a truly exciting bike that we are excited to bring to a whole new legion of Pivot riders."

These 2 frames follow form and function after Pivot's success with their Firebird 27.5 boasting 6.6" of rear wheel travel.  See more at the Pivot home page.

From Left Field - Raleigh Joins the Darkside with 2014 650B Launch.

I had no idea Raleigh was even contemplating entering the 650B market, but alas, they came out swinging.  The line up is men's and women's specific, totaling 8 hardtail including one chromoly frame.  The women's bikes are named Eva.5 while the men's take the ToKul (I'm guessing the pronunciation is "too-cool") title. Pricing starts at $550 and tops off at $1850.  All bikes are equipped with a standard 1 1/8" headtube, nothing tapered.  The women's bikes feature a 100mm travel fork while the guys have 120mm.  The idea behind the Eva series is to be a gateway bike for off-raod trail riding.  4 frame sizes designed for riders ranging from 5' - 6 '.  XS-L.
All of the Raleigh 650B bikes are using a 28mm wide rim to add extra girth to any tire used.  The rim is supplied by Weinmann as the U28 rim.  

Raleigh has jumped into the mix with the mantra of Fit Being Crucial to Having Fun and Being in Control on the Trail.

Meet ToKul and Eva.5:

Check out very soon for the complete 2014 line-up.

July 30, 2013 Offering tubeless Tape

BIKELUGS is now offering their very own tubeless rim tape.  
It is available now in three different widths:
 21, 25, & 29mm. 
10 yard roll can wrap 4 29" rims! 

April 28, 2013

Pacenti TL28 Rim BACK INSTOCK! has received a fresh batch of TL28 rims, now in a 28H drilling option! 

Also, all 26" rims are still on sale!!

New Panaracer Driver Pro 650B x 2.22 Tire

I'd like to call it the "follow effect."  Not that Panaracer is following anyone to the 650B tire market, as most of us know Pacenti teamed up with Panaracer in 2006 to produce the award Winning Neo Moto 2.3 tire, to be followed up with the Quasi Moto and Neo 2.1 tires.  Panaracer has also produced the Fire XC Pro for IRD in the 650B diameter, not to mention years of production for 650B rando and pavement tires.  This company follows no one to the 650B Market!  I refer to the Cedric Gracia factor.  With Cedric to the slaying trails on the new Santa Cruz Bronson, it was only natural for Cedric to also ride a Panaracer 650B on the beast.  And so, I give you the new DRIVER PRO 2.22" for 650B.  

The 650B Driver Pro will offer a folding aramid bead as well as Panaracer Proprietary ZSG compound for increased grip in most weather situations. The tire is being produced in Japan at a weight of approx 570g.  Made to fly through the straights and still give plenty of bite on the corners this tire inspires confidence in every dryer condition ride you can throw at it. Retail $54.99

X-Fusion Introduces Sweep 160 650B Dedicated Fork

X-Fusion Shox brings a dedicated 650B fork to market. The Sweep expected to be available in June of 2013, as an early release 2014 product. Their focus on new product explains why I've been waiting for a 1.125 Velvet RL2 with X15 since December.
 The new Sweep will join the ranks with its 34mm brethren 26" Slant and 29" Trace. This model will fill X-Fusion's gap for the Endruo market with the Sweep travel to be internally set from 120-160mm. 
Features include 34mm Stanchions, 46mm 650B Specific Offset, RL2 Dampener, X15 axle, DLA and remote lockout options. Probably to be offered as a Tapered Steer only, but the jury's still out on that.  All around weighing in under 4.5 lbs/2020 grams.   Retail pricing will be around $600


April 01, 2013

Meet Bronson. From Santa 'Clauz'

Santa Cruz's first official offering for 650B, Bronson. A 150mm Trail frame to be available in both aluminum and carbon fiber. $1925 vs $2700! 
BSA threaded bottom bracket, Iscg05 tabs, 142 dropout spacing, bolt-on cable routing, tapered headtube, rubberized down tube protector, and dropper post routing.

March 04, 2013


Stan's Flow EX rims showed up on Friday.  Got a Crest n for a rebuild, and a bunch of Flow EX for orders and a set for myself. Flow EX weighing in at 535g each, and a 29mm outer width. Retailing at $85each, plus shipping.

March 01, 2013

I've updated the 650B Rim List

I've updated the 650B Rim List, this is not for wheel systems, just rims sold individually.
Follow the link in the side bar!

December 06, 2012

Help Build the List! Offering Custom Wheels!

I placed an order for frame building materials yesterday, and saw an empty page, but this morning launched their complete custom wheel options. All hubs are to be built around Pacenti rims.  Details aren't really needed, all is self explanatory. 

Pacenti branded wheels may be in the mix at some point. 

December 05, 2012

December 04, 2012

Pacenti Rim Sale

Pacenti's 26" rims are on BlowOut over at
Stock up now!!

September 04, 2012

NoTubes Dominates the 650B Rim Market!

Stan and his team know how to strike when the iron is hot!!! Another rim designed with XC racing in mind, the Medalist. It looks like its going to be a nice low profile yet wide-ish rim.  Gone are the days of the tube.  And I just stocked up on my Stan's sealant!! PERFECT TIMING.