January 11, 2008

Because, we'd like to know...

We have one very nice tire for this 'nbetweener' wheel size currently. As a consumer, which direct would you like the next 650B to take? Lightweight XC, a midrange alrounder, or what? Examples are great. I believe Pacenti has a winning tire with the Neo-Moto, and probalby won't use anything else for a long time, but only time will tell. As for me, I'm sold on the 2.3" . Anyone can post a reply to this post, and we'd love to hear from you!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

I vote for a racing tire! I hear Pacenti has got a 2.00" low knob design in the works. Can you confirm this?

rigtenzin said...

I like the idea of the 2" low-knob style tire. A 650B Exiwolf is the sort of thing I'd like to try.

cyclotourist said...

I have a Rivendell Bleriot. I'm guessing that 98% of the current 650b specific bikes sold in the States are from Rivendell, so I think there should be a knobbie that will fit their limited clearance (45mm-ish). That's what I would LOVE to have to make this my dedicated trail bike. I don't need suspension or low standover, just good puffy tires for the rides I do. My guess is the vast majority of bike riders meet that minimal requirement. The Bleriot/Saluki/Glorius line would meet tht goal, but meeds a light weight knobbie. The Schwalbe Marathons Riv sells don't quite make either (light or knobbie) need.

Anonymous said...

I concur with the need for a smaller tire. It would provide more oportunities to convert little wheeled bikes. The Pacenti 2.3 is fantastic and will/is probably helping the 650b mountain bike gain acceptance faster than the 29er movement did. Although the 29er movement paved the way for non traditional wheel sizes. My two cents.

Anonymous said...

I thought I read in Dirt Rag that Pacenti is going to make a 43mm Mini-Moto tire.

cyclotourist said...

That would be just about perfect...

Anonymous said...

More than cyclocross, less than pure mountain bike, perfect.

J. Bikegeek said...

I'm running a 44 tire on my '29er, for now. I will be taking it apart tonight, though. Pacenti is currently working on 2 tires: the Quasi-Moto and the Mini-Moto. The Quasi being the XC type. I'm not sure when he's expected to release these, I'm pretty sure he doens even have prototypes yet. Nor have we seen any protos from the Kenda camp. If they do anything we'll probably see the Nevegal in 2.1 ( c'mon its their bread'n'butter tire) and Small Block 8. I'm just guessing and know NOTHING for sure.

Anonymous said...

who cares? this 27.5" thing will never last. 29ers are going to be the standard soon. 26" wheels won't even be around in 5 years. what chance does a 650c tire have?

cyclotourist said...

650B, 650C... it's all the same, right?
This does sort of reflect poorly on your ability to predict the future of the bicycle industry.

steelbike said...

The Quasi-Moto will be nice paired with the 650b ZTR rim coming out in a few months.

I'm looking forward to whatever 2.0/2.1 xc tires are coming out.

Also, being a tad smaller than the 2.3, more 26" frames should be able to fit these which means more work for Cracked Headtube!

YiPsan Bicycles said...

650b (584 bcd) is not same as 650c (571 bcd).

And I think the 2.1 low knob would open up to a lot more people to try 650b (with their existing 26" frame or to better suit their flavour of tires).

But I think more importantly, 650b gives people of certain size (height and weight) to have the bike that truly works well for them.

cyclotourist said...

@YBikes: That was my point! I was referring to Anon-y-mouse.

Head Honcho said...

First up should be a 2.0/2.1 racer type tire. That would get more racers in on the concept. Plus like someone else said, Since it would be smaller, there could be more converted frames out there. Something smaller would/should easily fit on the Riv Bombadil.

Then an even skinnier cx-ish tire would be good for the porter type bikes out there for rougher terrain.

mtnbiker4life said...

I'm actually looking forward to the 650B catching on.....I'm not a big fan of the 29er...it doesn't fit my riding style. I would consider trying the 650B on my current 26er but I'm not sure the 2.3s will clear.

Yogiprophet said...

cyclotourist, you are a hoot!

I would like a tire with a tubeless bead. Preferably a 2.2" large volume with tread just like the Neo Moto except with smaller side knobs.
So, exactly the Neo Moto with tubeless beads and a little trim off of the sides.

cyclotourist said...

Finally, somebody who gets it! :-)

Big John said...

I agree Kirk really hit the nail on the head with the Neo-Moto tire. However I would still love to see a Weirwolf LT tire in a 650b x 2.55...I've really enjoyed that tire in both 26and 29" formats(great rigid single speed tire!). It floats over the rough stuff well while still rolling fast and smoothing out the trail. It seems to aplify the "roll over anything" effect. I also like the idea of a 2.1 or 2.0 low profile knob tire for squeezing into tighter frames and for the roll fast bikes/crowd.

Waterat said...

My personal favorite tire is the Michelin xc dry which used to be called the comp s in 2.0 size. Rolls like butter clears mud very well and really hooks up for a low profile knobby. A perfect XC tire that would be great in the rear with the Neo-Moto up front.

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