August 31, 2009

SALE SALE SALE is having a sale on 650B Tires. All Pacenti makes are instock, including the 2.1" Neo-Moto.

August 29, 2009

Soul Cycles Hooligan G3

Hey folks I just came across some nice info! The folks over at Soul Cycles have confirmed a 27.5"x2.35" Kenda Nevegal fits in their 26" Hooligan frame. Their 4th Generation of this model is currently in the works, and I think the rear end length has not changed. Check them out at

August 28, 2009

Kent Eriksen Never Ceases to Amaze!

Kent Eriksen helped produce one of the first modern 650B mountain frames a few years back. At this year's Rocky Mountain Bike Show in Denver he took home "Builder of the Year" title. 650B Palace would like to highlight this achievement as well as one of the many bikes that were displayed last weekend.

As many of you know, Kent Eriksen founded the Moots company. Specializing in titanium, and designing the YBB softtail yolk. Kent left Moots a number of years back, went on hiatus, and is now back with Kent Eriksen Cycles and still builds in Steamboat Springs,CO.
The above bicycle is a fullsuspension 650B, Titanium bicycle. Up front, the Maverick DUC32 handles the steering, and has been modified to allow maximum travel mated to a 650B Schwalbe Racing Ralph. The rear utilized Ventana's faux-bar linkage along with Eriksen manufactured titanium seat stays (Ventana's OE version uses aluminum stays instead).
This is truly a beautiful bike, and only one of the many 650B frame that the camp at Eriksen Cycle has produce. If you can see through the full suspension, there is a full rigid 650B hardtail behind it.
Congrats to Eriksen Cycles!

August 24, 2009

Collab Begins!

A while back I mentioned 650B Palace will be working with a frame manufacturer to bring forth a new 650B dedicated hardtail frame. Well, the collaboration began last week with a phone call to discuss some general geometry numbers. I will not be revealing many details, but I do want to let everyone know there is something new coming down the pipe. When 'spy' photos are ready I'll post them. Keep checking back!

August 22, 2009

The folks over at Norse Cycles just put the finishing touches on a TI 650B hardtail using a Maverick SC32.
check them out at or just click the huge NORSE above.

August 20, 2009

650B Tires

This is a list of tires available in 650B/ 584 ISO. It will be ever growing so check back often.

Pacenti Cycle Design
Neo-Moto 2.3"
Neo-Moto 2.1"
Quasi- Moto 2.0"
Pari-Moto 38

FJR 2.2"
Tour Ride 42

Goma 2.25
Goma 2.4
TNT 2.25
TNT 2.4

Cougar 2.2
Cougar 2.4
Cobra 2.25
Toro 2.35
Nevegal 2.35"
Nevegal 2.1"
Honey Badger2.2"
Slant 6 2.1"

IRD (Interloc Racing Design)
Fire XC Pro 2.1"

High Roller II 2.4"
High Roller II 2.3"
Ardent 2.25"
Crossmark 2.1"
Ikon 2.2"
Minion DHF 2.3

Wild Grip'r 2.35"
Wild Race'r 2.25"

Col de Vie 38
Fatty Rumpkin 40
Nifty Swifty 32
Driver Pro 2.22"
Swoop 2.1"
Comet 2.0"

Ritchey Logic
Tom Slick 1.1"
Z-Max Evolution 2.1"
Shield 2.1"

Racing Ralph 2.25"
Hans Dampf 2.35"
Nobby Nic 2.25"
Rocket Ron 2.25"
Razor Rock 2.35"
Thunder Burt 2.1"
Marathon Slick 42

Pasela 38
B-Line 38
Xpress 38 (uses HyperTex Casing)

Psyco Genius Fast 13 2.1"
Psyco Genius Venture 2.25"
Wolerine 2.2"
Vigilante 2.3"
Bee Line 2.2"

Vee Rubber
Fluid 2.4"
Flow 2.4"
Trail Taker 2.4"
Mission 2.1"
Speed-R 2.25"
Master Blaster 2.1 
Race V 2.1"
V10 2.1"
 Black Panther 2.2"
Spotted Cat 2.2" 
Grand Bois
Cypres 32
Ourson 35
Hetre 42

650B Frame Manufacturers

This is a list of production frames. Most custom builders will be happy to build what ever you want for the right amount of cash. The folks below have brought in 650B specific frames at a production level.

Spooky Cycles - Horror Taxi
Vicious Cycles - Mambo Sun
Carver - Killer B

Santa Cruz - Bronson (carbon or aluminum), Heckler, SOLO aka 5010, Bantam
Rivendell -  Betty Foy, Sam Hillborne & Yves Gomez (650b in limited sizes)
Soma Fabrications -  BSide-V3
Jamis - Dakar (4 Models), Dakar AMT (2 Models), Dragon (2 Models), Nemesis(2 Carbon, 3 Aluminum),  Trail X
KHS- DH650. 7500, 6500, 5500, 3500, 2500, Team 650, 800, 600, 700, 300
Ventana - Alpino, Zeus.
Pivot Cycles - Mach 6-50, Les 27.5, Firebird
Norco- Sight, Range (both available in aluminum and carbon versions)
Intense- Carbine, Tracer 275
Trek- Remedy (6 models), Slash (3 models)
Turner- Burner
Foes- F275
Felt Bikes - 
Surly - Instigator 2.0
Ellsworth- Epiphany XC Carbon, Epiphany Enduro, Absolute Truth Carbon
Rocky Mountain- Altitude (4 Carbon & 2 aluminum) , Thunderbolt (4 Models), Altitude Rally Edition (1 Carbon 1 aluminum), Fusion, Soul, Vapor
Ritchey- P275 aka P650
Scott- Genius 700SL, Scale
GT Bicycles- Sensor (3 Carbon models, 2 Alloy models), Force (2 carbon models)
Boardman Bikes- Pro Carbon, Pro, Team, Comp, FS Pro, FS Team
Litespeed - Citico, Sewanee
Kona Bikes - Explosif, Cinder Cone, Blast, Process (4 Models)
Nicolai Bikes- Helius AC, Ion 16, Argon TB, Helius TB
Giant Bikes 26 Bikes Models!! - Athem Advanced (3 models), Athem, XTC Advanced (4 Models), XTC, Trance Advanced (2 Models), Trance Advanced SX,  Trance (2 Models), Trance SX, Talon (3 Models), Tempt (3 Models), Lust (2 Models), Obsess (2 Models), Obsess Advanced (2 Models), Intrigue (2 Models)
Whyte Bikes- 900 Series (3 Models), 800 Series (2 Men's 2 Wmn's),  G150 (2 Models)
Transition Bikes- Covert 27.5, Bandit 27.5, TransAm 275
Orbea - Rallon (4 Models)
Orange Bikes- Five, Crush, Five Diva
Haro- Flightline 27Five (4 models)

(More to be added 12/18/2013)

Rawland Cycles - Sogn, Olaf & Drakkar
Haro - Beasley, Sonix VL120 (2010 release)(2011RIP all 650B models)
Soma Fabrications - BSide, BSide-V2
KHS- Sixfifty606, 608, 608, 603, 656XC
Ventana- El Bastardo

650B Rims

This is a list of 650B Rims available. Not all MTB specific, simply a list of options to use on your next wheel build.
This will be an ever growing list.

Alex XD-Lite

American Classic 101

DT Swiss M480

Grand Bois Super Champion M58 replica

Kore XCD

Mavic XM319
Mavic EN321

Pacenti CL25, XC rim
Pacenti DL31, Super D
Pacenti PL23, Classic style road/rando
Pacenti TL28, Trail

Rigida Sphinx

Snow Cat wide rim @ 45mm wide

Stan's No Tubes ZTR Crest
Stan's No Tubes ZTR355 (RIP)
Stan's No Tubes ZTR Flow EX
Stan's No Tubes ZTR Arch EX

Sun Ringle Inferno 25
Sun Ringle Inferno 27
Sun Ringle EQ27
Sun Ringle CR18

Velocity Blunt
Velocity Blunt SL
Velocity Synergy
Velocity Twin Hollow
Velocity Blunt35, formerly known as P35
Velocity Dyad
Velocity Aerohead (AU exclusive)

Vicious Children of the Revolution

Weinmann Discovery
Weinmann ZAC19
Weinmann XM 280

WTB Laserdisc Trail
WTB i 19
WTB i 21
WTB i 23

August 19, 2009

Velocity: Still at the Forefront!

Looks like Mr. Pacenti has been busy! Velocity rims and Pacenti Cycle Design have teamed up to bring us yet ANOTHER MTB rim in the 584 ISO. Huge thanks to Velocity!
The official PRESS RELEASE reads:
Velocity is proud to announce the newest rim to join our line. The Pacenti 35 or P35 will be available in late September of 2009, just in time for the Interbike show in Las Vegas, Nevada. The P35 is named after its co-designer, frame builder and bicycle designer Kirk Pacenti, a nineteen year veteran in the bicycle industry; widely recognized for his work as a material supplier to the best custom framebuilders in the US and his development of the 650b wheel size for mountain bike use.

The P35 is designed for the cross country/all mountain rider craving a laterally stiff yet weight conscious rim that is still tough enough for the occasional Super – D race. At 35mm wide the P35 gives you one of the fattest footprints available which will float over the rough stuff and give you more bite and greater tread use through the turns. All of this and still weighing in at less than 600 grams in the 29er size! The P35 is 22mm deep with an inside width of 29.5mm which will accommodate a wide array of tire widths to cater to your riding preferences. In addition the P35 was designed to easily accommodate a tubeless application.

The P35 will be available in 26”, 650b, and 29”. 32 and 36 hole will be available in all sizes, and 28 hole will be available in 26” black only. We here at Velocity love giving you color options so you can customize your bike. You will see all sizes in black, silver, white, red and the very flashy antifreeze green. The decal bears the trusted Velocity name and flaunts the signature of its designer Kirk Pacenti.

Together we’ve made the rim you have been waiting for, and we think you are really going to like it.


Outside Width: 35mm
Inside Width: 29.5mm
Depth: 22mm

29”: 595g
650b: 570g
26”: 535g

The P35 will be available through QBP, BTI, J&B and as always direct from Velocity USA.

Kirk Pacenti had this to say about the collaboration,

“Over the last couple years I have developed a great working relationship with Velocity USA. So when John Black asked me to take a look at a rim they were considering for production I was happy to offer an opinion. We discovered that the features we each wanted in a new rim were very similar, so I offered John a couple rim designs I happened to be working on, and we quickly settled on the P-35™ design. Working on the P-35™ rim with Velocity USA has been an incredibly positive experience for me; one that I hope to repeat in the near future with them. I could not be more please with the way the P-35™ turned out. Velocity nailed the execution of my design. Their craftsmanship, combined with the myriad of rim sizes, drillings, color and graphic options come together to create products that are second to none in our industry.”

Here is the new P35 in all it's glory!

August 18, 2009

Groovy Cycleworks belt drive 650B

Rody over at Groovy Cycleworks, a custom frame fabricator and all-round cycle guy, has a few interesting videos on YouTube. In this video below, Rody adds a connector link to convert a Soma B-Side to accept a belt drive! I've been pondering how to do a conversion like this! Supposedly the frame/bike owner will right a review about the belt drive set up.

Can't wait.

August 04, 2009

We all know On One...

...and their bike designer left them to start his own venture. Brant Richards was the mastermind who brought you the Mary, Mungo & Midge alternative handle bars. (See: Mary, Mungo & Midge, as you may wonder who those lil cartoons on the handlebars are)
Brant's new venture is called RAGLEY, but was first known as Shedfire. Well, Ragley's TI hardtail can fit the Pacenti Quasi-Moto! Brant is busy designing more frames for the line, so we can only hope he uses the same amount of CS clearance on the rest of his 26" bikes.

Chainstays with a 26"wheel: