December 06, 2012
Pacenti branded wheels may be in the mix at some point.
December 05, 2012
December 04, 2012
September 04, 2012
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.
September 01, 2012
This week at Eurobike Rock Shox displayed 2 more forks with 650B on mind. The racey Sid will get the bigger wheel makeover as well as the Reba. Expect to find these forks on hardtails as OE parts for 2013. Sid to be retailed just under $900 and the Reba at $675 or less with a November ETA.
August 17, 2012
August 15, 2012
July 26, 2012
Alloy 650B wheelsets, tires and a carbon rigid fork will all be in the mix for the long-time component and frame maker. All these great parts are great, but what to hang them on?? Well, Ritchey decided that this isn't enough and is bringing in a rigid steel frame offering, too!
Look for shipping product after the great INTERBIKE EXPO!
June 30, 2012
After a series of serious wins on 650B, Nino Schurter hits the cover of MBA rolling on his custom Scott scale. Within it's pages MBA has printed a complete run down of the Scale's components with a bit of focus on the wheelset. The August issue of Mtn Bike Action is in stores now!
June 23, 2012
June 08, 2012
Stan's No Tubes has put their Flow EX into production in the 650B diameter! Expected to be 475g for the rim and boast 29mm in width, 32h only. Available as a rim only or in their complete wheel offerings. ETA is August 1. I will be getting a set as soon as they are available.
First Up: 26"
This will be MBA's second 26-650B-29 head to head to head test, as they also hit the trail with Jamis's hardtail offerings!
May 31, 2012
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My new Eriksen 650B Hardtail is finally built and ready just in time for race season. We had so much unexpected chaos this spring I wondered if all of the parts would ever come together in the same place at the same time- and almost got used to living with a dropdead gorgeous frame, seatpost and fork nested in the viewing room like another piece of fine art bicycle furniture. Pleasing to look at- completely un-rideable.
A week out from the Gunnison Growler (a race about which I am feeling particulary grouchy after going to pre-ride a few weeks ago and finding nothing but 30+ miles of moondust where I had remembered lovely sagebrush singletrack) Dave informed me the Hardtail had built up at under 21 pounds complete with bottle cages - jaw drop- and was ready for its debut.
Just to look at this bike and to touch it the artisan craftsmanship is obvious. To ride it makes it undeniable. This bike is not designed to take the rider out of the equation and does not allow for much laid back cruise time. This is a wake up and ride sort of machine. The real allure of the bike starts in the Eriksen shop in Steamboat where the conversations and laughs and scratching of the head all take place before the gents (and lady) get down to business engineering and welding and finishing the frame and seatpost imbuing it with their mastery and enthusiasm. You feel it when you touch the frame and know it when you ride it. The fork was engineered by some of our finest Grand Valley geeks, then machined and assembled just down the road at MRP/White Brothers. Not everyone loves the LOOP...I do. I love the edgy responsiveness it allows the frame to enjoy. A true XC race machine demanding you to sit up, stand up and ride.
Then there are the wheels- handbuilt here in Palisade by the BikeMaster himself late at night after work. He is a slave to detail demanding the absolute right spoke for the job at hand and choosing each nipple for the perfection of it anodization. Be assured, you cannot buy these bad boys at your online discounter.
Add to all of that some of the latest XTR 2x10 bling, with sculpted shifters and brakes and a little cra-bon for the sake of modernity and, VOILE! you have my new Hardtail Race Rig and latest art acquisition. How cool is that?
I can hardly wait to get her dirty and given what I anticipate in Gunnison this weekend- it won't be long!
April 19, 2012
- 34 Float 650B 160 FIT CTD: 1,990g (4.38lb)
- 34 TALAS 650B 160 FIT CTD: 2,070g (4.57lb)
April 14, 2012
Also, with Sea Otter just around the corner, you can expect to hear about 650B product in development and possible see some prototype gear as well. Here is one thing that is mum but will see the light come May:
April 02, 2012
April 01, 2012
“On the one hand, we are getting a little sick of all these different size standards,” Vestal said. “I mean, can’t we decide on just one size for all the mountain bike wheels? But on the other hand, we wanted to offer something really different and satisfy these guys who can’t make up their bloody minds.”
With CrossMaxSizer technology, the mod-wheel converts from 26 inches to 650b, and from 650b to 29er.To increase the bead seat diameter for 650b usage, a snap-on expander ring fits into the UST tire bed and tightens into place with recessed setscrews. Just like the original tire bed, the CrossMaxSizer expander ring is fully UST compliant, with an airtight tire bed and 19mm inner width.
The Mod-wheel easily fits 29er bikes and tires with the addition of a second CrossMaxSizer expander ring, mounted on top of the first expander ring. “We found a light, flexible composite for the expander rings, so they really don’t add much weight,” offered Mavic MTB product tester Joaquin D. Trayle. “Plus, as you add CrossMaxSizer rings to achieve the 29er tire size, you’re adding rim depth. So there’s a nice aero benefit, too.”
The first schematic of the CrossMaxSizer
At this time, Mavic has not announced a solution to fit the “yarder,” a 36-inch tire size popularized by a few builders at the North American Handbuilt Show. “At that size, we’d have to use the C29ssmax as our base structure, and we need to do more testing on this,” said Vestal.
On the other hand, Mavic is actively investigating the 24-inch wheel size. “Going forward, we think that ‘small’ might be the new ‘big,’” said Vestal. “I mean, how much more can we gain with going bigger all the time? We think 24s and maybe even the 20-inch wheel are the next frontiers in trail riding.”
March 26, 2012
Adrian Montgomery: We all know the benefits of a bigger wheel size, but we have discovered that the bigger wheel size sets some limits when designing longer-travel full-suspension bikes, or smaller frame sizes in general. We also found that when testing with Nino Schurter that there were some fit disadvantages for a rider his size as well as power disadvantages. That’s when we opted to test the 27.5-inch wheel size. We’re currently testing bikes from hardtails to full-suspension models to obtain data we can compare to our current line.
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March 22, 2012
March 15, 2012
Vee Rubber will be offering 11 650b tires, all are expected to be released by Interbike 2012.
March 03, 2012
February 28, 2012
February 23, 2012
2012 is sizing up to be a great year and huge leap forward for 650B. Lets get those forks on the market!!!
February 14, 2012
Not long ago I had the absolute pleasure to talk with Jason Schiers, the head honcho and founder of ENVE COMPOSITES. We laughed, we cried, get spoke of 650b. No seriously, we did. The folks at ENVE are hip to 650B. They've ridden it. In carbon. HUH, what? WHO? Yes. Carbon 650B hoops.
Jason spilled the beans, ENVE has some awesomely modular tooling allowing them to make 26" wheels & 29" wheels. Mr. Schiers said it was pretty easy to just split the difference and do a 27.5" rim. Back in 2009 or 2010, Kirk Pacenti approached ENVE to lay up some carbon 650B rims, so obviously SOMEONE was pretty serious and made some "prototypes".
As of right now ENVE does not have plans to add their half-brother 650B wheel to their line. They are going to wait it out, since their tooling is 650B friendly they are standing by, but with no commitment.
What do you think? Is 650B Ready for a kick ass carbon ENVE wheel? Leave your comments below. I bet ENVE has their ear to the ground on this potential.
February 08, 2012
January 01, 2012
Loop 80 TCR tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 464mm
Loop 100 TCR tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 484mm
Loop 120 TCR tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown =504mm
Loop 130 TCR tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 514mm
Loop 140 TCR tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 524mm
Loop 150 TCR tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 534mm
All WB forks use 15mm Thru Axle interface named QtapeR15
Fox Racing Shox
Float 32 (Tapered Only)
100 or 120 FIT iCD
100 or 120 or 140 FIT CTD Remote
100 or 120 or 140 FIT CTD w/Trail Adjust
140 FIT CTD Remote
140 FIT CTD w/Trail Adjust
150 FIT CTD Remote
150 FIT CTD w/Trail Adjust
150 FIT CTD Remote
150 FIT CTD w/Trail Adjust
Float 40 Dual Crown FIT RC2
40R Dual Crown
Enix RL2. 80,100,120 travel modes, internally set, 1.125" Steer tube, . A to C= 499mm@120
Enix RL2R, 80,100,120 travel modes, internally set, 1.125" Steer tube, A to C= 499mm@120
Velvet RL2 DL, 130mm, tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 509mm
Velvet RL2R 80,100,120, 130mm, tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 509mm
Velvet RL2 80,100,120, 130mm, tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, Axle to Crown = 509mm
Vengence 140/ 170 travel settings, tapered or 1.125" straight steer tube, A to C = 565mm@170
Sweep RL2 DLA 130-160 tapered
Sweep RL2 160
Sweep RL2 130
Sweep RL2R 120
TS8 R 120 XC/AM DLO2 damping, Maxle Lite 15mm axle, tapered steerer,
TS8 R 150 AM, Albert Select+, 15mm axle, tapered steerer,
TS8 R 150 LS AM, Albert Select+, 15mm axle, tapered steerer,
Revelation 120/130/150, Tapered Steer only, 15mm Maxle Lite interface(2013 Release)