April 30, 2008

Kenda: the Specifics

Ok here are a few drawings from Kenda. The spec for the Nevegals tires to be soon release.
Tomac Nevegal goes mid-sized, but not in width.
650Bx 2.35 and 650Bx 2.1
40-65 PSI

April 29, 2008

April 25, 2008

650B Rim NEWS!

Looks like ALEX rims are serious with the 650B market. Alex will be introducing their XD-Lite Rim in a 650B format very soon. These rims should retail for around $40, each. They will be disc specific, and eyeleted (stainless steel to boot). Weight on the 26" is 438g, so the 650B should be around 480g. 2.5" Max tire width.

BTI part #AE-6275

April 16, 2008

650B is a Sham!

Well, sort of...
Tim O'Donnell of Shamrock Cycles in Indiana, whom I 'd bet will be attending NAHBS next year, is working on a 650B utilizing Ventana's 5" swing-arm kit. Posting on MTBR as Loretta (one can only think of Major Hoolihan) in the newly named "650b, 69er and other new wheel trends" forum, has given us some sneak peaks into his shop while fab'n up this steel FS frame. Building with a mixture of Pacenti, Columbus and Deda tubing Tim has crafted this:

We can't wait to the see finished product!
For now, Visit Tim and Shamrock Cycles by hitting up


April 13, 2008

This is how every bicycle frame should begin!

Dirt Rag 650B
Originally uploaded by Engin Cycles
Drew does it right. Check out Engin Cycle's photo set on FlickR

April 08, 2008


Originally uploaded by Engin Cycles
Very sweet 650B MTB from Engin Cycles.
Drew, thanks for the link! Beautiful build.

April 07, 2008

A Mismatch of Pacenti rubber

This weekend I had some time to hit the trail with a little bit different tire setup. I was running the Neo-Moto up front and the Quasi on the backside.
This is definetly a sweet combo. Nice and grabby on the front, sticky and smooth on the back. I hit very little sand, but the leaf covered trail was not match for this tire config. Zero slippage, great acceleration. The 650B pulls nicely over rough terrain.
I'd highly recommend this setup to be the first setup for folks trying out the format.
My local trails get pretty soupy, so I'm still a bit hesitant with the Quasi up front (even though it DID prove itself in the past). The Neo on the back seems a bit slower and heavier to pull, so the lesser aggresive Quasi really steps up to the plate for the application.
Neo- Front
Quasi- Rear
Left Hand- Thumbs Up
Right Hand- Thumbs Up

April 01, 2008

27.5" Wheels Ready to ship from American Classic

American Classic has 650B Wheels ready ship. 200 Set have arrived and tested to the utmost. The wheelset weighs in a 1570g and is offered in the MTB 350 Rim. No pics of wheels only of the boxes! For more info email: