July 22, 2009

The Aussies are Putting it Through the Ringer

Definitive Cycles and their Defcon 27Five Testing

Pacenti to release a 4th 650B tire, but keep it on the road!

Pacenti plans to release a 4th 650B tire, yet this one will be a porter/rando/touring style in a 38mm flavor, aptly named the Pari-Moto.

Kirk Pacenti writes:

"Following the success of my 650b MTB tires many of you have contacted me asking whether or not I would consider making a 650b tire for the road. Initially I was not inclined to make a road tire, but now feel the demand would justify my efforts.

In response to this demand, I have designed the “dream tire” many of you have been asking for. The Pari-MotoT tire will be a high performance, 650×38b tire with a light, supple casing and fine file tread pattern. This tire is sure to be lighter, faster and smoother riding than any other 650×38b tire currently available. If I were to start production on the mould tooling today, the tires should land in the US sometime in late November. And with the support of all the 650b list members the Pari-MotoT can become a reality very quickly.

However, I feel I should be explicit in what I mean by ’support’ so that we are all on the same page. If I am to produce this tire, I must pre-sell a minimum of 200 pairs of tires by August 15th, 2009 to cover the tooling costs. If you believe that this tire should be produced, if you are willing to place an order in advance, and if you can wait six months for delivery, we’ll all be rolling around on new tires before the year is out.
The tires will initially be sold in pairs only for $118.00 per pair and be shipped USPS Priority Flat Rate service for an additional $12.00 anywhere in the continental US. Foreign orders will incur some additional shipping charges that can be billed for at the time of shipment. Please fill out the attached order form and mail it along with your check. If you prefer to pay by credit card or live outside the continental US, please email me for details. If you have any further questions about the tire, please do not hesitate to ask

Since this communication, Kirk has opened up the pre-order on his website BIKELUGS.com CLICK HERE TO PREORDER YOURS NOW

In additional Pacenti news, the 2.1 Neo-Moto has landed in US soil. As they make their way to Pacenti Cycle Design HQ, your orders can still be placed HERE
If you just can't wait your local bike shop can order them from Merry Sales in San Fransisco, as they have a healthy stock (for now). This is sure to be THE TIRE TO HAVE for off-road 650B/27.5"

One Stop Shopping? Who's Interested?

With 650B Palace being the one stop source for 650B info and news, is their any interest from visitors to purchase products here, too? I have been thinking about taking this page into a retail mode, as well as a news site, but I'd like to gauge the interest first. Leave a message, and let me know.

Carl is busted!

The folks over at Vicious have hit the skids. Their main man, and head fabricator, Carl Schlemowitz went down hard on a weekend training ride on the road. The crashed was caused by an unseen pot-hole or some sort of road hazard. Carl will be mending a broken scapula for the next 6 weeks. Good luck healing quickly, Carl!

Here is an interview with Carl from 2007 at Dirt Rag TVs Interbike booth.

Also, Don't forget Vicious is offering their own line of 650B XC rims, named Children of the Revolution, or COTR for short.
Check them out HERE

The Velocity Dyad Rim: 650B

I phoned Velocity yesterday due to the upcoming need for some 650B rims. I remembered a few months ago the mention of the Dyad rim to be produced in a 650b/584iso. Indeed it is true, but with all good news comes stipulations. With a 24mm width and machined sidewalls, the Dyad is a proven touring and tandem rim as a 700c, yet in a 650B I'm sure it will see offroad use with the multitude of tire hitting the market. Alas, your local bike shop will only be able to procure these rims from Quality Bicycle Products. Velocity will not be selling them direct to shops or smaller, custom frame and wheel builders. QBP has them locked in, for 2009 anyways. Their Handspun wheel building program can build onto any combination of hub, rim and spoke of the users choosing.
The Velocity Dyad. Machined Sidewalls, available only in silver for the time being.

July 17, 2009

A nice source for additional info!

While there isn't another truly dedicated 650B news site, there is loads of information out there. One such place is housed at MTBPath.com

I think I have previous posts with a mention here or there, but they have their act together! They have a nice file like system dedicated to 650B info and the like.

Check it out here:


July 07, 2009

KHS Prototyping, step 2.

A sponsored racer has the KHS 650B Prototype in his paws. We saw a steel version last year, but this is an aluminum version. I'm guessing the first was a 26" that accepted 650b. I'm digging the shaped tubing! I'll keep everyone posted on any additional developments!