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Old 08-10-08, 01:18 PM   #1
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650b/What did I get myself into

I'm a HUGE magnet for oddball stuff.

Just picked up a 52 Surly crosscheck frame set converted to 650b.
Gotta keep thinking positive.
If nothing else it should be quite a learning experience.

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What did they do to convert it? Move the Canti bosses?
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I'll post some pictures when it gets here.
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Doesn't look too bad to me. Velocity has rims available and Panaracer has 2 or 3 different styles of tires.

I was a little surprised that both the rims and the tires were on the wide side. I'd always thought that the abcd was a width measurement like in shoes. Bead seat diameter matches my expectations - 650b is 584 and 650c is 571. I guess that maybe the 650b is a lower profile tire.

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You should be able to still run 700 wheels if you could find a set of the old school onzo brakes. You know the ones that you moved the brake pads up and down on a shaft. I know for a fact that they have enough reach to let you run 700 wheels on late 80's Gaint Iguana mtb frame.

A number of cross racers in the Orrville area were running this type of set up a couple of years ago, me included. A few are still running single speeds set up this way.

Orrville Cycling and Fittness may have a set of them or a knock off of Onza's sitting around. If not I bet Dell's would have a set.
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Doesn't look too bad to me. Velocity has rims available and Panaracer has 2 or 3 different styles of tires.

I was a little surprised that both the rims and the tires were on the wide side. I'd always thought that the abcd was a width measurement like in shoes. Bead seat diameter matches my expectations - 650b is 584 and 650c is 571. I guess that maybe the 650b is a lower profile tire.

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You should be able to still run 700 wheels if you could find a set of the old school onzo brakes. You know the ones that you moved the brake pads up and down on a shaft. I know for a fact that they have enough reach to let you run 700 wheels on late 80's Gaint Iguana mtb frame.

A number of cross racers in the Orrville area were running this type of set up a couple of years ago, me included. A few are still running single speeds set up this way.

Orrville Cycling and Fittness may have a set of them or a knock off of Onza's sitting around. If not I bet Dell's would have a set.
Thanks guys,
Don't get me wrong,I'm really happy I won this frame set. Think I got a hell of a deal.
Just a little more of a project than what I was looking for.
Here it is http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBaylSAPl.dll...MEWN:lT&ih=001

Funny you should mention Dell's. I was just there yesterday.
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Should be a decent ride. The guy who built that bike up had reviewed it either here or MTBR I can't remember which. He said the only complaint was the lower bottom bracket off road. Run some 45mm tires on it and it should be good.
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For the price of the onzas, you can easily hire another builder to move the bosses back to 700.
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