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    Senior Member jitterymonkey's Avatar
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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?
    If it looks like the $3000 bikes but costs less than a decent helmet, it probably isn't a wise investment.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Milice View Post
    What did they do to convert it? Move the Canti bosses?
    Yep+custom paint.

    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.

    Have fun.

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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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    Senior Member jitterymonkey's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch View Post
    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.

    Have fun.
    Quote Originally Posted by Milice View Post
    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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