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Old 04-23-09, 10:49 AM   #1
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Who makes 650B bikes?

I've seen the Haro Beasley, which looks pretty nice. Who else makes a tweener (27.5" wheel MTB) like this? Also, is the conventional wisdom that the big boys will pick up on this trend, or not?
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Also, is the conventional wisdom that the big boys will pick up on this trend, or not?
Haro isn't necessarily "small potatoes".
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I road a beasley at sea otter classic last week and loooooooooved it. Loooooooooved it. I had never ridden a 29er before and I road their mary 29er and the beasley 650b- both ss rigid- and the beasley felt so much better. I could really feel the difference in wheel sizes and the 650b felt just like it's supposed to- not as much effort to get rolling as the 29ers and smoother rolling than the 26". Plus the bike just felt right while the 29er felt too big, even though it wasn't.

I thought it was awesome and am glad it's being developed. As far as other makers go I don't know any large companies but rawland cycles makes a rigid 650b frame.
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I want a rawland sooo bad
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I'd like to test ride bikinfool's 'b.
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I just ordered one. They're on sale right now. $350.00
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i reckon that, if the 650b thing gains any more traction, most major bike makers will add a cursory 650b effort to their quiver, just so they won't seem out of touch, behind the times, etc...

But, most of these "efforts" will be semi-pointless exercises, like the beasley twins. The idea behind the 650b size was to offer bigger wheels with bigger travel without effing up geometry. So, the geniuses at haro started out with a few full-rigid things. Whatever; they've got a full-sus one in the works. might even be available already.

Thing is, right now, there's a small handfull of tires and rims available for 650b. This is what we saw initially with 29ers, and was the main reason i waited to build a 29er. However, the industry has already proven more willing to make moves with 650b options, so it ain't that big a deal. But me, i'm waiting. Or, more likely, i just won't bother.

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ps-you can cram 650b's into many frames with big clearance, like surly 1x1/instigator, on-one 456, etc. Soma makes a thing they call "B-side". Carver makes a Ti killerB. Do a search; there's already plenty
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My Rawland just showed up. I'm hoping to get a chance to build it after work tomorrow.
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