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650B wheel choice for Salsa warbird?

Old 04-26-21, 08:39 PM
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650B wheel choice for Salsa warbird?

Iím in no rush, but thinking about going 650b down the road with my Warbird. I currently ride the stock 700c 42s it came with and they arenít bad, I do get some toe overlap and donít have full confidence taking corners yet in the gravel. I may lower my psi, itís currently 40 and that may be some of the problem there.

Anyway, I believe WTB Byways are a good fit tirewise so I am just looking into different wheels and curious what folks have found success with on this bike. I donít think I need carbon, although I do ride carbon on my roadie and that upgrade made a significant difference. Gravel is a bit of a different thing though, and im not sure the huge cost increase is worth it in this case..happy to read any feedback though.
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Originally Posted by Bomb Komodo View Post
Iím in no rush, but thinking about going 650b down the road with my Warbird. I currently ride the stock 700c 42s it came with and they arenít bad, I do get some toe overlap and donít have full confidence taking corners yet in the gravel. I may lower my psi, itís currently 40 and that may be some of the problem there.

Anyway, I believe WTB Byways are a good fit tirewise so I am just looking into different wheels and curious what folks have found success with on this bike. I donít think I need carbon, although I do ride carbon on my roadie and that upgrade made a significant difference. Gravel is a bit of a different thing though, and im not sure the huge cost increase is worth it in this case..happy to read any feedback though.
Not sure what your price range is but the Shimano GRX wheelset is great and at $418 for the set it is a great value. Very durable and easy to service bearings. The Byways are pretty slow and I'd suggest the Vittoria Dry or Zero tires as a better tire choice.
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Not sure what your price range is but the Shimano GRX wheelset is great and at $418 for the set it is a great value. Very durable and easy to service bearings. The Byways are pretty slow and I'd suggest the Vittoria Dry or Zero tires as a better tire choice.
Thank you, exact type of info I was looking for.
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I had a set of Byways on for a while and it was like always riding into a 10 MPH headwind! If you have the horsepower, great, but I need every bit of efficiency for my small engine that I can get.
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^ agreed, WTB was ahead of their time once but they’re about the slowest tires on the market currently
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Originally Posted by Bomb Komodo View Post
Iím in no rush, but thinking about going 650b down the road with my Warbird. I currently ride the stock 700c 42s it came with and they arenít bad, I do get some toe overlap and donít have full confidence taking corners yet in the gravel. I may lower my psi, itís currently 40 and that may be some of the problem there.

Anyway, I believe WTB Byways are a good fit tirewise so I am just looking into different wheels and curious what folks have found success with on this bike. I donít think I need carbon, although I do ride carbon on my roadie and that upgrade made a significant difference. Gravel is a bit of a different thing though, and im not sure the huge cost increase is worth it in this case..happy to read any feedback though.
Specialized Pathfinders roll fast, and the grip when cornering is confidence inspiring. I don't crank my bike over like I do on asphalt, but I definitely don't shy from carrying speed in the curvy stuff. They don't do well once the surface gets sloppy, but on dry or damp gravel roads they perform nciely.

As for carbon on gravel...it'll definitely be a cost thing, but I decided to do it after figuring out the weight savings (1500g!!!) over the stock wheelset, and I don't regret it, the bike feels more responsive, and the cornering improved (wider wheel).
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