Kirk Pacenti is the man behind the mountain bike application that is causing a buzz in the industry. He sees this as a great in between size for applications where 26″ is too small and 29″ is too big. There are
a few companies with 650B bike plans for 2009, but almost all are hardtails. The only exception I know of is the Ventana El Bastardo, shown at NAHBS this year. Personally I think the best application for this wheel size is full suspension, 5″ and over. So with help from quite a few companies we now have all the parts needed to build ourselves an full suspension bike to see if that theory holds water.
Some highlights of the build:
Frame- Santa Cruz Heckler
Shock-Rock Shox Pearl 3.3 travel limited by Rock Shox
Fork- White Brothers Fluid 135 650B specific with 20mm axle. Currently using a Fox Float 130 RLC 2006, shortened to 120 travel to prevent crown-tire contact. White Brothers fork should be here soon.
Hubs-Hope Pro II with 9MM QR and 20mm thru-axle
Also in the news, we just received pre-production samples of a new race/hardpack tire from Pacenti, the Quasi-moto. Manufactured by Panaracer the Quasi uses the same casing as the bigger Neo-moto(2.3 versus 2.0). Combined with No-Tubes lightweight 650B rim, 650B now as a viable XC race set-up.