650b wheels

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650b wheels

Postby Ghost biker » Sun Oct 28, 2012 23:44 pm

I know I know probley a silly question I am just about to buy a new Ghost AMR Lector all this talk 26 inch wheel bikes will be gone in a few years,Am sure there will be a few of us short guys on a 26 but my question is will a 650b wheel fit replace the 26 wheel on my bike?

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Re: 650b wheels

Postby cooldad » Mon Oct 29, 2012 00:03 am

Maybe, but why. 26" wheels won't disappear.
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Re: 650b wheels

Postby Ghost biker » Mon Oct 29, 2012 00:09 am

cooldad wrote:Maybe, but why. 26" wheels won't disappear.

I know just might like to try the 650b wheel sometime.

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Re: 650b wheels

Postby ddraver » Mon Oct 29, 2012 05:11 am

They might "fit" but it will probably do weird stuff to the geometry that would nt be so good. Look at it this way, you get to buy a new bike in a few years! ;)
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Re: 650b wheels

Postby The Rookie » Mon Oct 29, 2012 06:30 am

Fitting 650B at both ends would have no effect on geometry at all.

the wheels will fit but you may be heavily restricted on tyre size, a 650B tyre is (like for like) about 1" larger diameter than 26er, so if you have more than 3/4" clearance (allowing some for mud clearance) you'll be able to use a similar size to now, if not, you won't.

26er won't be going any time soon, BSO's still used inclined dropouts tooled in about 1965 that were superceeded in about 1980.

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Re: 650b wheels

Postby felix.london » Mon Oct 29, 2012 06:46 am

I reckon my front (26") wheel with the Conti Rubber Queen is about the size of a 650B wheel with a Nobby Nic on it :wink:
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