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    650b Travel Length

    Was ready to buy a 29r but this 650b seems to be taking off with several companies offering them. Was looking at 110mm-120mm travel on e 29rs I was studying. None of the new 650bs look like they have anything near this as they mostly have 150mm. Is this just how the companies start with the serious suspension or is it something to do with the geometry? Should we expect to see less travel 650bs come out or will they remain 150mm+?

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    650b Travel Length

    Who knows? Word is that Scott Swisspower racers already have a 4" Scott Spark to race on. That should trickle down at some point and there should be others.

    General consensus was that 29" owns XC and 27.5" and 26" own trail , AM, FR and DH, but general consensus has been proven wrong by bikes such as Specialzed Enduro 29 and Santa Cruz Tall Boy lt in trail and AM.

    DH races this season have been won on 27.5" and 29". Everything is changing and it really boils down to personal preference.

    If you don't want to wait and see what happens as far as short travel XC 650b bikes, you are pretty much "stuck with" 29". I caved and bought a short travel Tall Boy carbon for my XC bike. Already have a 5" Jamis 650b trail bike which I love, but I missed the feel of a light XC bike climbing. So I will mix and match and probably have a ton of fun thus season


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    Another option is to get a used short travel 26 er thats compatible and convert that's what I am doing with my specialized epic.

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    Inexplicably XC FS bikes are virtually nonexistent for 650b. I'm still baffled by this situation, but it is what it is. So if you're looking for a bike this year, and you want bigger than 26" wheels and 120mm or less travel... get a 29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srp18 View Post
    Was looking at 110mm-120mm travel on e 29rs I was studying. None of the new 650bs look like they have anything near this as they mostly have 150mm
    They way bikes are being designed now 110-120mm 29r equates ~130-140mm in 650B. KHS, Jamis and Norco have models that fall into that catagory on the production end. Depends if you wanted an XC or Trail 29r (i.e. Tallboy vs TBlt for example) in the first place. Of course you can go smaller/independent frame builders and find something as well.
    Wait,who did he tell you that?....

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    Turner Burner or Norco sight killer B would be my pic of the shorter travel at this stage, Fox are bringing out a 140mm 650B fork so many more 130-140mm 650B options coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gvs_nz View Post
    Turner Burner or Norco sight killer B would be my pic of the shorter travel at this stage, Fox are bringing out a 140mm 650B fork so many more 130-140mm 650B options coming.
    Um, lets not forget the new Banshee Spitfire V2 frame with 140mm travel. Runs 26" or 650B wheels, 3 position adjustable BB height and HA via flip chips in the swingarm, excellent KS Link VPP rear suspension (IMO superior to the SC or Intense) and can be had for a sub 2K price. Depending on the A/C fork choice and the position of the flip chips in the swingarm the BB and HA possibilities cover a wide spectrum.

    Oh, BTW....I just ordered one

    Knolly Endorphin in 650B with 140mm should be available about mid year. Should be a cool bike and Ventana is working on a 120mm 650B bike right now.
    2013 Banshee Spitfire V2 650b

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    Thanks for the insight. XC suits my needs best being in eastern Virginia, so maybe one of the slightly lower travel bikes. Have to remain patient I guess and see what happens in this category. Thanks again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walt View Post
    Inexplicably XC FS bikes are virtually nonexistent for 650b. I'm still baffled by this situation, but it is what it is.

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    Blows me away that you can get a 4" travel 26'er, but nothing less than 5.5" for 650b. Although I think Lenz is offering a short travel model, and word is that Ventana is working on the Alpino model @ 120mm. I'll be keeping an eye on the development of the Alpino. Sounds like the sweet spot to me. In the meantime, I'm enjoying the hell out of my UBI-built custom 650b hardtail with Fox F100 fork.

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