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    Can a Rocky Mountain Element 26er convert to 650b?

    I did a search and looked and many of the pages on the sticky above but didnt find the answer. I understand that their are 650b specific frame this year but they are not wallet friendly.

    Has anyone with this bike converted to 650b?

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    My research from awhile ago said no

    Quote Originally Posted by LowOnO2 View Post
    Has anyone with this bike converted to 650b?
    But here's a recent post stating otherwise, not sure just "where" he heard it's a tight fit for the alum model. And yes the search function is quirky(ier) now.

    FS for a HT rider
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    I've converted my alloy '12 element MSL to 650b front and back. I also tried the carbon MSL but it was too tight on the chainstays for anything over a 2.0 tire. Also hit the seattube quite early in the travel. The alloy version has huge room at the chainstays. I shimmed the shock to 110mm, and its golden. You need to change the stock fork too.
    I'm selling mine in the next few months - probably get a new one.
    Hope that helps, Medz

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    A new fork or a new 650 specific MSL?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mederz View Post
    I've converted my alloy '12 element MSL to 650b front and back. I also tried the carbon MSL but it was too tight on the chainstays for anything over a 2.0 tire. Also hit the seattube quite early in the travel. The alloy version has huge room at the chainstays. I shimmed the shock to 110mm, and its golden. You need to change the stock fork too.
    I'm selling mine in the next few months - probably get a new one.
    Hope that helps, Medz
    I changed the stock Rockshox fork to a Fox float 120 (26" version). There wasn't an option of a 650b fork available to me at that time.
    The bike rides way better with the bigger wheels. BB is still low but now feels perfect. I'm a big man (6'3" and 230) and was a 29er diehard until I converted two of my bikes. Now its 650 all the way for me. Great balance between 26 & 29 but much more playful and WAY stiffer than the 29, which is important for big, strong men.

    Hope that helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mederz View Post
    The bike rides way better with the bigger wheels. BB is still low but now feels perfect. I converted two of my bikes. Now its 650 all the way for me. Great balance between 26 & 29 but much more playfull
    Cool. Ditto for me. 3 converted 26" HT's presently running 1 as a SS, a fs which has now been changed to a real 650, a Ventana El Bastardo.
    Still have a 29'r HT as being of a slighter build then yourself @ ~5'-6"/140#, I can get away without too much flex, frame or wheels.
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    Mederz, what size tire are you running in the back?

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowOnO2 View Post
    Mederz, what size tire are you running in the back?
    I'm running a Racing Ralph 2.25. No issues whatsoever.
    Medz

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    I noticed a lot of people mentioning the Racing Ralph tires for their 650b conversion, is that because they have a smaller overall diameter?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Epic_Dude View Post
    I noticed a lot of people mentioning the Racing Ralph tires for their 650b conversion, is that because they have a smaller overall diameter?
    Not really. More so on the light(er) weight and the grippy(er) nobs. I'd say they're in the middle/bigger end of the tires available in the size/intended xc/light trail use.
    Last edited by JMac47; 03-01-2013 at 08:20 AM. Reason: typo
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