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    Moots YBB 650b front 26er rear? Thoughts..

    I would like to put a little twist on my 26er YBB. My Moots YBB is set up for a 100mm fork in which I have a White Brothers Magic 100 (26/650b as it says on the box). So in theory if I sent the fork back to WB and got it changed back down to 80mm travel (they will do this, I asked) I could run a 650b with no ill effects to geometry or strain on the frame? My 29er still feels like a monster and my YBB still feels like home. Discuss..

    I guess I should really present this to Moots to get the final verdict.

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    I say go for it!

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    you might like it with the 100mm fork. i recently put a 650b on the front of my ellsworth moment with a fox talas at 150mm and like it very much. i have not noticed any major detriment on technical climbs and the handling coming down was clearly enhanced.

    i have a full Ti smoothie that i would am planning on fitment for a 650 in the rear; i know it will clear the front. it looks like it might be OK with a 2.0, i just need to pony up and have one built and try it.

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    Several are running a B6 (650b front, 26 rear) with good results. There are also many threads on this setup with some good info and feedback. Try it, see what you think, and let us know!

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    I love mine. I set up mine as a 2x1 I ran several different forks on that bike and settled on a Maverick SC32 I've made some internal adjust for 650b and it yield an awesome ride. More stable cornering, I have not notice any increase sluggish in handling. On the climb it's still quick handling not flopping to the side like some homemade 96er I've tried.

    Give it a shot you'll like it.

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    Do it.

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    Last winter, I built up a Moots hardtail with a Fox Talus fork. 650 front 26 rear. There's an old thread somewhere on here with pictures. It rode like a dream. I changed travel from time to time, but ended up running it at 100mm most of the time. I have since moved on to other frames, but have very fond memories of that set up.

    I would jump right in there with the 100 mm fork, and see if you like it before sending it back to reduce the travel.

    Enjoy!!!

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    Cool thanks guys, guess I will try it at 100mm, before sending it back to White Brothers, its cheaper that way also. I ran a 100mm fork on my 98 YBB for years and also loved it, when the bike was really set up for 60-80mm. Its nice to know I have the option. My lBS yesterday thought I was a little odd, but also thought it would work

    PS. Any good recommendations on purchasing just a front 650b disc wheel? Stay away from WTB rims?

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    Whats wrong with WTB wheels? I'm running a 29er Dual Duty on my B9er and it seems pretty durable.

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    I am not personally saying there is anything wrong with WTB wheels, but before buying a wheelset I check MTBR for reviews and it seems that most of there XC rims werent very durable. Good to hear the opposite opinion.

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    WTB wheels are closer to a budget build. Some ppl expect a budget wheel to be a durable AM/DH hoop. Others expect budget to be a lightwieght XC hoop. I consider a budget AM wheel to be a midweight and durable XC hoop. Sometimes, the wheelbuilder can be the reason a wheel fails as well. They have been fine for my average trailriding of 1-3ft drops and at least light enough to not be an anchor.

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    Would love to see your bike when complete and hear your thoughts.

    I've been dreaming of exactly that bike. I have my Ellsworth Truth set up as a 1x9 B6 and love it. I'm always looking for more fun stuff to build and tinker with and thought a YBB B6 1x9 would be sweet!

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    Update

    Moots, did get back to me and their recommendation was to indeed drop the travel down to 80mm, saying then it shouldn't play with the geometry too much. So I think I'll take their word for it and have the fork sent back to White Bros. to get it switched. Thanks all for the encouragement.

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