Which rigid fork size for 650b conversion?
I'm planning a Sette Reken 26er frame 650b conversion around a rigid fork.
Be fore I go any further...I want to get some opinions on the two fork sizes I have. One is 410mm
axle to crown and one is 453mm a to c.
Will they both work?
What will be the difference as far as ride characteristics ?
Would the 453 work better?
A fork around 410mm will designed to replace suspension forks in the 80mm travel range, the 453mm fork would replace 100mm travel forks. What fork was the Reken designed around? The tire size has nothing to do with it.
The answer you gave me pretty much sums up everything I'd say. The Reken specs say it is designed around a 80 to 100mm fork. Here's the link to the description.
Originally Posted by Saddle Up
Sette Reken Alloy Hardtail Frame at Price Point
..look under geometry.
From what you told me,I'd like it set at the 100 mil spec.
Looks like Price Point is having a sale now too.
I'm putting a big fat Vee Rubber Trail Taker tire up front for some tire squish since it's rigid...and most likely a Vee Rubber Mission 2.1 650b in the rear...unless I can fit a 2.2 in the rear. That's the next mystery...how big a rear tire will fit in a 650b?
A 2.2 26er fits, they say...but the 650 is gonna go further down in the frame,right?
Maybe the 2.1 is as big as I can go. I need to do more research.
edit:It says a 2.3 is the max tire width...maybe a 2.2 650 will fit.
Dont forget to take 20% sag into account. So basically a sagged 100mm fork = an 80mm unsagged fork.
I hope the 453mm fork works OK because I have 2 (one for wifey's bike-same build just differnt h-bars and brake rotor sizes) opposed to just 1 410 fork...I know longer forks slow the steering down...I just don't want them to be be too slow. plus my 453mm is pretty beefy...which is good because I'm a Clyde and want to run 180 rotors.
Originally Posted by jeffw-13
If anybody's interested in knowing...Nashbar's rigid fork is pretty beefy...like the VooDoo Zombie. But it has mucho clearance for a big tire like the Vee Rubber Trail Taker. It fits right in with the Reken frame for a budget rigid build...I totalled the whole build out at 580 bucks...9 speed X-7 drivetrain, Sun inferno 27 wheels, mech disc brakes...the whole 9.
I didn't want to spend too much on this one...just wanted to get a taste of 650b on a shoestring budget.Seems like it's gonna work out good.
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