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    Singlespeed 650b Options - Sub $1k

    I currently ride a 2011 Redline Monocog 29er, which is fun but heavy. I'd like to find something more nimble, responsive, and lighter.
    Rather than convert a 26" bike, I'd like something that's designed specifically for 650b. I'll also want to put a suspension fork on at some point.


    I'm aware of the Gravity 27Five, Dawes Haymaker, and Nashbar Bees Knees. Can anyone recommend others for less than $1,000?

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    Interested also. Subscribing...
    2013 Santa Cruz Solo C
    2013 Santa Cruz Chameleon 650b SS
    2012 Giant Defy (Roadie)

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    B-Siiiiiiiiiiide!




    Not in its natural habitat, but you get the point.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ohpossum View Post
    B-Siiiiiiiiiiide!


    Not in its natural habitat, but you get the point.
    Love it with the Lefty! Build/budget details?
    2013 Santa Cruz Solo C
    2013 Santa Cruz Chameleon 650b SS
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    Quote Originally Posted by sandyeggo View Post
    Love it with the Lefty! Build/budget details?
    Budget: CHEAP (till I added the wheels in the pic)

    Build:

    Soma had a clearance sale on v1 B-side frames through their online store when the v2 frames came out. I think it was for around $350. They only have the v2 now, but its a better frame with sliders instead of track ends (Soma B-Side v.2 650b (27.5") MTB Frame)

    Lefty was from ebay. $400 including a hub and P321 endcap. It needed some serious attention when I got it, but didn't require any new parts, just a solid overhaul. I did spend some $$$ on a PBR damper and I'm glad I did.

    Cranks are square taper Shimano STX-RC (old timers will remember those). They are a weird 94mm BCD with no inner ring mounts that make awesome SS cranks. Pedals are M-540's.

    I originally used Alex XD-Lite rims laced to the Lefty hub and a DT 340 rear. The rims were around $40/ea and the DT hub was an ebay blowout for $80/ea (I bought 3 ).

    Surly cog ($20), DMR tensioners ($12).

    Bars, Stem, Seatpost were all closeouts from online places. Bluesky had a great deal on those ec70 Wide bars.

    All told, with the PBR upgrade it probably came out to $1200. You could easily keep it under $1000 if you can reuse parts from a previous ride.


    EDIT: Forgot about tires! Schwalbes are definitely not cheap, but I like them too much to skimp. ProBike Supply had the best prices. $120 for the pair. Nic in the front, Ralph in the back..yeah, that doesn't sound right now that I read it..
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    Raleigh Tokul 1: 650B Palace: From Left Field - Raleigh Joins the Darkside with 2014 650B Launch.

    $600 to start, then start throwing away drive chain parts and get a cog and a tensioner. Slacker, more aggressive geometry than the options you mentioned.

    At least 1 shop in CA has them in already:
    New Arrivals: 2014 Raleigh Tokul 1 & Revenio 2.0 ? Authorized Bicycle Shop

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohpossum View Post
    B-Siiiiiiiiiiide!


    Not in its natural habitat, but you get the point.
    Yow, that's hot!


    Quote Originally Posted by TooSteep View Post
    Raleigh Tokul 1: 650B Palace: From Left Field - Raleigh Joins the Darkside with 2014 650B Launch.

    $600 to start, then start throwing away drive chain parts and get a cog and a tensioner. Slacker, more aggressive geometry than the options you mentioned.
    I'm liking the geometry on this one. I thought the B-Side Head Angle was a little steep. I'll look around and see what's available at the LBS in the coming months.

    I have a feeling I should wait for spring of '14...it seems a lot of 650b bikes are in the pipeline, but not on the streets yet.

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