got this specifically for the 650b conversion....
2007 Heckler frame, Large, polished
Fox 36 Talas RC2
DHX 5.0 shock
King/Sun Equalizer 27 wheels
XO shifting stuff
Sunline V1 29.5" bars
32.5 pounds as-shown
only parking lot tested so far...
Last edited by A. Nony Moose; 12-14-2008 at 08:17 PM.
Hot wheels sticker.... nice
Love the bike.
The weight is very respectable considering the rear shock. Pretty much the same bike I would buy if I was buying a new bike right now, save the rear shock. And that is saying something, because I am beyond pleased with my Reign with a front 650b.
yeah i actually pulled that shock off my Nomad to handle the Winter duties..
Originally Posted by willie b
adds like a pound... the bike was 30 pounds even with the air shock and I9 26" wheels.
I tried it with a Monarch 4.2, then a Float R... i've gotta fiddle with the DHX some but so far I think the Float feels best!
How'd you get a U.S.A. made heckler? or is that back of the seat tube sticker a fake?
Make sure you check the clearance at full travel. There is a good chance the tire will hit the seat tube without limiting the travel of the shock.
Nice looking build!
Originally Posted by moonraker
It is a fake.......SC did not offer the Heckler V.5 in Polished. My assupmtion is he had it stirpped and polished, then bought the sticker kit.
i did check.
Originally Posted by eMcK
checked with both the Float R and with the DHX (coil removed)
both setups gave me still at least 3/8" at full compression, with the closest thing being the front derailleur cable..the seattube was even MORE clearance.
I can live with that.
the BB height is exactly 14.25... feels fantastic.plenty of clearance without feeling like a Bullit wanna-be. the bike absolutely flows .
as for the frame, SC most definitely offered the frame in Polished finish..
Spectacular bike! Yea, those are some WIDE bars!
Those wheels just look right on… on such a fun bike.
No Rear Travel Issue????
Our bikes could be brothers - see link.
Heckler 650B Conversion
I've only run a 650B up front since I built it. Always heard it was impossible to run 650B on the rear of the Heckler, I wonder if I can run 650B out back with an RP23 High Volume - of course I would run the Quasi-Moto on the rear.
funny, your bike was my inspiration!
Originally Posted by Jory
I had done multiple searches about 650b Hecklers and knew there was the possibility I might need to mod the shock to avoid clearance issues, then I saw your polished frame and knew i had to try..
so i located a NOS polished frame and I was pleasantly surprised when all 3 shocks i tried (Float R, DHX 5.0 Coil, and Monarch 4.2) all gave ample clearance even under full compression.
I don't know if it's because my frame is a Large, but i easily have 3/8" clearance between the tire and front derailleur cable at full bottom.
seems as though a Quasi would be a no-brainer.
I doubt that the volume of the shock cannister would have any affect on the clearance, just perhaps the rate at which the bike uses its given travel... but rest assured, those are all 8.5x2.5 shocks i'm running.
squish is good
Dude I want that setup!!!! My 05 Reign is getting a little long in the tooth and I was thinking a new frame may be in the works... I'd like to know for certain if a 650b would work on the rear with a medium frame though. Spent any trail time on it yet?
i can't answer for the medium frames... although PUSH Industries said if I had needed my shock's travel shortened by 1/4" or so, it'd simply need a larger ($30) bottom-out bumper...still giving you over 5" travel with the mod.
Originally Posted by Clutchman83
i was able to get a few rides in before the snow flew here in the Northeast and it's noticeably faster than with the 26er wheels.
the tires are a bit narrower with less volume than the 2.3 Specialized Eskars I was running, but if i didn't look down I would never have known.
rolls faster and smoother, sticks in sweeping corners better and maintains traction longer in sketchy climbs. the bb height went up about 3/4", but in this case it feels 'right', and it gets the pedals away from the rocks without making it feel top-heavy.
i'm stoked. I only wish these wheels fit the rear of my Nomad.
Welcome to the Becklers!
There's no doubt that the look best in polished!
I had to settle for black ano, but love it just the same.
Been riding for a few months now, and still haven't decide how I feel about it, good or bad.
Please share your likes/dislikes after you've ridden a few trails!
If one frame size fits 650b, all sizes should fit. I've never seen a major brand (or any brand) with different rear suspension parts or geometry from one size to another. I have seen rare cases that the seat tube angle can be .5 degree steeper for larger sizes, but the Heckler is not one of those.
Originally Posted by A. Nony Moose
Going to 650b on the Heckler will raise the BB 1/2 inch using the same size tires to be 14 inches. That's a very nice BB height for rough trail riding, not too high at all when using plenty of sag.
Again Moose, spectacular bike!
That bottom bracket height will be excellent for where A. Nony rides primarily as well.
I'm officially jealous.