After weeks of gathering info on tires, measuring the rear yokes for clearance, finding a
wide rim for such the beast the Stinky is, trying to find wheels in-stock (ugh that was a drag)
getting my LBS to string the spokes up, here is the first that I know of, a 2010 Kona Stinky Deluxe 650b is unveiled!
The rear clearance after my calculations saw 1/4", wrong! It turned out to be 1/8". But it clears its so thats cool. My LBS guy told me it will never clear. I say after using my tape measure over 10 times, calculation of rim height and tire height, numbers don't lie.
--Kenda Never rolls 2.35 (thats the max for the rear), front---anything goes
--P35 rims with front Sram X9 20m thru axle hub and rear Azonic Recoil thru 12m axle hub
--White Bros dual crown fork, measures 8" of travel with the 650b wheel
--BB height is 14.5"
Only took it for a 10 mile street ride up and down hills. Was too damn hot for a dirt ride today. But the ride was as expected with such an upgrade.
---feels like you're cheating when climbing anything (I say climbs better than a 26er and
climbs better than a 29er---I have both kind of bikes)
---feels and is faster on the straights (like a 29er)
---faster on the downhills (like a 29er)
This is my second 650b conversion and I am hooked. Once going 650b you cannot
go back to 26 IMO. Also when climbing, you can fool your mind that you are climbing faster and you probably are on a 29er, but your legs and back will tell you later that
it wasn't fun. On a 650b, it just feels nicer on the climbs. You can go at a good cadence
and really not get fatigued on long climbs like I was on my 26 and 29er. I truly believe the 650b was meant for all types of off road cycling.
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