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    Prophet 650b rear 29 front?

    Hey Guys,
    I want to do something with my prophet... now that i have my Mamasita, my prophet has been collecting dust. Every now and then I miss the full squish. My question is: should I turn my prophet into a 69er or should I do a 650b in the rear with the 29" wheel up front? I currently have Crossmax SLs on it now and was wondering if I went with the Velocity Blunt wheelset, would I be dissappointed after riding Crossmaxs for about 2 years now? I know they will not be as stiff, but my concern is durability. I have not had to do anything to the Crossmaxs, which has been awesome... I do catch a little air whenever I can, but nothing too major. My thoughts are to find some one that could build a set of wheels with the 29" up front and a 650b in the rear OR I could leave the Crossmax in the rear and just buy a front 29er Crossmax. It would probably look funny with a black rim in front and a silver in the rear though....

    Anyways, taking all that into consideration, Who would you guys get to build an odd wheelset like this? I know that you can get the Blunt 29er wheelsets on ebay for cheap (about $250 give or take)... I am not sure if they ever have the 650b sets on there? I know I contacted one of the well respected wheel builders and I was looking at close to $700 for the 29er Blunts with Hope hubs. I am really wanting to keep costs down, just in case I do not like the new Prophet orientation, if you know what I mean. Sorry for the long drawn out perdicament, but any help or advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    I plan to do the same...

    I just bought a Prophet frame and will be running 650B rear and 29er front. I ordered the wheels (Blunt rims w/ XT hubs) from eBikeStop. Since this is experimental I didn't want to spring for expensive wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by boudy
    I just bought a Prophet frame and will be running 650B rear and 29er front. I ordered the wheels (Blunt rims w/ XT hubs) from eBikeStop. Since this is experimental I didn't want to spring for expensive wheels.

    If you don't mind me asking... Did you have to do a custom order and what did it cost?

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    Are you referring to the wheels?

    The wheels appear to be a "standard" offering at eBikeStop. Not sure if they are "off the shelf" or built on demand. They're by Quality Wheelhouse and ship within a few days of ordering.

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    Are there any other wheelsets I should be considering at the below $300 pricepoint?

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    Why would you want a 29" front wheel? Reap the benefits of 650b on both ends.... I"m heading out on a dual 650b Prophet in a few minutes, as a matter of fact!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SuspectDevice
    Why would you want a 29" front wheel? Reap the benefits of 650b on both ends.... I"m heading out on a dual 650b Prophet in a few minutes, as a matter of fact!

    Amen brutha! Mickey, be sure to post some pics of the bike in action!

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kirk Pacenti
    Amen brutha! Mickey, be sure to post some pics of the bike in action!

    Cheers,

    KP

    I haven't trained the camera well enough to take pictures of me without my assistance... Prophet frames are cool. I used to have it as a short-course DH bike... Now it's a 26lb xc rocket!

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    well post up some "bike standing next to tree" pics at least will ya!

    I too would do a dual 650b set up with the Prophet rather than 650b/29er.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG
    well post up some "bike standing next to tree" pics at least will ya!

    I too would do a dual 650b set up with the Prophet rather than 650b/29er.
    Can you tell me why? I am not quite understanding why you would not want the 29" wheel up front?


    And BTW, I presume there is no problem running the 650b in the rear with the neo-moto? ARe there Any mods that I will have to do?

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    I wouldn't want a 29/27.5 prophet for about a million reasons;

    1. I'd never want a 29" front wheel at all, at least not with a suspension fork.
    2. The prophet is already plenty slack
    3. 650b is the perfect wheelsize for aggressive riding on longtravel lightweight bikes.

    A 700c front wheel is just going to be heavier, flexier and weaker, and you will either have to run less travel in the fork, or have a very, very slack headangle...

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    When you convert a prophet to a 650b in the rear, can you run it both XC and FR positions? and which one is more preferable if so? I have tried the FR position several times on my prophet (w/ 26" wheels) and I like the way it feels, but always switch back, because of the lower BB, it is just enough that I clip a lot of stuff on the trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SuspectDevice
    I haven't trained the camera well enough to take pictures of me without my assistance... Prophet frames are cool. I used to have it as a short-course DH bike... Now it's a 26lb xc rocket!
    SuspectDevice, what components did you change out to get it to 26lbs? I just weighed my 29" front /650b rear Prophet. It came in at 29lbs.

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