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    santa cruz chameleon 5 2013 version 650B

    Waited 5 months for this frame in yellow just because of this video. Santa Cruz knows how to market a bike. Put DH riders on it.

    Since the Bronson is such a hit I decided to give 650b a try since I have a 29er and a 26 inch bike. Clearance looks awesome with racing ralph 2.25 with the gear dropouts I also have the single speed dropouts which even has more room. I'm excited a 650b with short chain stays 16.5!! It's a size med and weighs 3.5lbs.

    I have a fox float 140 which I might need to scale down. I'm just waiting on a headset. It's going to be a trail bike, maybe it will replace my stumpy evo.

    I know the stock BB height is 12.4 on a 26 inch wheel what is a avg BB height for a 650b?

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    The clearance looks decent. It's hard to tell how good from pictures. Do you think a larger tire would fit in the geared dropououts, or is the 2.25 ralph the max? I suppose I'm asking how much space there is between the tires and chainstays side to side and front to rear. I suppose that some wider tires are also a bit taller further complicating the question.
    Thanks for sharing the project!

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    That clearance looks awesome for a convert...especially considering the short-ass chainstays! OP, 650b adds half an inch to wheel radius (and therefore bb height) given the same tire.
    I've been eyeing one of these for a backup do it all HT / dirt jumper..... nice to know it can also handle 650b so well too.

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