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    650B slack steel hardtail options

    Hoping for a light-weight 67/68 steel trail slayer, ideally based around a 130-150 fork. Kona Explosif seems like a good match but is based around 120mm.. Chromag Samurai 65 looks like an ideal build but at $1400 it's pushing into custom frame/ti territory. Any other bikes I should be considering? happy to look at custom builders as well..

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    I'm pretty sure the Evil Sovereign will take 650b. Seems like there are photos somewhere on the forum.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bitewerks View Post
    I'm pretty sure the Evil Sovereign will take 650b. Seems like there are photos somewhere on the forum.
    Yep, that's true. I remember seeing some photos as well...

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    My concern with the frames not explicitly designed for 650B is the effect on the BB height and other angles. Would prefer something designed from the ground up..

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    Transition transam accepts 650b hoops and would be right at that ht angle with a 150mm fork. Outstanding riding frame.

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    I'm running a 160mm Float 34 on my Explosif. Good so far!

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    I demoed the Jamis Dakar 650b Drangon last week. I had a blast on it. I would buy one if i didnt just order a nimble 9 frame from canfeild bros. It is based on a 120mm fork though, but im sure you could throw a 140mm and slack it out a bit more.

    Ps. word from our Jamis rep is 2014 dragon 650b is with a 12mm rear through axle and routing for dropper post. Might be worth to wait a few months.

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    Bumping this thread.

    Are there any new options available? Want a frame specificly made for 27.5 inch wheels.

    Seen the Pace RC127, which looks pretty damn good, but it's probably not due for another few months.

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    I saw mention of a 650b version of the On-One 456 somewhere. I don't have any more details, but you might ask in the On-One forum.

    EDIT: here is a link to some info.
    Last edited by j0hn; 09-13-2013 at 07:54 PM.

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    Have tried both an Evil Sovereign and a Transition TransAm with 650B's and the little added BB-height was a none issue for me. Plus, they are nice frames on their own as well, and ride great with long-ish forks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ihaveagibsonsg View Post
    Transition transam accepts 650b hoops and would be right at that ht angle with a 150mm fork. Outstanding riding frame.
    The new 2014 transition trans am is specifically built around the 650b platform. As soon as they are available that will be my new hardtail! Plus they made it a bit more slacker as well. Gonna be a killer 650b.
    rumours on new Bikes 2014. SEE POST 64

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    The 27.5 transam looks amazing. I'm just really concerned about the sizing. The jump on ettl from medium to large is about 596mm to 624mm. At my 6 feet it feels like I'm falling right in between.

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    Ragley Blue Pigs work too.

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    Kona Explosif

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    The two newest models (2013-14) of the SOMA b-side are slack (68), high quality steel (tange prestige tubing), and designed for 650b. I think you can run up to 140 as well with no problems. I've also heard that one can squeeze 29er rims and cross tires in for a quick monstercross/commuter/cross bike. Seems like a decent platform. And the frame is around $480.

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    I was told a new evil sovereign was supposed to be released this year. Unfortunately no details yet.

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    A couple others that should be mentioned (and are actually available)

    Marin Rocky Ridge <-Warning: Aluminum

    Raleigh Tokul 4130

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    Put a 160mm 650B fork on a Canfield Nimble 9. Thats how Im running my Yelli Screamy. Its a tad low at the BB but it corners like its on rails.
    No moss...

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    Stop being a ***** and ride 26?

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    never mind

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