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    650b

    I put some Marathon Racers on my really old Rockhopper and have been really enjoying myself on the bike. I can go much faster on pavement than I was expecting and it has a tight handling characteristic that has been tons of fun. I've read proponents of 650B saying that the wheelsize has a perfect blend of 26 and 29 characteristics. I'm interested if any on the commuter forum has used a 650B as a streetbike. If they have, is the bike a conversion, a stock bike, etc. I'd be really interested to know what tires are used as well.

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    My girlfriend loves her Rivendell Bleriot, which has 650b wheels. It's her main "around town" and commuting bike. She runs Nifty Swifties, I believe, which are a beefy but still pretty much slick tire. Panaracer makes several different road tires in 650b.

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    Bigger wheels are nicer on the road, best tire selection for commuting is 26", then 700C/29er. Since commuting is about the tires and saving money, keeping existing 26" wheels and buying some really nice tires is smartest/cheapest. There's not many tire choices for 650b, nothing is cheap. There are cheap pre-built 29er wheelsets (less than $250 for XT 756/Mavic/DT), I've never seen cheap 650b wheelsets. Alternatives to 26" wheels offer a few percentage points better performance at much higher price with limited tire choices. If you're commuting, not racing, what's the point?

    Having said all of that, I commute on a 29er, it's better than my 26er. IMHO, 650b is the solution to a question nobody asked.

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    Well I go with the 89er setup and it works just fine too.
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    There are many ways to skin the cat.

    You can mount any 29" tire that would be suitable for commuting on just about any 700c rim , those are MA3 Mavics on the bike in the picture as an example. That means that you can spend way less than 250 for a wheelset, including free if you play your cards right. I really think that 700c is the most efficient format for commuting personally and as the other poster said the 650b thing is just another way to spend your money.
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    Yeah, I've commuted with 700x23, 29x2.0 and now 26x1.5. I think the 29er with Big Apples was the slowest. 700x23 is the fastest over distance, but I can't hop stairs and go offroad like I can on the other two. I haven't ridden anything 650B, but it could potentially be a great compromise of the tire types.

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