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    Kona Stinky Air 650b

    Here is my other converted to 650b Stinky. Its a 2009 Stinky Air. Possibly one of the
    over-priced Stinkys of all time, which probably led to the demise of the Stinky.

    Specs:
    --White Bros Fork
    --Velocity P35 650b's, front 2.35 Kenda and rear 2.1 Kenda (for more tire clearance)
    --other items, nobody cares about, blah, blah, zzzzz

    Comparing it to a 7" travel 29er, the wheels don't look as puny as it would if they
    were 26er's. I highly recommend 650b to anyone who has one of these bikes,
    the speed and climbing increase can be felt. Not as tall feeling as a 29er and not
    as short feeling as a 26er.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    Here is my other converted to 650b Stinky. Its a 2009 Stinky Air. Possibly one of the
    over-priced Stinkys of all time, which probably led to the demise of the Stinky.

    Specs:
    --White Bros Fork
    --Velocity P35 650b's, front 2.35 Kenda and rear 2.1 Kenda (for more tire clearance)
    --other items, nobody cares about, blah, blah, zzzzz

    Comparing it to a 7" travel 29er, the wheels don't look as puny as it would if they
    were 26er's. I highly recommend 650b to anyone who has one of these bikes,
    the speed and climbing increase can be felt. Not as tall feeling as a 29er and not
    as short feeling as a 26er.
    It looks ridiculous. The stinky was designed around a 26" wheel, not only have you ruined the geometry, but you also lessened the travel in regards to your fork. Also, you have lessened the durability, bigger wheels are not as durable as smaller wheels, there is a reason why people used to go 24" in the back.

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    I like this setup over your other Stinky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SV11 View Post
    It looks ridiculous. The stinky was designed around a 26" wheel, not only have you ruined the geometry, but you also lessened the travel in regards to your fork. Also, you have lessened the durability, bigger wheels are not as durable as smaller wheels, there is a reason why people used to go 24" in the back.
    So what? Gary Fisher, Joe Breeze, etc "ruined" bikes back in the day with loading them down with big heavy components they weren't designed for. And their "ruined" bikes started something big.

    Slapping new (and different) parts on bikes is just one way that the average joe can maybe stumble across something that works. It's his bike and if he likes it, then it's a good bike.

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    Thanks guys. Yeah, putting a bike with a 27.5" rim is hardly ruining it. The fork still gets 8" of travel, the rear is 7". I mean the geometry isn't bad---8/7 travel. 1-1/2" more of wheel diameter is nothing IMO.

    Also the wheels are Velocity P35's (35mm width--measure your rim) I mean they aren't skinny Mavic XC rims either. The BB height is only 1/2" higher as well than with 26" wheels with the same fork. Regardless like I said, the bike is faster now and the steering is about the same as with a 26 wheel. With that combo you can't go wrong.

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    The bikes looks fine, its not like people aren't putting 27.5 inch wheels on 26 inch frames.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VTSession View Post
    The bikes looks fine, its not like people aren't putting 27.5 inch wheels on 26 inch frames.
    Here's a couple pics from a guy who did it to his Butcher


    http://forums.mtbr.com/650b/initial-...0b-799184.html
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    Nice, I'd never seen that. Have you flatted with the 2.1 rear yet or no issues?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronny Grady View Post
    Nice, I'd never seen that. Have you flatted with the 2.1 rear yet or no issues?
    Haven't gotten a rear flat yet, but it shouldn't be a problem. However it is
    a pain in the ass anyways to remove/unstall the wheel since its a rear 12mm thru axle with a floating
    brake. You have to align the axle through the floating brake hole in order to
    put the axle back on.

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    wouldn't you need to do that anyway, regardless of wheel size?


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    Quote Originally Posted by SV11 View Post
    It looks ridiculous. The stinky was designed around a 26" wheel, not only have you ruined the geometry, but you also lessened the travel in regards to your fork. Also, you have lessened the durability, bigger wheels are not as durable as smaller wheels, there is a reason why people used to go 24" in the back.
    I guess I have ruined "the geometry" of my last three bikes because I put different sized wheels, shocks and forks but they are my bikes to mod & ride as I please.

    29" front 650b. rear 4" travel trail bike w a 13.5" BB height & 66* HA.
    Last edited by keen; 08-30-2012 at 09:25 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by keen View Post
    I guess I have ruined my last three bikes because I put different sized wheels, shocks and forks but they are my bikes to mod & ride as I please.

    29" front 650b. rear 4" travel trail bike w a 13.5" BB height & 66* HA.
    It seem's to me you have a reading deficiency. If you read my post, I said putting bigger wheels on a bike that isn't designed for it compromises/ruins the geometry. How the hell are you gona ruin a bike just by putting bigger wheels on it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SV11 View Post
    It seem's to me you have a reading deficiency. If you read my post, I said putting bigger wheels on a bike that isn't designed for it compromises/ruins the geometry. How the hell are you gona ruin a bike just by putting bigger wheels on it?
    Easy tiger, clarification :

    OK I ruined the "geometry" of my bikes .

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    what posessed you to build two identicle 650b stinkys?

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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    what posessed you to build two identicle 650b stinkys?
    I have a lot of money and didn't know what to do with it.
    Update:
    Rear tires are now Pacenti's, has more clearance. Yay!
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    Quote Originally Posted by b-kul View Post
    what posessed you to build two identicle 650b stinkys?
    Quote Originally Posted by fatcat View Post
    I have a lot of money and didn't know what to do with it.
    Update:
    Rear tires are now Pacenti's, has more clearance. Yay!
    Haha. I'm glad we can all finally have closure.
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