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    650b - old and new: new HD build / old SL pic

    just got done swapping a new fork onto the HD - a 150mm pike 650b.

    I actually haven't ridden the HD in probably 6 weeks...it's a shame...but everytime I go to the garage these days I seem to be pulling down the Ripley.
    I've had the HD for a few years and run it exclusively as a 26 / 160...though as the attached pic of my Mojo SL from Nov 2008 demonstates, I'm not against 650b. When they first started to hit the market I had Dave Thomas build me up a king / stan's 355 650b set to match a 26" set he'd built for me and grabbed the only tires available at the time...neo-motos. I loved the neo up front but it didn't fit in the back very well...so when the quasi came out I used it. I also tried 650b front / 26 rear and liked it a lot. In fact, in the attached picture, that's how it's set up (and with the sweeeeet jones bars ;-)

    So I'm going to take a crack at the HD with 650b setup...I've got a nbby nic 2.25 in the back and it's tight...big 'ol hans dampf up front, 150 pike, and proper rear shock setup (7.875x2). As set up, the bottom bracket height is just a tad under 14" (a very small tad) and 28.5 lbs (build is enve am 28h on kings, xtr 2x10 with trail brakes 203 / 180, LEV, comfy wtb saddle, havoc carbon bar on point one stem, XO carbon cranks / bash 650b - old and new: new HD build / old SL pic-hd-pike-650b-2.jpg650b - old and new: new HD build / old SL pic-img_0274.jpg650b - old and new: new HD build / old SL pic-dh-pike-650b.jpgon king ceramic bb). Going to get out this afternoon and see how she goes...then I'm going to pull a trick out of the old bag and swap back in the 26" rear (with 2.35 HD) and try both shock setups to see how things go.

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    got a great ride in last night and all my initial love with 650b was reconfirmed. while it's hard to justify having this bike and the ripley, last night's ride had me thinking that if I ever had to have just one bike, that this would be it. But then again, that's usually my reaction after getting off any Ibis I've ridden.
    this build is just so darn capable. and I'll give credit where it's due (and I'm a long-time dyed-in-the-wool Fox guy), this Pike is really good. we'll see how well it holds up. one of the main reasons I've not been buying rock shox stuff in the last 10 years is that they totally screwed me on a warranty issue and I told them (and myself) that I simply wasn't going to support them. Well, I've probably bought 20+ forks in the intervening 10 years (none of them Rock Shox)...so maybe their penalty period should be over?

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    Nice setup. I am debating what to do right now as well.

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    another update...ride the ripley a couple times since riding the 650b hd and gotta say that there's no way I'm giving up the ripley. it's such a great bike. I love 'em both.

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