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    275 Converted Carbine vs. Carbine 275

    I stopped by an Intense demo this weekend and rode a Carbine with the 275 dropouts. I asked if there were any differences between a converted Carbine 26 and the Carbine 275 and the rep said that there were no differences. This was surprising to me given that the Carbine 275 web page says:

    When we decided to venture forth into 650B territory, Steber quickly figured out that a simple dropout change could morph the incredibly popular Carbine into a carbon fiber 650B (or 27.5) frame.This is possible because of the” G1″ replaceable dropout system on all our frames , offers future compatibility and different axle choices.

    A few weeks later, new dropout in hand, samples were produced. Frames were dispersed for testing, refinements were made and the Carbine 275 was born. Much more than a conversion but now a dedicated 27.5 frame with proper travel , geometry and aggressive 27.5 trail geometry.
    This would tell me that there are likely differences between a converted 26er and the Carbine 275. It's tough to compare the geometry charts since the 26er doesn't list geometry with the 275 dropouts. The only apples to apples comparison I can see are the stack and reach numbers. The stack is the same but the Carbine 275 has a 0.25" shorter reach.

    Has anyone else attempted a comparison of the two? Can anyone else from Intense chime in?

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    Dude, got any schwag?
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    The ONLY difference between a Carbine and Carbine 275 are the dropouts.

    Speed is sweet, it's like an avenue to
    ... Shredtopia!

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    I bought a 26" 2013 Carbine frame and built it up as a 275. The only thing I had to do to the frame was add the 275 dropouts, as already mentioned. I also added the Fox 34 650 fork. But if you're just referring to the frame, the only diff is the dropouts between a "converted 26" and a 275, which are the exact same thing. Period. Are you referring to the Carbine SL maybe?

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    Did you ever get a "good" answer to your question JTF? (Sorry, I am new to this topic, so will continue look for a good answer elsewhere...but I understand the question)

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