Just finished my Carbine conversion with a sick wheelset from Loaded Precision. A big thank you to Mike, Johnny, and Anthony over at Loaded. I love their stuff and this new wheelset exceeded my expectations.
I went with their new xlite 650b aluminum rim, new xlite hubs, and bladed spokes. The wheels arrived well packaged with spares for 135mm and 142mm TA rear and QR and 15mm front...along with some spare spokes/nips and skewers for QR.
The front a respectable 810g
The rear at 966g
Nice machining on the hub
Mounted these bad boys up on my Carbine with some Hans Dampfs and I must say I'm super-stoked! The wheels were light and stiff. I was coming from a more downhill oriented wheelset Mavic EX823 rims on Hope Hubs, so I lost about 1.5 lbs with these new wheels
First ride video here...
Intense Carbine 650b Loaded Wheels - China Camp - YouTube
The Carbine converted to 650b feels awesome. I can't believe how natural it feels. Yes it feels "bigger", but not at all like the RIP9 29er that I tried out a while back. On the RIP9, my toes kept rubbing the front tire when turning...something I would probably get used to, but not at all an issue with the converted Carbine. The 650b does feel a little more sluggish on the climbs, but not much at all and only on the steeper ones. It brought the bottom bracket up a bit which felt "necessary" for me...I could suddenly pedal through some of the rock gardens on my local loop. The descents felt great, not at all much different than my 26".
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