Anyone know if 650b wheels will fit?
I'm a little frustrated with my ml8, head angle too steep for the amount of travel, can't get the shocks stiff enough, etc, etc. Thinking maybe bigger wheels might make a difference. Deos anyone know if 650b wheels fit on a ml8?
by far the most effective option is put in a different fork. if that's not an option then read on ...
there are some notes on 650b elsewhere here in the maverick forum, for example here.
650b works on the DUC32, but you'll have to put in a spacer to limit the travel so that the tyre doesn't top out on the arch (and stop the wheel dead). note, however, that a big 26'er front tyre will get you most of the way there, all without the need for a new wheel - e.g. comparing a 2009/2010 26'er 2.4" rubber queen (trail king in the US?) with a 650b kenda nevegal 2,35", the radial difference is perhaps 5mm at most (and not 38/2mm = 19mm).
note again that the 2.4" RQ will also top out on the fork (with a static test certainly, but topping out whilst riding will depend on fork set-up), and you really need a 7mm spacer in the DUC32 to cater to the largest 26'er tyres of the modern day ...
for 650b my experience shows that a (7+5 =) 12mm spacer works fine - i use a shortenend DUC32 29'er spacer.
650b will not fit in the rear, or it might but only with a tyre that you probably shouldn't be using with the ml8. but then, odd wheels and tyres is perhaps the easiest way to effectively increase fork rake - that and run the suspension to help a little too ...
cane creek is supposed to be planning on addressing the issue of variable head angle for standard 1 1/8" head tubes, but i would expect it will not available for the campy style 1 1/8" head tube.
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