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    650B front and longer travel fork on El Chucho?

    I'm in the market for an all mountain bike and am not sure I can wait for the 650B Zeus to be available. I want more front travel than the 120mm on the front of the Chucho. It seems reasonable to believe that one of the new 650B 140-150mm forks (coming out soon) combined with a 650B front wheel would give equal front/rear travel and still be a Mutt. I like the gearing and quick feeling of a 26 rear. Thoughts?

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    Although I'm more interested in a 140mm 29er front...
    what would rainbow unicorn do?

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    I could see putting an X-Fusion or a Fox Float 650B on the front of that frame. I had thought about doing that at one time but am waiting to see all the 650B FS offerings for 2013 because making a purchase.

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    My search just got a lot more urgent. My old bike died on the trail a few hours ago. Prior to that, I had pretty much decided on a Turner 5-Spot for the following reasons: anodized finish is cool, don't like the curving top tube on the El Ciclon/El Chucho, and the greasable composite bushing pivots seem like a better idea than cartridge bearings. However, I just got a 20% off coupon for a Ventana and it is already a couple hundred less than the Turner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammon287 View Post
    I'm in the market for an all mountain bike and am not sure I can wait for the 650B Zeus to be available. I want more front travel than the 120mm on the front of the Chucho. It seems reasonable to believe that one of the new 650B 140-150mm forks (coming out soon) combined with a 650B front wheel would give equal front/rear travel and still be a Mutt. I like the gearing and quick feeling of a 26 rear. Thoughts?
    I think you are correct in that a 650B Front with a 140ish fork will negate the 38mm shorter wheel. The Geo would stay the same, a big plus.

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    Sounds like a plan.

    I could not wait either, waiting on my Nicolai Helius AM next week, and eventually plan to run it with 160mm Fox with 650b tires in front. With low stack headset should be the same ride height as 170mm that it is designed for. Rear - not sure yet.

    But... in your case frame is designed around 29r fork trail. 69d head angle. So it will be noticeably steeper handling, even as the ride height is the same - as fork compresses much deeper. In my case - it is the opposite, which I think is preferable. (66.5 head angle)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sammon287 View Post
    I'm in the market for an all mountain bike and am not sure I can wait for the 650B Zeus to be available. I want more front travel than the 120mm on the front of the Chucho. It seems reasonable to believe that one of the new 650B 140-150mm forks (coming out soon) combined with a 650B front wheel would give equal front/rear travel and still be a Mutt. I like the gearing and quick feeling of a 26 rear. Thoughts?
    Also thinking along the same lines, did you try it?

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