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    New 4" travel 650B coming!!

    Talked with Teresa today and she said Sherwood is working on a new 650B bike with 4" travel. Looks like I'll be selling my Bastardo 16" frame and White Bros shock to order one. Just gonna wait until they get the final geo numbers and make sure it matches what I want. The Bastardo is a killer bike but mine has 5.5" travel and I live in Michigan and don't need that much travel. Also the curved top tube has really grown on me. Think I am going to set up in either 1 x 9 or the new 1 x 11 setup. Going get the Fox Talas fork to go with it. Pretty excited for the New Year to come to get the final numbers and get one ordered.


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    Sweet! Do they have a cool name for it yet?

    Sounds like there's some serious demand for 650B. Interesting how Specialized doesn't have any 650B offerings but Ventana is increasing theirs
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Sweet! Do they have a cool name for it yet?

    Sounds like there's some serious demand for 650B. Interesting how Specialized doesn't have any 650B offerings but Ventana is increasing theirs
    No name yet. Maybe they should call it Apollo or Artemis!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Sweet! Do they have a cool name for it yet?

    Sounds like there's some serious demand for 650B. Interesting how Specialized doesn't have any 650B offerings but Ventana is increasing theirs
    Specialized seem to have decided that we all need 29ers or 150+ travel 26ers and then they will select which models your country needs (Being the owner of 2 splesh bikes. I know what I want for my next bike and it aint the big S)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Sweet! Do they have a cool name for it yet?

    Sounds like there's some serious demand for 650B. Interesting how Specialized doesn't have any 650B offerings but Ventana is increasing theirs
    "innovate or die" translates to "wait for it to get popular, then steal it."
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    Back to Ventana: I hope this is true! I will be keeping an eye on this. Love the wheel size, but not sure I want or need 5.5 - 6" of travel as is the current rage.

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    Gotta love more options. Maybe a good name would be "El Nino del Bastardo".
    "Set the gearshift for the high gear of your soul".

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    Kind of long, but el correcaminos = the roadrunner.

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    El Grial.

    Or, continuing with the Monty Python theme, El Alerce.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    Sweet! Do they have a cool name for it yet?
    I'm calling mine El Whatever! I'm more concerned that the new pivot locations performance.......I just hope it's a lot better then the old. I just couldn't get rid of the wallow without running high pressure in the air can. BTW, you can name it whatever you want to....just peel of the sticker and place a new sticker on the top tube. The beauty of Ventana.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    I'm more concerned that the new pivot locations performance.......I just hope it's a lot better then the old. I just couldn't get rid of the wallow without running high pressure in the air can. a.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    I'm calling mine El Whatever! I'm more concerned that the new pivot locations performance.......I just hope it's a lot better then the old. I just couldn't get rid of the wallow without running high pressure in the air can. BTW, you can name it whatever you want to....just peel of the sticker and place a new sticker on the top tube. The beauty of Ventana.
    I am as well. If 650B takes off, I'd like to see them come out with a 650B hardtail too (which is something I'd consider for muddy/winter rides).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stripes View Post
    I am as well. If 650B takes off, I'd like to see them come out with a 650B hardtail too (which is something I'd consider for muddy/winter rides).
    They already have 650B Hard Tails..........Aaron and I were the first two purpose built 650B HTs. I've ridding mine since 2010, Ole'

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtnbiker4life View Post
    They already have 650B Hard Tails..........Aaron and I were the first two purpose built 650B HTs. I've ridding mine since 2010, Ole'
    Yep, been on mine since Fall 2009.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    Yep, been on mine since Fall 2009.
    What bike is it? Been considering a 650b HT.

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    Quote Originally Posted by procos View Post
    What bike is it? Been considering a 650b HT.
    There was never a specific named model, but since it was based on the 26" Chiquillo, it came with that sticker. I call it Chiquo.

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    I've since switched out drivetrains to newer XT bits and the 12-36 9 speed cluster which nets me within 1% of the gear inches of my 11-34 26" 9 speed.
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    Fork

    Hopefully Fox will respond with a 100-120mm fork soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    Hopefully Fox will respond with a 100-120mm fork soon.
    You can lower the Floats with spacers So you can take the 34 Float and lower it to a 120 or 100mm internally.
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    I have been told that you cannot reduce the 2013 FLOAT 34 to less than 150mm, due to some new internals that do not leave enough space for additional spacers (can't find the thread anymore....). It's obviously possible to reduce the travel to 120mm on the 29er F34 but apparently not more than by 10mm on the 26 and perhaps not on the 27.5" version either...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JC822 View Post
    I have been told that you cannot reduce the 2013 FLOAT 34 to less than 150mm, due to some new internals that do not leave enough space for additional spacers (can't find the thread anymore....). It's obviously possible to reduce the travel to 120mm on the 29er F34 but apparently not more than by 10mm on the 26 and perhaps not on the 27.5" version either...
    Really? That sucks That was the smartest thing Fox did was allow the internal adjustment of the forks for a decent range of travel.
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    The ability to change the travel on the X-Fusion forks seems to be very user friendly. I don't have any experience with them though, but they are definitely on my radar.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OldHouseMan View Post
    The ability to change the travel on the X-Fusion forks seems to be very user friendly. I don't have any experience with them though, but they are definitely on my radar.
    See pic above of my Chiquo, that fork as quietly been the best performing Fork in my quiver for three years. If I had money to burn, I'd get a Vengeance for the Bruja.
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    Just use a 26" fork

    Quote Originally Posted by slowrider View Post
    Hopefully Fox will respond with a 100-120mm fork soon.
    I built a 650b hardtail at UBI last February. I'm running a 26" Fox fork with 100mm travel. No problems with bottoming out (tire rubbing the fork arch). I'm running a Neo Moto 2.35.

    It bugged me when Fox came out with their 650b forks only in the 140-160mm range...then I got over it when I figured out a 26" fork works just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ciclistagonzo View Post
    See pic above of my Chiquo, that fork as quietly been the best performing Fork in my quiver for three years. If I had money to burn, I'd get a Vengeance for the Bruja.

    I saw that, looks good.

    I'm looking at the Slant for my X-5.
    I only ride bikes to fill the time when I'm not skiing.

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    White Bros Loop are good for 27.5 and available in any travel you want from 80 to 150. I love mine.
    whatever...

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