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    Cheap disk compatible 650b rear wheel?

    Want to do some experimenting with a 650b rear wheel on my 29er. Don't want to commit a bunch of bucks to the project so looking to find a cheap 650b rear wheel that I can play with. Any ideas?

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    Cheap disk compatible 650b rear wheel?

    Sounds like a really bad idea
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    It might be, which is why I don't want to spend a bunch. That said, I emailed the bike company and they had no issues with it. Told me it would slack the front end by about a degree and lower the BB a bit. The bike has a 13.75" BB height so I would welcome the reduction.

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    So you just want to replace the rear wheel? People that do that with a 26 rear/29 front call it a 69er. This would be what, a 650b9er? a 2759er?

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    Cheap disk compatible 650b rear wheel?

    Most refer to it as a "B9er".

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    Plenty of nice new 650b bikes coming out with wheels that are below their station. Thus, there should be plenty of take off wheelsets out there.
    For instance, the wheels Rocky Mountain put on their Altitudes are heavy, but not shitty. Just not worthy of a $3000+ ride. Pick up a pair and give the new owner some credit to spend on something lighter and bling-ier.

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    @jm2e: Yeah, you would think. But after calling around to local shops for take offs and checking the classifieds here/craigslist/ebay, that doesn't seem to be the case. At least not yet.

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    OP, think about putting an ad for WTB in your local craigslist or local biking forum. I'd think that if someone knew there was an "in the bag" buyer already arranged, he/she would more readily upgrade. Much better scenario than either being without a wheelset while you shop, or having an extra wheelset that's harder to sell than you hoped it would be. If I were waffing on whether to upgrade and somebody offered to buy my current set, it would certainly motivate me to start shopping.

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