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    650B Chameleon

    I saw this as an acceptible conversion frame on Cracked HT's site. I did do some searching but didn't come up with much of anything.

    Anyone have one set up? SS or geared? I have a 130mm fork that would probably work great on this frame set up as a burlier 650B ht.

    Show me what you got!

    Thanks in advance.
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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    I have a Chameleon set up w/ 26" wheels...the 2.2 Trail King is pretty massive for 2.2, and there is plenty of room. That being said, I haven't plugged in any of my 650b wheels to check yet. I'll see what I can do tonight or tomorrow.

    One to thing to be aware of is that older Chameleons had sliding drop outs, so you had a bit of flexibility. The new ones have an EBB.

    In my opinion, it isn't acceptable to only be able to run a Quasi in non-muddy me that isn't a fit, especially with a bike like the Chameleon, that demands a meaty tire.

    Having ridden 650b exclusively for over a year, the 26" front has been a but tough to adapt to. I am thinking dropping down to 130mm, up front from 140, and going 650b f / 26"r.

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    Yeah there's 2 available in my size 16", 1 frame horz/1 complete ebb. But yeah you're right tough to be limited on rr tires. As it is I can run 2.3s on my Bizango ht but 80mm frame. I'm limited to 2.1 on my fs. This bike is proving limited improvement with the 650 conversion given the short wheelbase/high bb. Thinking to use the 130mm fork/parts off that. Still pondering....
    Wait whuuut, who did he tell you that!?!?....

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