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    650b front wheel recommendations

    Planning on trying a 650b front wheel on my 5 spot. Can anyone recommend a decent pre-built 650b wheel with 20mm thru axle. Don't want to spend a ton on a high end wheel until I know I like the 650b thing.

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    Best bet: Buy a custom built front wheel on Universal Cycles site:

    Example for low cost parts:
    Alex rim + Shimano XT M776 hub + DT Swiss Competition spokes @ $164.

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    It all depends on what type of riding you want to use it for. Velocity Blunts are light enough. P35 are a bit stiffer. Stans Crest are lighter than blunts but i don't think as strong. Don't know where your located, but, you could configure a wheel at and see what price your looking at. I really like my Blunt they built for me for XC/light Trail use.

    If you can handle the lack of tire options, you will like 650b. I really think this is the biggest factor holding the 650b back and why i have a 29er wheel up front. More options for either more bite or less weight (i like my Ardent and Ikons). I really like the rollover of the 650b being similar to my 29. Even more, enjoy the stiffer 650b wheel compared to a 29er.

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    Stans No Tubes for $220. Crest ot Flow rim Front Wheel

    Velocity USA you could have a wheel for about $250. Blunt SL rim Velocity - Blunt SL 650b Comp Build Wheelset
    2016 Trek Remedy 8 29er
    2013 Banshee Spitfire V2 650b SOLD

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    Aloha Tim,

    I was in the same boat as you. I thought about it a while and tossed the idea around. On the one hand, what if I spent a whole ton of $$ and realized I didn't like it. On the other hand, if I cheaped it out and realized I liked it, I'd end up building myself a 2nd wheel (good one). Figured I'd just build the wheel once and if I didn't like it, I could at least part out the pieces and wouldn't be too far behind. I ended up putting together that wheel I listed in another part of the forum for about $280 shipped to Hawaii (Rim, Hub, Spokes, Nipples, Tire). - Link

    I got the parts from Universal Cycles:
    Hope Pro 2 EVO 20 mm Hub
    Alex XD Lite Rim
    DT Comp 274/272 mm spokes
    DT Alloy nipples
    Nevagel 2.3 Tire

    I have ridden it a few times and am loving it. Works really well with my 2007 5 Spot with Magura Thor fork. I am including some pictures as well as a pdf of the actual measurements before/after of the bike. Unfortunately, the measurements weren't taken with the suspension loaded. I think I can do that later with tie downs.

    Hope this helps.

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