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    opinions needed: Rigid SS - 650b front 26 rear or 26/26

    So I am putting my 26 monocog flight on back up duty. I was thinking of putting the original rigid fork back on but was thinking of what to do with the front end.

    I have a spare 650b rim and was thinking about going B6 with it.

    Has anyone ridden this set up and or is their any perceivable benefit over 26/26?

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    Do it. It works fine.

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    If it fits, I think it'll be fun. Geometry will be a little messed up, but I vaguely remember the 26" monocogs started out with steeper HT angles anyway. I'd be more interested in using a 2.6" or larger tire with a wide 26" rim than putting in a 27.5" 2.0" tire though.
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    There's usually more room in the front for a taller and wider tire than the rear. I'd say try to fit in a larger 650b tire, perhaps 2.4. In the rear you may well be limited to a 2.0-2.25 tire depending on the stays and the knobs on the tire. Lots of others have argued the B6er is a great combo.
    I don't know why,... it's just MUSS easier to pedal than the other ones.

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    Thanks for the responses. I think I will try the b6 route. I know people have done the 96er with success but that's really not my jam. The original geometry was 71/73 so it'll probably end up as 70/72 which seems plenty reasonable.

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    Go for the 6B, especially since you have the wheel already.
    Reason based upon my recent build of a 96'er which is more drastic. But I can say that the bike turns on a dime so nice. Yeah, I built fro stuff in the garage. The great thing is that you can do it. Just ride it. It will sing.

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    opinions needed: Rigid SS - 650b front 26 rear or 26/26-69er-001.jpg

    This is what I did with my Kona Una Titanium SS. Ditched the 26" suspension fork and put a White Bros. Rock Solid Carbon 26 fork on with a 29" wheel. Geometry stays the same as it was with suspension fork. Tons of clearance up front with the White Bros fork so I've been thinking about maybe putting on a 27.5+ front wheel and running a 3.25 tire.

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