Originally Posted by BushwackerinPA
The Ibis runs 27.5 with tons of clearance yes even in the rear. Alot of 26 frames cann run it, I just discovered the other day that my exile SS can run them as well. There are a bunch of 26 frames out these hardtail and FS that can run the 650B size.
The haro is nice bike but I just built a 26 hardtail SS for 500 bucks it weighs sub 25lb and has a boat anchor wheelset on it. with my 317/Dt swiss hubss on it the weight is dropped below 24lb. 1000 dollars for a SS that weighs 28lb with a rigid fork even if it is 650 b specific is too much IMO. I could easily build it for less and still have a suspension fork(most likely an old Rockshoz psyclos that can fit 650Bs) and be much lighter.
My guess is when I 650B my exile it will weigh 24lb and have nice dual air fork on it, if I spurged it may even have a 20mm axle. the cost will be a couple hundred more than the complete Bleasy. but the bike will be 'better" in nearly all aspects
I'm not really into the Haro, its the only 650b specific bike I could think of. I think its also either SS or 1X9 only, and a rigid hardtail. Not into buying an expensive off the shelf bike, just to swap out all the parts.
Even with adequate clearance on a 26er; I would think the larger 650b wheel would create some funky longer wheelbase / leverage issue with a FS frames geometry (ie human catapult).
Not to digress but, whats with that virtual link from Haro anyhow? It looks like a one-off pirate from GT.
Also, I wouldn't describe the current 26 inch Rock Shox and Fox forks as having a "ton" of clearance. Some of the 26 inch, 2.3 tires come mighty close to rubbing. And uhhh 650b tire selection?
GO FOR THE THROUGH AXLE. My Maxle Lite was worth the extra coin. Makes the front end very rigid. I'm waiting for the through axles to start showing up on the REAR of XC type frames soon. Psylo? Please.