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650b Road bike

Discussion in 'Bikes and Buying Advice - What Bike?' started by iLB, 6 Feb 2018.

  1. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    I was impressed with the Sora groupset. Shifters seem as good as the 105s I'm used to.
     
  2. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    ive just built what im going to call a 650b all road bike........its based around an cube attention sl 27.5 mtb frame, carbon forks, disc brakes, di2 and 650b wtb horizon tyres and flatbars...........in the winter it will have full mudpluggers.

    36t upfront and 11/40 rear gives a cracking gear range. its not quite finished yet, but will psost a picture when its done
     
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  3. Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    WTB have compiled a (long) list of frames that clear 47-584 tyres. I´ve just ordered those Horizons along with wheel bits. Can´t wait.
     
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  4. Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    I too considered exactly this route (cheap 27.5 frame, PX suspension geo rigid fork), but wanted drop bars so stalked Bike Discount for ages for a tiny Cube 27.5 frame. Alas, to no avail. They do do cracking deals on those frames for non-vertically challenged folk though. Monster cgroad anyone?
     
  5. jowwy

    jowwy The bearded Powerhouse

    Yes the price on the frames make it a real good option to build bikes......delivery is a tad steep though
     
  6. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
  7. Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    Thanks. Are those plastic or plastic/aluminium laminate?

    Look at that, even Evans doing a 584-rimmed groadbike as well as a city bike. Well done Evans for not skimping on tyres as that is some of the most expensive rubber out there.

    These road plus marketing blurbs read like back issues of Bicycle Quarterly, right down to the vocabulary (supple this and that, herringbone etc). The only word that´s missing is "spirited". Behold the power of Herr Heine.

    Seriously though, I´m a massive groad/road plus fanboy and fully agree with Heine that this trend (hopefully it lasts) is a massive improvement on the silly hegemony of the narrow-tyred roadbike that began some time in the nineties.

    Friends keep asking me what one-bike policy machine they should buy and I keep telling them to get one of these. Do they listen? Do they f&#%. They go out and buy a front suspension hybrid and then moan that they´re too slow.

    Discs obviously acted as the catalyst to this boom, but I´d like something as cheap as the London Road framest (picked up mine for 110 quid) with V-brake bosses at the correct height. Vs are powerful enough and cheap and don´t make that awful noise for miles after ploughing through a muddy field.
     
  8. Fatter tyres I understand but what's the theory behind the smaller wheels? Is it just to accommodate the larger tyres?

    I'm not knocking it, just curious.
     
  9. Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    https://janheine.wordpress.com/2011/02/01/a-journey-of-discovery-part-3-wide-650b-tires/

    Just ignore the rambling over low-trail geometry.
     
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  10. Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    Good lad. There´s going to be an exam first thing Monday morning.
     
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  11. samsbike

    samsbike Über Member

    I am being thick (and someone already alluded to it) but why not just get a gravel bike an fit a different wheel set?
     
  12. Cycloslalomeur

    Cycloslalomeur Well-Known Member

    You´re not being thick. If you look at WTB´s list of road plus bikes you´ll find that many are marketed as gravel bikes. It´s just that the bulk of the Mamil herd may feel squeamish about picking up a bike with one size of hoops and then going out again and buying another set of wheels and tyres, hence the likes of Kona Rove in both wheel flavours. I haven´t looked at the geometry charts but I´d be surprised if the two variants weren´t in fact the same bike.

    Trail is another matter though.
     
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