- Anyone tried 650b wheels in a 26" Five?
I guess you could let all the air out of the shock and see how close the tyre gets to the seat tube (or whatever it hits first) at full compression. You need around 13mm clear to fit a 650b wheel (with similar sized tyre) I think.
I see that Orange have made the chainstays on the 650b Five 6mm longer than the old model and shifted the bottom of the seat tube forward a bit (so seat angle now depends on the height of the saddle). So I’d guess the 13mm clearance wasn’t there originally.Posted 4 years agoNorthwindSubscriber
Tyre clearance isn’t that great in the Five normally tbh once you take into account the swingarm flex (hence all the missing paint inside the swingarms of your average Orange) I dunno, personally I wouldn’t want to mess with the geometry, it’s so well sorted as it is…Posted 4 years ago
Mine’s got little plastic bumpers inside the swingarm, haven’t noticed any loss of paint tbh. There’s a good amount of room even with Smorgasbords on the back, was this a maxle model that was flexing? I’d need a good 1cm or so at the tyre end to touch.
There’s at least 6mm of between the front mech gear cable and the seat tube. Seems like quite silly routing to be honest. It could well be slightly different as it’s a bonkers 22″ model though.Posted 4 years ago
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