Has anyone squeezed a 650b into a Dialled PA?
For a while I’ve been toying with making a 96er out of an old mk1 PA frame I have. I bought a Hummingbird fork for it a while back, but have never gone any further with the project.
Now that my main HT will be laid up I’m looking to get the project going again. I’m interested to know if anyone has managed to get a 650b rim and tyre in the back of a PA as I think that may be pretty brilliant if it worked. Pics would be dead helpful if you have any.Posted 4 years ago
Built the Frankenbike up yesterday (pics to follow). A knee injury prevented me from giving it more than a spin around the streets in the village, but it actually felt really good.
The only 26er tyres I had were Larsen 2.0s, but I’d forgotten how much space there is in the back. Used the Ardent on Flow from my Fireline up front and again there is bags of room. The frame/fork combo could definitely go semi skimmed.
It’s also geared for 29 as I took the gear off my 29er and despite having no suspension it’s heavier than the Fireline. Definitely think I’ll keep it as a 3rd bike even once I rebuild the Titus. May try Chunky Monkey 29/26 or some other inexpensive combo.Posted 4 years ago
Not quite recovered from a sore knee yet, but couldn’t resist it any longer. Did my standard Tour de Fracture of Evanton Wood tonight, which is typical woodsy fare … lots of short sharp ups and downs and dirt singletrack with roots and rocks.
The bike felt really nice actually … very stable and neutral and just really sorted. It climbed wonderfully and was better on the downs than it had any right to be. I’ve only stuck in what was available … an old Larsen 2.0 LUST and a 2.25 Ardent front, but even with those I’m going to give it a good going over. I can see me investing in some serious rubber … anyone know if Chunky Monkeys are bigger than HDs?
Minor criticisms … the 17″ frame was perfect for me as a suspended 26er, but now feels a tad small in 96er guise. I might look for a trade with someone for a 19″. The front end is slightly lower than I would have liked so I’ve got a daft riser stem on to find the right position. Wide bar ordered fro it from the CRC sale. Not much to criticise really … the bike’s a lot of fun.
Posted 4 years ago
This is getting seriously sorted now. Version 1.2 has 2.4 Chunky Monkeys front and rear. The wide bar hasn’t arrived yet, but I’m thinking of sticking with the carbon 27″ bar on it … at least in the first instance.
It’s heavy … heavier than my 29er FS, but that’s irrelevant to me. The PA is the comfiest HT frame I’ve ridden and well worth the weight penalty. The tyres are really big and fairly heavy, but grip like sh1t and I’ll be able to run low pressures in them. This weekend I’ll be testing it out in Evanton Wood and on the Novar trails.Posted 4 years ago
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