- Rockshox Pike 26 vs 650b
Right – I’m looking at a fork upgrade on my Liteville 301 and the Pike would be spot on I think. I’m currently running my 301 with the 160mm plates and 36’s, with 26″ wheels.
I’ll be on 26″ wheels for the mean time, but was wondering the difference between the 26 and 650b Pike? I’m thinking about future proofing here, so 650b would make sense. I guess the only difference is the axle to crown would be different and a little more mud clearance?! What is the actual difference?
Thanks all.Posted 4 years agolornholioMember
I’m probably switching from my Float 36 160mm to the new Pike 160mm on my 2012 Mega and been thinking about this too. My Float 36 measures to 548mm with the bike completely unweighted, which I guess is how to measure it (545mm when sagged under the bike’s own weight). I’d definitely rather go slightly slacker than slightly steeper when I switch, so no problem running the 27.5 Pike with 26″ wheels?Posted 4 years agopymwymisMember
FWIW I’m building my 301 and have the same dilemma. Spoke with upgrade Bikes this morning and they reckon the XFusion Sweeps will be available in November expected price £455 (seems very cheap maybe that’s ex VAT ?)
Planning to rum my 26″ rims on it until I get the cash for bigger rims.
Regarding rake on the already slack head angle you could always get the Variospin headset to reduce it (by 1.5 degrees I think).
I think the xfusion a have 46mm offset whatever difference that makes !! Apparently its 650b specific. I’m not very techy.Posted 4 years agommelMember
I’m following this with interest. Looking to pop some 650b Pikes on a new Banshee build but want to stick to 26″ wheels for the time being with the option to run bigger when they cease to exist 😉
So for a A to C of 542mm I can run a 650b Pike at 150mm travel with 26″ wheels. That’s what I’m looking for….Posted 4 years ago
Not really, it’s was 13.10″ something & that’s with some tall tyres. I tend to take manufacturers measurements with a pinch of salt, as they are very selective with the information they give you when talking numbers. Normally it involves the smallest tyres they can find & the shortest fork with the lowest A2C height.
I’m just over 6’2″ so the slightly larger wheels make more sense to me. I’ve been on 26″ forever, but recently been trying a Spec Enduro 29″ through a friend who works for Spec & as much as I didn’t want to like it, it worked for me, I suspect, mainly due to my height.
The LV feels nice to me, no odd quirks, easy to get on and just ride quickly. That being said though, I don’t like a bike with a super low BB anyway, i’ve noticed more recently when racing I pedal a lot more than I thought I did & I don’t want to have to worry about putting strokes in.
I certainly don’t feel perched on top if that helps 🙂Posted 4 years agotimmysSubscriber
Just still down and work out the A2C length (minus the sagged % of travel) and compare it to the numbers for your unacceptable 55’s and one of your of forks that was acceptable.
Honestly though, I don’t really understand why you’d go 650b. You seem to want as short an A2C as possible, and the idea of you future-proofing when you’ll swap the forks after 3 weeks anyway is rather laughable.Posted 3 years ago
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