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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 1:15 am 
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For those interested in 650b bikes, here are a few pictures of one of the biggest tires available today, the 2.4 Trail Taker from Vee Rubber designed by Mr. Pacenti. I mounted this tire on the widest available rim today, the Velocity P35. The result is a pretty chunky tire that should satisfy all lovers of meaty rubbers, perhaps with the exception of DH riders who want 2-ply casings. So far I have only had chance to ride it on snow where it did quite well. It should do pretty well on rocks and roots too thanks to its dual compound casing (medium hardness center knobs and soft side knobs), chunky knobs and sidewall protection. It still rolls quite well and 750g is not excessive given its size and features. It is tubeless ready - the sidewall says "sealant compatible". I plan to post my experience with its "guerilla TL conversion" soon, too.

According to my measurements, the tire is 2.5" wide at its widest point, knobs included.
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The measured diameter is almost exactly 27 3/4". Just FYI, a 26" Conti Mountain King 2.4 is a full inch smaller.
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My old Lyrik was able to take Neo Moto 2.3 but the TT is way too big. The brace is too low and digs into the casing. That means on thing - it is time for a new fork! I got me a 2013 X-Fusion Vengeance HLR Air, some of the best AM fork on the market. It has plenty of space for the TT, there is over 1/4" or 7mm left under the brace. I have not tried to remove air from the spring and completely compress it yet but I believe it will be just fine since this fork officially supports 650b wheels.

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I cannot wait to finally hit some dirt but with mud bans left and right, it will take a few weeks. It has a very nice feeling to it though and I am expecting great things from it!


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 3:08 am 
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I'm wondering if I can fit a 650b on my revelation (26")... the fork lowers look similar.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 8:08 am 
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Just found out 650b will fit my Sette Serum. Might be my next purchase.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 04, 2013 2:12 pm 
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Good looking tire....let us know how it performs...


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 10:58 pm 
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Here is the TT freshly converted to tubeless:
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 10, 2013 11:24 pm 
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^^^ It should be in the bike porn thread.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:49 am 
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Um, Sti. I'm seeing no pics at all. Unless this is what your talking about with the google+ thing.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 11, 2013 12:55 am 
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HUTCH wrote:
Um, Sti. I'm seeing no pics at all. Unless this is what your talking about with the google+ thing.


Aarrrgghhh! It looks like my download of all Picasa albums to my local PC had a nasty side effect. Gotta fix everything I ever posted now. I hate google.


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Sti wrote:
HUTCH wrote:
Um, Sti. I'm seeing no pics at all. Unless this is what your talking about with the google+ thing.


Aarrrgghhh! It looks like my download of all Picasa albums to my local PC had a nasty side effect. Gotta fix everything I ever posted now. I hate google.


I hate google now too because of the safe search feature. If you know what I mean. :lol:


And those tires are huge. Also if you know what I mean. :|


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:04 am 
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How are you liking the Velocity P35's? Thinking about picking up a set.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:16 am 
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That tire is all kinds of badass!


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:21 am 
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aikane wrote:
How are you liking the Velocity P35's? Thinking about picking up a set.

So far so good, I have been pretty happy with this rim. It makes tires wide, tall and rounded. It builds up well into a stiff wheel. It can take some serious abuse on trails. There is very little not to like.


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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 4:27 am 
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That's good to hear. ;)


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How are the tires holding up? I ordered a pair of Vee Rubber Speed-R tires and am looking forward to testing them out.

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They set up tubeless fine, never let me down with a puncture of tear. But the TT compound is soft and I already wore it down in my rocks and roots, after a few good hundreds of miles.


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I've seen a few reviews of the Vee Rubber tires and others have said the same thing about the wear. The two Speed-R tires I picked up were cheap (cheeeeap). So, I'm not too worried about how long they last. ;)

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