Wednesday, February 20, 2008

650B? Blimey...

Ventana's prototype 650B FS rig; El Bastardo!

Some big wheel enthusiats out there may have spotted this article on which profiled the latest wheel size standard which was abound at America's festival of bicycle botique hotness; the North American Handbuilt Bicycle show.

The 27.5" diameter (or 650B) wheels came about after many smaller riders felt that 29" wheels were simply too big, and the standard creates a happy medium with many of the advantages such as rollability and a larger contact patch (abliet to a lesser degree).

It was especially exciting to see Ventana leading the charge with the standard, with Sherwood beavering away in his North Californian workshop to put together a FS frame making the most of the wheels. The fittingly named El Bastardo looks super sharp in full white finish and we'll keep you posted with progress as the frame makes it to production!

Mountain Pedaler out...

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