All posts tagged 650b

  • The Hank Klunker Bike

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    Here’s a bike that’s guaranteed to get anyone stoked. Remember being a kid, wanting to go as fast as you possibly could, only to throw all your weight into the coaster brake to skid? Sometimes you’d come out unscathed, but more often (if you’re me), you’d end up with the #RubberSideUp. It didn’t matter how many times you ate it, you’d still pick that hunk of steel back up, throw your leg over it and pedal on. At least I did. I’d beat the living shit out of my coaster brake bikes, and that’s exactly what the guys at Hank Bike want you do to with their klunker-style, coaster brake mountain bike.

    This thing is engineered for good times and comes equipped with disc tabs, in case you get a bad idea like running it in a sanctioned mountain bike race. It’s also available in any color you want, as long as that color is raw steel or metallic purple.

    Six hundred and fifty B’s, a 73mm BB and the 1 1/8″ steerer will have you tracking like “Jay Springsteen on a handful of bennies.” Head over and say “what’s up” to Hank. If I were still living stateside, I’d already have one of these on the way.

  • Budnitz MTN Mountain Bike


    A while back, I was fortunate enough to get a chance to test a prototype of the Budnitz MTN 650b titanium mountain bike. If you read the review, you’ll know that I was particularly excited about responsiveness of the frame and the surprising agility the 650b wheels provided. As a long-time 26” curmudgeon, I was quickly taken back by how much a difference the extra 1.5” in wheel circumference added. I did indeed, call the ride quality “magic”.

    Since the first incarnation of a Budnitz mountain bike, they’ve swapped a few things out for their latest build including a 14-speed Rohloff hub and a White Brothers LOOP suspension fork. Oh yeah, and the crispy matte black paint? Looks pretty slick. See this beautiful bicycle in greater detail below. Be sure to read up more on the Budnitz MTN on their site.


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  • Thomson Elite 275 Titanium Hardtail Mountain Bike

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    Man, does this look rad or what? I’m a huge fan of Thomson components and will always splurge for them on my bikes when possible. So when I saw this 650b Titanium Hardtail by the one and only Thomson, I certainly did quite the double-take. Known as the Thomson Elite 275 and built by Lynskey and dressed in Thomson goodies, this 27.5 or 650b ti mtb is ready to shred. See the specs and get your drool on over at Bike Rumor.


  • Ahearne 650b Mountain Bike


    Man, I always love what Joseph at Ahearne Cycles is cooking up. While this fillet brazed 650b mountain bike may be a few years old, it’s the exact setup that I’m looking into for my next project. I’ll likely go singlespeed; but a rigid steel 65ob is something I’d love to add to the stable. Make sure to get a closer look at this beauty below, there are some killer details.


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  • Budnitz No. 2 Titanium 650b Mountain Bike

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    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past few years, you’ve probably caught wind of the latest wheel-related phenomenon in mountain biking: the 650b aka 27.5”. For years and years I’d been perfectly content on my 26” hardtail, even giving a couple singlespeed 29ers a chance, however, nothing really held my attention like a good ‘ole 26” wheel; at least until just recently.

    I was given the privilege of testing out the Budnitz No. 2 titanium 650b mountain bike and let’s just say it was really hard to give back after two weeks of straight thrashing. The bike rides like a dream and is ridiculously light, weighing in at just 18 lbs. The 650b is a wheel size I’ve been curious about in regards to mountain biking for some time now, especially since I’m partial to a smaller wheel. A 29er has always felt a little cumbersome for me and doesn’t exactly fit my riding style. As a youth, I spent afternoons building jumps and riding a BMX bike, so once I transitioned to a mountain bike, my bmx instincts followed.

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  • Getting Excited for NAHBS: Gallus Cycles – 650B MTB


    Man, I can’t wait to head out to Denver next Thursday. This’ll be the first year that I’m heading to NAHBS and I couldn’t be more jacked up about it. Not only do I get to leave Vermont for a few days, I’ll be in downtown Denver in full-on geek mode for nearly 72 hours! With an estimated attendance of 8 thousand and tons of builders exhibiting, there will be no shortage of things for a lone wolf like myself to do. If you’re gonna be out there and wanna hang, shoot me an email ( and we’ll have to meet up. I’ll have some 40oz koozies with me for sale and a bunch of stickers for free, so don’t be a stranger!

    Oh yeah, I can’t wait to see what Jeremy at Gallus Cycles has to offer either – this 650b MTB is the truth!

    ps, it’s also been featured on the great Cycle EXIF.


  • Hunt’s New Touring Bike: Raleigh Portage 650b

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    Hunt’s been telling me about this amazing, near-NOS Raleigh Portage 650b Touring Bike he’s recently acquired and I finally got the chance to check it out last night. No camera with me though, sorry. But here’s an Instagram shot at least so you’ll get the idea.

    Built with a barely-used, first-gen Deore group, sealed bb/hubs/headest, Reynolds 531 tubing re-branded to Raleigh 555, and an original Blackburn rear rack this rig is ready for camping season. Follow Hunt on Instagram and be sure to check back for some more detailed shots once he’s added his own flair to the bike.