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7rider

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I liked the traction and cushioning of the tires on loose gravel. The smaller wheel size and lighter weight vs. the stock 700c wheels and tires worked very well on tight switchbacks and climbs. This is definitely a wheel and tire size I would go with if I was riding more than 50% off-road. On road, I prefer the wagon wheel momentum of 700c, but 650b still works to get me to the trailhead. The biggest compliment I can give to these tires is that after a long ride, I was tired, but my body didn’t feel beat up.

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chas

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Nice, notice any handling differences?
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I have nearly the same set up. I just started riding them so only have about 100 miles on a mix of road, dirt and some single track. I also like the 
the traction on softer/loose gravel and the overall cushioning. They are super stable on downhills. On single track the bike responds well in tight sections. I am learning to be mindful of peddle strikes on rougher roads/trails. This is my first 650 tire so I can't compare to others. Over all I think I will be riding these a lot since I like to link up different surfaces.    

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Nice, notice any handling differences?


It's quicker handling than the 700c but not too twitchy with the big tires.
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Hi 7 rider

Glad I looked at your post.  Have the same bike and am looking to buy 650b for the rough stuff.  Lots of room in fork and in Chain Stay....?  Do you think a 2.1 up front and 2.0 in rear 650 b for max tire size if you want to do really rough stuff?

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Roker - Hawks.jpg

I have nearly the same set up. I just started riding them so only have about 100 miles on a mix of road, dirt and some single track. I also like the 
the traction on softer/loose gravel and the overall cushioning. They are super stable on downhills. On single track the bike responds well in tight sections. I am learning to be mindful of peddle strikes on rougher roads/trails. This is my first 650 tire so I can't compare to others. Over all I think I will be riding these a lot since I like to link up different surfaces.    
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mgef2000

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Hey Fishman,

Curious as to the internal width of your wheels.  Nice full tire on those. 
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mgef2000

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Also looks like there are quite a few bay area riders with this bike.  Astradero.... I live in the East Bay.
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GuitarTed

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It's quicker handling than the 700c but not too twitchy with the big tires.


I would second this. It's my experience that going from 700c to 650B this is one of the more noticeable traits.
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Fishman

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Mgef2000

The rims are I9 - 235 CX Road

23.5mm inner width / 27mm outer width
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mgef2000

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How big could you go if you wanted to?  I was told 2.1 up front and 2.0 in the back on a 650b.
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Fishman

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I can not confirm it with experience but I was told the same by another Roker owner. 
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VTGraveler

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What tire pressure are people using on the Elwood? I'm new to gravel grinding and not sure how to pressure these for mainly dirt/rough road use.

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Fishman

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I run approx 30 psi. - I am 5' 7" - 150 lbs.  
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VTGraveler

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Perfect. I'm same height and a bit fatter than you. Thanks!
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