idea of a 650B/584 size mountain bike seemed curiously daffy to
some folks and angered others to fits of pontificating, complete
with prognostications of tire
me, it's an interesting use of a potentially "just right"
rim size. I've enjoyed riding 700C wheelsets on trails, but the
idea of slapping a 40mm-plus size tire on there is a little off
my aestethic. It's pretty obvious that the "attack angle"
of larger wheels is a good thing off-road, but big honkin' tires
in large (40+) sizes start to make me a little nervous. I'm not
a big, tall fellah with a significant motor.
the other hand, every time I go back to a 26" wheeled mtb,
it seems a little more like a toy than a bicycle. Could the 650B/584
- or as the kids are calling it, "27.5" work as a larger
diameter tire that doesn't require a lanky/rangy rider?
is one of those interesting developments that it's fun to be around.
In a few years, we'll be able to begin looking back, able to offer
a more balanced report. But, in the meantime, enjoy the ride!
- Fall 2010 - With the introduction of the Hunquapiller, The Bombadil
design has continued to be refined. In the fall of 2010, a new version
has been brought out - in this change, the parrallel top tube has
been angled and extended all the way to the rear dropouts. There
is was a
pdf released by Rivendell on September 9, 2010, showing the
new frame. It has taken an already strong frame and made strengthened
it considerably. It's interesting to read Grant's description in
News post of the same day, in which he describes the new version
as having "he much-maligned but finally accepted as it shoulda
been in the first place diagatube and diagastays"...
in the Galleries:
cc #806 -
William Spencer's Rivendell Bombadil
#121 - Mike Pott's Rivendell Bombadil
#626 - Marty Gierke's Rivendell Bombadil
#452 - Bombadil Prototypes at RBWHQ&L