yeah did think about that, but would like to keep the 160 option (and the geometry that goes with it) for down hill days...Or, with offset bushings and 1/4" of spacers, you could get the same geometry and the same amount of travel (~143mm) from your existing 8.5x2.5 shock and 160mm limbo chips as from the 140mm chips and a 7.785x2.25 shock.
I tend to agree with you, just worried the 2.25 stroke may complicate things a little...IMO there are more options than not, there are days when I read these forums and wonder why do folks need 2.4+ tires on everything. I suspect most folks have way more tire than they need. As for options there are cross marks, pretty much all schwalbe a 2.25-2.30, WOlverines, etc... Pretty much tires with low to mid lugs. Where I live Racing Ralph's on wide carbon hoops roll fast and provide great grip. If I went somewhere more rocky idd probably swap to a neo moto or a HD 2.25.
Most of the people I know running the conversions are on the Ardent Race 2.25. Not a ton of great tire choices for aggressive riding and minimal rim protection for high speed chunk are the biggest issues.So tyre choices could be an issue,
so far I am hearing 2.25 nn and neo motos...anyone tried any others with 2.25 in 650? also...Anyone got a bb height with the 2.25 and 650?
Or would it be the same as other 650 conversions...