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I was hoping for a 130-140mm carbon 650b from knolly but this thing looks dialed. He should sell a bunch of these and attrack new customers to the knolly brand.
I can't see owning it and the Chilcotin though. Too much overlap. Though maybe after riding one I'll sell the Chili and my last born to get one. Who knows?
 

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I was hoping for a 130-140mm carbon 650b from knolly but this thing looks dialed. He should sell a bunch of these and attrack new customers to the knolly brand.
I can't see owning it and the Chilcotin though. Too much overlap. Though maybe after riding one I'll sell the Chili and my last born to get one. Who knows?
Looking forward to your Interbike/Outerbike review of this bike.
 

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The geometry on this bike looks dialed. Just wish there was a carbon option. Only thing holding me back from trying one.
 

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I was hoping for a 130-140mm carbon 650b from knolly
I think you might have to wait a little bit longer. It will be interesting to see what else they come out with. Maybe 130 and 150 27.5, and 140 and 160 26".

Decisions, decisions......
 

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Maybe 130 and 150 27.5, and 140 and 160 26".
I don't think a small company can afford to keep too many overlapping bikes in play for too long.

Sales numbers will dictate what happens, but we've already seen other brands start to kill off their short travel 26ers in favour of 29ers and 27.5ers.
 

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Six years in the making...

This bike has been a long time coming. As a small company, I'm pretty certain they needed to wait until they were confident 650b was going to stick around before committing to the platform. Here's an old article from July, 2007 with comments from Noel.

Noel Buckley of Knolly Bikes, who understands the impact wheel size has on full-suspension frame design, says: "Kirk's forward thinking vision is correct in that 29'er wheels don't work well for frames with more than 100mm of rear travel. While working on the design of a 29er version of our new Endorphin frame, we started realizing that serious compromises would need to be made to the frame geometry due to undesirable forward wheel paths, chain stay lengths, and BB height all caused by the large 29" wheel diameter.

"Kirk knows what he's talking about. The 650B wheel size makes more sense for a company looking to produce big wheeled bikes in the 100 - 150mm travel category because they get the rolling benefits of the larger tire, but don't have to modify frame geometries much, or have to contend with the design compromises imposed by 29 inch wheels."
 

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This is what I've been wanting. I want the most aggresive bike that can be ridden up the mountain to rip the trail down. Slack, short cs, and strong.

I would like to see a comparison with the banshee rune(650'd)
 
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