Last year I was having a set of wheels built for my road bike over at Beaverdale Bikes* and Ed mentioned that he had picked up some 650b hoops recently and maybe I might possibly be interested. I had been researching turning my Fargo into either a Rohloff equipped 27.5/650b or single speed, but a good friend of mine had actually turned his exact same year/model Fargo into said smaller rimmed Rohloff setup, so I figured I could skip it. I hate passing on a deal, but I had no use for that size rim.
A few months ago I was having a discussion with Guitar Ted while out on the Gents Race about his trials with the new WTB Horizon for RidingGravel.com, and a then-soon-to-be-announced gravel version of the 650b “Road Plus” and I was a little interested. He had joked about sending me a set, but I don’t have a bike that can run that size tire. I started thinking about the tires and the hoops at BeavBikes and how I do not need to start another bike project.
Enter Project Pink. Project Pink is a steel framed 650b “Road Plus/Gravel” bike that will be running SRAM Rival 1×11 Hydro, a dyno setup for my K-lite light/USB system, and of course the new WTB 650X47 Byway rubber. Tan walls, a really cool custom wheel set, and a pink frame should make this a standout gravel/rando setup. I’m looking forward to putting this together and getting it out on the dusty trail. I might even take some time here to chronicle the build.