Thinking of giving 650b a try? Or maybe you’re already a convert, but are looking for a new rig in a never ending sea of 26 and 29 inch bikes? For you, Jamis would like to offer their newest batch of 650b hardtails, the Dragon and the Nemesis.
The Dragon pictured above is a Reynolds 853 steel frame with a slacker 68° head tube angle, most likely geared towards all day rides, not really racing. Initial spec reads includes a White Brothers Loop TCR 120mm fork, American Classic 650b wheels, a Shimano SLX 3×10 drivetrain, Avid Elixir 3 disc brakes, and a Syncros AM cockpit. The aluminum Nemesis on the other hand, has a much steeper 71° head tube angle and should be perfect for building up as a light weight racer.
Check out the Nemesis after the break!
Rather than the steel frame of the Dragon, the Nemesis features a 7005 triple-butted aluminum frame with a tapered head tube, and PressFit 30 bottom bracket shell. Up front you will find an X-Fusion Velvet RL 650B 100mm fork with a tapered steerer tube to keep things in check. Going with the more race theme, the Nemesis will be offered with a SRAM X7 2×10 drive train instead of the 3×10 of the Dragon. Avid Elixir 3 disc brakes will slow Alex XD Lite 650B rims mated to hubs currently unknown. In order to keep everything in control, the cockpit controls will be handled by Ritchey.
While a complete Dragon will set you back $2600, and the complete Nemesis will cost $1600, both bikes will have a frame only, or frame and fork option as well.