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Old 03-01-2019, 12:31 PM
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Firefly #831 650b

A new 650b ti-carbon Firefly:

FF-831-Studio-3 by Firefly Bicycles

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Old 03-01-2019, 12:32 PM
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Somewhere here or there was a thread that discussed the concept for a 650b road bike. The emphasis was on a bike having all the manners and response of a good road bike but with moderately sized 650b tires for extra comfort, traction and fun. This concept steers away somewhat from 650b gravel bikes that are more relaxed and oriented toward unpaved adventuring. Maybe this is splitting hairs, but the distinction means something to me as I celebrate the gospel of snappy bikes wearing chubby tires.

Then along came the middle length Whisky RD+ fork, a printed titanium yoke and a conversation about ti-carbon. Stars aligned. The good folks at Firefly brought my vision to life in spectacular form.

Kitted with Force 1x, Easton hbars and crank, Compass Babyshoes on G27s, and various White Industries items, this immaculate frameset brings it all together just right with variously dimensioned carbon tubes, short beefy chainstays, skinny seatstays and the ever-polarizing-but-truly-custom ISP. I love the green bits.

My brief initial impressions are that the pedaling is pleasantly stiff&responsive, and the ride is remarkably quiet. It steers like a road bike too. 44x11-32 has the gears I like.
It’s worth noting that this bike fits 650bx2.1 and a large 700c as well, with no compromise of the original goal. Fenders will go on. This is all a neat trick.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:43 PM
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Holy heck, that is nice. Enjoy!
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:45 PM
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Gorgeous bike, the SP collar looks like it is in the wrong place I know it isn't.
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:48 PM
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sweetness. was just reading the 650b roadie thread today. will love to hear your impressions.

is this your second FF in fleet? you have a 700c FF too right? having 700c and 650b fatties on a similar platform should be fun to compare
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Old 03-01-2019, 01:54 PM
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What an absolutely beauty!

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Old 03-01-2019, 01:58 PM
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Beautiful bike Steve! Seems like the official bike to end it all. The chain-stays seem a little long to give that snappy feeling of a road bike but I am also naive to geometry. You have a geo chart of the frame?

Question, how and what did they do to apply the "I" in Firefly on the DT. Ano Ti? So nice and love the mixed tubes.

Enjoy those miles. I'm envious!
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Old 03-01-2019, 02:23 PM
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That's an immaculate bike, Steve. Kudos.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:05 PM
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Wow! That is an awesome build. You'll have a blast with that.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:06 PM
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Firefly #831 650b

Thanks for the kind words everyone.

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sweetness. was just reading the 650b roadie thread today. will love to hear your impressions.

is this your second FF in fleet? you have a 700c FF too right? having 700c and 650b fatties on a similar platform should be fun to compare
Yep, this is not my first Firefly. Living 26 minutes from Firefly HQ is a dangerous thing.

This FF is an intentionally snappier platform than before. My all-ti Firefly is delightful but a shade more mellow...an excellent day long rider for that kind of outing. I look forward to getting to know this one a bit better. The question of 700c vs 650b is too nuanced to answer. In comparison, 1x vs 2x has clearer definition.

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Beautiful bike Steve! Seems like the official bike to end it all. The chain-stays seem a little long to give that snappy feeling of a road bike but I am also naive to geometry. You have a geo chart of the frame?

Question, how and what did they do to apply the "I" in Firefly on the DT. Ano Ti? So nice and love the mixed tubes.
the one to end it all... how adorable. ; )
It is absolutely fantastic and everything I could have imagined, but I am also crazy.

Chainstays are 420 and 1". I will have to dig up the chart.
The "I" is a piece of anodized titanium I think.
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:24 PM
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This bike is perfect. Congrats!
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:32 PM
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I like this bicycle
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Old 03-01-2019, 03:35 PM
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Great looking frame, but I love the Carbon Ti look and my Seven 622 SLX.

My 7 622 looks like it will fit 30s but I dont know that I would even need them as my 27s are quite nice.

I also love the ISP on this bike and my Speevagen, so this frame hits a lot of highlights for me.

I would be cool to see the HT / Stem lines flow better as the rest of the bike does, maybe a custom beveled spacer ?

Thx for sharing !!

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Old 03-01-2019, 03:39 PM
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This is the type of bike I'd seriously consider next opportunity I have, plus been lusting for a FF.

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... In comparison, 1x vs 2x has clearer definition.
I look forward to hearing more about this. I considered asking why you went 1x for a road bike, but figured some would perceive the question as too judgmental.
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Congrats Steve! That is a beauty for sure!

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