Gallery: Lonny Matsuda’s 650B Bob Jackson World Tour

Bob Jackson
Bob Jackson
Bob Jackson

Here’s my submission for my commuting to work and touring bike. When I carry loads I use Ortleib Backroller bags on the rear. It is not a low trail front end so I don’t load up too heavy on the front, later I’ll look into front low rider racks. I ride a lot of gravel/dirt on my commute to work, so the Grand Bois Hetre tires smooth out the ride a lot. Bob Jackson adapted their World Tour model and mountain stays and fork to make this 650b size for me.

  • 650b Bob Jackson World Tour
  • Nitto Noodle Handlebars covered with homemade leather covers
  • Nitto Technomic Deluxe Stem
  • Tektro short reach levers
  • Paul Rear Neo Retro Cantis
  • Paul Front Touring Cantis
  • White Industries M15 Rear Hub Velocity Synergy Rim
  • Paul FHub Velocity Synergy Rim
  • Grand Bois Hetre 650b tires
  • Crank Brothers Skewers
  • Honjo 650b fenders
  • Sugino XD600 Triple Crankset
  • Shimano XT Mountain Cassette 12-34
  • Shimano XT Rapid Rise Rear Derailleur
  • Campagnolo Record front derailleur
  • Shimano DuraAce 9 speed Downtube Shifters
  • Nitto Rear Campee Rack
  • Nitto Front Mark’s Rack
  • Nitto 83 Seatpost
  • Brooks Pro Saddle hand trimmed and slotted


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8 Responses to “Gallery: Lonny Matsuda’s 650B Bob Jackson World Tour”

  • Mark says:

    Very pretty! How do you like the slotted Brooks saddle? Would you recommend others trying the same thing with theirs?

  • RDW says:

    Beautiful ride! Great component selection too.

  • Naomi says:

    I love looking at pictures of bicycles but this one is one of the most gorgeous I have seen in a while! Beautiful.

  • Naomi says:

    In response to the question about the Brooks cut out saddle-I would also be interested in feedback on this. I have a Selle Anatomica with a cut out and while I love it for getting about town I couldn’t use it for long rides or touring as I find after a while the ridges of the cut out start to dig in and cause discomfort. Not sure if it would be better if the saddle was available in a slightly wider size because I loved my B68 on tour but the rails on this were too short to get the saddle far enough back for a perfect position.

    Of course being a girl this may be completely different for a guy but my boyfriend also tried a Selle Anatomica and the cut outs caused even more irritation for him.

  • Alex says:

    This bike is beautiful! I went on the Bob Jackson website and did some browsing and it looks like this frame (or at least a standard 700c version) sells for 475 pounds ($764, according to google). This strikes me as super affordable, plus the website says that all the framebuilding is done on site (in England). How is it that they can offer a frame at this price while Rivendell starts at $1500 and offers most frames at $2000 and has them made in Taiwan? Am I missing something?

  • MohjhoRyder says:

    Nice setup.
    I too would like your opinion of the Brooks cut out.
    Also I use the same Paul brake setup and am very impressed with the looks and feel.

  • Lonny Matsuda says:

    Bob Jackson Cycles were easy to work with and they kept in touch via e-mail to make sure the final build specs were correct. Their prices are hard to beat for a fully lugged frameset (the World Tour is done in Reynolds 631). Regarding the cutout on the Brooks Pro, this is my third Brooks slotted saddle. I first tried the Brooks B-17 Imperial in standard width, liked it a lot, but found it too wide for me. So I tried cutting a slot on my Brooks Swift. It worked pretty good but I didn’t get the slot symmetrical. On my second cutting try, this Brooks Pro ended up a little better. I champhered/bevelled the edge of all my cuts (Naomi, you could do this on your Selle Anatomica) to avoid hard edges. The comfort is pretty good. In retrospect I would have trimmed less of the Pro on the two bottom sides. I do recommend the Brooks Imperial as a comfortable slotted seat, and they make 3 versions, the Standard, narrow and the women’s (wider) versions. As for cutting your own slots, if you’re a do-it-yourselfer and don’t mind experimenting I’d say go for it!

  • Naomi says:

    Thanks for the tip – I’m going to give that a try.

    I’m just loving the Randonneur revival – my shiny mudguards make me smile everyday.

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