Monthly ArchivesOctober 2014

44 Bikes XXX FAT : My Ride · Part 2 standard

So by now you’ve hopefully read through PART 1 of this Fat Bike Saga. Welcome back – if you haven’t though, you really should read that first as it gives you some back story with where I have been, and how I came to arrive where I am now. Up above is where I am now and as noted in the previous post, below in the next 4 images is my Fat Bike Prototype #3. I rode this throughout the entire season of 2013. I built it using Paragon Machine Works Sliders to really hone in on chain stay length and wheelbase as it related to two different wheel sizes (5″ fat and 29+) as well as what happens when ...

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44 Bikes XXX FAT : My Ride · Part 1 standard

This will be the last installment of my “Why I build What I Build” series. This one is on my personal fat bike. To understand where I am today, and where I am headed actually with the next iteration of this monster, we need to discuss where it is I came from. I grew up in Pennsylvania, just north of Philadelphia in a small town named East Greenville. My home was a half a double located on good ol’Jefferson Street, exactly 1/2 mile from my front steps to the front steps of my middle school (Upper Perkiomen). The town is composed of the roman block system. Alleys, streets, a main street and of course lot’s of short cuts. These short ...

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Forks standard

Seems I’ve been building a lot of forks as of late. Clients and requests all the same. Mostly fat forks of the tapered steel unicrown kind. Here’s a few that came together recently. All sport different Axle to crown measurements but all are 135 spaced with clearance for 5″ tires. Some are 15x142mm TA. We’ll see where the fat bike front hub standard ends up but for now, given the volume of 135mm QR hubs out there, I think we’ll be dealing with a few standards moving forward which include 9mm QR x 135mm, 15x142mm, 15x150mm. I think 4″ fat tires will settle into 170mm rear ends and 5″ fat tires will stay in the 190mm camp. Front will most ...

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Next up : Huntsman standard

Repeat customer coming back for a Huntsman to round out his stable. He had me build a 29er the previous season. So up above is pretty much everything you need to build a bike with the exception of the seat stays (I typically make those once the bike is all tacked together to get the bends exactly where I want them). Paint or powder is still up in the air with this one, but it will sport Sram Force 22, Stan’s new Grail wheel set, ENVE Cross Taper Disc Fork, Thomson Bars, stem and handlebars as well as seat collar and Cane Creek will pull head set duties. This ones classic Huntsman: Meant for gravel and longer group rides, a ...

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Ray’s 29+ / Fat standard

Finished up Ray’s fat bike which will see most of it’s life in 29+ mode for now. Build is pretty strait forward with a set of custom wheels buit around I9’s 135/170mm Torch Classic Hubs and Velocity’s Dually Rims, Thomson Stem/Seat Post, Watson Ti Bars, Avid BB7 Disc Brakes, a mix of Shimano Drivetrain components with Zee and XT along with One Up’s 40t hop up kit, Race Face Next CF Cinch 170mm specific cranks all of which roll on a set of Surly Knards. 100mm bottom bracket makes room for 29+ easily and 5″ fatties are just another wheel set away. Ray’s got this one in hand and putting it through it’s paces. Custom fork to match with 15mm ...

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