January 17, 2011

Fat Bike for Mike

This is Mike’s second WW frame – he lives in VT, and while a standard 29er works great some of the time, he wanted a bike for when it’s snowed in. Snowmobile trails, XC ski trails, frozen gravel roads, and the occasional frozen stream descent (yes, that’s what he says he’s going to do. Sounds nuts to me).

Hence the Fatbike. 110mm of tire clearance in the rear, equally huge fork clearance, rack mounts everywhere, a bazillion housing guides for full-length everything, and a direct mount front derailleur.

I did a new style of direct mount for this bike – used a Paragon unit, slipped/brazed into a piece of 1 1/4 x .058 to get the proper standoff from the seat tube with the 100mm bottom bracket shell. Should be super solid and reliable, and solves the annoying problem of finding a front derailleur that will work with the wide shell/fat tire combo.

Anyway, long story short, the only snow I could find to pose it in was the rapidly decaying pile of slush at the end of the driveway. Mike has selected some horrible orange color, I believe, so he’ll be plenty visible out on the trails.