This was a long one coming for Pete and I’m honored to have him as a customer. If you don’t know him he’s won several ITI’s in Alaska and is an overall badass and nice guy. He initially wanted this frameset and rack to do the ITI in 2021 but then…Covid. The out and back format didn’t have the same appeal as the one way route so he decided not to make the trip up to race. The bike is a beast, meant to handle whatever you throw at it (or off of). The batman rack is big enough to carry a lot of puffy stuff on the trail to Nome, or while desert riding with a packraft or other stuff. The geometry is custom to accommodate his bad back so it has a short reach for his height as you can see from the photos. It’ll fit 27.5×4.5’s or 26×5″ tires with studs. I think this is the longest head tube i’ve made on a fatbike which is saying something since I’ve built a few tall-guy bikes (here’s looking at you Yukon Paul). To get the needed standover there’s a big slope to the top tube and the addition of a handle that serves to lift the bike up when there’s a full framebag present. This is a very useful feature for bikepacking bikes, whether it’s the Portage Handle or this style brace handle, i use mine way more than i ever expected. The rack is curved to get as much stuff below the seat as possible, and allows the use of a dropper post with the gear on the rack. Makes me smile knowing this bike will see a lot of miles each winter.