Melissa’s Fatcycle

This fatbike will be really fun to ride. I pushed with normal chainstays here so am "only" using the Specialized Ground Control 4.6" tire on the rear to give some room on the 430mm chainstays.  A Surly Lou 4.8" fits but with not enough room for comfort. Orange Nextie carbon tubeless ready rims, Surly Bud... Continue Reading →

Combo bikes…meh

This is an old post that may or may not reflect my current opinion...read at your own risk! There was a time when I wanted one bike that would "do it all."  You know what I'm talking about: a bike that can fit fenders with fat tires, run panniers for your tour, has that mystical... Continue Reading →

Elevated chainstay fatbike

Elevated chainstay bikes usually just plain ugly. But they're practical for a few reasons.  They prevent chainsuck and allow for shorter chainstays for a given tire size than on a traditional double-diamond frame without any dimpling/crimping of the tubing.  They are  less stiff laterally at the bottom bracket but especially on a fatbike running 5psi..I... Continue Reading →

Fatbike vs. 29-plus on dirt

Lots of reports recently from Specialized's Colorado press/dealer camp about their new Fatbike the "Fatboy".  Trek too is coming out with one, and Kona too.  Fatbiking is no longer a fringe element my friends, and has quickly become the 'new-29er.'  Now that I say that, it's all so obvious...it happened a couple years ago really.... Continue Reading →

The Choad’s almost done!

Yesterday, I slotted and mitered the 19mm True Temper S-bend seat stays.  These are expensive pieces of steel! Luckily i only went through 1 extra one to get it right! hah. I mitered the stays for the seat tube by hand (with 12" half-round file) and made them fit pretty tight if I do say... Continue Reading →

Winter singletrack on the Rotundsicle

Click this link for some Fatbike singltrack action in the upper reaches around Nederland. Because this trail is so packed down by skiers I was able to get up to over 10,000ft elevation.  A couple others had ridden the trail in previous days but I couldn't tell. There was some new snow over night and it... Continue Reading →

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