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  • But i bet it rides like your dragging a torso?!

    Compared to with the RaceKing 2.2s, a bit. But it's not so bad.

  • Looks fun, every time I see pictures of a 1x1 it makes me think twice about building up an Ogre...

  • Oh ma ga this looks like so much fun. Bravo.

  • excellent project vandal. I agree with you that fat stuff is too expensive. You certainly seem to have a first rate knowledge of bike parts and what will work and how. Most of us are basically brasic most of the time so your project gives me ideas.

  • Awesome!

  • excellent project vandal. I agree with you that fat stuff is too expensive. You certainly seem to have a first rate knowledge of bike parts and what will work and how. Most of us are basically brasic most of the time so your project gives me ideas.

    Thanks.

    Some knowledge, some experimentation/bravery to just give it a shot I think!

    Super modern mountain bikes don't really appeal that much so I figure I'm more in line with era when snow/fat bikes were very much a diy affair.

    Quite tempted to see if I can get hold of a couple cheap standard width rims and experiment with building a double-wide wheel.

  • I've been really happy with wheels I have but I have been a bit worried about how much the rims fill up with and retain mud and water.

    I got in touch with the guys at Onza/rock'n'roll bikes and they're gonna build me another set of the wheels but with undrilled rims and using the wider rear rim for both wheels.

    Hopefully I'm buying the ss kona from classifieds so the drilled wheels can go on that.

  • did you ride down the stairs in kelvingrove* then? ;)

    *(if my eyes don't mislead me on location...)

  • Yeah, down into the park from park circus.

    I rode the first set, the next set looked steeper and wetter so I pussied out!

    Wouldn't have been able to do even that much with the Thomson stem though, weight was way too far forward.

  • Love this...

  • Having taken this for a couple non-offroad rides in it's latest guise I think I've gone a bit over the top on the tyres. As Wizad suggested the ride is a tad heavy. Because of this I've ordered a pair of 2.5 Trail Kings which I'm hoping show up on monday along with the new wheels.

  • I actually quite like that stem...

  • I actually quite like that stem...

    It has grown on me too. I like that it's the only splash of colour.

    New tyres came a couple days ago and the wheels today.

    Definitely not as cool looking as with the Gazza and Big Earl but bike feels so much more lively.

  • This is crying out for some bikepacking action

  • +

  • I have plans to go on microadventures - I hear that's the in fashion terminology - but the first few will probably be on my Pompino as my 3 season sleeping bag is too bulky to bikepack with.

  • New arrival today, courtesy of Rascale my 1x1 now has a little brother

    Built mostly from the spares created by the changes to the 1x1 (original wheels, RaceKings, HS33, cranks etc). Still needs rear brake pads and a chain tug but should be done in a day or two.

    The frame's a few inches smaller than the 1x1 so gonna be better for chucking around the single track (though to be honest the Surly lives that anyway) and over jumps etc.

  • If you ever need to sell that Kona....

  • Although in the photo up there^^^^ I have my tent strapped on top of my bars I really want to be able to carry it under/infront of the bars.

    Trouble was that it bends the cables back and makes the brakes a bit draggy.

    I considered a decaleur (and may still get one for the Pomp) but winced at the price of the VO version - ok, twenty odd quid ain't that much but for what really amounts to a headset spacer and some tubing welded to it… - so I was looking for other options when I saw Spinacis and Tiramisus on PX.

    I liked Scott's use of clip ons on his English and had fancied trying something similar. I reckon these will give me an extra couple hand positions and allow me to better secure my tent etc to the front of the bike.

    Edit: I went for the Tiramisus over Spinacis as the clamps split in half on the Tiramisus so I didn't have to untape the bars to fit them. I did have to file the clamps a little though to fit the rather wide bulged area in the centre of the Midges though.

  • Ahhh, that's a good idea. But will they not easily rotate when you add weight?

  • No they seem quite secure.

    If they are/were good enough for Pantani etc to wrench on while riding le your bitd I think they'll do ok with my tent and sleeping mat.

  • True that. I might copy you if I ever decide to do longer rides on my Bianchi.

  • Apropos of faux-fat MTBs, I have a small tip that might be useful if you ever want to ride in the snow. I was just out in the forest here in Oslo.. The snow was really soggy after a night and a day of +5 degrees, but I had read a tip on a Norwegian forum from someone riding a fatbike, saying that the main thing to get traction is to drop the pressure waaaaay down, down to where you can squeeze the tire with your hand. I tried going from 3 to about 2 bars on my 2.10 Rocket Rons (way to skinny to ride on snow, I know), but it was pretty much impossible to keep the front wheel straight, or get up even the smallest hill. Before giving up, I tried dropping the pressure even further -- down to what turned out to be less than 1 bar -- and hey, presto, I suddenly had control! Still spun out on hill climbs, but I could control the direction on the bike, and descents where awesome, like riding skis or a snowboard. Didn't stop me from stepping through the ice into a stream at one point though. Anyway, /csb and tldr; try dropping your tire pressure dangerously low for fat-bike-emulating snow riding characteristics.

  • Liking the aerobar idea for a MTB, was thinking about getting some for my Pinnacle!

  • Sveinung, I wish I had the opportunity to put your advice to use. Alas, no snow around. I'm limited to the floatational and cushioning benefits of fatter tyres.

    Turkish, do it, a tenner from Planet X.

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