Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Saturday, November 25, 2017
Monday, November 20, 2017
"So bought the frame from Matt and built it up and he went way over the top in making it a super amazing quality frame and it handles like a dream frame should and it’s super reliable on the trails and jumps and the geometry is amazing !! Still smiling till this very day and love riding and get so many complements from a variety of people on the trails and on the street ! Thanks again Matt! Amazing work and keep it up! Still can’t think of a name to call this frame ! "
Friday, November 17, 2017
I ride the fat bike on four wheeler trails mostly, as there is more elevated/interesting terrain available. I found this old cable winch machine while plowing through the swampy woods, escaping the deeper tire track mud holes.
I never wash the thing because tomorrow's ride is going to be just as dirty.
Aesthetically, the seatstay bends are ugly but add a bit of elasticity/compliance. My next one will probably have the smaller diameter 16mm seat stays in the nromal "S" bend for a similar amount of compliance.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
Monday, November 13, 2017
It looks like Fox is killing the Marzocchi brand, selling what is left of the inventory. They do supposedly have options for a Fox 36 with 26, 27.5 and 29 in straight or tapered steerers. So hopefully there will be manufacturers support of three wheel size and steerer options in the future... and hopefully that 15mm axle just goes away at some point.
I picked up some Marzocchi DJ1 forks in case anyone wants one (there is a good chance they'll be discontinued soon, along with the rest of the Marzocchi line). I consider them the best value dirt jump fork in terms of cost, longevity and ability to withstand neglect.
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Monday, October 30, 2017
The stainless dropouts solved the (powdercoat build-up) tolerance issues that I had with the last plus bike.
In east Texas this means that every few years the trails get washed out and replaced by sand dunes. Bigger tires and wider rims allow us to run lower tire pressure and float through sand that would otherwise grind momentum to a stop. The mid fat bike is a compromise for sand floating and cornering ability: While the bigger 4"+ fat wheels float on sand better they can be sluggish and have an over-steer characteristic.
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Almost there. I debated whether to use 16 or 19mm seat stays and went with 16 because they're more compliant, most of the other steel 650+ bikes have them, and I can bend them on a large radius. The little seat tube gusset was to lower the standover a little bit and keep the junction strong enough. I lathed down some bottle cage mounts with a slightly wider surface area.
Been riding skateparks on this thing with 7"s instead of the 8"s and it feels right. I have to get a disc specific lever, as the BMX lever doesn't have the correct pull ratio for street stuff (way too sticky).
Monday, October 23, 2017
Monday, October 16, 2017
Starting the little big bike: mid fat, 148mm rear. Size Extra Medium
I chose the stainless dropouts this time as the last (1018 steel) thru axle drops that I used seemed to have too tight of tolerances for any kind of coating.