Friday, January 12, 2007

The Hulk lives

After seeing the frame with the wheels on it as I was building it up Michelle named it the Hulk. Bright green and bulging at the seems. Brilliant!

I scrambled out of work early so I could get a short ride in this afternoon. It was 2 degrees when I left and the snow in Teton Canyon was squeaky cold. I rode for about an hour and ended up working pretty hard because of the soft conditions. The FatBike rode great on the soft skate track. I didn't feel guilty about riding the skate track because the Endomorph tires leave such a shallow inprint on the snow due to their wide footprint.
This bike is going to extend my riding season by a whole lot. I am looking forward to exploring the snowmobile trail network in the Big Hole mountains on the west side of Teton Valley.

For the bike geeks out there, here is the build spec:

Frame & Fork: Wildfire FatBike
Hubs: XT
Rims: Surly Large Marge
Tires: Surly Endomorph 3.7
Stem & Post: Thomson
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood 100 X 145
Crankset: Middleburn square taper
Pedals: Wellgo Magnesium
Shifters: Sram XO Twist Shisters
Front Derailleur: Shimano E-type
Rear Derailleur: Sram XO
Rear Brake: Magura Louise FR
Handlebar: Easton Monkeylite Lo Rise

A few shots prior to the first ride

Do these tires make my butt look big?

I am impressed with the quality of the Middleburn crankset


Chris said...

The Hulk looks good! I might have to look into that PW BB. I'm not that into ISIS and with square taper I could get a 5bolt RF crankset and run a 20t little ring and no big ring. So far all the big ring does is weigh a lot and tear up my booties on the Pugs.

Dave said...

The Phil BB is like a work of art...I hated to shove into the BB where it will never see the light of day. I may add a small bashguard in place of the big ring myself.

Chris said...

Forgot to ask, what's it weigh?

Dave said...

Not sure of the weight yet...but it feels heavy. It has to be at least 30lbs. I have some lite tubes on the way.

Chris said...

Mine's 37lbs so it's got to be better than that!

Doug said...

Nice! Looks like a great alternative to the Pugsley.