First fat ride of the season

First fat ride of the season

Sure it was a Tuesday but when the first snow of the season falls on the trails I’m there. Freshies on the fatbike can’t be beat! Up to Truckee and the Emigrant trail where about 4″ of snow had fallen the previous day. Only two runners had beat me to it for half the route, then it was all fresh tracks for me. Didn’t *need* a fatbike of course, but it’s such a fun bike i loved the extra float and traction. If I could have just one bike this would be it. Along with a summer 29+ wheelset. The 420mm chainstays and relatively short front center with a 68 head tube angle…super playful and fun to rock around out there.

 

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  • Some People will do anything for a cup of coffee…and I am one of those people!
    bike looks sweet!

    • Jay lewandowski says:

      I’ve been a long time follower of you blogs and builds. I enjoy your constant tthoughts improving bike design or optimizing function to meet specific desires.
      I wonder what your thoughts are with fat bike rim and tire width?
      Is there an optimal width? Is a 100mm rim overkill for dedicated winter riding?
      I’ve experimented a little find that winter fatbiking conditions are so variable from day to day and even within the ride. The 80mm rim with a 4 inch Nate for example is great for 75-80% or riding here in the Wasatch mountains in Utah. When it gets a little sloppy the bud and Lou work with more stability but do require more effort uphill when conditions are better.
      What are your thoughts with running a carbon 100mm rim with eliminates the weight issue between a 80 or 100 and using Nates. The 100’s I’m lookin at have 93 mm internal width and the rims I have used have an 80mm internal width.
      How much extra effort to roll the tire for the additional traction and float?
      I’ve got insomnia considering these thing and hope my ramblings make sense.

      • whit says:

        Hey Jay,
        I think personally, 100’s are great if you’re doing purely soft snow riding with Bud and Lou or the biggest tires possible, so weight is less a concern. But if you’re going with superlight carbon rims like the HED’s then you can get away with that wheelset being your primary since like you say the weight penalty is reduced. But i totally agree, a 4″ tire on 80mm wide rims is suitable for the majority of riding conditions, i’ve been surprised with what the Dunder/Flowbeist combo has let me ride at low pressures on a 90mm wide rim (Nexties). If i were to have one wheelset i’d go with a tubeless ready 80 or 90 rim and two sets of tires (4.2’s and 4.8’s). Sucks to swap tires but unless you can fork out for two expensive wheelsets that’s what i’d do. The only problem with carbon 100’s is usually durability on dirt (IMO). For just snow, awesome. But any of the current superlight options won’t hold up as a trail bike wheelset IMO unless you’re very light on the bike. Time will tell if I’m wrong but i think the idea of having a summer and winter wheelset is solid. Summer with maybe Marge Lites and 4″ tires, and a carbon 100mm winter wheelset? The one thing I don’t like is running 4″ tires on a 100mm rim…i feel it increases self steer at low pressures and just doesn’t use the rim width to its potential.
        I know what you mean about this stuff keeping you up at night! Glad i’m not alone!! haha…

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