Posts Tagged ‘Mud’

Fat Tuesday #4 – Salsa Beargrease Arrives

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

This week, we welcomed our first shipment of Beargrease completes. This is one of the most anticipated bikes we’ve ever carried.

Introduced at Saddle Drive in August, we first met Beargrease in the mountains of Ogden, Utah, where this bike proved its worth beyond conditions of sand and snow. Our own Scott M. got a chance to flex the bike on demo singletrack; it took off around switchbacks, crushed downhill descents, and was even coaxed to pop a few mean wheelies on a couple of quiet straightaways. Competitive, nimble, and bold, the Beargrease argues that a fat bike can be even more than good, steady fun: It can be a vehicle for emboldened speed, landing confidently on its paws at trail’s end.

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Fat Tuesday #3 – Hope Pro2 Evo Fat Hubs

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012


One key to riding a fat bike is allowing the bike to carry momentum through the trail, avoiding unnecessary braking. This will keep those wheels moving once they’re rolling at speed.

High-quality hubs will work to support that riding strategy, and Hope — the UK’s answer to Chris King, producing hubs with high engagement and good looks — has one particular offering that definitely fits the bill for fat bike applications. (more…)

Fat Tuesday #2 – Frame Bags

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Mukluk with Salsa Frame bag by Revelate Design

If you’re looking to saddle up for extended rides, fat bikes can present a unique problem: few rear rack options exist for these extra-wide frames. Traditional rack setups make an already-bulky bike even bulkier when lumbering down tight trails.

One solution to the problem is a frame bag, a carry system that makes use of the bike’s inner triangle. You may have noticed these large bags used on the Tour Divide, the race featured in the cycling documentary Ride the Divide. These bags provide ample storage for gear needed on long rides, and Salsa and Surly have put them to work: both companies turned to Revelate Designs to create these bags to fit their specific fat bike frames. (more…)

Shimano SH-MW81 Gore-Tex Winter Cycling Shoe

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

SH-MW81 Winter Shoe

With a newly-designed winter shoe, Shimano has done their homework. With thoughtful updates to multiple elements of construction, the MW81 works harder than ever to meet the needs of the cold-weather rider.

Comparison

Compared to the previous MW80, this model has a noticeably different look. Where the old shoe looked very much like a modified cycling shoe, the structure of the MW81 suggests that Shimano was looking to high-end hiking boots for inspiration. The upper gator ankle section was also updated to permit more fluid pedaling movement.  (more…)

Fat Tuesday – Surly Nate Tires

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

Surly Nate 120 tpi Tire

The tire is the fat bike’s exclamation point, delivering its whole reason for being on a super wide, super low-pressure platter. Because the Pugsley was first imagined for life on earth’s loosest terrain, its tires — the Larry and the Endomorph — went all-in for sand and snow, featuring mega girth combined with low, flat tread patterns. But these days, fat bikes are covering all kinds of ground, venturing well beyond winter drifts. Plenty of riders are now looking for a tire that provides increased control — a true four-season, omniterra ripper. (more…)

Introducing Fat Tuesday’s – A Weekly Post About Fat Bikes & Gear

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

The Salsa Mukluk is as good on the trail as it is in the snow

If you’ve spent time poking around the shop side of TreeFortBikes.com, you may have noticed a curious something that we’re peddling on this corner of the internet: a bike with really, really big tires. Some of you may be more than familiar with the sight; certainly others are already totally-pumped owners of such a steed.

We’re talking about fat bikes — a bike that’s built entirely for use with tires that run (get ready) about 4 – 5 inches wide. Why, you ask? So you can float! Well, in a sense. The expanded surface area of these tires suspends the cyclist higher aloft on loose surfaces like sand and snow, and also permits the kind of super-low air pressures that make a tire into a regular cushion, emboldened to trample over the more impassable reaches of earth. Okay, I’m already a little out of breath. Honestly, there is a lot to say about fat bikes. There’s frame design and proprietary parts unique to fatties; there’s the market to explore, including new and veteran brands that are taking fat bike outfitting to the next level; and, of course, there are adventure stories to be told from the trail, where the boundaries of fat bike riding are constantly being expanded and re-imagined. (more…)

I knew it would be a bad idea … (or – SKS P45 Fender Review)

Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011

… to try riding on a dirt road yesterday.  It didn’t really feel like riding on dirt or gravel – it was more like riding on top of a giant freshly wet oil painting.  The tires were sticking and sliding at the same time, with the slick and gritty mud slipping underneath as the tread attempted to grasp on.  My new drivetrain sure didn’t appreciate that.   It didn’t take long for the factory lube to strip right off the chain and leave behind a continuous crunching while I spun.  It felt kind of like eating a really good sandwich on the beach.  It tastes so delicious, even though sand is blowing into your food and with each chew you have to crunch through it just to enjoy the overall experience.

But it could have been worse, that is, without the P45 fenders by SKS.  I installed these just for this type of situation and am completely impressed with them through and through.   Here’s what I like.

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Installation

Like all fenders, installation never goes as smoothly as you anticipate.  So expect a good hour figuring it out, adjusting up and down, punching holes, and rigging zip ties to get everything set up just right.  But with that said, installation went pretty smooth.  This is what you’ll need on your frame to make it work optimally:

  • Eyelets to mount the stays to the frame
  • Mounts at the crown of the fork, bridge of the chain stays, and bridge of the seat stays to secure fenders to the frame

The P45’s use really cool rubber tips at the top of the stays that make up and down adjustment of the fenders easy and cover the tops of the stays to protect from potentially dangerous sharp edges.  All hardware is included, but I had to make some adjustments.  Zip ties were used to secure the front fender because the included bolt was too short for my fork crown, and had to melt a hole through the rear fender to secure it to the bridge at the seat stays – the mount on my frame was at the underside of the bridge, rather than through the rear which SKS provides for.

Construction

These fenders are SOLID.  The stays are dependable yet flexible, making them hold the fender well but also take well to road vibration.  The plastic fender is super stiff, so once its installed correctly you don’t get any chatter.  And they added only a pound or so to the total weight of the bike.  I won’t race with them, but hey at that weight I could if I wanted!

The Ride

They do exactly what they need to!  Keeps water and gunk off me and nearly all of the bike.  It was my fault for riding on such a nasty road to get my chain all mudded up – even so, my frame and body was almost  completely mud free.  All in all it’s a light, sleek looking, wildly sturdy, and affordable fender set that will keep me riding through these wet months.  The P45’s are meant to handle up to 35mm tires, so for roadies take a look at the P35, and for mountain bikes, the P65.