Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Fatter Fat Bikes.

By now you're probably hear about this from the Surly Blog or other places.  They are going to introduce a new fat bike this year, as well as a larger 4.5" Larry tire and wider 100mm Clown Shoe rims ala the Rolling Darryl.

From The Surly Blog.

"...Moonlander is designed to work with our new Clown Shoe rims (100mm singlewall!), Big Fat Larry tires (4.5” Larry tread!), and Mr. Whirly Offset Double crank (a whole other story!). The very wide rims and very large tires, as you might expect, make for amazing traction, floatation, and minimal ground impact. The frame’s 28mm offset and the Whirly Offset Double crank allow room for such big rubber without chain rub. You’ll also be pleased to know that the fork (symmetrical blades, no offset) operates using a 135mm hub but unlike the Pug fork will use a front disc caliper adapter. The rear dropouts are the same as the Pug.  And –stay calm-- we’ll have rims strips to fit these rims in a candy cane of colors, including good ol' black...."

This is well come news for all of us fat bikers.  Whether or not you are in the market for these wider tires/rims, or even a newer, fatter Surly, this means more choice.  More choice means more acceptance, acceptance means more innovation, innovations means more products, more price points, and likely more people on fat bikes.  

For those of us who have been around long enough to see the development, standardization, and acceptance of 29ers by the general riding public, this all sounds familiar.  

I will be following this story and these products as closely as I can, and I'll update here with any additional information I can.  With a Pugsley in stock, 6 Mukluks in various configurations on the way, and of course Moonlanders when they are available, this is going to be a hell of a year for fat bikes here at Milltown.

I can't wait. 


Guitar Ted said...

Ben, it is gonna be crazy. I know I'll have to get up your way now for some fat bike rides, Moonlander or no. The way you and Curtis were talking on our ride, I just got so stoked to come up and try it someday.

The Moonlander stuff is just so cool, and icing on an already tasty cake, as far as I am concerned.

Ben said...

It is just a heck of a good time. I actually look forward to winter BECAUSE of the riding available, something that which just a few years ago I never would have expected.