Thursday, February 09, 2012

Custom Bike Build: Scott's Mukluk Ti Single Speed.


Scott contacted us after seeing some of our other titanium Mukluk builds.  He was interested in putting together a Mukluk ti single speed.  The bike was to be ridden in the Blue Ridge mountains of North Carolina.  It'll likely never see snow in it's life.  The idea of the bike was to put together a light weigh, fat tired, mountain bike. The components were to be high quality, without getting excessively pricey.  What we came up with achieves all of this in a visually stunning, mechanically perfect package.


The build of this bike is made up of no nonsense parts that offer a lot of performance for the dollar.  The frame is complimented by a White Brother's Snowpack fork, held in place via a Cane Creek 110 headset. Contact points are handled by a Thomson stem and seatpost along with a Salsa Promoto carbon flat bar.  Brakes for this build are Avid BB7 mechanical discs with Ashima rotors and custom steel brake lines.

 The stem in the negative position with just one 5mm spacer puts the bar in the same spot as Scott's Selma.  Switching from bike to bike should be very easy in regards to fit.  I have to say visually this looks amazing as well.  The stance of the bike is just mean looking.

The wheels in particular are lightweight.  They utilizing the new Surly Marge Lite rims laced to Paul's ultra wide WHUB hub, and Salsa's great Mukluk 2 hub.  The bike rolls on 45 North's awesome new Hüsker Dü tires.  The result is a lightweight 28lb package that looks as good as it rides.

The drive train on this bike is quite simple.  We used the Origin 8 Compact double crank and a single Salsa ring.  The crank lacks an outer ring position, making it a clean looking option for single speed use.   A Surly 22t cog and spacer kit round out the back of the bike.  Standard for our SS set ups, a Shimano 8 speed chain connects everything together.

I have to admit this is a bike I would love to own.  I would change nothing on it.  It would fit me perfectly, and all the parts are personal favorites of mine.  It's gorgeous, purpose built speed machine.  It should be a joy to ride.


Vito said...

A thing of beauty indeed:)

Charly Tri said...

Oh man, you really botched up this bike. Everyone knows you take a picture with the tire labels upright. Also, you did not match the same labels with each wheel stem. Oh, and the crank should be level. I bet it is barely rideable in such a condition.

Ben said...

Guilty as charged. It was cold out, and I didn't notice the valve stems...

Yup, recycle it. Unsafe for use.


Anonymous said...

At least you put it in the correct gear for taking pictures :)


Anonymous said...

Anybody know aprox cost for this build?