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Full Tilt Boogie
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I got my Pofahl fillet brazed fat bike back from the powder coater on Thursday. Got her together last night and put on a few hot laps to get a feel for it. I love it.

I love riding Woodchippers off road, and I really like the multiple positions offered by these bars. This position is a higher and more rearward than my Potts drop bar single speed, or my Fargo touring bike.

The basic geometry of this bike is similar to a Salsa Mukluk, but with a slightly shorter effective top tube at 23.6". Stand over is 31.5"s at the center of the TT, with much more closer to the seat tube. Wheelbase is 43.25".

Components are pretty straightforward. XT ders, 11-34 XT cassette, Stronglight cranks with 32-20 rings and a Phil BB, Shimano barcon shifters and BB7 brakes with Ashima rotors. Wheels are Phil hubs laced to Rolling Darryl rims with Competition spokes and brass nipples. Tubes are Surly Lights, with 120 tpi Larrys.

Weight as pictured is 36lbs, not too bad all things considered. The wheels spin up really well, and the rest of the parts are dead solid durable. I'm totally pleased with the result.

With 6-12"s of snow on the way for tomorrow, I'll be back to riding this as intended soon.
 

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Self-defeatist
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Perfect, absolutely beautiful. I can hardly see anything I'd change, though if it were mine I'd shellac that sweet grip tape. Also...and this is personal, I don't believe in killing stuffed animals for their pelts.
 

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Ben, that color is....simply gorgeous. I have a Triumph Speed Triple in a very similar color and its hands down my favorite shade. Beautiful man, just beautiful.
 

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Full Tilt Boogie
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Thanks for the comments.

The post is definitely a place holder. A better one is coming, not sure what though.

The rear skewer is also a place holder. The bike also has a full compliment of Epic bags, but it looks prettier without them on.
 

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Harmonius Wrench
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Ben, you are going to have a blast riding that bike, and thanks for letting me spin her around the shop at Mike's on Friday night.

She's a beauty, make no mistake. The pics here do not really give you a 100% feel for the color, but are close. Out in the sun, this will be spectacular.

The way it handles is very similar to the Mukluk I have, but with a quicker feel to the turning which I attribute to the shorter wheel base than the Mukluk has, but otherwise the way Ben designed the geometry to be a mirror of the Mukluk's is very evident.

Oddly enough, we found moving the saddle fore or aft had a noticeable effect on how it felt in the corners at Mike's Bikes. :D (Of course, outside it might not even be noticeable, but hey! That's where the party was, so that's where we rode it.)

Can't wait to see you rolling it outdoors and to hear your report Ben. Thanks as always for everything, and for the ride! :)
 

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The stats on the fork are 440mm A-C, with 45mm or rake.

I put my framebag and seat pack on the bike and have about 60 miles on it so far. It is everything I hoped for. The fit is spot on, it's very responsive, and it handles wonderfully. I'll post a photo or two up tomorrow as an update. I think it looks even better all kitted out. Much more full on equipment and less show bike like.
 
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