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I still have several items to obtain to finish my build. But, I received the bulk of parts last night and started to put it together :D

Frame: 16" Fatback
Color - Raw Aluminum (clear coated)
Fork - Fatback Carbon Fiber
Hubs - Fatback (import) w/QR
Cranks - e*thirteen/Fatback - 175mm (SS chainring)
Rear Derailer - Shamanio XT
Chain - Shamanio XT
Cassette - SRAM 970 (11-34)
Stem - FSA
Headset - FSA
Seat Post - FSA
Tires - Larry/Endo
Brakes - Hope M4 (203mm)
Handlebars - Carbon
Seat - Specialized (something light)
Wheels - UMA II (drilled w/silver reflective tape)











 

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Here is a pic of the finished bike. This was taken prior to me running it in my 1st ever night race. I finished in 4th place.

It handles well. Stops very well. I was a tad nervous about running on dirt/rock/roots with the new Fatback carbon fork. So far it has proven to take a beating and not flinch. There were lots of rocks and a few 2-3 foot drops on this course.

I still have to play with the tire pressures. It's a bit of a jolting ride. I need to let out more air...it's all about finding that perfect balance.

 

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canardian said:
Nice build. Those 203 rotors must haul you to a stop pretty quickly - any reason that you ran the big'uns?
I pulled the Hope brakes/rotor's off of another bike. Since I originally paid SOOOO much for those brakes....I was damn sure going to continue to get my $ out of them. Hahaha.

I call them my "motorcycle brakes". Short of snapping the front fork under hard steep downhill pavement braking...one can never have too much stopping power :D
 

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I pulled the Hope brakes/rotor's off of another bike. Since I originally paid SOOOO much for those brakes....I was damn sure going to continue to get my $ out of them. Hahaha.

I call them my "motorcycle brakes". Short of snapping the front fork under hard steep downhill pavement braking...one can never have too much stopping power :D
Aaaah - makes sense, more cash left over for the carbon fork! Any idea how much the bikes weighs? Mine came in a 30.5lbs with a pretty light parts spec - I figure that the only way to lose a ton of weight for the least amount of greenbacks is by using a carbon fork or by going tubeless.
 

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canardian said:
Aaaah - makes sense, more cash left over for the carbon fork! Any idea how much the bikes weighs? Mine came in a 30.5lbs with a pretty light parts spec - I figure that the only way to lose a ton of weight for the least amount of greenbacks is by using a carbon fork or by going tubeless.
You got it.

30.5 sounds very reasonable! My goal was to be in the under the 30lb range. I have not weighed it yet. I will try to do that soon and report back. You can't see it in the pic but it's a 1X9 setup. I tossed all of the e*thirteen chainrings and went with a Surley SS version. I added a Paul Components BB mounted chain guide as well.

If I upgrade something to save weight, it will be the seatpost. That felt very heavy as I was installing it. I will keep the tubes in the tires.
 

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You got it.

30.5 sounds very reasonable! My goal was to be in the under the 30lb range. I have not weighed it yet. I will try to do that soon and report back. You can't see it in the pic but it's a 1X9 setup. I tossed all of the e*thirteen chainrings and went with a Surley SS version. I added a Paul Components BB mounted chain guide as well.

If I upgrade something to save weight, it will be the seatpost. That felt very heavy as I was installing it. I will keep the tubes in the tires.
Yeah - mine is set up as a 1 x 10 as this is what I run on my 29er. I was trying for a good cost to weight ratio without completely going b#lls out and breaking the bank - in other words, relatively light weight but no XX or XTR stuff. X9 and XT level stuff gets the job done at 50% of the cost. The thread for my FB build is 'it lives' on the fat bike forum - just waiting on a 9zero7/WB Snowpack fork and the build will be complete.
 

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update

UPDATE: After racking up some seat time, I decided to make a couple changes.

I bought a Maverick SC32 fork to replace the Fatback CF one I have (will be for sale soon). The CF fork has been nice. But, 95% of my riding is NOT in the snow. Having a suspension fork would be of more value to me. Since the SC32 uses special hubs, I picked up 2.

In addition to my current UMA II wheelset, I decided to buy a 2nd wheelset. I picked up a set of 47mm wide Trialtech SL rims. This will allow me to use my "urban" Hookworm tires or use a wide set of knobby DH tires.

The 1x9 setup surprised me. I thought I would be missing the added range of gearing...not so. No changes to be made there.

Here is a pic riding on the Hookworms...



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You don't find the Hope Tech M4s a little overkill?

When you get the SC32 setup, post up more photos, I'd like to see how it changes the geometry.
 

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You don't find the Hope Tech M4s a little overkill?

When you get the SC32 setup, post up more photos, I'd like to see how it changes the geometry.
Lol...yeah the M4's are a bit overkill. But, that is what I had sitting in my spare parts bin. They are too $$$ to toss aside and not reuse. Kinda like the ss braided lines I have sitting in that same parts bin...yet to be installed :D

As you can see, I like pictures! I will be sure to post up once I build my new wheel set and add the SC32. The fork should arrive any day now...the hub soon after.
 

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It was great to find these pictures as I was uncertain how the new raw frames looked. Fatback/speedway's builder is no longer making the polished frames due to imperfections and the time consuming process and Greg and Fatback's website don't have any pictures of the newest option. Looks awesome! I really dig the industrial look-its one you can live with for a long time, and what quality for the price. I love the Pugsley but its no race bike-Surley never meant it to be, as with all their offerings-solid, dependable, affordable. The a-sym rear end always felt just a little strange to me though. Anyone else ever notice how the Pugsleys won't turn left but love to wash and crash right?! Seems to me the Fatback aluminum is second only to its big brother in ti. I'm glad this frame is affordable because I'm going to put about $1000 into Hadley hubs laced into 100mm Uma's. Making the call to Greg TOMORROW!!! Anyone have any imput into the Fatback carbon fork vs. the White Brothers Snow Pack-I like the dependability of an aluminum steerer but...:thumbsup:
 

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Part of the problem is, once again, being TALL. A high center of gravity on a super wide rim with a bunch of off-set on a bike with bizarre, albeit entertaining, tube shapes and angles makes for somewhat unpredictable turning characteristics. Don't get me wrong-LOVE the Surly, (and the Dummy) and all my midwestern brothers and sisters at Surly and all they do. My Pug is never going anywhere-it's MINE, MINE, MINE! In fact another one will be here soon for the little lady, (thats right, matching Pugs in the house!) But I am looking forward to the Fatback and all its symmetrical goodness. The Fat build probably won't be done until November but once I get in some good testing I will post a critique and comparison of the two, very different, bikes. Also, I took my Larry OFF and replaced with an Endo on the front. I ride in deep snow on the lakes a lot and found the Endo to be a better performer for that application. Ride on!:p
 
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