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AOC Surly Kuskokwim Kruzer



AOC Surly Kuskokwim River Kruzer - Team Bike (1)

[Surly, White Industries, WTB, Phil, Paul, Jones, Thomson, Zzipp, Morningstar]

At home on the trails on and around the Kuskokwim River and Coast, SW Alaska
 

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qayaq_alaska said:
...we know there's way more SnoBikes out there...give it up...lets see!
Alright, I'll play. Here's my progression through the last 12 years or so.

My first snowbike, a Litespeed Hiwassee that has a ton of rear tire clearance. Actually the best I've seen for any Litespeed. Geax 2.25s fit no problem. It was their straight gauge economy model, even has riveted on cable guides, so nothing fancy, but it's been solid, just wish it was longer across the top. I sent it to Titus in Arizona a few years ago to weld on a rear triangle disc mount and they did a fantastic job.

For the times when trails got really solid packed, and moose would gravitate to them and create endless divots, some suspension would come in handy. Enter...the Mantis Snow Floater. I also found a machinist that made rear disc mounts for these and it totally cured the main weakness of this bike. fsp of MoonHead Machine, who hangs out on the Vintage board a lot, created the mounts along with some other very unique components before his company dissolved. What a shame too, they had some great ideas.

Feeling the need for a larger footprint on snow for added flotation, I had a 29er built. I got lucky finding some 29er SnoCats, and had a Waltworks built to my dimensions. With rear triangle clearance for the widest 29er made so far plus some fudge factor extra clearance anticipating future wider offerings, this is destined to become my main local ride.

And....on to the grand poobah......the FatBike. The ultimate in flotation offered to accomodate mass produced components. What was once a freakshow niche is rapidly becoming the mode of choice if you want to limit walking. Equipped with some racks and a frame bag it's bound to become my winter mule to reliably access Alaska's remoteness. Here's a pic of it with a 2.5 Weirwolf tire, which is a pretty large volume tire, but pales beside an Endomorph.

Rando
 

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another pugs...

Yes, a large, in the hard-to-find purple color. Not the outstanding photograpy of Tscheesy - but a contribution to this post all the same. I'll update it next time I see daylight. 20" pugs, remo sand rims and endomorph tires. Short ride on build completion was awesome once I let enough air out of the tires.
 

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Mesotony said:
Yes, a large, in the hard-to-find purple color. Not the outstanding photograpy of Tscheesy - but a contribution to this post all the same. I'll update it next time I see daylight. 20" pugs, remo sand rims and endomorph tires. Short ride on build completion was awesome once I let enough air out of the tires.
Lookin' smoove there, T-licious...

Unless you're riding pavement, there isn't much point in going above ~12 psi, IMO.

More pics please...

MC

P.S. y'all have got some snow, eh?
 

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Snow monkey?



In the winter I ride this bike everywhere, both for fun and for commuting to work and around town. My normal commuter only has 37mm cross tires so this bike is both until the snow melts. 75% of my preferred route to work is on trails anyways.

It's not a real 'snow bike' but I am lucky in that Whitehorse has lots of trails that are packed enough to handle it and generally great winter riding conditions. Sometimes I ride with the wife while she skis or skijors.

  • Surly Karate Monkey frame/fork
  • Velocity Dyad/LX 29er wheels
  • 2.3 Exiwolf (R) 2.1 Ignitor (F) tires
  • 1x8 drivetrain
  • V-brakes
  • Surly bars, Thomson post, WTB saddle
 

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My snow bikes

Here's the story of my decline into the sordid sport of fat wheeled snow biking. From my earliest years I showed interest in the sport and progressed to the point I'm at now. I shudder to think what's next.
 

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Idaho FatBike

I am new to the FatBike scene but I am lovin' it. It took a while to get here but it was worth the wait.

Here is the the build:

Frame & Fork: Wildfire FatBike
Hubs: XT
Rims: Surly Large Marge
Tires: Surly Endomorph 3.7
Stem & Post: Thomson
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood 100 X 145
Crankset: Middleburn square taper
Pedals: Wellgo Magnesium
Shifters: Sram XO Twist Shisters
Front Derailleur: Shimano E-type
Rear Derailleur: Sram XO
Rear Brake: Magura Louise FR
Handlebar: Easton Monkeylite Lo Rise

Future changes include drilling out the cable stops for full length shift housing and switching to a BB7 mechanical rear brake. Some Morningstar Soup is on the way to winterize all of the bearings as well.
 

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Dave in Driggs said:
Here is the the build:
Bottom Bracket: Phil Wood 100 X 145
Dave, I'm diggin' the Kermit green, that really looks sharp.

I noticed you listed the BB as 100 x 145. Does your Wildfire have a 100mm wide BB shell? If so was that a custom request, or is that the new standard for Mark's frames?

Much like the Vicious frames, it seems like the idea makes a ton of sense. That and going to a 150mm wide rear hub to eliminate the funky wheel dishing also seems so sane.

Lookin' good.

Rando
 

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EndoRando said:
Dave, I'm diggin' the Kermit green, that really looks sharp.

I noticed you listed the BB as 100 x 145. Does your Wildfire have a 100mm wide BB shell? If so was that a custom request, or is that the new standard for Mark's frames?
Thanks! I got lucky with the 100mm BB shell. Mark decided to change the standard after I had ordered the frame and luckily Phil Wood had some of the 100 x 145s available. I think Mark said my frame was the first one out the door with the new shell. It was really easy to set up and there are definitely more options available in 100mm than 85mm.
 
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