The wheel is obviously from Coker. They make a cruiser with 36" wheels and a unicycle with the same wheel. It would be kinda cool to make a custom mountain bike with their wheels on it although it would be ridiculously heavy. The tires look like they might have some traction offroad but probably not much. C'mon, somebody out there has got to build a mountain bike around these wheels just for the heck of it. Anybody?
It has been discussed a few times on here already. It's feasible. For my 6'4", it could even be a comfortable fit with surprisingly quick handling. 40lb projected for "my" build. with a good wheel and frame that could drop to 35lb or better.
As much as many were always convinced a 2.5" larger wheel "would never work", how about 10 inches? It might really surprise people, especially for a rigid. Really interesting at high speeds. No, "proportionate" speeds. A gravel road decend and not braking much at all for loose switchbacks?
Brake bumps into singletrack corners, which bumps?
There's already two 36" tires out there. A Coker knobby, and a (Kris Holm?) grooved slick. The Coker knobby was used with DIY tubeless to break the unicycle 24hr distance record.
At least one steel Coker rim and an aluminum offering exist, perhaps a third for the cruiser in the Taiwan catalogue.
Sources for Rims/Tires? I might be persuaded to pony up for a frameset. Gotta look into pricing and such first. Funny thought, my descision might revolve around the availability of tires, what does that remind you of?
I did, on Eurobike, on the cruiser variety. Not Coker I think, but the Taiwan catalogue one. Felt way heavy, but once rolling...OMG, out of my way! The cruiser was hard to make a u-turn with on a regulation bikeshow aisle, but the MTB version could be tweaked quite a bit to sort that. Still, don't start a project like this before you've already dedicated a fitting part of your garage for it!
My 28" townie weighs more than "my" 36"er would, and handles just fine with a 68º or so head angle. I have good faith a 36" MTB done properly (lucky guesswork?) will totally stun the world. Sand traps will be a joke, traction unlimited. And what about the truly steep stuff, 2 wheels stuck to the ground!
It all comes down to making the bike as small as possible without toe overlap. There's many things to fiddle around with, but you're basically stuck with 515mm chainstays, a wicked bent/parted seat tube setup, and a minimum front center. One size fits "all", essentially.
Yao Ming, owner of the silliest 29" bike might get crazy and spec a longer-than-minimum cockpit
Check the chainstay slope. Horizontally it's not even that long. Front derailers won't work unless you use elevated chainstays. Also think well before you weld stays to the hanger, the angle will be different that usual
Been tweaking this for the past month. I like lots of standover. I think a front der will work on this seat tube since it is 90° from the ground. Problem is there arent chainstays long enough (to my knowlege) so one would have to use straight gauge tubing adding even more weight. Still would be a fun XC bike.
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