I was going to talk about me being sick but thats old news and still ongoing. I now hope to just be able to pull off a ride on the weekend. And I might as well work on Saturday. Still running a temp. Still pretty much doping to function. Last nite I slept 11 hours. Moving on.
Ive posted quite bit about fatbikes. I should categorize my posts so that there is a reference to them all. But I dont. For the most part I was there from the days of the Pug being the only one. Ive had a Pug, then a Moonlander. Then I had a 9zero7 Aluminum frame. Then a Farley. From the Farley I then went to a 9zero7 Whiteout carbon and now back to a Farley with the Bluto fork.
I have not been on the bike yet. I was hoping to have it for the bike race just a bit over a week ago but it came just two days late. Tomorrow I will get some nice 29+ wheels for it and that will be my MTB to ride into the winter months. And beyond.
So Im not completely sold on the fork. My first thought is that its just not needed for winter riding. I mean, a groomed trail is as smooth as a babys behind. So really then, its a summer thing. Which is awesome. Making these bikes more of a 12 month bike is what is needed and Ive been on the bandwagon for years.
Looking back, I very much embraced the smaller rim. I went from a 100m Clown Shoe to the 65m Marge lite. It just was easier to flick around on trails in summer. Then from the 65m I went to the 47m Northpaw. Again, with a 3.8 tire it was just more ridable. True, I lot a bit of float when things got soft, but not that much. Not enough to go back wider. Many times I rode side by side with 80 or 100 m rims with my 47. With no issues.
Sadly, one of the main times I could have used more float was last January up in Marquette. So it did come back to bite me there….. but there were guys on 80’s having issues too.
So making these bikes summer bikes have been mainstay for me since I started riding them.
So now we have the Bluto fork.
First off, it adds weight to the bike. Here we were all carboned out with 24 pound rigid bikes and now we take a step back in the weight department by adding a fork. Again, to me its not needed in winter. Ive done both Fatbike Birkies and really that front end would not have made any difference. I would have and will lock it out for that kind of stuff.
No help on groomed trails.
But this will make the bike a better summer bike. If thats what your looking to do. If your fatbike riding in summer is limited it might not be worth the extra money. I would not want to drag that thing around locked out all winter just to help out on 5 summer rides. So you gatta think about that.
That said, I sure could have used that at Shuammy. The rigid 9zero7 beat the crap out of me. Old guys like me with bad backs just cant do that anymore. So Im sure that that fork will treat me nice when Im riding it this fall. For sure it will let me ride all the rocky trails I want. But once the snow flys Im not sure what Im going to do with it. Most likely keep it on to start but if its just extra weight being dragged along I might swap.
Of course this is all speculation. I have not even pedaled the bike yet. Again, I hope to this weekend. Then maybe my view will change. It usually does. But its still summer and I’ll put the fork thru summer paces. I wish it had a remote lockout. I’ll call and see if ones available….
I’ll get those summer 29+ wheels on it and do some summer riding. Then report.