Progress: Fast and Slow

The accountant comes at 11am today and I am ready. I buckled down and got 6 months of accounting done yesterday, and I sold some stuff in between too! Once I got going on the number crunching the progress went pretty fast. Im a happier guy this moring that I was last. Now it’s back to the bike.

So here’s where we are today. Progress is slow but thats expected as piece by piece comes in the mail everyday. Yesterday was the cool red crank arm covers to go with the red ring and red chain. So all that stuff is a no brainer.

But the wheels have a story to them. WTB Scrapers at 27.5 by 45mil wide on the inside. Yes, thats narrow for a fatbike but it’s nothing I have not done before. My first carbon 907 had 47mil wide rims 3 years ago. The 27.5 Hodags mount up nicely. And its pretty thin for a fat bike. So why the skinny?

 I have these wheels sold to someone who is going to run them in summer on his Farley. I built them, will run them until after the Birkie early March, and when I go back to 29+ soon after I will hand them over.  My original plans were the Trek Wampa’s of course. But they are not available until the middle of Feb and I did not want to wait. Also, if I got the Wampas now I would only run them maybe 5 weeks and pull them for 29+ anyway.  So for the remainder of the winter riding season it’s a skinny fat.

Sure, I stand to have issues when a ton of float is needed. And if Im disadvantaged I’ll accept that. But then the thaw\freeze cycle hits and the trails are rock hard in the morning I’ll be pretty zippy.

Also, these are the rims that I will be using at the fat bike Birkie. And yes, thats a gamble. A gamble Im willing to take. Im not racing to race anyway. Just to be there. I’ve done all three so far. The first year I was on 47 mil rims with 3.7 Knards. The course was fast that year and I even had 15 pounds of air. Very firm.

Last year not so much. I would struggle if conditions are softer like last year. Then I would be wishing for my 80mil rims. So we will see what happens.

You can also see in one of the pics above Im leaving off the Bluto. For now. It’s all about the groomed trails now. I’ll put the Bluto back on when the bike turns back into 29+ again in March.

So for now Im just waiting for the parts. The Di2 parts. The wonderfully expensive Di2 parts.

Progress seems slow today, but once everything is here it will go much faster.


3 thoughts on “Progress: Fast and Slow

  1. Hi, love the blog! I have a 2016 Farley 9 and want to run 29+ for the summer as well. What is the easiest/cheapest wheelset I could go with that would fit the Farley? Do I need a custom wheelset made? Thank you very much!

    1. You will need to have a set built as the hubs are specific to fat bikes. There are many rims to choose from. Ive ran the Stans Hugos and Velocity Duallys. WTB Scrapers are good too. This spring I will be looking for a carbon rim to go 29+. JUst have not found the one I want yet….

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