by Marc Basiliere
January 21, 2014
Brazed steel, Dirt Drops, Rohloff, discs, oh my…
Here, as submitted by Shand Cycles to one of Velocipede Salon’s beautiful bike threads, is Mike’s Fat Tyre Stoater. Fillet brazed in Scotland by Shand, this adventure-oriented bike deserves a bit of a look. The frame in and of itself is beautiful, but the way in which the entire package comes together really is special.
Even though the first few muddy rides would be painful, it’s hard to fault the Rohloff hub’s all-weather performance and looks. Similarly, cable-actuated brakes from TRP will be appreciated in the wet and slippery. A cow-free Brooks Cambium saddle continues the old-meets-new theme. Slender Middleburn cranks look the part and Ritchey’s polished Classic seatpost and stem are really the only modern choices that make sense.
Want more? We have another build of Shand’s Stoater on test in the new issue of Singletrack, issue 87, on sale Feb 6th.