The joys of the day job keep me far away from the bike, only managed a couple of short rides with wife and kids in the last 2 months so not much to report, except that the village kids love it: had a gang of them running after us for 5km last time out.
Thankfully Easter provided a long weekend at home so I managed to get out for my first proper ride on it: a 20km loop with some nice streambed singletrack (mix of hard ground and soft sand patches).
(Hoping the images work for everybody: Picasa has merged into Google+, but I think I've got the sharing set up right now.)
On the spec: it's exactly as per Fatbikes' Tusken build kit:
- Medium frame in anodized black (matt finish but doesn't match the glossy forks
- Nuvinci continuously variable hub gear
- Gates belt-drive (42:28 (1.5 primary ratio) with a 128T belt to suit 456mm BB-Rear Axle, pretty much central in the sliding adjustment with 7/10mm fore/aft adjustment left)
- Dillinger tyres (website now changed to Knards, tubed with ~150ml Stan's sealant in each)
My thoughts so far:
Frame: for my build (178cm) and riding (dry, dusty, sandy) I think the large frame might have been a better bet as the dropped top-tube for better standover in winter gear is kind of redundant.
Gearing: feels a bit short on the faster bits (spins out at 20-25km/hr), but might order a 46:24 (suits the belt and frame) for a primary ratio of 1.92. Will have to see how it fares in more challenging Kalahari sand. I also rotated the cable-hub interface to point up the seat-stay.
Tyres: running at quite high pressure (haven't measured it, but maybe 5mm of give under the thumb). Had one wash-out in a fast corner on soft sand but otherwise no problems...
...except for thorns. Got home and de-thorned the front and the Stan's just flowed out for quite some time, much pumping and spinning later it seems to have stabilised. I've left the thorns in the rear tyre, will see how it holds up. Thinking of ordering up a few extra tubes and trying a ghetto tubeless rig. Anybody tried it? Have also read of people using motorbike tubes (heavier, but might offer that fraction of extra protection.
Weighs in at 14kg according to the bathroom scales, tail heavy due to the hub gear.
Thanks for the linky bruneep: will be over there in the hopefully not too distant future.
Pushbikerider: I believe you still have the white stuff... was 20C at 9am here.
Oh, and it's FUN: more relaxed than my 100mm hard-tail Cube but still a blast.