Have we done the Singular Puffin yet?
Well, 10 backers and 17% of the goal in less than 24 hours basically off the back of a single Facebook post – I’m pretty good with that. Loads of press releases have gone out today so I hope that I will get to the goal yet. Of course – the more the merrier 🙂
The bikes are really going to be great though, I’m very pleased with the protos in terms of ride and I’m confident the changes in store are going to make them the best riding steel fat bike bar none. If mattjg or anyone else would like a go on a proto then just let me know – I have them located in Berkhamsted, Brighton, Brecon, Kingston (upon Thames) and Lincoln (Nebraska) and one more doing the rounds of a few of my dealers.
For Shackleton et.al., yes a full 29+ is on the drawing board and will likely be the next prokect to see the light of day after this one.
Thanks for the support!
SamPosted 4 years ago
Mattjg, close but probably doable. I do have a line on some reasonably priced F135 and R170 hubs ex Taiwan so if the project is successful that could also be a possibility to help keep down cost. That said, the On One wheels and tyres can be had for about £400, the main additional cost then is cranks. The SRAM X5 fat cranks will be the cheapest option at about £130, so depending on the depth of your parts bin £800 total in parts should be manageable.Posted 4 years agoShackletonSubscriber
If you could supply a rolling chassis (frame/fork/wheels and maybe cranks) at a reasonable price (less than buying separate) then I’d be much more inclined to consider it.
The cost of wheels for fatbikes and 29+ at the moment is prohibitive if you buy them as parts or premade but on-one basically give them to you for free if you buy frame, fork and tyres. I suspect they will sell a lot more fatbikes in the UK than any other manufacturer purely because of this.Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
AH good, another temptation to resist
Been looking at fatty ‘rolling chassis’ prices at on-one and thinking “well if I bought that I could sell the frame on and get the wheels and tyres ‘cheap'”.
Does seem odd that o-o don’t include the cranks as they’re fatty specific.Posted 4 years ago
Just wondering – does anyone make an adapter to allow fat bikes to be carried on a roof rack?
I imagine that the tyres would be way too wide to allow the to be transported on a normal roof mounted rack.
Yes they are too wide
I attached some pieces of guttering with slots cut to my rack and then put a strap through the guttering and round the tyres to secure it.
@beerbiker Have you not heard of n+1? 😀Posted 4 years ago
Experiencing inexplicable urge to load up Kickstarter …Posted 4 years agoAidanMember
In case more riding photos are required to get you to put your hand in your wallet, my first impressions of the Puffin:
Since then, I’ve ridden it on Gower and in Brecon. The rocks in Brecon (as pictured on the STW article) were the biggest eye-opener for me. It absolutely storms that kind of stuff. Floats, manuals, and flies down them. Climbs up even the most stupid lines.Posted 4 years agoAidanMember
Oh, yeah and for carrying fat bikes, I have a towbar-mounted Thule rack. The fat tyres fit perfectly between the two slots for normal bikes, one of the clamps goes onto the frame, then bungies around the wheels.
Drain pipe on the roof rack is what I’ve seen a number of people use in Alaska, too.Posted 4 years ago
Can’t help thinking a couple of manufacturers should get heads together and run a couple of fat bike demo days, might help in converting some of the fat-curious to fat-customers.
@sam ta re prototype, Brighton and Kingston are both accessible to myself and my subliminal prompting fat-curious alter-ego cheezpleez, will chat and maybe give you a call. We’re both medium-sized riders.
Any probability of H4TH Dorking getting one in? That’s our home turf.Posted 4 years ago
Matt – there is supposed to be some sort of mass fat demo going on at the Aplkit Big Shakeout next weekend. There should be a puffin or two there.
I would happily send one down to HFTH for a couple of weeks but they’ve not expressed any interest, I ought to get in touch with them. Maybe if you pester them from your side and I do so from mine we might have some luck 🙂Posted 4 years ago
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