Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Fat tire 29er
A few shots of Eric's frame (which I'm building while I wait for parts for Derek and some feedback on design from Blake).
Why is it interesting? Well, mainly because it has 425mm chainstays, 29" wheels, and clearance for up to 2.6" tires, while still using a front derailleur and gears. Pretty spiffy. Then add in the fact that it's built for a 135mm fork and has <30" standover, and you've got a pretty unique ride.
To get that to happen, I offset the seat tube forward a bit, used an 83mm shell, and did some dimpling/bending to maximize clearance. Not sure this would work any other way, simply because the front derailleur would cause too many problems.
I also did some goofy stuff (with Eric's approval) with the seat tube that I'll try to take some better pictures of when she's back from powdercoat.
Anyway, long story short, this should be a really fun "freeride" 29er. I'm not so sure myself about the whole idea of 5+" travel hardtails, but Eric likes 'em, so I think he'll like this too.