A new ride for myself

I haven’t built myself a new frame for over 4 years,I felt no need. But the allure of titanium, some new “standards” and the advent of 29+ got to me. After building the “quiver killer” in my last post, I decided I must have one! So, I built myself one.

Many of the same features exist on this well thought out versatile frame, though mine is decidedly more “trail” and less “tour”.

Tires/wheels: Able to run 29, 29+ and 26×4″fat

Drive train : SS, dingle speed, 1X whatever, Rohloff IGH.

73mm BB shell

44mm head tube

Paragon Rocker dropouts

423mm chain stays, slammed forward (likely 430-35mm with 29+)

Curved and shaped tubes everywhere

Travel limited and tuned Maverick DUC32 for 29+ tires

XO1 crank with North Shore Billet 2x spider. This allows a slightly wider chain-line (tire clearance) and the ability to run a 2nd chain ring in the bash guard position for my preference, a “dingle speed” set up,.

Currently running 29×2.4 until the tire and wheel options I want are available ( Maxxis and Stans 29+). 1X7 (11-24) cassette on a single speed hub with shadow+ and a narrow-wide chain ring. It’s the first real gears I’ve run in a long time. With the trails here still drying out, I haven’t really been able to put it through its paces, but I can tell, I dig the top end speed I’ve been missing.

If you are interested in one this complicated it will set you back $3500


































7 comments for “A new ride for myself

  1. Joey Brown
    March 21, 2014 at 6:52 pm

    Very cool bike Andy!

  2. March 19, 2014 at 11:44 am

    It is awesome! I had the privilege to ride on it. You rock Andy!

  3. March 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Andy, This bike is amazing. I’ve been thinking a lot about this concept ever since I saw a Black Sheep fatbike with a 135mm rear end, although I think it still used a 100mm BB (it was set-up singlespeed. Any notes on cranks that clear such wide chain stays? If an XO fits, it seems most anything would. Also, does the frame fit all 4″ tires on 82mm rims, or just tires like the Larry and Husker Du on Marge Lite? You think a Nate on a Darryl would work in the frame, presumable only SS or IGH?

    Very cool bike. I’m working towards building the Mukluk into 29+. but my knees are grumbling a bit these which leaves me wondering if this bike will really be a long-term solution once the snow melts. Thinking a bike like this would be perfect!


    • Tom
      March 22, 2014 at 1:30 am


      The plan is for HuDu on ML, but I’ll see what the HuDu on RD clearance is like too. I’ve got a Raceface turbine Narrow/wide crank to go on mine – I’ll post build and other pics as soon as mine arrives over here :-). My plan is to run the 29+ guise as a 1×6 limited cassette trail bike and have the fat tyres w my Rohloff. Fat tyres and IGH options are pretty much limited to Rohloffs because of the 54mm chainline.


  4. March 17, 2014 at 7:01 am

    very nice… love the curve of the stays and the bridge, little things that make the difference.

  5. March 9, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Sick bike! Let’s ride!

  6. March 8, 2014 at 4:43 am

    You already know how impressed I am with your (new) work. Just wanted to say it’s great to see you posting it up again.

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