Although I am confident we still have some warmer weather to come before October expires, there is no doubt that winter will be here before too long. In years past this has been the time of year to enjoy a few final months of riding trails before the wet leaves and eventual snow cover leaves them unpassable. Well, it's the year 2011 and you no longer have to wait for winter to pass until you can enjoy getting out and finding exciting new terrain. All you need is a "Fat Bike".
Check out the Surly Pugsley and the Salsa Mukluk. Sporting nearly "4 wide tires that can be run at an insanly low psi (we're talking sub-10psi) these bikes give you floatation and traction in soft conditions such as snow and sand. Here in Vermont we have endless miles of trails that only come alive in the winter. These trails have access to some of the most remote places in our state and during the winter they are traveled enough to remain packed, which is ideal for these bikes.
The Surly Pugsley is the original "fat bike" and has proved itself as an excellent design and great riding bike. It features an offset fork and rear triangle to accomadate 135mm hubs front and rear. It sports a shimano deore drivetrain and avid bb7 mechanical disk brakes. The frame is steel and we make sure each one gets the J.P Weigle frame saver treatment when it is built.
The Salsa Mukluk is an aluminum frame that has a geomatry more familiar to modern 29ers. Unlike the Pugsley it does not have an offset frame or rims. Instead it relies on a 170mm rear hub and a 135mm front. It is built with SRAM x.7 2 x 9 components and BB5 disc brakes. The aluminum frame makes it a touch lighter than the pugsley. Probably the best part of the Mukluk is that it comes stock with Surly's "Rolling Darryl" rims which are 82mm wide and single wall (compared to the large marge which are stock on the pugsley which are 65mm wide and double wall). The 82mm wide Darryl rim effectively widens the footprint of the tire at low pressure giving you a bit more floatation and traction.
Now Surly is producing a variaty of tires and rims that are compatable with these bikes so as it is looking the sky is the limit and the future of winter biking is brighter than ever. Come by the shop to see them live and in 3D.