Saturday, 12 November 2011

Busy with bikes

I have not had much time to post during the last wee while, so here is a catch up from the last week.

After Sundays Meikle Conval loop, I was back to ride the neighbouring summit, known as little conval with a friend. The main purpose was to see how the bike would ride in these conditions, especially climbing the peat moss covered hillside, as my friend is considering a fatbike.
The bike performed brilliantly, with traction never an issue, but we did find that the bars were too high on the front for the steep climbs. Not normally a problem, but riding here requires a slightly different set up to get the full potential of the bike. I do wonder if the On One frame would be better for this type of trail riding? Only time will tell?

Cracking View from the trig point 

9zero7 & Santa Cruz Nomad

A Swampthing &....well, a Swamp thing!!

I have been making my own battery back this week for my twin light set.
2x 6.6Ah batteries Mounted inside an old bottle for quick & easy installation to the bike.

This set up should be good for least 6 hrs riding with twin MJ 872 lights on medium setting

Bubble wrap to keep them tight in the bottle 

Finished & ready to light the night sky

Twin lights, good for 3600 lumens on max setting


Having Nate tyres really has improved the turning of the bike, really digs for traction when required!

The other tyre print in the sand is from a MX bike, to give some comparison as to how wide these tyres are!

I also have started a small project on a set of suspension forks for the fatbike.
Marzocchi VF66 single crown, does fit a larry, but there is some rubbing on the bridge

Nearly fits

20mm Bolted axle should be plenty stiff.....

.....Once I finish removing the bridge from the fork. I should manage to get about 95mm clearance around the tyre when it is finished. 

I was using my racks as mud guards on the bike, but I was looking to loose some excess weight, so they have been replaced by a set of Cycraguards.

Extension made from front guard bolted to seat stay bridge. Neat eh?

I have also been finishing off my hardtail play bike. I have had the Ragley blue pig for a while now, but it has just had a make over, with new forks (Rockshox Revelation dual air 130) & wheels (Mavic Crossline)
I also changed out the old Hayes brakes over to a set of Shimano Deore's I picked up cheap & replaced the wonky seat clamp to a nice hope one.

Bike all finished, with a 2x9 drivetrain

Fresh front end, finished off with some semi fat rubber, Maxxis 2.4 Advantage. Cant wait to get out & try this bike out properly!

Oh, I just remembered, I have also been fiddling with the drivetrain on the 907.
Since fitting the Nate to the rear I have been getting chain contact with the tyre. The Nate is a lot wider that the Larry tyre & barely fit into the 907 frame


Oh dear..

Can you see a gap? Me neither

Is that a baw hair?

Phat rubberz

Anyway, I have been forced to loose 2 gears from the rear & space out the cassette which has solved the rub issue. I think that a hub gear will getting installed sometime soon!


  1. Looks like a baw hair! -:)
    Are you making a brace for the forks?
    look forward to seeing them finished!

  2. I concur wit Coastkid, it is indeed a nae hairs width. Forks look very interesting, will you do a post on them once they are complete?
    The nate tyres look awesome, but quite draggy. Is there a massive difference in grip levels on boggy surfaces compared with larrys?
    Nice blog by the way.


  3. I'm planning to see how the forks work without a bridge, just like the Maverick ones.
    The crown is really beefy on these & the 20mm axle is bolted & clamped, so I think they will work just fine. Hoping to finish them this week, so pics will soon follow.
    You soon get used to the extra drag on the Nate's, it is not too bad on most surfaces.
    The Nate on the Rear is a huge improvement over the larry in regards to traction. The nate will dig in, where the Larry just spins in certain conditions.
    Running on front is useful for when trail riding & the front can wash out at speed, or the reason I fitted them, for climbing out of greasy landrover hill tracks.
    They are only useful if you have conditions that warrant them though.
    I'm going back to a Larry/BFL combo this week as I will be riding mainly coast for the next wee while & the Nate's are overkill for the sand soil.
    Thanks for the comments lads !

  4. How is doing Your suspension fork without crown? Did it work well in the end?