For those of you not familiar with
are snow bikes. They have specially designed wheelsets that can float
through snow and other soft surfaces. To accomate the wider
tires, the frame, fork, and bottom bracket have to be specially
designed also. The typical mountain bike tire is 2.1".
These tires are 3.8" and have three times the volume of most
tires and are run at 1/3rd to 1/5th the air pressure as most mountain
bike tires. The hubs are 135/170mm wide and the 82mm rims are
the width of the typical rim.
The wheels on these bikes are
pretty heavy but this particular model has lightweight rims (well,
they're still 900 grams) with holes in them as well as 120TPI tires,
which makes for a lighter tire. The wheels are heavy but not
much as you might think. Same goes for how the bike rides,
ponderous as you might think. While bought primarily for
it's still a lot of fun to ride on the dry trails. Those big
tires can really soak up a lot of abuse. I've ridden winter
with my conventional MTB but do look forward to seeing how these bike
will fly down the snowy trails.
||2012 Sala Mukluk II 17"
||Carver Obeast Carbon
||Salsa Pro Moto 2 100mm
||Salsa Bend 2
||Raceface Turbine Snow Cranks 175mm
||SRAM X.9 Long Cage
||Shimano HG50 11-36
||Avid BB7 Mechanical Discs
||Avid Speed Dial Ultimates
||SRAM X.7 Gripshift
||Cane Creek 40-Series
||Salsa Pro Moto 2 27.2*350mm
||Salsa Enabler 135/170mm 32h
||Surly Rolling Darryls 82mm
||45Nrth Dillingers Studded, 3.8"