Snow Job.

17 01 2016

So, today I rode ‘Snow Job’, my Vertigo Cycles fat bike, in snow. I have never ridden a fat bike in snow before; plus bikes, yes, ‘normal’ tyred bikes, yes, studded tyre bikes, yes. It was fascinating how competent it was. Steep trails up, down and deep snow in tussocks of grass all cleared with ease. I even traversed a creaking, groaning ice-capped bog, though I lost my nerve after the sounds from the presumably thinning surface became more confluent.

The resistance was quite noticeable at times, particularly in deeper sections on climbs. Indeed, it took a noticeable amount of extra horse power to keep the speed up. Grip from the 45Nrth Flowbeist was inspiring and the Maxxis Mammoth on the rear surpassed my expectations.

I don’t know how long the snow will last, it seems to be wetting out and retreating generally, but I will try to get more time out shortly.

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11 responses

17 01 2016
dave macdonald (@davechopoptions)

It’ll be gone tomorrow, so get out again now if you want another go!

17 01 2016
velopest

Ah shit🐞

17 01 2016
velopest

Ok- didn’t mean to type that funny wee- is it a ladybird?

17 01 2016
richdirector

Looks sweet that ride

17 01 2016
velopest

Thanks dude!

18 01 2016
bicyclenomad

Did you do much to your tyre pressures for the softer stuff?

18 01 2016
velopest

i didnt actually. they were pretty soft already – maybe the cold and not been topped up in weeks, so they were ok. in truth, the snow wasnt very deep and it was of the fairly crunchy variety so no deep fluffy stuff…hope yer good tom!

18 01 2016
nige

Hi Jon,

Is that a Jones fork in the Vertigo?

I’m thinking about something like this to go on my non-sus corrected IF 29er?

Cheers nige

18 01 2016
velopest

nige: not this one – it is a super custom vertigo made fork. similar look, slightly different numbers and tube diameters and such. it would be a good design for a non sus fat/plus front – lots of room!

3 02 2016
Bryan

Hi John, just wondering what head tube height and fork axle to crown height you’re having to use to get your jones bars level with the saddle. Having a hell of a time with this at the moment although I’ve got almost a 33″ inseam. How tall are you ?

Regards

Bryan

4 02 2016
velopest

im 737mm from mid bb to top of mid saddle…probs around 33″ inseam. with a high bb/short head tube as on surly’s i ended up using a fair number of spacers. did you trim your fork short? envy right? their road fork allows 4cm max spacers…i’d guess the mob might be the same? if i needed a higher rise stem, id look at the 17 degree syntax 109…a nice light well constructed stem with a good bit of rise…cheers!

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