Just a quickie, about a few of the products shown at Frostbike that I think look really interesting.
Salsa’s Full Suspension Fatbike:
Looks like a really sensible build. (Did I just use sensible to describe a full suspension fatbike? Wowzers). I’d looooove to give it a test ride. I think it really shows some forward thinking, and a willingness to try new ideas, and I’m curious to see where it leads. My guess: Salsa’s 2013 product catalog will have a full suspension fatbike, with 82mm Rolling Darryls, 80mm rear suspension travel and 100mm front suspension travel, and the same basic suspension design shown above (shared with Spearfish and Horsethief). Bike weight will be in the low 30s.
HED’s New Wheels:
Can’t find a pic of these at the moment, but HED was showing some new 700c wheels that don’t have a brake track on them; flat black finish. Lighter weight than my Velocity A23s on the Vaytanium. With the new growth in disc brakes, and with the coming full hydraulic road disc brake setups, it completely makes sense to start developing more rims that are trackless. What am I looking for? How about a lightweight, aluminum, trackless 700c UST wheel, so I can update the Vaya with something as durable as my Velocitys, but lighter and stealthier, and tube-less-er.
More Whisky Parts:
I’m excited about some of the flat black carbon bits coming out of Whisky these days. I think they’ll work smashingly good on Inigo Montoya, if he gets the green light. It’s nice to have some American companies to select from (acknowledging overseas production).
Foundry’s Complete Builds
The build above is their Ratchet road ride, built up with the new SRAM Red group set and some spiffy Zipps. I have to say…I’m a sucker for the flat black carbon aesthetic. If I wasn’t head over heals about my Ridley, I’d be giving that a look. I’m hopeful that Whisky’s product line expands enough that Foundry can use Whisky seat posts, stems and bars…that would be most excellent.
I’m also quite interested in their Auger, full carbon, disc friendly cross/gravel bike. I’m really curious to see how they tuned the frame’s ride quality, and if it is as compliant as I’d like for gravel bomber runs.
Note the Whisky, disc-friendly, carbon fork.
45NRTH’s Studded Husker Du
Factory studded fatbike tires are a very, very positive trend. I’m curious to see some more pictures of the tread to see how the studs are placed…and I’d really like to see a higher volume studded fatbike tire (that doesn’t require DIY). But this is obviously a step in the right direction. Now if they’d only do a BFHD.