Yeah, a Fat Bike! The things I HATE the most in life....
So why you ask? Well...let me indulge you with a LONG story! Not sure why I hated fat bikes. I think about it and have no clue? Maybe the riders? Maybe...I don't know, but regardless...I hated them!
Then, about a month ago, I came across a company that makes MTB and FS Fat Bikes...and thought "damn, that's a cool bike!". It really was sick looking! So I reached out and chatted with the owner...until I found out what kind of 'deal' I was getting...and at $7000 for a frame/motor only, well, I was out! I can get complete carbon Mondrakers for a bout the same and frame/motors for quite a bit less!
So off I went on a hunt for a frame/motor combo...I checked the China sourced stuff, googled and googled for days...
Then I came across these guys, Surface 604. And I looked them over...super inexpensive, which is good, and bad?! I did some reading, watched some video and then emailed them, satisfied they were a decent quality to fit in with The Death Projects.
We talked a bit by email and I accepted them...they accepted me, so the first Boar Explorer is on the way to do some messing with and, of course, tinkering with. Sadly it's a complete bike, but I have some stuff already in the works: Wren fork, Studded Terrene rubber, upgraded drivetrain and brakes, carbon wheels? (we'll see on that one)...
So stay tuned, this is so far, epic!
Unfortunately they don't come frame motor only...but there is room for improvement and the price point is spot on!
27.5, thankfully, and studded! These will be the winter tire setup on Sunringle Mulfut rims.
The go to Fat fork on the market! 110mm of travel and inverted for your pleasure! Complete with custom headset.
I finally added the dropper and going against the 'wolftooth' grain, a PNW trigger...really nice btw!
Comfy, sticky, what more do you need! Super grips that I use on everything.
Super lightweight! Need to drop a few grams on this beast!
Not only are these affordable, but they are some of the best I've used over the years.
Yeah, these are stock tires! Pretty nice for a "budget" e bike! These will be the summer/spring setup.
Oh, here we go! Total redo on this beast! 12 speeds and all!
The best of the best!
Added a wolftooth ring, for now, in a 38t instead of a 36t for better 'road riding'. Keep you posted on this.
Lightweight and super cool! Replacing the Surface604 cranks was high on my list!
What else should an ebike have then wireless shifting! And what better than SRAM AXS! Super fast and so much less clutter!
Start Date: 12/28/2022
End Date: never ending...
First ride: 12/29/2022
- Surface604 Boar Explorer, 20amh battery upgrade, complete
- Wren 110mm Fat Fork, tapered, replacing rigid fork
- Wolftooth Premium headset: EC44/40 lower ZS44 upper
- Surface604 alloy stem
- Supernova Pro2 headlight
- Supernova Pro2 taillight
- ProTaper 2020 carbon bar, 780mm
- Alloy seat post clamp
- PNW 110mm Dropper post, external
- Tektro TR-16 180mm rotor
- SRAM GX Eagle AXS 12 speed conversion
- SRAM NX Eagle cassette
- SRAM GX Eagle Fat Cranks/ring
- Wolftooth 38t ring
- Tektro Dorado brake upgrade
- Maxxis Colossus 27.5x4.5 tires (summer/spring)
- Terrene Cake Eater 27.5 x 4.5" studded tires (winter)
- 27.2 to 30.4 seat tube sleeve
- Surface604 Rear Rack