AMPeirce: In the ‘fat’

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Explaining why I’ve got a new frame when the one it supersedes had done me such good service prompts a listing of motivations that singly justify Sarah’s distrust.  En mass they were too collectively coherent to ignore.  The Twenty2 frame is now likely to see long service in the West Australian desert – getting to places that make the most of it’s attributes, and comfortingly I’ll be able to say ‘hello’ now and then.

This post serves to depict the debut of my new AMPeirce frame. In it’s 4″ ‘fat’ guise.  Andy is a friend of many friends, and has proven astute, patient and most importantly an exceedingly fine worker in metal.

This frame, like Sarah's is designed to take multiple wheelsets  - here with 26x4.0" fat tyres

This frame, like Sarah’s is designed to take multiple wheelsets – here with 26×4.0″ fat tyres

For the curious, there is comfortable clearance between tyre and chain-stay despite a non-offset rear and standard 73mm BB casing

For the curious, there is comfortable clearance between tyre and chain-stay despite a non-offset rear and standard 73mm BB casing

An experiment with my 82mm rim-based front wheel is likely too tight, though it turns freely with 2-3mm spare either side of an almost new tyre

An experiment with my 82mm rim-based front wheel is likely too tight, though it turns freely with 2-3mm spare either side of an almost new tyre

matt-blasted apart from the logo

matt-blasted apart from the logo

Some solutions to the frame's multiple guises: derraileur drop-out plates for my planned 1x6 29+ light weight trail bike, and Chariot hitch spacers with stabilising bolts that slot into the drop-out to keep everything secure hauling the trailer on rough off-road

Some solutions to the frame’s multiple guises: derraileur drop-out plates for my planned 1×6 29+ wheelset, and Chariot hitch spacers with stabilising bolts that slot into the drop-out to keep everything secure hauling the trailer on rough off-road (one QR-ready and the other through-axle bored)

Sarah and Bryn's birthday weekend sees us doing a two day Munda Biddi trip south from Collie - rendered minorly unsatisfactory by it's out-and-back nature.  Hut arrival is welcome

Sarah and Bryn’s birthday weekend sees us doing a two day Munda Biddi trip south from Collie – rendered minorly unsatisfactory by it’s out-and-back nature. Hut arrival is welcome.

The return leg is varied by heading along a 'challenging' section that we'd bypassed the evening before.  There's a fair number of cautious moments

The return leg is varied by heading along a ‘challenging’ section that we’d bypassed the evening before. There’s a fair number of cautious moments

Quickly followed by more riding

Quickly followed by more riding

The Peirce's full potential is difficult to judge while hauling the Chariot - I've changed very little in the build with all but the crank transferred from the Twenty2

The Peirce’s full potential is difficult to judge while hauling the Chariot – I’ve changed very little in the build with all but the crank transferred from the Twenty2

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Bryn's quite happy though - endless diversion to be had with bicycles to explore

Bryn’s quite happy though – endless diversion to be had with bicycles to explore

There will be much more fun to come, I’m sure.

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