For reasons diverse, I’ve ’29er’d’ the front of my fat-bike. This morning was spent building the wheel, and this afternoon testing it.
It works quite nicely for the more rocky bits – especially with drop-offs aplenty (something that the unsophisticated ‘squish’ that a fat front tyre doesn’t do beyond a certain speed). As a set-up it does ‘plough’ into soft-deep pea gravel unless you’re careful, the difference from a standard ‘thin-thin’ mountain bike being that the fat-rear allows you to rescue yourself. And once jumps get beyond a certain height, the lack of the ‘proper’ rear-squish provided by a dual-suss bike is noticeable.
Summary – A good compromise that warrants lots more attention…
Fork – 2012 RockShox Reba DualAir RLT 29 100mm. (and yes, I will cut the steerer – eventually)
Wheel – Hope Pro2 Evo QR 32H hub with Velocity P35 700c rim, DT Comp spokes and brass nipples. Maxxis Ardent 29×2.4″ tyre (tubed at the moment, though I may try tubeless at some point). 160mm disc rotor, though once I get my hands on the correct adaptor, it will be 183mm as on the fat-front wheel.
How long I’ll hang onto both the fork and the wheel once Sarah gets her ‘one-frame-to-rule-them-all’ will be interesting to watch ;-)