20 January 2012 - 9:28First Ride Musings
So after my first ride on the Trundleraptor, I began formulating some opinions. It is certainly a very fun bike, it adds some versatility to my harem of other really fun bikes, and it brings it’s own set of strengths and weaknesses.
The biggest downfall of this bike is of course, the weight. It is a tank, but that is to be expected. The wheels are where most of the weight is locked up, it’s just the nature of this beast. The Rolling Darryls are among the lighter rims out there, the cut outs really save a significant amount of weight over the Large Marge. I opted to use SuperComp spokes to try and get a little more weight savings, but I still would up with a wheelset of 1350/1420. That’s just over 6lbs of wheels, not including tires. And guess what, those tires ain’t light either.
There are also not a lot of options for the specific components to these bikes at the moment, but that is changing. Only a few short years ago, there was only one choice for tires, the Endomorph. Now Surly has an array, and they even have a folding version of the Nate coming out. There are also more choices in frames and forks out there, so there is growth in this category. It will be interesting to see what there is for fat bike offerings in 2 years. It sorta reminds me of 29ers 6 years ago.
On the plus side, this bike is a total blast to ride. I really look forward to learning more about winter riding. If last year you told me I would anxiously be getting ready to go ride in sub zero temps, I would have accused you of being on crack.
My last thought, one that occurred to me while riding yesterday, is that no one uses Indiana Jones quotes. I think this is a shame. Sure Star Wars quotes are awesome, but Raiders of the Lost Ark is a veritable goldmine of quotables. I’m going to do what I can to rectify this.