Salsa Blackborow DS + Woven – Tubeless Carbon Wheel Set

Salsa DS_2225
Well my first ride on the new Woven 85mm Carbon Fat Bike Wheelset, and all I can say is ‘WOW’!!! The ride quality and feel of losing all that weight really makes a difference. The total weight savings from swapping out the Clownshoes & removing the tubes is a whopping 3.98 lbs. These new Woven wheels were easy to setup with just 4oz. of Stan’s sealant in each wheel, but having an air compressor for inflation is a must for these guys.













My Salsa Blackborow DS is going to be so happy with these beautiful Woven Precision Handbuilts 85mm Carbon Tubeless wheels. A full review and more photos to follow.

Woven Fatbike Hubs

● Shimano/SRAM 10 speed or xd Driver
● Front: 135mm or 150 mm (QR or 15mm)
● Rear: 170/177mm or 190/197mm (QR or 12mm)
● Sapim D-Light spokes with Sapim Polyax alloy nipples
● 32 front & 32 rear (3x)
● 2132g / pair

$1650 CDN

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2015 Salsa Blackborow DS

Ok, so I went out to shop for a single-speed bike that I could ride most of the year here in Northeastern Ohio, and look what I found, a Dingle-Speed. My plan is to build a 29+ wheelset to ride in the Spring/Summer, and then rock the massive 4.8″ tires on 100mm Clown Shoes in the Fall/Winter. I will update this post after a put some miles on this thing, but so far I’m lovin’ this beast. Also, none on my bikes are complete without my Revelate Designs Gas Tank & Mountain Feedbag.

Here is the description from Salsa Cycles:

Salsa Blackborow DS is designed for off-the-beaten-path fatbike exploration. Our thru-axle equipped 6066 aluminum Blackborow frame and Bearpaw 150 fork gets loaded up with flotation maximizing 100mm-wide Surly Clown Shoe rims and premium 4.8” folding bead Surly Lou tires. Power those fat tires with a dinglespeed drivetrain. Dinglespeed? Think double singlespeed, in this case, 30 x 18t and 26 x 22t. The larger gear is great for cruising into town for supplies, while the lower gear will come in handy on singletrack or when the conditions get truly horrific. Don’t let “dinglespeed” fool you into thinking downgraded spec. Blackborow DS features the best-in-class Surly OD crankset with wider spaced bearings for better distribution of crankarm forces and longer bearing life. If Blackborow DS has you thinking soft surface beach riding, you’ll appreciate the fact that the cogs, chainrings, chainring bolts and spokes are stainless steel, and that we’ve spec’d a KMC RustBuster chain.

Salsa Blackborow DS

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2015 Salsa Beargrease Carbon 1

Thanks to Eric at Revelate Designs for the sweet White Pika, Jerrycan, Gas Tank, & Feedbag to go along with my new Salsa Beargrease Carbon 1 from Century Cycles.

Now I need to plan a Winter Bikepacking trip!


  • High-modulus carbon fiber frame
  • Makwa carbon fiber fork
  • SRAM X1 fatbike drivetrain
  • Surly Marge Lite rims with 45North Dillinger folding 120 tpi tires
  • MSRP $3,699.00


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Carver Ti Fat Bike

I wanted to build a titanium snow bike capable of running 4.7″ Surly BFL or Husker Du 4.0, so here it is:

Behold, the Carver O’Beast Ti Snow Bike. I tried on this build to feature parts from smaller and/or lesser know companies that build fine products, and I think I have a good mix here.

Probably not the best year to build a new snow bike with the lack of snow in almost every state this year, but I did get it out a few times so far. The beauty of this symmetrical 170/135mm build is that I can have a second set of wheels for the Spring/Summer without some of the issues of building offset wheels.

Build Spec: Weight 29 lbs – 1 oz. w/45NRTH Husker Du 4.0 & Bontrager 26×2.5-2.8   Build Spec: Weight 30 lbs – 10 oz. w/Surly BFL 4.7

Frame: 2012 Carver O’Beast Ti – 19″ brushed
Fork: 2012 Carver O’Beast Carbon – 465mm
Rear Der: Shimano RD-M662 SLX
Front Der: Shimano FD-M771 XT Direct Mount & Problem Solver Adapter# 1023
Shifters: Shimano Deore SL-M590 9-spd
Headset: Cane Creek C110
Crankset: Surly MWOD double off-set 175mm x 22/36t w/bashguard (Pugsley Version)Pedals: Crankbrothers Candy 3
Brakes: Avid BB7 Mechanical Disc, 160mm
Brake Levers: Avid Speed Dial 7
Cassette: Shimano HG80 – 9spd
Chain: SRAM PC-991
Stem: Kalloy AS-008 25.4mm, 110mm, 7 degree
Handlebar: TiCycles Ti Flat Bar 680mm, 15 degree
Seatpost: Kent Eriksen Ti 27.2mm x 400mm
Saddle: Fizik Aliante Versus Saddle (VS)
Grips: Ergon GA1
Tires: Surly Big Fat Larry 4.7 (F) & (R)
Tubes: Surly Lite XC 3.0-4.0
Rim Strips: Black
Cable/Housing: Jagwire
Wheelset: Speedway 70mm, Salsa 170/135mm w/QR’s

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45NRTH VANHELGA – Tubeless Fatbike Tire


Designed for trail riding in loose snow, Vanhelga brings traction technology to an entirely vanhelga-1-smnew level. Dual compound rubber lengthens tread life in the center of the tire while enhancing cornering control on the sides. Triple-siped shoulder knobs boost traction on ice. Our tubeless ready design delivers a super supple ride quality, further enhances grip, and saves weight. In addition to these technological advancements, Vanhelga’s deep and open tread pattern sheds snow and tracks flawlessly when the trail becomes soft and sloppy. Click here for more info!

Available September 2014

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Army Green – Fat Quad

Fat QuadUtah Trikes present the Army Green Quad. Surly Clown Show wheels, Lou 4.8 tires all around, Avid BB7 disc brakes, now this is taking Fat Biking to a whole new level. Check out some of the specs on this thing here:

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Carbon Fat Bike – Wheels

Yo Momma Rims Pair Borealis CarbondaleHED Carbon – Yo MaMa’s

Rim Weight: 480 grams
Width – 85mm wide

HED is building all Fat Bike rims in house.

The dealer will need to call 651 653 0202 for a RA number. HED isn’t responsible for lost hubs that are sent without a RA number.

  Hubs need to be 135mm front and at least 170 mm rear. 190mm hubs in the rear will work as well.

Borealis Carbon – Carbondale

These rims will work with or without tubes with any tire from 3.8″ to 4.8″ wide.  The 85mm rim width is an ideal size for all widths of fat bike tires.


MSRP: $1599 per set of rims

$1999 per complete wheelset with Borealis FH1 hubs, double butted spokes, and colored alloy nipples.

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