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Month: October 2015

For Sale: Salsa Mukluk 2

UPDATE: Bike is now sold.

Now that my new fat bike, based around a Salsa Blackborow frame and fork, has been built it’s time to sell my Salsa Mukluk. This bike has served me very well and I’ve got some great memories with it… From deep, dark snowy exploring, leaf-covered autumn Michigan trails, countless new-to-me trail exploring, and fun times at races. It’s only for sale because it’s being replaced with something newer. Used, but with plenty of life left.

The frame is from a 2012 Salsa Mukluk 2, but most parts of this bike have been changed out from original spec; tweaked and chosen specifically for performance and all-weather durability. With the On-One Fatty carbon fiber fork and tubeless wheels this bike weights in at a trim 28.5 pounds; quite light for such solid fat bike. The SRAM X9 1×10 drivetrain was specifically chosen for reliability and to allow for maximum rear tire clearance. The deep, beautiful, anodized finish on the aluminum frame helps keep weight down while avoiding scratching. Full length housings on brake and shift cables keep things running smoothly in even the worst conditions. The tubeless setup has been working great, and coupled with 120 TPI tires makes for a soft, supple, grippy ride with decreased rolling resistance.

This bike is used and shows some minor signs of wear, but there are no notable scratches or marks outside of a small chainsuck mark that’s been colored in and protected with UHMW polyethylene tape. I have ridden it all over Michigan; from Marquette to sandy beaches, Island Lake to Highland, Stony Creek to Bruno’s Run. It’s perfectly suited for almost everything our state has to offer.

This bike is pictured with the On-One Carbon Fatty fork and also comes with the original steel Salsa Enabler. The Enabler fork features triple-boss mounts for stuff-carrying, is very well suited for bikepacking/touring purposes, and can be swapped on in a few minuets.

The bike includes three spare Wheels Manufacturing replacement derailleur hangers (DROPOUT-25), a ~$60 value. I have a 90mm Salsa stem that can be fit in place of the 100mm currently on the bike to help with fit, if needed. The bike is pictured with red-accented Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3 pedals which are not included, but a price for these can be negotiated.

Asking price is US$1400. Sold!

Please email if interested.


Frame: 2012 Salsa Mukluk 2 (Medium / geometry)
Fork: On-One Carbon Fatty (also includes original Salsa Enabler)
Headset: Cane Creek 40
Seatpost: Thomson 27.2mm x 410mm
Seatpost Clamp: Salsa Lip-Lock
Saddle: Specialized Phenom (143mm, Red Accents)
Stem: Cannondale C4 100mm
Bars: Salsa Bend 2 (23 degree)
Grips: Ergon GP1-L
Brakes: Avid BB7 / Avid Speed Dial 7
Crank: Race Face Turbine (Fat Bike version, 175mm arms)
Drivetrain: SRAM X9 1×10 w/ Type 2.1 Clutch Derailleur, X9 Shifter, 30t Race Face Narrow-Wide Ring, 11-36 Shimano XT Cassette
Wheels: SunRingle Mülefüt 80 SL, Hope Fatsno Hubs, DT Swiss super comp Spokes, Salsa Skewers (Wheels built by Mike Curiak /
Tires: 45NRTH Hüsker Dü (120 TPI, Tubeless)

Weight as Pictured: 28.58 pounds



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New Fat Bike: 2016 Salsa Blackborow

Four years ago my fried Erick dropped off a very large box at my house. My first fat bike, a brand new Salsa Mukluk 2, had arrived. This was one of the first large-scale production fatbikes, and one of the first to be light weight out of the box, and I’ve had some very good times with it in all seasons. This year, with huge thanks to QBP, Tree Fort Bikes, Jeff Buerman, and Mike Wirth, I’ve acquired and built a custom 2016 Salsa Blackborow; my next fat bike. This is an aluminum framed, carbon fiber forked fatbike, using Salsa’s great geometry, ready to accept 5″ class tires.

I had originally planned to set this bike up tubeless, but after some issues with the original tubeless setup I build it up with Superlight tubes. I hope to replace this with a tubeless setup sometime in the near future, but I’m still evaluating potential rim sealing options. These may be the FattyStripper latex rim strips or possibly some wide tensilized polypropylene strapping tape (similar to Stan’s Rim Tape).

With tubes the complete bike, including bottle cages, bell, rear light, and Garmin Edge 510, is 29.46 pounds. With the tubes coming in at ~240g/ea I expect to save just under a pound by switching to tubeless. I’m quite happy with this weight, which is quite decent for a burly bike with 4.7″ tires.

My first shakedown ride on the Blackborow at River Bends (my usual bike shakedown location) went really well. There were the usual stops to adjust the grips and brakes, but otherwise I was very happy with the ride. The GX 1×11 drivetrain worked wonderfully, the high engagement rear hub felt spot-on, and I’m convinced that Salsa has gotten the geometry perfect. The only downside was the heavier-feeling wheels, but the forthcoming tubeless conversion should alleviate much of this.

I can’t wait to ride it more.

More photos of the bike can be found here: 2016 Salsa Blackborow

Here’s the details initial build for this bike:

Frame / Fork: 2016 Salsa Blackborow Frame (Medium) / Bearpaw Carbon/Aluminum Fork
Wheelset: DT Swiss BR 2250 Classic
Freehub Ratchets: Bontrager HUB51312614R (54-point for DT Swiss)
Summer Tires: Bontrager Barbegazi (26″ x 4.7″)
Winter Tires: 45NRTH Flowbeist / Dunderbeist
Rim Strip: DT Swiss TRSXXXXS68559S (68×559)
Tubes: Q-Tubes Superlight 26″ x 2.4-2.75″
Brakes: TRP Spyke (180mm front, 160mm rear)
Front Brake Spacer: Shimano SM-MA90-F180P/P2
Brake Levers: Avid FR-5 (Black)
Brake Lever Insulation: 18mm 3:1 Heat Shrink (Generic)
Handlebar: Salsa Bend 2 (23 Degree)
Grips: Ergon GP1 (Large)
Headset: Cane Creek 40 Tapered ZS44|ZS56/40
Stem: Thomson X4 (SM-E133 BLACK, 0x100)
Spacers: Aluminum (Generic)
Stem Cap: Niner YAWYD
Seatpost: Thomson Elite (SP-E116 BLACK, 31.6 x 410)
Seatpost Clamp: Salsa Lip Lock
Saddle: Specialized Phenom Expert (143mm)
Crankset: Race Face Turbine Cinch (175mm x 190mm), ICT Spacer Kit, Alloy Crank Boots
Bottom Bracket: Race Face BB92 (124mm x 41mm)
Pedals: Crank Brothers Eggbeater 3 (Black/Green)
Chainring: Race Face Direct Mount Narrow-Wide (30t)
Cassette: SRAM XG-1150 FULL PIN Cassette
Derailleur: SRAM GX 1×11 X-HORIZON Rear Derailleur
Shifter: SRAM GX 11-speed X-ACTUATION Trigger Shifter
Chain: SRAM PC-X1
Cables/Housing: Jagwire
Chainslap Protection: Scotch 2228 Rubber Mastic Tape
Bottle Cages: King Cage Stainless Steel Cage
Rear Light: Planet Bike Superflash Stealth
Bell: Mirrycle Original Incredibell
Sensors: Garmin Bike Speed Sensor (Hub Mount)


Failed Disc Brake Pad

On Wednesday evening when out riding at River Bends my rear brake became a bit stiff then suddenly failed. It seems the pads had rusted to the point where the pad material separated from the backing plate. Thankfully this failure was pretty simple and non-catastrophic, as I was able to finish the ride… just a bit slower.

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