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    A Big Boy In The Making

    After settling in Switzerland a few years ago and spending each winter snow-riding on wrong horses, I decided to have a fat-bike built.



    I've been spending a lot of time reading the threads in this forum - thanks to all for the huge amount of information - and now have Kris Henry of 44 Bikes build me a Big Boy. He just finished welding a Kid Dangerous for me that replaces a not so reliable Niner Air 9 Carbon. Next week, Kris is starting with this:



    A few parts that I had sitting around or were recently purchased:



    For everything else I'll be working with Kris. Some components being rather hard to come by, I'll need to be patient and continue to enjoy winter on a wrong horse. Nothing wrong with that
    blogging @29in.CH

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    welcome from the land of snow & ice

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    Sweet project, what bars are they in the third shot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by OFFcourse View Post
    Sweet project, what bars are they in the third shot?
    Those are Parkarino bars by Watson Cycles. I bought these a while ago for a project that never wanted to materialize.
    blogging @29in.CH

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    Really like the lines of that frame.
    Just one question: Is a 44 twice as good as my Twenty2?

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    blogging @29in.CH

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    Things are taking shape.

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    ^ tasty

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    Been watching this build on their FB page. I wondered if it was for somebody on here.

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    Been on MTBR for a long time as a 29er rider. This is my first fat-bike. Never actually been on one, but with the nice winters we get around here, I'm sure I'll be a fat-bike addict soon. Couple more days and the frame is finished. Then off to powder and getting all the components together. Super fun to work with Kris on this puppy.
    blogging @29in.CH

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    Kris welding the bottom bracket sub-assembly:



    Fitting the stainless tubing for internal cable routing:



    More on the 44 Bikes blog.
    blogging @29in.CH

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    The front triangle's finished. Seat stays to be done today. The frame ready for a weldfest:



    The head tube welds:



    The bottom bracket:



    This thing is going to have snow flakes crystalize in the shape of a 44 each time I let it loose into the great winter world.
    blogging @29in.CH

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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous View Post

    Braaaap!

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    You've got skills, son! This looks killer!

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    A full squish would have been mo better but perhaps next time.

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    sweet...kris' stuff is impressive!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    Braaaap!
    Heh, you're building the wheels for this puppy
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    The seat stays are on:



    Wheel checkery:



    Good clearance:

    blogging @29in.CH

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    Almost ready for powder. In the meantime Big Boy's little brother Kid Dangerous came back from powder and will be on the way to me this week.



    blogging @29in.CH

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    Quite envious chap not only of your location but your mastery of the torch

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    Sweet frame, love the internal cable routing
    A Fatback'd Lefty for who life IS a Beach

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    Cannot stop looking at photos. Awesome bike!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles R View Post
    Cannot stop looking at photos. Awesome bike!
    Thanks, Kris is doing a fantastic job. Looking forward having it come back from powder and get built. Building will take time and patience though as quite a few components are on back order.
    blogging @29in.CH

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    Well, Big Boy's ready for powder. Check back in January for the frame in color.



    blogging @29in.CH

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    We shall wait with baited breath.

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    At the end of December my Kid Dangerous frame arrived. Being out of town, I only got to build it up last weekend.

    Big Boy is at powder and should be coming back any day. Here's a treat while we're waiting.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails A Big Boy In The Making-paul-hubs.jpg  

    blogging @29in.CH

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    Paul components are outstanding
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    The Paul hubs got a small update.



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    Really Reallly Sweeeet. I'm constantly impressed with the builds on here.

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    Finally a XX1 on a fatbike .. damn curious how it'll work out!

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    Very nice!

    Is the chainstay length really 16.5" on the Big Boy or that's a typo on the web site? If it is indeed correct, I guess that's the shortest in the business!

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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous View Post
    Well, Boy's ready for powder. Check back in January for the frame in color.
    tis Jan so give it up.
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    tis Jan so give it up.
    It hasn't come back from powder just yet. It won't be black like my Kid Dangerous

    blogging @29in.CH

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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous View Post
    It hasn't come back from powder just yet. It won't be black like my Kid Dangerous
    thats a relief silver or grey does well with blue though.
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    thats a relief silver or grey does well with blue though.
    While I thought about those, I decided to pick something else. Big Boy is going to be a Big Blue Boy. Meet the frame in Tiger Drylac's "Sparkle Sky Blue".





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    WOW. that's is purty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous View Post
    While I thought about those, I decided to pick something else. Big Boy is going to be a Big Blue Boy. Meet the frame in Tiger Drylac's "Sparkle Sky Blue".
    supa big boy bloo any accent color?? white maybe?
    plus+, plus+ = win:

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    Holy crap that's pretty.
    "There are two kinds of mountain bikers in the world: those who are faster than me, and me."

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    Laced by Mike Curiak and back at 44 HQ.

    blogging @29in.CH

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    Frame and fork photographed by Kris. Blue King InSet and Extralite UltraClamp.

    blogging @29in.CH

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    @A.P. : Yes, that is not a typo. With the sliders all the way forward, 16.5" with plenty of room:



    Husker Du on a Rolling Daryl pictured, but also checked with a Nate (not pictured) and fit fine as well.
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    Fresh out of 44 HQ.



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    That looks fantastic!
    Better to have and not need it, than to need it and not have it.

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    Chain guide mod by Kris.



    The finished chain guide.



    In order for chain guide and TRS fat-bike crank to play together, the granny tabs had to go. Hopefully, e.13 will have something for us fat-bikers to run XX1 without a chainguide - either a spider for a SRAM XX1 chainring or an e.13 chainring that doesn't require a chain guide.



    Some awesome work done there!
    blogging @29in.CH

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    That looks BAD*SS!!! Kris is turning out some sweet rides lately!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by collideous View Post
    While I thought about those, I decided to pick something else. Big Boy is going to be a Big Blue Boy. Meet the frame in Tiger Drylac's "Sparkle Sky Blue".

    Wow!
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    Wow...yeah, that's all I have
    Fantastic work!!


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    that is a sweet looking bike and i bet it rides even better than it looks. enjoy it!....good work collideous and kris!

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    Amazing.

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    Thanks dRj0n. 29lbs without pedals as pictured. Will be uploading more images for Collideous to share today/tomorrow. This will have to tide everyone over until then :

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