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    Custom Triton Ti fatbike

    Hi fellow fat lovers,

    Putting together a fat hardtail/ Snow bike. For use in northwest Norway. Thought I'd bore you folks with my build.

    I originally just wanted something to ride through the winter. A nice stable snowbike with some load carrying options. I like to build up my own bikes. So I was looking to order a frame & forks from somewhere. I struggled somewhat to get any shipped up here, and in the end it worked out only a little more expensive to get a custom Ti frame made by Triton in Russia. S
    Somewhere along the way I got seduced by the idea of a fat hardtail. As my current off-road bike is a lightweight, fully rigid, single speed 29er. I figured it would be a nice addition to the bike shed. Now I'm looking to have two set-ups. The frame being designed to work well in both (I hope). I was going to combine my rocker drop-outs, with an angleset headset. To allow adjustment of both wheelbase and head tube angle for each encarnation. But have now decided I'm happy with a 70 HTA for everything.

    Winter - Salsa Enable fork, and studded BFLs.
    Summer - Mendon Lefty, and Knards.

    Although to start with, it will be a hybrid or the two.

    Component list.
    Frame - Triton Ti Custom
    Fork - Cannondale Lefty max, Mendon Cycleworks style
    Headset - Hope
    Seatpost - Triton Ti 0 offset
    Handlebars - Jones CutH
    Stem - J&L OversizeTi 90mm, 5deg
    Saddle - Fizik GobiXM
    Handlebartape - Fizik Microtex + gel
    Crankset - RaceFace Atlas
    Bottom Bracket - RaceFace Ext bearing
    Chainring - Homegrown Single speed 31T
    Chain - Shimano XTR
    Cassette - Shimano XTR 11-36T
    Levers Sram TT900 + Paul thumbie
    Cableouters - Gore Sealed, Ride on
    Cableinners - Gore Sealed, Ride on
    Front mech - Superstar components Chainkeeper
    Rear mech - Sram X.0
    Rim Tape - Surly Fattape
    Brakes - Hope M4
    Rims - Vicious Cycles Graceful fat sheba
    Hubs - Project 321 Lefty
    Hubs - Hope Pro II Fatsnow
    Skewers - Salsa QR
    Spokes - DT Swiss SuperComp
    Nipples - DT Swiss alloy
    Tyre(front) - Surly Big fat larry (home studded)
    Tyre (back) - Surly Big fat larry (home studded)
    Tube(front) - Nokian Gazzaloddi
    Tube (back) - Nokian Gazzaloddi
    Pedals - Crank Bros Mallet

    Definitly needs to be said that there are some bloody clever ideas, and some nice home fixes in this build. All of which are grabbed from this here forum. Cheers folks!
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    Sweet!!!
    Did you stud those bfl yourself? They have a studded version of the husker du, wouldn't be as wide though.
    Going to be an awesome bike, have fun!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Sweet!!!
    Did you stud those bfl yourself? They have a studded version of the husker du, wouldn't be as wide though.
    Going to be an awesome bike, have fun!!
    Cheers.

    Yeah, I used the Gripstuds. About as thin a tread as you could stud. But it went fine. We get varible winter weather here because of warm air being blown off the gulf stream. In combination with freezing air blowing in from the mountains. Depending on wind direction. So ice is a very big problem. I'm hoping the sparse studding on the BFLs will be enough. If not I'll add more studs to the 2 more central rows on each tyre.
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    Custom bikes are always exciting. Custom ti and fat? Woot!

    How long before we see it rolling around?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    Custom bikes are always exciting. Custom ti and fat? Woot!

    How long before we see it rolling around?
    I've been wanting to design my own frame for some time. Not sure a fat frame was the best frame to cut my teeth on though. Lots to consider. Exciting is one word. I could think of others.

    The frame is being wielded now , and I have everything save seatpost and brakes. So not long

    Its not a technical copy (dont know your numbers). But your bike was definitly an inspiration.
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    This is a thread i have been waiting for !
    I have been reading/following the Triton thread and i am really looking forward to the moment when you will post your first pics.

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    I know there's a thread on this. But its easier to post here where the build info is.

    I'd planned to get a matching Ti seatpost. But my experiances with my 29er has me considering a dropper seatpost. I think it may be the fact that I ride such small bikes. But I do struggle for bum space when meeting technical terrain.

    Any thoughs on fatbike dropper seatpost usage on this build?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smallfurry View Post
    Any thoughs on fatbike dropper seatpost usage on this build?
    I've never used a Gobi saddle (like you intend to use), but I noticed a huge difference in ease of getting off the back of the saddle when I switched from an older Specialized Phenom saddle to a newer Specialized Henge. The shape and lack of plastic bumpers on the Henge makes it really easy to throw the bike in front of you if necessary.

    Looking at the Gobi though, it doesn't seem like the shape is much of an issue... maybe practice?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    I've never used a Gobi saddle (like you intend to use), but I noticed a huge difference in ease of getting off the back of the saddle when I switched from an older Specialized Phenom saddle to a newer Specialized Henge. The shape and lack of plastic bumpers on the Henge makes it really easy to throw the bike in front of you if necessary.

    Looking at the Gobi though, it doesn't seem like the shape is much of an issue... maybe practice?
    I have a San Marco Phobos on the 29er. Its darn uncomfortable, and seems very much in the way. So you make a valid point.

    Still tempted by the option of simply dropping the saddle 3-4".
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    I'm also thinking of a dropper post......

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    I'm switching back to a dropper this season. I rode with one two years ago on my fattie but the weight weenie in me ditched it last year. Much more comfortable riding in snow gear while descending/sliding.

    On another note be really careful not to go too deep with the grip studs on the BFL. If you see any silver bits on the inside of the tire you may want to gorilla tape them. I used them on a BFL last season and went a tad too deep on a handful of them. Even after backing them out a little they seem to screw back in while riding (on dirt mostly). I was getting flats like crazy until I taped them. They are awesome though. Much better than I expected. They seriously improve your traction on ice.
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    It was your thread/post that convinced me to try the gripstuds on my BFLs. Cheers!

    I studded them slowly with my thumb on the underside. Still felt some go through the carcass weave, though not the rubber underside. So I guess I'll find out.
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    I'm sure you did better than me. I became a little impatient after a couple hundred studs. Nice bike by the way. Can't wait to see the pics!
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    I think I am going to get the KS Lev if I can find one in stock. Seems like the stock is gone for the year. I like the cable is fixed.

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    I'm looking forward to owning a Lev as well. I was the most long term happy with my last KS post versus the other posts I had. Agreed on the cable staying in one place.
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    I picked that post, largely because it has nice blue bits. I think I tend to over think every last component untill my brain gets bored and I just finish the bike off whatever I like the colour of.....

    I dont really want a cabl for the seatposte, as I'm trying to keep things simple. Both in terms of cabling, and cockpit. I had spec'd internal routing for the rear mech, and brake hose. To make man handling the bike in deep snow easier. But seems to be a touch tricky. Having a BMC Racemaster roadie with internal cables that were a massive PITA to set up. I'm not exactly sad to see the option go.

    Currently looking at options for frame bag, gastank bag, saddle bag, and pogies. I'd love to splash money on acustom matching set. In black and grey, with blue lining/details. Dont have the funds currently.
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    I've been wanting a Triton frame for years now.

    Glad to see someone getting a Fatbike made by Triton

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post
    I've been wanting a Triton frame for years now.

    Glad to see someone getting a Fatbike made by Triton
    Its coming up to 12 months since I paid. Which is basically what I expected. If its finished around Xmas, it will still be finished quicker than I have managed collected the other parts needed. I tend to treat myself to a bike part, once a month, so building bikes takes time for me (the BMC racemaster took 18 months, and that was based on a OTP frameset).
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    Quote Originally Posted by deloresstuarty View Post
    The frame being designed to work well in both
    I mean both set-ups, hradtail and snowbike. Sorry its not that clear.

    As a snow bike (running a Salsa enabler fork), with stable handling coming from a combination of low BB, longish wheelbase, and a slackish front end (front end geo is a bit more complex though).

    As a hardtail (running lefty fork), with slighter shorter wheelbase. The front end will be still be slackish. But I quite like a slack front end with a short stem and wide bars for off-roading.

    I had toyed with the idea of an oversized headtube, and angleset headset. To better adust the front end for each use. With the rocker drop-outs as well, you can go from the rough geo of Snow specific fatty, to a trail specific fatty. With relativly small adjustment. Fun bike nerdery. But in reality 70 degrees is fine IMHO.
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    Actually I just noticed some missing pics in your post. maybe I misunderstood it.

    Sorry.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smallfurry View Post
    Actually I just noticed some missing pics in your post. maybe I misunderstood it.

    Sorry.
    Ignore the SPAM bot. Same incomprehensible post in a bunch of threads.

    Build is looking great, can't wait to see more progress.
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    Its all getting mad exciting. The front triangle is tacked, and the rear end geometry is now finalised after loads of stressful measuring. I rebuilt the front wheel, as it was too dished, and still was'nt 100% centered in the Lefty. Now all the spokes run along the left spoke bed of the GFS, and the wheel is perfectly balanced, and a lot stronger.

    On paper I reckon I could run the awesome Bud/Lou combo (would require the rocker drop-outs to be pulled right back I reckon). There's no technical excuse for wanting 5" knobbly tyres, and 100mm of suspension, on summer trails. But I'm sure folks on here would understand the desire.

    Toying with the idea of building it SS to start with. I'm a simplistic cyclist. I think I'd get to know the bike better without the complication of gears.

    Sorry to repeat myself. But a big thanks to those that take the time to post on the fatbikes forum. Stealing your ideas is whats made it possible for a simple guy like myself to get this far.
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    Dette ser veldig spennende ut!!! You should post this build on terrengsykkel.no. I've already taken the liberty of linking to it in the "Er fatbike ett bra konsept?" thread, but it really deserve it's own thread.

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    COOL!

    I like the renderings, and I'm intrigued by Ti lately, but the CSs look like heel knockers. I'd move the bends rearward and adjust the approach angles of the CS to the DO to get more shoe clearance... if it's not too late. Just a thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FSThompson View Post
    Dette ser veldig spennende ut!!! You should post this build on terrengsykkel.no. I've already taken the liberty of linking to it in the "Er fatbike ett bra konsept?" thread, but it really deserve it's own thread.
    Takk.

    Jeg allerede har et på LFGSS.com. 3 blir litt mye kansje

    Men jeg kan godt deltar i tråden. Det er ikke akkurat lett å få tak i dele i Norge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailMaker View Post
    COOL!

    I like the renderings, and I'm intrigued by Ti lately, but the CSs look like heel knockers. I'd move the bends rearward and adjust the approach angles of the CS to the DO to get more shoe clearance... if it's not too late. Just a thought.
    Tis a good point.

    That rendering isnt 100% to scale though. My chainstays arent 1" thick for a start.I will also be running 165mm cranks. On paper it works at least

    Little more concerned that the 10mm under the HT - DT join, together with the 15mm bottom stack of my headset, wont be enougth to give decent clearance to the Lefty crown. My DTs pretty steep.

    I have a lot of niggles
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    Yeh;

    That's a really crowded HT. I don't ever have that problem because I am always trying to
    RAISE the front of the bike as high as I can. I'm not sure why a Fatbike would have an HT
    that short, but...

    I think I could fit your HT in BETWEEN my TT and DT!

    This is what I did to get max clearance at the DO junction;

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    Thats^ very cool.

    The combination of big wheels, a 470 A-C, and my lack of height. Lead to the tiny headtube. I'll even be running the top clamp of the lefty above my stem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smallfurry View Post
    Thats^ very cool.

    The combination of big wheels, a 470 A-C, and my lack of height. Lead to the tiny headtube. I'll even be running the top clamp of the lefty above my stem.
    Indeed;

    The existence of the short HT lead me to suspect that was the case. With a 680 A-C and a 7" HT, I still have a 10* stem, 30mm riser, an uncut Enabler steer tube, and 45mm of spacers to get my bars level with my seat!

    We are on opposite ends of the spectrum, you & I!

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    My 5 deg stem will be flipped, and slammed, which should hit the level mark by my calcs. I may need to flip my cut-H bars too to get down to level. Hope not though. That'd cant be a good look.
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    Custom Triton Ti fatbike-welded.jpg
    Just a quick update.

    Currently riding around in the norwegian snow, on a SS belt driven, 29er, with the fat lefty front, and a ice spiker pro rear. Mad fun, with the rear digging its aggressive studs in for drive, and the floaty control of the front. But you can just feel that full fat is gonna rock.

    After loads of fine tuning and perfecting, involving a genuinely amazing amount of man hours, and knowhow, from Triton. The frame is welded!
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    An excruciatingly long process;

    You must be getting really nudgey!
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    Final welding done. Just waiting for the hand brushing, and headbadge etc.

    Looks pretty much exactly as I'd hoped it would, when I first started the long design process. Triton have been pretty amazing.
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    Looks awesome ! Bet you cant wait to get on the trails. I hate waiting for frames !!!
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    Brushed. Shiny.

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    That looks almost magical. Hope it rides as well as it looks, they do some great stuff over at Triton. (I had them make me a custom [fat] unicycle frame)

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    Wow, looks amazing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tracerprix View Post
    I'm also thinking of a dropper post......

    I use a dropper on my AM but I'm really leaning for suspension post on my Fat. My Fat is winter dedicated. I put on and love my front suspension. With a sweet soft ride, I ride longer, faster with a bigger smile.

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    Any updates on the bike?

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    There was a delay with the set up of their own blasting set-up. Its being finished now. The stickered version above was for demo purpose.

    Still need to buy brakes. Plus I have some more studs to add to the front tyre. Looking to have it running for winter. Although I'd love to get some of the coming Vee Rubber tyres and test on the trails beforehand. Funds will decide that I guess.


    watch this space.........
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    Exciting!! I would not have the patience you do....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    Exciting!! I would not have the patience you do....
    Triton have been developing new tools as they go for this frame, as well expanding their workshop in general. Its caused a relativly long build time. But its also been incredibly interesting to be a part of.

    My road bike took just as long to finish, and that was all OTP parts. I have expensive taste, and am very particular about every component. But not having a money tree in the backyard. I need to spread the cost. I feel I get more out of the process this way too.

    My bikes arent just 'buying exercises' though. The true enjoyment comes from the riding. In that respect. I'm buzzing to get it finished.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailMaker View Post
    Yeh;

    That's a really crowded HT. I don't ever have that problem because I am always trying to
    RAISE the front of the bike as high as I can. I'm not sure why a Fatbike would have an HT
    that short, but...

    I think I could fit your HT in BETWEEN my TT and DT!

    This is what I did to get max clearance at the DO junction;

    INCREDIBLE...
    is it Steel frame or titanium frame?
    when i clic index it doesn't work.
    I thank it was triton ti... oups, mistake!

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    Hey Rad;

    If you are referring to my frame, it is steel. Smallfurry's is Ti.
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    This afternoon, i discover you two frames on the cycles-cny forum
    you are an artist of course.
    it was hard to find with Kroozer and Jonespark with google.
    when do you handcraft the #3 ?

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    Custom Triton Ti fatbike-blasted-1.jpgCustom Triton Ti fatbike-blasted-2.jpgCustom Triton Ti fatbike-blasted-3.jpgSandblast finishing done, and soon to be in my happy hands
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    Very very strong the Russian!
    i don't like moving drop out, but theses one are an exampl of meticulus work.
    and finition is over the rest, really.

    Headtube is very short, frame is unbelievable sloping.
    i like it. (exept drop outs)

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    Great looking bike. Very refined. It looks like he got the blasting machine sorted out, those panels look really nice. Looking forward to seeing the complete pictures.

    Cheers,
    Steven


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ID:	801829Sandblast finishing done, and soon to be in my happy hands
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rad Gab View Post
    Very very strong the Russian!
    i don't like moving drop out, but theses one are an exampl of meticulus work.
    and finition is over the rest, really.

    Headtube is very short, frame is unbelievable sloping.
    i like it. (exept drop outs)
    Cheers.

    I'm 5'7" and pretty flexible. So wanted as low as possible a front end. I will be running the top Lefty clamp above the stem to help achieve this.

    I'm a keen single speeder, so while its to be built 1x10, I could'nt resist the rockers. It also means when I swap from winter tyres (studded BFLs), to summer tyres (thinking 3.8" V8s), I can perhaps push the rear wheel further in. Something which makes more of a difference in my small size.

    Quote Originally Posted by shoo View Post
    Great looking bike. Very refined. It looks like he got the blasting machine sorted out, those panels look really nice. Looking forward to seeing the complete pictures.

    Cheers,
    Steven
    Cheers.

    They do seem to have hit the floor running with regards to their new in house finishing.
    A big boy did it, and ran away.
    62*28'

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    this is a beautiful bike!

    congrats!!!

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