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    El Muerto

    So... a month or so ago I build up a fatbike. I figure I'll use it once or twice during our very short mud season.

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    Turns out it's the most amazing bike ever and I can't put it down. I tried to find terrain that put a frown on my face but no matter how sandy, chunky, crappy, rocky, steep or overgrown I rolled I just kept smiling. This inspired me to put a little effort into building the thing.

    So... I came up with the "El Muerto"

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    Probably to many pics of the wheels... but that's what makes a fatbike. Saved over two pounds on the wheels alone and I can really feel it. Weighs in at a svelte 36 pounds now.

    Found this interesting detail once the paint came off. Brazed fill where the fork crown bend is on both sides.

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    Anyways... thought I would share. Before I get to many comments about a bare steel frame keep in mind I live in a very dry part of the US and ran a Ralight XXIX SS for over a year and a half with no paint and no issue. Just having some fun and appreciating the detail of how the frame was made.
    Just keep pedaling...

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    Love the rim strip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    Love the rim strip.
    + a BIG One

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    I love this build!

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    Great pics and a fun looking build

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    DOINK;

    Until I read the last bit, I didn't even realize it was raw!?

    Not sure I'm crazy about the brass fill on the bend distortion of the fork blades, but that is really just a purely technical conceit.

    My experiences with Fatting mirror your own, it seems. Rode my Niner RIP 9 the other night for the first time in a long time, and was decidedly non-plussed. Ride on, Fatboy!!
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    Cool build!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailMaker View Post
    DOINK;

    Until I read the last bit, I didn't even realize it was raw!?

    Not sure I'm crazy about the brass fill on the bend distortion of the fork blades, but that is really just a purely technical conceit.
    Elvota, is it bead blasted or something? I didn't notice it was unpainted till the last line too, looks great!

    That said, I wonder if all Surly forks have that BS filler in the bend. My OG offset Pugsley fork has some acceptable flex under braking. Where as the last Moonlander fork I grabbed a hand full of brake came back at me so severely I got off to see what was broken. Turns out it was nothing, just a really flexy fork.
    Slowly slipping to retrogrouchyness

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    Is the brass fill because the inside radius of the tube dimples when bent?

    EDIT: Also, two thumbs way up. That is a cheeky ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    Love the rim strip.
    I concur! This rim strip is the best I have seen.
    Flotilla or Buffet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Is the brass fill because the inside radius of the tube dimples when bent?

    EDIT: Also, two thumbs way up. That is a cheeky ride.
    Safe bet, methinks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by G-reg View Post
    Elvota, is it bead blasted or something?
    Nope... just used airplane stripper and steel wool. Bead blasting would look similar and probably be easier in the long run.

    Quote Originally Posted by G-reg View Post
    That said, I wonder if all Surly forks have that BS filler in the bend....
    My guess is they all do. I see no reason why mine would be the exception. You can't even feel the braze with the fork bare so no way to tell with paint still on.

    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Is the brass fill because the inside radius of the tube dimples when bent?
    That's my guess. Relatively speaking, the Pugsley is a pretty cheap frame and fork that just gets the job done. Not sure if the brazing would be considered a quality issue. Just interesting to see how they manufacture them.
    Just keep pedaling...

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