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    finally...........first week with a moonlander

    they have landed in the UK.......4 long months after ordering one........all i can say is wow

    100mm rims.......4.7'' tires.......28mm offset frame....i give you the moonlander!!!!!

































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    offset art to go with offset frames......





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    .......and repeat !
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    Love the "no step" Was that you or Surly?

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    as said on RB nice one mate

    have fun , but take loads of photos for us all

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    Your rear tire is mounted the wrong direction imho....

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    Very nice! I've been excited for you since the start.

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    Don't forget me when you get bored of it ;-)

    Fitted a Clown Shoe on the front of the Mukluk yesterday and rode it 30+ miles this morning the 5 miles on sand was awesome, unfortunatly the Nate on the back was draggy as hell on the tarmac.

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    Congrats, Saltyman!

    First, you couldn't sleep for the waiting, and now...too excited?

    Like the touch of carbon, goes well. Custom decal too!

    In time, you must give a report on the differences between the ML and the Pugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idahodirt View Post
    Love the "no step" Was that you or Surly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bik-ing View Post
    Your rear tire is mounted the wrong direction imho....
    I agree, though if it needs grip......I have spare nates
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    Thanks folks!

    Looking forward to riding it in marshland, gravel and sandy beaches here in the lake district this week.

    I can't get over the size of the thing, despite already being a fatbike owner

    I will take lots of pics as usual
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    Good move going with the carbon bottle cage… otherwise your bike might be too heavy.

    The more pictures I see of the Moonlanders—with that awesome metalflake paint—the more I think I might “need” one.
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    I always wanted to squish them bumps

    Just what the heck are they. I know it's the tube bulging out, but how? Is that surly tire liner some super space age Flubber.

    And that decal is great, but shouldn't it be in the moonlander font...just saying.

    I am having a hard time not getting one of these.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit View Post
    I always wanted to squish them bumps

    Just what the heck are they. I know it's the tube bulging out, but how? Is that surly tire liner some super space age Flubber.

    And that decal is great, but shouldn't it be in the moonlander font...just saying.

    I am having a hard time not getting one of these.
    That's the Surly rim strip, which is just vinyl plastic - no fiber reinforcement. Kinda like a HD innertube. Most of the DIY stuff is ribbon, or tape - stuff w/o a lot of stretch. It would increase the cush - variable volume that expands when the tire takes a hit.
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Wow. That's a cool bike! Love the personalized bits.
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    Awesome !

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    Thanks, a good friend designed and made the custom sickers, really well made and they look great.

    I had the moonlander off road today, down the local coastal tidal basin, water had just gone out and was able to test it out over the slippery rocks, wet sand and gravel, no problem for the big bike.....

    My girlfriend was riding my pugsley/Nate set up, over everything I did, so nothing out of the ordinary where one bike is better yet.

    Will try and add some pics.
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    My box is sitting in the kitchen awaiting opening, picked it up from work this morning, it is the fattest bike box i have ever seen
    7pm launch time, once mate comes round to get some pics with his SLR,
    a quick spin around the street then strip down tonight for 1st framesaver coat, and a few wee mods

    Test flight mid week hopefully
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    You will love it mate, been playing at the beach today, had the pugs with me too.....nobody puts pugs in the corner!

    My girlfriend loved riding alongside me, through the sloppy stuff and and in and around down, getting stopped and pointed at by people.......they were not prepared for contact!
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    Popped out on the fat bikes today.....this is 1 mile from the house so it's local play area......







































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    Good call making your gf haul the stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volsung View Post
    Good call making your gf haul the stuff.
    All in the name of scientific testing you understand
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    Giant tires are what you need
    riding on the moon

    I hope my cranks don’t break
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    Great pics! Love the pic of the offset frame with the offset flagpole or light pole.
    Those stickers look like their factory
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    Thanks, yeah I love the stickers, a little personal touch.

    Also my bikes are getting photographed regularly from others while I'm out, so interesting to see where the pics turn up and if it's from my bikes.

    Getting stopped to chat fatbikes regular here in the uk, I have never seen any others bar my own!

    People are not prepared for the fatness here
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    I didn't know how much I wanted one of these until right now.

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    Went back out alone today to test those BFLs on the stickier tidal mud and flood lands, really messy stuff.

    The tires were at 6 psi, never stopped but spinning too much, if the tire was rotated opposite way and dropped to 5 psi it would be much better.



    The stickier heavy tidal mud and sand mix causes havoc, even with fat bikes, pugsley can't handle this as well as the moonlander, dropped to 5 psi, but despite sinking when you stop, it simply rolls out and picks up speed, floating along really well.



    Soon as you stop, it sinks, low gear, pull out and again, flotation does the work......




    Went to local bike shop on the way home as he's interested in fatbikes, DC cycles, Ulverston, good gossip and also turned my rear tire around for free.



    Looking forward to seeing what 5 psi, and reverse BFL does tomorrow.

    I was surprised at the low pressure already in the tubes, I never checked the pressures, simply built the bike and rode it. I'd of guessed they'd be 15-20psi as they were solid, surprised when we checked at the shop.
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    Quiet day at roanhead beach today, lots of space, only me and the wildlife.....lots of it dead!

    The moonlander was superb, played in the dunes, wet sand, dry sand, just great fun.....perfect day.

    Few pictures as usual.....


























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    I saw this at the airport today & though of your new bike....



    Perfect replacement for the Golf

    Bike looks cool
    So, what is the updated ride report then...
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    What a beast!
    plan it...build it....ride it...love it....
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    Quote Originally Posted by motorman View Post
    So, what is the updated ride report then...
    very good.

    It's like discovering fat in the beginning.

    I can't even look my pugsley in the face, as much as I love it.....I asked the girlfriend tonight, do you really want to use my pug.....she said only to keep you happy....meaning it will get very limited use.

    I therefore have my pugsley on uk eBay

    Not a tough decision, one time it would be, but not when I have this bike.

    Anyways.....today was great. The reverse BFL was very well behaved, a little more drag, but a lot more bite, fine for my limited miles, 4-10 miles typical, I can live with a less smooth ride.

    I still can't get over the air volume in these BFLs. 5psi and the tire seems solid, like it would have around 20psi in.....strange. Im over 100kg too, but the tires keep there shape remarkably well.

    I found myself deliberately riding over rocks and pebbles to check the absorbing qualitys of the set up.....I thought to myself, these tires would probaly run on no air

    The bike sits higher than the pug, more of a hybrid stance than the pugs mtb like ride, not an issue for me, I like a more relaxed ride. It's certainly comfortable enough. I have a brooks saddle to go on, and will use this bike for my longer rides when I recover from my current injuries.

    I doubt I will see snow this year, but I'm keen to see what it's like on solid, woodland and moorland tracks....see now the clown shoes handle the harder terrain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71 View Post
    What a beast!


    It's the bike for you Bruce, I can't wait to see what you do with yours
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    Enjoyed another great day at the beach today, rock crawling was the aim, and another go through the boggy marshland where the rear was spinning last time.

    Rear tire reversed was awesome this time, no issues, just power along, hit the bog, and it kept on going.

    The bike handles slow rock crawling very well, surprisingly better than the smaller rimmed pugsley. I thought the tires would bounce around like a pinball off the rocks, no problems though, just nice and slow, steady away and the 4.7" BFL just absorbs, grips and rolls you over.

    Few snaps from today, the ice is because the water has very little salt with the feed being from the hills and mountains.























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    Right on bro.

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    what peddels are you using?

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    awsome pics mate

    promise to get some up of the black ops, all the bits have arrived now and just finished tarting her up a bit. just got to reverse the bfl on the rear then she is good for some more mud.

    what presure are you running at now?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fresno View Post
    what peddels are you using?
    They are Nukeproof electrons and very nice
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stubbster View Post
    what presure are you running at now?

    stubbsy
    they had 6psi out of the box, I have them at 5psi now, perfect for road, sand, rocks, everything.....I get used to them, rather than change all the time.

    BFL on a clown shoe, the tires look and feel like they have twice that much, strange but good.
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    Absolutely freezing today, large amounts of frozen sea water at roanhead, south lakes, but was desperate to get out with the fatbikes....

    Just a nice early afternoon playing on the dunes, collecting interesting sea shells and a bit of sand blasting along the soft stuff to see how the pugsley coped in the moonlanders tracks.

    Great day with the girlfriend 8)













































    The sand was super soft near the water, a good test for flotation.....even the moonlander at 5psi was slow through here, the pugsley was even more draggy, and I had to get my girlfriend to follow in my tracks to get back to the dunes.













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    First week with a moonlander and 50miles covered in all terrain.

    Typical the last day to actually have snow!





    Only a inch or two so no real test, but I have really enjoyed the past week getting to know the bike.
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    Took it for its first climbing session today, only 722ft but enough for me on an empty stomach.....just wanted to make the most of the stunning sun to be honest.

    All was well, bar a little hiccup on the way home where my front mech twisted round....had to stop and retighten and a bit of adjustment....was scary when the crank arm hit it and span it into the rear tire :shock: all is well though, no damage.

    Sick of washing the bike though, can't wait for dry days......

    Few pics from hoard monument, Ulverston.















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    Great Pix from the top of Oubas (Hoad) Hill in Ulverston SM

    Hoad Monument looks much better after it's refurb

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    fantastic views from the top

    wish i had bigger hills near me

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    It's less than 1 mile from the front door but takes effort to get those views!
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    Great ride reports and pic's!!!!! My Moonlander arrives this Thursday, living vicariously through your posts till then

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    So Saltyman you appear to like the Moonlander a little bit.

    Looking at your pics feels like I'm waiting for mine to arrive all over again.

    The trails are closed and it maybe quite a while till there reopened. Hate to ride on the streets due to the salt

    I think I am just going to ride and wash everyday like you.
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    Waiting was the only bad point of my moonlander, I feel your pain and excitement!

    Daily washing is tedious, but needed, my bikes live indoors so a tidy ride is a must to keep a happy home :-)

    More pics to come.....
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    Bit of a disaster yesterday, moonlanders front mech came loose, causing damage to the shifter cable when i adjusted it. After a new cable but no proper ride, i was keen to get on a decent ride with the bike today.

    Went on a nice route a few weeks ago on the pugsley that I fancied doing on the moonlander when it arrived, so took the opportunity today.

    Great the way the BFLs float over the gravel, and gritty sand.....

    Sticky tidal mud that the nates dig through, didn't cause as much effort for the moony, it floats over the mud, rather than dig its way through. Just means steering is more sensitive.

    The way it glides over gravel, a couple of mph more than the pugsley would was great....as always, a few pics.























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    Quote Originally Posted by saltyman View Post
    It's less than 1 mile from the front door but takes effort to get those views!
    I thought you you were in the North East, do you live in the South Lakes now?
    Or am I mistaken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Johnclimber View Post
    I thought you you were in the North East, do you live in the South Lakes now?
    Or am I mistaken?
    My girlfriend lives in Cumbria, I can often be here for weeks on end.
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