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    My first fat bike, a Grape Ape build

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    Love those frame colors. Angry Catfish in Minneapolis just built a good looking one...


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    Sick!!

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    I like.
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    sweet doood!

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    I love it! How much would it cost to build up a similar bike?

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    Build threads are cool. Bring it!

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    So friggin' hot.

    If my wife sees this she'll be mad I built her a blue Muk.

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    Very pretty. Now go get some dirt on that thing!

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    Very nice! More pic's and a build spec please!

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    Looks awesome!
    Only the dead fish swims with the current!

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Love those frame colors. Angry Catfish in Minneapolis just built a good looking one...

    This confirms the rim/frame combo I saw 10/5 at Freeze Thaw was not an anomaly of color matching. They just don't match.

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    Just Finished

    Here are some photos of the build I just finished
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    okay, i was holding my comment...
    But now that you have swapped the seatpost, stem and spacers for black ones, i can truly and honestly say that that is one beautiful bike !!
    Probably the best looking Muk i have seen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hvnfun View Post
    Here are some photos of the build I just finished
    Nice, which crank did you pick?

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    The chicks seem to dig it

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    I put on a e*thirteen double ring, here us a list of the items that I put together

    e*thirteen by The Hive XCX+ Fat Bike Crank 100mm Spindle 1x/2x 175mm
    e*thirteen Bottom bracket
    Shiftrings 22/36
    MRP XCG 2x Bashguard

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    After scrolling back to the top of this thread i was confused for a moment.

    Tipstall started this thread.
    Duggus Posted the first complete pics.
    And now Hvnfun sneaks in another complete one.

    And then it hit me, it's a double threadjack !

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    That looks awesome!

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    This bike will be built be Wheel Werks in Crystal Lake, IL by my man Jay. Jay is a Trans Iowa finisher and general bike bad ass. Check out his blog, chromeforkcrown.blogspot.com/

    Current plan for build, still in flux.
    Front Der SRAM X.7 HDM
    Rear Der SRAM X.9 9-Speed
    Cassette SRAM PG-1030 11-36T
    Chain KMC 9-Speed
    Crankset e-thirteen w/ Shift Rings Custom for Salsa 22/36T w/ MRP XCG
    Headset Cane Creek 40 ZS44
    Stem Salsa Pro Moto 2
    Handlebar Pro Moto 2 11-Degree
    Grips Salsa Backcounty
    Shifter SRAM X.7 Triggers
    Front Brake Avid BB7
    Rear Brake Avid BB7
    Brake Lever Love Lever 2.5, black
    Rotors 160mm Front/160mm Rear
    Seatpost Salsa Pro Moto 2 27.2
    Saddle WTB Pure V Team
    Tires 45N Husker Du 26 x 4.0", 120tpi Folding Wheels
    Front Hub Salsa Enabler, 32H
    Rear Hub Salsa Mukluk 2, 32H
    Rims Surly Holy Rolling Darryl Purple

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hvnfun View Post
    Here are some photos of the build I just finished
    dem chics is HAWT yo!!

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    weird... looks like there is a slight variation in colors for the graphics? Some posted here have the salsa logo in black and some in white. Hvnfun did you build two different frames?

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    its flash from the camera
    logo is reflective

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    weird... looks like there is a slight variation in colors for the graphics? Some posted here have the salsa logo in black and some in white. Hvnfun did you build two different frames?
    I think it's the flash on the camera. The "Salsa" is black, it must be reflective??? That's from someone holding the frame in his hands.

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    weird... looks like there is a slight variation in colors for the graphics? Some posted here have the salsa logo in black and some in white. Hvnfun did you build two different frames?
    The Salsa logo on the downtube is dark grey in daylight, but is reflectorized, so it'll appear light when using a flash.

    Other than the purple cable housings, I like the Black/Purple combo....nice work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugeye View Post
    ...Other than the purple cable housings, I like the Black/Purple combo....nice work!
    I was going to go with black and than after the Angry Catfish build was going to go purple on the housings. Is it too much?

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    Damn that thing looks seriously rad in purple and black!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipstall View Post
    I was going to go with black and than after the Angry Catfish build was going to go purple on the housings. Is it too much?
    In my opinion, yes. Bright-colored cable housing is certainly eye-grabbing, but I don't understand why anyone would want to draw attention to their cables in the first place. Camouflage them. Black.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    In my opinion, yes. Bright-colored cable housing is certainly eye-grabbing, but I don't understand why anyone would want to draw attention to their cables in the first place. Camouflage them. Black.
    all part of the collection of colors and if it feels right then do it. bright and lively colors are cool.

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    Is there a go to crankset? I'm finding trying to pick one a major pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipstall View Post
    I was going to go with black and than after the Angry Catfish build was going to go purple on the housings. Is it too much?
    I don't think so, Is kind of a nice color detail it complement the rest of the accents..

    Ps: I'm such a dummy I did not get a pair of does purple rims..

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    hey purple peoples.

    I'm building a new FATbike for my wife and she loves purple.

    I've been able to get a hold of purple gear outer... but no such luck with purple hydraulic hose.

    Any of you purple fanatics able to point me in the right direction?

    I mean... we deal with QBP but they have nothing that I could find. (maybe I need to look harder?)

    This is to be her dream bike. So I want to make it "purfect"...

    Elvis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis @ Dirt Works View Post
    hey purple peoples.

    I'm building a new FATbike for my wife and she loves purple.

    I've been able to get a hold of purple gear outer... but no such luck with purple hydraulic hose.

    Any of you purple fanatics able to point me in the right direction?

    I mean... we deal with QBP but they have nothing that I could find. (maybe I need to look harder?)

    This is to be her dream bike. So I want to make it "purfect"...

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    did you check Jagwire?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    did you check Jagwire?
    Jagwire was the first place I went.

    HyFlow Quick-Fit Hydraulic Hose | Jagwire USA

    No purple.

    Alligator

    Alligator Cables-manufacturer of brake and control cables for the bicycle, motorcycle

    no purple...

    Maybe she's doomed to run black hydro hoses...

    Elvis.

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    Guys I need to decide on a crankset tomorrow, any help?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipstall View Post
    Guys I need to decide on a crankset tomorrow, any help?
    Do you not want to go with the E13 one? it works well on mine

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    Quote Originally Posted by Elvis @ Dirt Works View Post
    hey purple peoples.

    I'm building a new FATbike for my wife and she loves purple.

    I've been able to get a hold of purple gear outer... but no such luck with purple hydraulic hose.

    Any of you purple fanatics able to point me in the right direction?

    I mean... we deal with QBP but they have nothing that I could find. (maybe I need to look harder?)

    This is to be her dream bike. So I want to make it "purfect"...

    Elvis.
    I saw these online at RCZbikeshop.com.
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    The e13 is not available.

    Current Build Plan

    Front Der SRAM X.7
    Rear Der Sram X.9 Type 9 Speed
    Cassette SRAM PG-1050 11-36T
    Chain KMC X10
    Crankset Surly MR Whirly Crankset
    Headset Cane Creek 40 ZS44
    Stem Salsa Pro Moto 2
    Handlebar H-Bar® Jones Loop aluminum black
    Grips Lizard Skins Lock-On Logo Grip
    Shifter SRAM X9 Trigger
    Front Brake Avid BB7
    Rear Brake Avid BB7
    Brake Lever Love Lever 2.5, black
    Rotors 160mm Front/160mm Rear
    Seatpost Salsa Pro Moto 2 27.2
    Saddle WTB Pure V Team
    Tires 45N Husker Du 26 x 4.0", 120tpi Folding
    Front Hub Salsa Enabler, 32H
    Rear Hub Salsa Mukluk 2, 32H
    Rims Surly Holy Rolling Darryl

    New teaser pic

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    I have a craving for grape soda all of a sudden!

    Looks good guys!

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    grape ape!!

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    Wheels started

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    Jay working on the Grape Ape. Many parts out of stock so it's been going a little slow. Weather in Chicago should be 50 this weekend so we are hoping to be ready.

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    Picked up the Grape Ape today. We played with the seat and fork length before finally cutting the steerer. Final weight with pedals was 33.5 lbs. Rode it home and looking forward to riding again tomorrow.















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    What a beautiful bike! Enjoy it!
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    fantastic build.

    my wife must *never* see this page. She loves purple...

    Elvis.

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    I love the rims!

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    Great combo. I wish they did a purple marge lite, I would have that frame and those wheels.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GTR2ebike View Post
    Great combo. I wish they did a purple marge lite, I would have that frame and those wheels.
    easy with powder coating as you have access to a plethora of colors but i suspect you may already know this.

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    Really nice touch with the grips.

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    Very nice build

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    Beautiful - congrats!

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    Global Fat Bike Day Ride
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    I had so much fun Saturday. My first time mountain biking and my second ride on my new ride. I'm a clean bike guy and I didn't even wash it.

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    Added fenders & Bar Mitts today.

    Rear

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    Close up

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    Pssst.... your saddle bag is on upside down.....

    Nice looking ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Turtle01 View Post
    Pssst.... your saddle bag is on upside down.....

    Nice looking ride.
    I always wondered how to get that thing tight, never noticed the logo was upside down, thanks.

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    I just got the PDW daves mud shovel too. Try sliding the front so it is to the BB area and see how you like it. I've found it keeps more gunk out of the BB area when you have it lower.

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    Rode today in light rain and about 38F. My gear worked OK, shoes are not waterproof but with wool socks never felt wet. Fenders worked good. Bar Mitts worked well with the Jones bar, wore summer dirt bike gloves with no problem.




    Thanks Turtle01, fixed the seat bag, funny how I never noticed and always wondered why I could not get the bag tight.

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    Not a problem. I have the same bag and thought something looked a little off.

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    Added a rack tonight



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    Purple Haze...

    Awesome!

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    First snow ride, 14F. Tried to avoid the ice but never felt even the slightest slip.

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    Great ride today with my new Keen Brixens. Found a nice trail system that is close to home. Never felt a tire slip. I do need to remember on rough inclines to not go into such a low gear as one big root will just stop me as I have no momentum. Hot chocolate in the Thermos.

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    Do you still like the bar mitts? Curious now that you have had them out a few times what your thoughts were.

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    You've got my dream cycle combo... I have the Mukluk and I'm working on getting the BMW GS.

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    I had so much fun Saturday. My first time mountain biking and my second ride on my new ride. I'm a clean bike guy and I didn't even wash it.
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    You've got my dream cycle combo... I have the Mukluk and I'm working on getting the BMW GS.

    jw

    Great combo, love them both, I'm very lucky.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tipstall View Post
    You've got my dream cycle combo... I have the Mukluk and I'm working on getting the BMW GS.

    jw

    Great combo, love them both, I'm very lucky.

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    Beautiful build..... I need to get one of those!

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    Quote Originally Posted by peanut09 View Post
    Do you still like the bar mitts? Curious now that you have had them out a few times what your thoughts were.
    They work great for Midwest type weather, 15-40F. I like that I can wear thin gloves and feel my controls. They work in cold, wind and rain conditions. If I was in colder conditions I think Pogies would be the way to go.

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    Added the Carver O’Beast Carbon fork. Messed up and also changed tire pressure first time I rode it so I don't know if it changed the handling.


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