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    Snow Burro - slightly OT

    Whatever happened to Burro Bikes?

    Fattish 20" wheels, but available with a ski front wheel

    I have a *.mpg of it in action but can't post it here and now their site is defunct.
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    They went out of business about 8 years ago or more.
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    I had one for a little while.....good for some laughs!

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    I've never heard of these wee bikes, look a bit like a Moulton. Googled "Burro Bike" and got a video of somebody falling off one! I know I shouldn't laugh.... but!!

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    I fancied one because small wheel bikes are easy to stow away in the car for casual use.

    I have been known to take my Dahon mountainbiking so small wheels don't put me off.

    I've never noticed one come up on eBay, but I don't search for them very often either.
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    I would suspect the 20" wheels wouldn't do too well in deeper snow, not to mention you would get the pedals caught in the snow due to the lower bottom bracket.

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    Found a pic of the ski

    also




    and in the snow


    IMG_5317 by bikeman.glenn, on Flickr

    and in sand

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    Wow, what tires are those??!?!? Have never seen 20" tires that fat before!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Leopold Porkstacker
    Wow, what tires are those??!?!? Have never seen 20" tires that fat before!
    Looks like trials rims/tires to me.

    If it is then the rim is actually 1" smaller than a standard 20" rim to give the wheel the same diameter as a standard 20" wheel but with the fatter tire.

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    I'm sure they were trials rims and tyres and actually 19".

    I was looking at a set of 100mm wide 20" rims the other day, and thinking this could be a project

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    Edit: I must need my head read. I've just ordered a set of those 100mm rims and the 4 1/4" tyres.

    I can see some serious modifications coming up for my Dahon
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike
    I've just ordered a set of those 100mm rims and the 4 1/4" tyres.

    I can see some serious modifications coming up for my Dahon
    Would those be the same sort of things used on the Hannebrink bikes?

    http://www.fortunehanebrink.com/gallery/gallery/

    I'm thinking not, looking at the rims on it, but the dimensions being what they are, it's all that comes to my head!
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    Build a fat Moulton with appropriate gearing, geometry etc.
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    I hadn't thought of inflicting that on my Moulton

    Probably an easier job, old F frame type and I have spare rear and front forks so it would not be irreversible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by masterofnone
    I would suspect the 20" wheels wouldn't do too well in deeper snow, not to mention you would get the pedals caught in the snow due to the lower bottom bracket.
    I believe the geometry was such that it compensated for the smaller wheels, leaving the BB at a (near) standard height. No doubt though that the smaller OD wheels would lead to a smaller footprint/less floatation, and probably bogging down in deeper snow as you said.

    Personally I kind of have a thing for smaller wheeled off-road bikes. I have a big time jonez for an old Mountain Machines, and picked up a Cannondale Hooligan this past summer, threw some BMX tires on it and it does pretty damn well on dirt, lots of fun, but not much tire clearance, 2.25 tops. I've toyed with swapping out for some 19" trials rims, but there just isnt much out there for tires, 2.5 is about it and they are trials specific, not sure how they would fare at speed on trails/snow.


    The Hanebrink uses an 8x8" rim with a 20" O.D. tire.



    Anyway, sorry to hijack Velo... I think a 20" fatty would be sick, never knew they even made 20" rims wide like they have on that site you linked too. They look pretty badass! Definitely hoping you build something around those.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ride Free or Die
    ... Personally I kind of have a thing for smaller wheeled off-road bikes. I have a big time jonez for an old Mountain Machines, and picked up a Cannondale Hooligan this past summer, threw some BMX tires on it and it does pretty damn well on dirt, lots of fun, but not much tire clearance, 2.25 tops.
    ...Anyway, sorry to hijack Velo... I think a 20" fatty would be sick, never knew they even made 20" rims wide like they have on that site you linked too. They look pretty badass! Definitely hoping you build something around those.
    No hijack This tread is OT for the fatbike forum anyway (until I actually make a 20" fatbike that is)

    I take my Dahons offroad quite a bit, it's just different. They can go on just about any trail my bigger wheels go but very carefully on the worst bits etc. Time cost on a 12km local XC loop is about 5 mins extra.







    I think you can now see why I like the idea of having a fatwheel version.

    I didn't know those rims were available either, so that's why I snapped them up. The tyres that fit are more road pattern, but the tread looks thick enough that I could do some carving and give them a more offroad pattern. (You use sharp woodcarving tools dipped in diesel).

    I wonder if I could superglue knobs onto the tyre?

    BTW always fancied a Hooligan.
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    Very cool, Dahon makes some interesting stuff. I love single tube "boom" style frames. Are you going to mod the existing rear triangle or fabricate something entirely new? Also for tires, aren't their dirt bike tires for 20" rims?

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    If I do the Dahon, it will be my old Boardwalk (steel) so it will be relatively easy to mutilate it enough to squeeze in the fatter wheel, but I must admit the idea of doing it to a Moulton has even more appeal.

    The fattest tyres I have been able to find for a 20" rim are only 2". Trials tyres for a 19" rim are slightly wider.

    If this works, I will have at least 4.25" wide tyres on a 20" wheel.

    However it's all vapour at the moment. I don't have the parts yet.
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    anything ever happen with this idea?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TroyS600 View Post
    anything ever happen with this idea?
    Got diverted on to several other more functional builds.

    The idea still simmers in the background though...
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    Velobike, did you ever take delivery of the rims and rubber?

    ...got any photos?

    thanks!

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