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  1. #1
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    May 2005

    Pugsley for winter singletrack

    I'm sick of not riding in the winter! I live in BC where there's piles of singletrack, but also a lot of snow that constantly melts and then falls again in the winter. Things around here are either deep snow or mud in the winter, and riding my usual bike (Knolly Delerium) isn't possible about half of the winter. I'm thinking about getting a pugsly to remedy this problem, and would appreciate some advice before buying, to make sure what I want is doable with a pugsley. I don't really know where to start, so I'll just number all my questions and please chime in if you've got comments or advice regarding any of my points.

    1 I live near miles and miles of singletrack. I'm not really interested in riding double track. Can the Pug handle singletrack?

    2 I see there are new rims by Surley that are wider and also lighter. Should I go with these? I weigh 163lbs. The singletrack I want to ride is fairly rough, but involves a lot of climbing to get to, so I'd like to keep rotational weight down if possible. In the summer I ride a bike with 6" of travel front and back on the same trails and wouldn't want to ride a bike with less than 4" front and back, to give an idea of the roughness (is this a word?) of the trails here.

    3 Full length fenders are a must. Has anybody figured out how to get a set of fenders on a Pug that don't bang around a lot on more technical trails?

    4 I was going to go with the complete built Pug from Surley. Seems like a good deal, and if I need to change things next season I'll do that. Is there any reason I shouldn't do this? Are the mechanical brakes (Avids I think) that come with the build reasonable for singletrack?

    Any other comments or advice on winter riding a Pug on singletrack are also appreciated!

  2. #2
    mtbr member
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    Apr 2008
    1) Absolutely. Go to the fat bike forum and see the pics and videos on there. They are quite capable.

    2) The Surly rolling darryl rims would be a good choice for you, but they are an expensive upgrade.

    3) No. Every solution is either homemade or improvised.

    4) The Avid BB7s (that come on the Pugsley complete) are the best cable brakes out there, they'll do just fine.

  3. #3
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    Aug 2007
    The most common fender juryrig is cutting out coroplast (the stuff they make house-for-sale signs out of; it's like corrugated cardboard but plastic) into the shape you need.

    Topeak Defender fenders are close to adequate (but only close).

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