This summer has mainly been about the Instigator. This bad girl is a lot of fun and have get it ready for summer i had to rob the fat bike for parts (cassette, rear derailleur and trigger).
This left my fat mistress in summer-rest. I had loads of fun on the Instigator this summer, going to bike parks and hitting the local trails. But, after a while i started to miss those fat tires. The Instigator runs 26+ 2.75″ Dirtwizards but still it feels almost like a ordinary mountain bike compared to 4.0″ tires. Especially on the more technical trails.
A few weeks ago i decided to buy a new drive train and was aiming for XT. I checked in at my lbs and was just about go for the regular XT when it struck me that the new 11 speed was going to be released this fall. I asked my lbs when? Fredrik told me it was already out and yesterday i upgraded the Muk with brand new 11 speed XT.
I´m all about single ring up front and have been riding the Oneup 42 cog upgrade. It has worked very well and even if quite expensive it is a bargain in compared to Srams 11 speed groups. With Sram you also need a complete new drive train including rear hub with special body for the 11s cassette.
Shimanos cassette fits on regular 10 speed body. I can also run the same front n/w chainring. The whole XT set is also way cheaper then just a cassette from Sram.
Installing was super easy and it worked super smooth with just a few adjustments. I cant imagine going for nothing else than Shimano. Both drive train and breaks. Maintenance is a walk in the park and cost is very competitive. Hopefully we will see a XT crank set for fat bikes soon. (fingers crossed)
It feels good to be back on the fat bike again. She still is my number one.