My dream bike is still the Salsa Bucksaw. I´ve been planning to upgrade the frame on my current fattie, Salsa Mukluk. Since i run Hope fatsno hubs i can just get adapters for the wheels to fit frame and Bluto fork and just move over the other parts. Bam! Muk became a Bucksaw. The new black one looks dashing.
Pic from Salsacycles.com
But still the Bucksaw frame is very expensive. So i´ll guess it will stay a dream… However i could get a Bluto fork for the Muk. I use the Fat bike as my regular mountain bike and i like fast trails and going down hill. Rigid fork is a bit bouncy and the head angle feels a bit steep sometimes. Problem is my Muk is 2013 and is not compatible with 100 Bluto fork. I guess it would work but it´s not recommended.
The new Mukluk for 2016 got all new geomtry, it is based on the Blackborrow It looks really nice it is an option. Or i guess so, i have not seen the price on frame yet. The only thing that bothers me about the Mukluk is 4.8 tires would be very tight. Ever since i tested the MAXX Jagoamasta for fat-bike.com witch ran 4.8 mm Jumbo Jims on 80 mm rims i´m in love with that combo. Works like a charm on snow and kicks ass on my local trails during summer.
Then Surly introduces this.
The more i look at it the more it feels like something that will fit my type of riding perfect.
It´s all there.
Dropper post internal housing.
4.8″ tires on 80 mm rims.
68.5 degrees head angle. That´s just 0.5 less then my Instigator.
44 mm head tube. (the best standard if you ask me)
The only thing i might be a little skeptical about is the horizontal drop outs, and maybe the weight. Also i guess the price might be right. Complete bike is listed to cost about $1500 the frame set should be quite affordable.
I´m a Salsa kind of guy and i love my Mukluk but this Wednesday fattie just looks so rad.