As promised yesterday, I am sharing some bits and pieces of my Mukluk project. This........this is the rear hub!
It is a custom Phil Wood hub which has a 170mm O.L.D. that fits the rear of the Mukluk. This dimension will allow for a nearly symmetrical rear wheel build and obviously is snow bike specific. I suspect this will be the dimension for all snow bikes/fat bikes going forward. So, with the bomber Phil quality, I should be able to use this hub for quite some time.
Like most stuff made by Phil Wood Company, it isn't light. It is durable, and the bearings are of the highest quality. The machine work is amazing, and the polish is first class. The massively tall hub flanges make the spoke lengths quite manageable, even for such a wide hub. In fact, they are normal 26 inch mtb lengths that can be found anywhere. The front hub should be coming soon, and I'll have the matched set ready to be laced up with Sapim spokes to........
..........these rims. These are the Rolling Darryl rims by Surly. As you might have noticed, they went away from the dual rows of oval cutouts to a single row of oval-ish holes. Surly "Dude-tator for life", Andy Corson, told me at Interbike last fall that they were waffling a bit on the design and were not confident that the dual row-o-holes would be suitable for anything but snow riding. well, that isn't Surly-enough, and they knew it, (I think, maybe they did........anyway....) So, at any rate, here is the new Rolling Daryl! WooHoo!
You can still lace 'em offset, if ya need to, or symmetrical, like I am going to. Either way they will rock, and weight-weenies may rejoice in the fact that they weigh 850-ish grams and that they won't have to wield a dangerous power tool with a nasty, spinning sharp thing-a-ma-doodle to get them that light.
Of course, there needs to be some rubber product here. With that in mind, I have two Larry tires and two big ol' Surly tubes to go inside of them. While Benn Witt has set up a Larry on a Rolling Darryl tubeless, I don't see the necessity of doing so right outta the gate. It saves 600 grams for the wheel set in weight, which is significant, if you were talking about normal wheels and tires. However; in the grand scheme of things here, (and by that, I truly mean el grande'), that isn't much in comparison to the total weight of the wheel set. That and with the complications of running a tubeless set up on wheels and tires not meant to be run tubeless, well, I don't want to be on the side of a trail somewhere trying to stuff a tube in a Larry at 10F. But that's just me.
Finally, I will need to be thinking of a creative rim strip, since you'll be able to see it through the oval "windows" on the Rolling Darryls. Meanwhile, the front hub and spokes are on the way, and the rest of the bike? Well, I was told last Saturday it'll be here in two weeks. Stay tuned!