While I have been focused on the gravel grinder bike concept for some time now, I am going to leave that alone for a bit and today I want to talk about my "other bike" project which should start coming together here very soon.
Ben Witt turned me on to these. The 170mm dimension is a tip off to what kind of bike this hub works with, and if you've been paying attention, you know that bike is a Salsa Cycles Mukluk. It is really hard to get a feeling for the proportions of this hub without holding it in your hand. It is just plain silly. Typical Phil Wood machine work makes this hub even more fun to look at. Of course, the bearings and all are top notch inside.
Milltown Cycles for more. That's where I am getting these hubs from.
<===(Image from Ben Witt....again!) Of course, you have to have something to lace the hubs to. The original plan was to go with the Vicious Cycles Graceful Fat Sheba rims. (A fair jaw-cracker of a product name there, eh?) Well, Ben calls me up the other day and says, "I can not let you use those rims!" Why? Because the "unobtanium" Surly Rolling Darryls suddenly were "obtanium".
Look at that weight. That's about what a highly Swiss cheesed GFS rim would weigh in at and far less than a stock GFS. Plus, it is a hair wider, and more importantly, a better rim. The spokes will be equally as nice, and the whole wheel set will really be quite an upgrade over the stock Salsa/GFS wheels.
Of course, this will all go on the otherwise stock Mukluk complete at some point. I'm hoping to pick up the rims and at least one of the hubs this weekend with wheel building to commence shortly afterward. Stay tuned for the "Other Bike" project's wheels to be shown here soon.