Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Bikes Of 2022: The Blackborow DS

It's the end of the year and time to review what's up with the bikes I used over the course of 2022. You'll get a brief overview, any changes made, and what the future has in store for each bike listed. Enjoy!

I mentioned it earlier in November in a post on this bike, but I almost sold this thing at the end of 2021. It was really a pretty close call as I thought that the potential buyer was all-in on the deal. I guess that now that a year has passed since that time I can honestly say that I am happy that I did not sell the bike.

The Blackborow DS is so simple and durable that I haven't had to do a whole lot to it. I did have one major-ish change during 2022 to it though. That was that I removed the Anything Cage HD's from the fork legs. 

Those had been on there since....2014? I think so, anyway, and so for most of the time I've run this bike, those have been a feature of it. But other than that? Yeah, I switched out to that carbon Jones Bar at one point, but otherwise this bike just keeps plugging along.


No major changes foreseen here.

This bike is really a specialist bike. I only use it when the snow gets to be too much for the other bikes and with two other fat bikes around that takes a LOT to get to the point where I think I need 4.8" skins. But when you do? That's why I have this bike. 

I keep waiting for the press fit bottom bracket in this bike to start giving me an issue, but so far, so good. Honestly, that's pretty amazing for what this bike has been through. That chain probably could go away and a new one could be installed, furthering the lifespan of the chain rings and cogs, but for as little as this gets used, I'm in no big hurry to get to that. I think the bottom bracket will go out first, honestly, and then I'll swap out the chain at that time. 

If I had disposable cash, I'd look into carbon rims for this, but that is but a pipe dream at this point. I do know it would make a huge difference in how the bike performed though. So, it would be a good thing to do, but the expense for the amount of time I use this bike? That doesn't make sense to me. 

More "Bikes of 2022" soon.

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