The Golden Wrench

A blog about bicycle repair and maintenance by the mechanics at Freewheel Bike.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

New Surly Rabbit Hole, Where Will It Fit?

Over the past two weeks our friends at Surly and QBP have begun shipping us all of the components required to build up a Surly Krampus (on a side note what do you call multiple Krampus bikes, Krampii, Krampusses?).  Once we managed to build up Krampus wheel using the Surly Rabbit Hole rim one of our first questions was - what else can we cram this awesome wheel into?

Here are some answers:

1) Surly Pugsley - Yes and hell yes.  This thing looks awesome in there and I imagine for those folks looking for summer wheels (and 29er) this would be a really good option (and we'd love to build them up for you this summer).

2) Salsa Mukluk - In the front, yes, in the rear, it depends.  If you have an older Mukluk (before this year) then it is a little bit tighter than we would like with clearance to the bottom bracket.  With the brand new Mukluk's sporting the alternator dropouts you can make it work if you set the alternators all the way to the back.  Also if you aren't running a 1 speed front - forget about using that granny ring.   

3) Surly Moonlander - Much to our disappointment, no.  While you can physically fit these into the wheel, the 28mm offset required for for Moonlander front and rear wheels, makes this a no-go.  Due to the width of the rim, building it with a 28mm offset would make it a little bit too flimsy with some horrible spoke angles to get it to work.  While I'm certain that someone will try this and get it to work, I will let them spend the money to test it our and end up with a ruined rim (and missing teeth).

4) Suspension forks (other then the Lefty) - Yes, there are 7,000 different  forks and we have seen them all, but I can't imagine one with a crown wide enough for this monster to fit into.

5) Lefty Fork - Yes, I know some people who would love to get that done for you.

Here are some pictures from the experimenting. 
Perfectly fit in a Pugsley

Rubbing on the Moonlander rear triangle.

Bad-ass Pug.
Rubs on the Moonlander fork.

Any Questions?

6 comments:

  1. Any idea if it would fit on a 2012 aluminum Fatback? If so I will certainly have you build me up a set!

    Thanks, Peter

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    1. Peter!

      I talked to Fatback, and they vouchsafe that the Rabbit Hole will sorta fit. The major issue you may run into will be the front derailleur. The helpful feller said that they have had the best luck with SRAM XO. X7 and X9 don't seem to work as well. But there may be other adjustments we can make with the bottom bracket spacing depending on your setup.

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    1. I put the comment in the wrong spot! RRRR!!!!

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    2. But I sure like that picture of me playing Pac-Man.

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