Arrowhead 135 Champ – Todd McFadden’s Carbon Beargrease Race Bike

Todd on fat bike

Last year in the Arrowhead 135 Todd McFadden took on the best riders that Alaska could throw at him and emerged victorious in a record setting time of 14 hours, 20 minutes. The previous year’s winner Kevin Breitenbach and Multi-Year Champ, Jeff Oatley, tried to outlast Todd, but in the end, just couldn’t put in any time on him. The competition between the two Alaskans and Todd helped drive the pace from the start to the record setting finish! Jeff finished just 30 seconds behind Todd and Kevin finished third in 14:25:00. Todd shared all of the details of his Arrowhead race with Sven and I at last year’s Fat-Bike Birkie Race, where he finished third to Jorden Wakeley- 1st and Jesse LaLonde – 2nd. Todd is most dangerous when the length of the race gets into the Ultra endurance category and he told us that he’ll be racing his new Carbon Beargrease in both the Arrowhead 135 and the ITI Invitational in 2014.

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Todd’s Beargrease Race Bike with 45NRTH Cobrafists and Framebags from Revelate Designs


Race Bike Details – 

Frame Beargrease Carbon

Color Matte Carbon w/Yellow Green

Fork Salsa Makwa Carbon, Tapered, Thru-Axle, Suspension Corrected with 51mm Offset

Rear Der SRAM XX1

Cassette SRAM XX1 10-42t

Chain SRAM XX1

Crankset SRAM XX1 Fatbike, 28t

Bottom Bracket SRAM PressFit GXP, 41 x 121mm

Headset Cane Creek 40 IS

Stem Truvativ T30

Handlebar Salsa Carbon Flat, 11°, 700mm

Grips Salsa Backcountry Lock-On

Shifter SRAM XX1

Front Brake SRAM XX

Rear Brake SRAM XX

Brake Lever SRAM XX

Rotors 160mm Front/140mm Rear

Seatpost Truvativ Noir T30 Carbon

Saddle WTB

Front Hub New Salsa Front Hub 15 x 142mm, 32h

Rear Hub Salsa Fat Conversion Hub, Alloy Freehub body, 12 x 177mm, 32h

Spokes DT Swiss Competition

Rims Surly Holy Rolling Darryl*

Tires 45N Dillinger 26 x 4.0″, 120tpi Folding, Ultralight*

Pedals Crank Brothers Egg Beaters

Seat Bag Revelate

Frame Bag Revelate

H-Bar Bag Revelate

Pogies 45NRTH Cobrafist

*Tire selection will be a race day decision…either Big Fat Larry’s on Rolling Darryl’s or 45 North Dillingers on Clown Shoes!!


Check out a short video about Todd, Fat-Bikes & Duluth!

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10 Responses to Arrowhead 135 Champ – Todd McFadden’s Carbon Beargrease Race Bike

  1. travis pedals January 8, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    What was the weight of this snow machine? Is that a Jandd bag I see too? They make great stuff…in the USA!

  2. Ted January 8, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Whats the reason for the 2 different poagies in the video and in the photo?

    • Todd Mc Fadden January 8, 2014 at 3:20 pm #

      In perpetration for the AH 135 and the ITI, I did a week long comparison of the 45 North poagie and the Dogwood Design poagie.

      • Cody Bartz February 24, 2014 at 11:46 pm #

        Todd, what were the results from testing these two out?

  3. kevin January 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm #

    Todd is super modest and a great guy to spend a day with on the trail. He pushes an unbelievable pace and i cant wait to see what he does in this years race. Tough not to route for such a guy. when you’re as fast as Todd the bike is nearly irrelevant. its the rider not the ride.

  4. DJ January 8, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    Interesting criss-cross with the rim and tire combos.

    BFLs on the RDs (5″ on the 80’s) vs Dillingers (4″) on the hundies.

    Something to think about…

    • Justin January 9, 2014 at 8:36 am #

      I noticed the same thing. Anyone know what the reasoning behind that would be? I was considering having an inverse option available for different conditions, BFL on 100s and HuDu on 80s.
      Awesome story, newbie to race champ in such a short time!

      • DJ January 11, 2014 at 11:50 am #

        I forgot the BG is only 170mm in the rear and it won’t take rubber over 4″ on 100mm rims out back, so that factors in.

  5. JD December 10, 2014 at 9:04 pm #

    What type of boots are you wearing? I’m looking for winter riding boot recommendations.

    • Gomez December 11, 2014 at 8:14 am #

      45NRTH Wolvhammers are the best boot available at this time.

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