I recently had the pleasure of stopping by Quiring Cycles World Headquarters in Freesoil, MI and picking up our new fat tandem.
We asked Scott to build up the frame to fit the widest tires and rims available because Wifey and I are planning to play on this beasty during all four seasons. On a few occasions I have pulled quick release axles out of the dropout on my single so we didn’t want to mess around and went with thru axles front and rear utilizing 142/197 mm spacing.
Scott Quiring built a lot of cool features into the frame and fork. It has dual Phil Wood 100mm eccentric bottom brackets so we can run single speed for beach riding. The Phil eccentrics with their mirror polished finish are almost too beautiful to hide inside the frame.
As usual for Quiring fat bikes, Scott fabricated a yoke to maximize stiffness, drivetrain clearance and tire clearance.
We are running Mr. Whirley cranks front and rear. That works out to a 2x drivetrain with a 36/28t combo and then the third ring position is utilized for the timing chain.
Scott also built a tandem “rated” fork for this build. He utilized a Paragon Machine Works tapered steerer and beefy straight fork blades. Paragon dropouts and a custom modified RockShox Maxle keep the wheel on.
Another important aspect is the disk brake tab. We are running a 200mm rotor and 6 piston downhill brakes up front so he built the brake tab to distribute the increased stresses.
To keep us looking stylish, Scott used a combo of platinum silver paint with blue snowflakes that match the blue anodizing of the Hope hubs.
The complete package makes for a spiffy looking rig that is a ball to ride.
After an early morning beach cruise, the tandem gets Wifey approved.
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