Its no secret by now that my fatbike frame is cracked and I sold my trusty Norco. I enjoyed my time on the Norco Torrent (review here) but needed less of a "go fast" bike and something more along the lines of a quiver killer. I set my sights on the RSD Sergeant from a relatively new company based right here in Ontario. These guys are big into the fat and plus bike scene and have incredible value for the dollar, not to mention well spec'd bikes with no corners cut. Customer service at Rubber Side Down is top notch. I placed my order late on a Sunday night and I had an email Monday morning from Alex, the head honcho at RSD, thanking me and providing my tracking number. Wow.
So, here it is, the RSD Sergeant.
The bike has what I'm calling a "super spec". I can only find one part I don't like, but more on that later. It comes with 27.5" x 3" tires, but do some nosing around the interwebs and you'll find that it can swallow 27.5" x 3.8" tires from Maxxis and Bontrager. A true two bikes in one, or a fatty with a narrow Q factor (73mm bb shell). I'll be rocking the 3" tires for everything but snow, whereas I'll toss on some 3.8" tires. I can't wait to put some miles on this bike and will do a full review after putting it through its paces.
The only part I don't like right off the hop is the cassette. Nothing wrong with the cassette but its a cheaper Sram model with no carrier body and mounted to an aluminum freehub. Tisk Tisk! This is a recipe for a completely fucked freehub body and I'm changing out the cassette before I even ride it. Would have been a non-issue with a steel freehub body.
The rest of the build is tough looking with a 34mm stanchion fork, 4 piston Avid brakes, and Race Face Turbine cranks. There are a few nice touches too, like Race Face grips, Avid matchmaker clamps, and genuine brand name handlebars / stem / post that you don't see alot of for OEM. My completely stock large weighs in at 31 lbs.
I was recently given the opportunity to take out a Rocky Mountain Blizzard fat bike for a real ride around my home trails of Turkey Point. The bike was one of the rental fleet owned by Elevation Mountain Bike Camps and Coaching who operates a mountain bike coaching / guides / rental business based in Turkey Point and were kind enough to lend me the bike for a morning of riding and testing while my personal fat bike is down. They are also the local Rocky Mountain dealer.
The bike is a 2016 model Blizzard 30. It features a Shimano Deore 10 speed drivetrain with Shimano m396 brakes. The wheels are Sun Ringle hubs and rims shod with Vee Rubber Bulldozer 4.7" tires. The Race Face Affect crank is a quality touch and the build is rounded out with Rocky Mountain branded post, bar, and stem.
First order of business, if you havn't signed up for the newsletter do it now. The icon is over there on the right sidebar >>>>>>>>>>
Secondly, I have a ton of new material written and waiting to be published. I'm confident in saying that I'll have an interesting article published each month, in addition to my usual ride blogs and ranting. The website has also seen a bit of an update and more features are coming as well so check back often.
Thirdly, here are some random photos from during my time away from The Bric and the awesome winter riding I've had.
I also committed myself to doing some bikepacking this year (likely just a few overnighters at this point) and bought myself some gear. I've outfitted myself with a seat bag, handlebar roll, and top tube bag. The bags are all Blackburn Outpost series that I picked up from Outspokin Cycles. Watch for a full on review of the bags after I've had them out a few times. I'm still debating right now if I should grab the matching frame bag to use in conjunction with my Wingnut Hyper 3.0 pack, or just go with the Wingnut Adventure pack and forgo the frame bag all together.
In other news, my fatbike frame has cracked and left me fat-less the last few weeks. I've been doing alot of riding on the CX bike. The crack doesn't look big but it goes 3/4 of the way around the seatstay, bummer. I've been trying to sort out my issue but can't afford a new fat bike so watch for some brazing / bracing action from the Bric soon.
I've been contemplating selling my Norco Torrent to free up some funds for a newer fat bike, as I am sure that the fatty will crack again even after being repaired. I can't complain much though, this fat bike has seen a ton of miles and been through hell and back many times over.
I've also got some updates coming from the projects department, mostly that I've finally finished one. More on that one in a bit.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.