Kuskokwim Cruiser, Kusko Kruzer, Kusko Phatbike...call it what you like, aoc has been working on this bike project for sometime now and Mark Gronewald at Wildfire Designs Bicycles has been integral in helping us to create our 'expedition dreambike!
Components were selected to optimize performance: reliability in remote settings; riding primarily on the flats...long-river and beach expeditions; both extreme-winter and maritime environs.
Rohloff 500/14 Drive Hub
What can be said about the Rohloff hub that hasn't been said already as the hub has quite the world-wide reputation...but the verdict is still out for this Alaskan...at least until a full winter/summer season in Western Alaska is accomplished...but WOW - it is quite the remarkable component...can you see the :-) on my face?! Ear to Ear!
'Wildfire Fatbike' Frameset
WTB GreaseGuard (GG) Front Hub, WTB GG Headet, Surly Wheels - Large Marge Rims (no-offset)/ Endomorph Tires /Tubes/ Rim-strip, Surly Rear NiceRack(cutdown)
Phil Wood BB
WTB GG Pedals, Sugino XD600 Crankset w/ Surly SS Chainring(spaced-out on outer ring)
We're still in the process of fine-tuning some of the layup...but on first outing, I've got to say this is one best bikes I've ever riden.Will it just set the standard for Alaskan expedition bikes?!
Give us a winter and a few thousand miles of river, tundra and beach ride...we'll let you know!