Things to have :
- tyre boot
- needle and thread
- patch kit
- Inner tube
First time in my life I got a minor sidewall cut and only cure I found in my pack was a new inner tube. So without the first 3 items I had a second flat ten minutes after the repair.
Ended up walking 10 km back home…
Night temperatures finally lowered to a suitable level for my sleeping gear and due to the weather lately, I had a slight hope for some snow crust on top of the mires in Kurjenrahka national park.
Weather forecast looked very promising for the next day.
After a long wait, i finally received my Surly Krampus before last weekend.
Last 2 years my only trail bike has been fully rigid single speed 29er. I love the feeling of rigid bikes and the challenge they offer. Still a little bit of cushion would be nice to have especially for longer rides and multiday bikepacking. True fatbike has been in my mind also, but the few times I’ve had the opportunity to ride one, I haven’t been impressed. Too much drag and gyroscopic forces due to a heavy wheel.
Last week I spent riding Krampus around 80 km of snowy singletracks and getting the feel of it. I’m used to a custom frame which has short trail and non suspension corrected low fork. At first Krampus felt bit sluggish and tall, but after couple rides I gained confidence to tires. I was able lo lean more and brake less, carrying speed over corners. By getting used to a new riding style Krampus started to show its true nature. It wants to be ridden fast. Our local trails are quite narrow and twitchy. Maybe a little lower frame with less trail would suit better here?
So far the bike has been everything I hoped for. Fast acceleration, low rolling resistance, massive grip and some “free” suspension. Last sunday trails were covered by 7 to 10 cm of fresh powder. The difference to basic 29er was significant. 0,5 bar tire pressure enabled riding conditions where it would’t be possible before, but probably no match to a real fatbike in snow.
Best of both worlds.