Rock Fat and Steady
Aaron has a new fat bike and he won’t shut up about it. We took advantage and let him rant for a minute about his (admittedly awesome) new ride!
First thing’s first – what bike is this?
2018 Salsa Mukluk Carbon GX Eagle – but that’s a mouthful so you can just call her Rocksteady.
… the mutant rhinoceros who hates turtles?
Okay, moving forward – what drew you to this bike?
I knew I wanted a fattie from Salsa, and the Mukluks sport the 26×4.8” tire size I love, but I wasn’t totally settled on where in the Mukluk line I wanted to end up. What finally sealed the deal was the SRAM Eagle drivetrain and the HED rims. I knew I wanted one of the new 12x systems for maximum braaap, and a fat bike basically is it’s wheels, so a really reputable brand like HED makes a lot of sense.
What do you use this bike for?
A little bit of everything. It’s been on gravel rides, work commutes, grocery runs, and of course the legendary Friday Night Fat Bike Ride (which leaves at 6:30 every Friday from WoB and you should totally join in). No bikepacking yet, but that’s definitely in the cards. Basically any time I don’t want to be limited by roads or terrain, Rocksteady is coming with me. Oh, and sometimes I just plow through campus to keep the students’ heart rates up.
What aftermarket modifications have you made to this bike, and which one do you consider most valuable?
The MVP of this build is definitely the Surly Moloko bars with Ergon GC1 Biocork grips. I’m personally more comfortable with the swept back bars, and on extended rides I really value having the additional hand positions this bar offers. It also looks awesome, and the camouflage Bontrager bar tape really brings out the inherent badassery. When things get really cold I deck it out with some Cobrafist pogies from 45NRTH, and give it a little more bite with a 45NRTH Dillinger 5 studded front tire.
What’s your favorite memory (so far) of riding this bicycle?
Ooh, that’s tough. Any time spent with Rocksteady is time spent having an unreasonable amount of fun. The Friday Night Fat Bike Rides are consistently awesome, and this year’s Friday fun ride as part of the Go CR Fat Sac and Fox Enduro was particularly hilarious.
Anything else you’d like to share about your experiences with this bike?
I was super reluctant to get a carbon fat bike, because I’m still perfecting my bike handling abilities and there’s a fair amount of crashing involved. That being said, I REGRET NOTHING. It’s fat but light, it’s smooth like buttah, and it holds up great in spite of my tendency to “over-gnar”.
Wasn’t Rocksteady a Russian arms dealer before he mutated?
Whaddya work for Mueller or something? This interview is over.