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Chuck’s Belt Drive Rohloff

We finished up Chuck’s Gates Carbon Belt Drive, Rohloff Equipped Northpaw fat-bike recently and we couldn’t be happier with the result. Fortunately, so is Chuck!

Chuck is a year ’round commuter and will be using the Northpaw as part of his fleet of bikes to get him where he is going regardless of the weather or time of the year.

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Fatbike Wheel Builds


Just like our 29-plus wheel builds, we’ve been building a lot of fat-bike wheels. I started shooting photos and will post them to a gallery on this page. Builds have been mostly our Northpaw-S 47mm fatbike rims with 170/135 hubs from Hope, Paul or Salsa although we have done both offset and symmetrical builds with Surly Marge Lite and Rolling Darryl rims as well.

We are open to suggestions for your dream fatbike wheelset! Let us know if we can build a set of wheels for you!

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It’s Twins for Trail Genius!


We  just delivered a pair of identical, custom-painted, IGH, Belt-drive Northpaw goodness to Jason and Chris at Trail Genius. The builds were identical except for the frame size:

  • Schlick Northpaw Frame/Fork with Paragon Sliding Dropouts
  • Alfine 8 IGH
  • Hope FatSno 135mm Front Hub
  • Gates CarbonDrive Belt System
  • Marge Lite Rims
  • Thomson Seatpost, Stem and Seat Collar
  • Avid BB7 Brakes
  • 45NRTH Husker Du Tires
  • Miscellaneous other goodies.

If you are not familiar with Trail Genius, here is a bit about what they do.

Trail Documentation
The Genius Crew shows up onsite and rides the trail system while capturing video and gps data.

Map Creation
Trail Genius creates a custom printable electronic map file with embedded trial profiles, stats, legend, and header with graphics.

Video/GPS Sync & Encoding
Trail Genius does all post processing required for interface integration. This includes: file in/out point cleanup, video encoding, GPS data file formatting, video/GPS synchronizing, and map interface linking.

Interactive Online Map Interface
This is the creation of the interactive map using the actual trails of the system. The trails will become hyperlinks to display stats and other trail information. Clicking a trail will activate the dashboard which plays the trail video, elevation profile, and global location.

Look for the twin Northpaws lurking and working on a trail near you!

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Tatanka Tandem

We built this fatbike tandem frame and fork, based on our Tatanka fatbike with some changes made to accommodate the tandem lifestyle, for our friend Ron in Minnesota and his wife to ride on surfaces as varied as single track and crushed limestone to sand and snow.

The build is pretty straight forward with a 3×9 drivetrain, Kawa Green Rolling Darryls currently shod with Black Floyds, and an assortment of parts Ron had found comfortable on his other tandem, a Comotion Mocha.

The custom paint and pin striping was done by Ron’s son who works on custom Hot Rods.

Ron says “it handles like it is on rails with enormous traction!” We will have more info on the bike as Ron gets more time on it!