When I discovered fat bikes in 2019, I decided to build one. It took time to find the right things, and in April 2020, I started.

I ordered a Pole Taiga L (Pole Taiga page) frameset. It is slack and long, and I can run really big tires, specifically the Surly Bud and Lou.

Drawing of the Pole Taiga frame

It takes a surprising amount of parts to build a bike from scratch. Here is my list:

Frame & Fork
Frame Pole Taiga L
Fork Manitou Mastodon Pro Ext 120mm
Bottom Bracket Praxis Works M30 Thru BSA
Crankset Race Face Crank Set Turbine CINCH System FAT 190 170 mm
Pedals OneUp Components Comp flat pedals
Chainring Race Face Chainring Direct Mount CINCH System Steel Narrow Wide black 30 Teeth
Shifter Shimano XT SL-M8000
Cassette Shimano Deore CS-M5100-11 11-speed 11-51T
Derailleur Shimano Deore RD-M5100 11-speed Shadow Plus
Chain Shimano XT CN-HG701-11
Rims Surly Clown Shoe 100mm set up tube less using fattystripper (Surly discontinued the Clown Shoes, so it was a tad hard to find two)
Hubs DT Swiss 350 Classic
Tires Surly Bud 26x4.8 (front) / Surly Lou 26x4.8 (rear)
Mudguard Beaver Guard Mudguard - Mastodon
Front Brakes SRAM Guide RE 4-piston
Rear Brakes SRAM Guide RE 4-piston
Grips Deity Knuckleduster
Handlebar Truvativ Descendant Downhill 25mm 31.8 800mm
Stem Truvativ Descendant 31.8 50mm
Headset Cane Creek 40 28.6/56.4
Seatpost OneUp Components Dropper Post V2 210mm
Saddle Ergon SM Enduro Comp Men M/L

The wheels are built by Stefan Buser of Lifestyle Cycles in Arlesheim. I simply don't trust myself to do wheels.

Just when I was about to order a 12-speed XT drivetrain, Shimano released the 11-speed Deore group set with a 51 teeth steel cassette. I decided to use that, mainly because that way, both bikes are 11-speed.

As of May 14, only the fork has arrived. I will share photos as I build the bike and of course once it is ready.

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