Salsa Blackborow First Ride

Just when I thought 4″ was wide …….

riding against the grain

I was able to spend about 20 minutes on a Blackborow on Thursday night, and spent my time wisely by finding the deepest snow I could find, and churning through it.  This bike is amazing, and to me is something of a game changer.

The Blackborow has 5″ tires, which is not that terribly uncommon these days.  Going back to the Moonlander, there have been a number of 5″ tire bikers coming out.  For me, the Moonlander has limited appeal, predominantly because the handling is so slow.  The chain stays are long, the steering is slow, the handling is expedition oriented, not fun oriented.

The geometry of the Bb is pretty close to the Beargrease, and really pretty close to the Moonlander as well.  The Bb and ML have head tube angles within a degree, albeit with about a cm less fork offset on the ML.  The Bb has chain stays…

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