Big Dummy Build

Wright Bros has been fortunate enough to get a Big Dummy to work on. It’s a rad little (but big) machine. The second we threw on the wheels it reminded me of some low-rider Harley or something totally badass. Maybe it was the tires, maybe it was the fresh black powdercoating. I don’t know, but this bike is made to haul some loads. I’m actually tempted to try to get one myself.

After the requisite frame prep, so far we’ve put the wheels and discs on it, as well as the crankset and bottom bracket and are wondering if those too cool tires might be a bit too big. The Surly folks say 2.5″ tires are copacetic, but it seems as though we’re going to have to do some spacing magic to prevent the chain from rubbing the rear tire.

So far these are the photos I’ve taken of it. Isn’t the new powdercoat a nice look?


Hopefully the bike’s owner will bring in the rest of the components (handlebars, stem, etc.) so we can finish the build before I take off for UBI. Hopefully: because I’m dying to test ride it.


One thought on “Big Dummy Build”

  1. Surly says that the answer to the chain-hitting-the-tire problem is using a square tapered BB and a longer spindle. Oh well. Or just get a rohloff and do what this guy did. that is no big dummy though. it is a full custom frame. check out the secondary rear hub. and both front and rear dropouts are spaced at 135, so you can swap your wheels front and back.

    sorry for link-bombing.


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