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The Scapegoat was designed in collaboration with Goat, one of the first guys to put tons of miles on a fat bike–riding the Continental Divide on a first generation Surly Pugsley. He spent years riding different fat bikes through the Americas on extended barefoot tours, and distilled his experiences into this frame, his signature mega-expedition fat bike.
Most fat bikes feature a few things that drive us crazy here at Gravel & Grind. Bad crazy like Jack Nicholson in The Shining, not good crazy like Michael Jackson before he went bad crazy. These days, typical fat bikes have silly-wide proprietary hubs and knee-wrecking wide bottom brackets that create a bonkers q factor, silly-oversized headtubes, suspension-corrected forks, and, most importantly, lackluster handling. They are the bike equivalent of a 1982 F-150 with blown suspension and a set of vise grips as a steering wheel.
In contrast, the Scapegoat handles like a dream. Even at 7 Psi it turns well. It’s stable, but feels fast. It’s really stiff, so it can handle huge loads without turning into an overcooked noodle. It uses normal 135mm front and rear hubs and a 73mm bottom bracket, so your knees won’t hate ya.
It has full length cable routing, so on long trips you won’t get a bunch of crud in your cables. Rocker Dropouts means a $25 investment makes you Rohloff ready. Insane amounts of braze-ons. You can mount 7 bottle cages, or 5 manything cages and 2 normal bottle cages. And that’s if you don’t get clever. You can do two more on the seat stays with King USB mounts, which we have. These bikes have long top tubes, and extended headtubes, so you gotta size ‘em like a mountain bike, not like a Salsa Fargo. Also, they don’t make a really small one because wheels this big don’t work on small frames (Makers crank out those bikes to make money, not to do a service to smaller riders.).
If you have a PBH of 78 or higher, and you’re 5’7″ or taller, the Scapegoat medium is you. If you are shorter or have shorter legs, skip it. If you wanna run drop bars, size down and run an LD stem with a 20mm spacer under it. We recommend Nitto Albastache or Albatross bars. If you wanna run mountain bars or trekking bars, go wide with the bar (660 minimum; 710 is ideal for shorter riders; 800 is great for big riders) and go short with the stem. 80mm at the longest. Try a 60mm. We like the Simworks stems and Nitto cold-forged stems.
But wait, what about that narrow q factor? Most fat bikes use a wide bottom bracket to allow you to shift through 11 speeds in the back and two up front without having the chain carve up the tire like a cheese monger attacking a piece of Reypenaer XO Reserve. The Scapegoat addresses the tire rub issue by limiting you to a single speed or internal gear setup–IF you want to run full fat rubber.
It’ll take 65mm wide rims, 26×4 tires and still let you run a normal bottom bracket. You won’t feel like you are riding around on a busted donkey. You’ll feel like you are riding a kick-ass mountain bike. You can run it as a 650b + set up as well, and do a 1×11 drivetrain as long as you run a boost crank, or you can do 29+ too. We prefer the 650B + set up. It feels fast, it’s ligher than a 29+ set up, and it has great traction. Good mud clearance, too.