Goat’s Crust Scapegoat (Sea Otter Classic 2019)
From the depths of Sea Otter Classic, we present Goat’s Crust Scapegoat, a go-anywhere bike inspired by Riding The Spine, a classic fat-packing journey from Alaska to Argentina. Find more photos and details here…
For those of you who don’t know Goat (yep, that’s his name), here’s a little background. He’s worked as a bike mechanic, diesel mechanic, and built and lived in multiple tree houses (which is now his job). He’s also freight-hopped around the country, raised a barn, and built several tall bikes. I first came to know of him back in 2004 when he was a part of one of the first fat-bikepacking adventures ever undertaken through the Americas. We caught up with Goat at the Sea Otter Classic to get a few photos of him and his Crust Scapegoat.
Goat has a special place in the Crust Bikes team: he has a bike named after him. The Crust Scapegoat is the culmination of tens of thousands of miles of touring… on a fat bike. Some of you might remember Riding the Spine –one of my personal inspirations for setting out on a big bike trip – a blog that documented Goat and his crew’s 2004-2009 trip from Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina. Goat was touring internationally on a fat bike well before using a fatbike for such escapades became popularized. During his ride from Alaska to Argentina he realized that he wanted a bike that fit his beloved Surly Endomorph fat bike tires with a normal 73mm bottom bracket shell and a non-offset 135mm rear end – and that’s how the Scapegoat was born.
The bike shown here is prototype of the new second generation Scapegoat, due for release in about two months. This one has a one of a kind paint job and is set up with 29+ tires, a 1×11 drivetrain, and Crust Jungle Runner handlebars.
Oh, and did I mention that Goat rode the length of the Americas completely barefoot? He designed the pedals himself and fabricated them from old cage pedals and flip-flops. Needless to say, barefoot bikepacking isn’t for the faint of heart. Goat admitted that he broke a toe once, from a rock that was slung into it from the front fat tire.
Find more on the Crust Scapegoat over at CrustBikes.com. You can also check out the archives of Riding the Spine here, and find Goat’s current meanderings on his Instagram @goatiemon. Also, be sure to find more of our coverage from the 2019 Sea Otter Classic by following #SeaOtterClassic2019.