The new Kruch Tauntaun is a Canada-made Chromoly steel fat bike designed around modern mountain bike geometry and made with technical riding in the Rockies in mind. Learn more here…
The new Tauntaun is a fat bike designed and manufactured as a partnership between The Inside Line, Kruch Custom Bicycles, Lone Tree Enterprises, and Porcelain Rocket—all based in Calgary, Alberta. The Tauntaun is a chromoly steel fat bike designed around a slack 64.5° head tube angle, 76° seat tube, short chainstays with 3D-printed yokes, and a long reach, bringing what The Inside Line describes as “a new breed of Fat Bike to tackle technical winter riding in the Rockies.”
While you won’t find bikepacking-specific provisions, the Tauntaun is purpose-built for aggressive winter riding. They only use DOT fluid brakes, due to their consistent feel in freezing temperatures, as opposed to mineral fluid. It’s based around a 120mm travel Manitou Mastadon, a cold-weather-rated fat bike fork, and all complete builds feature 12-speed drivetrains and 27.5″ wheels, but it’s also mullet compatible.
Each frame is made from 4130 Chromoly steel tubing that’s laser cut and fused locally by local red seal welders. To achieve a specific geometry, the seat and chainstay yokes are 3D printed, allowing them to reduce weight, retain strength, and increase tire clearance.
The Tauntaun is offered in two complete build options and a frameset. The $7,000 CAD PRO build features SRAM Code brakes, studded 45NRTH Wrathchild 27.5 x 4.5″ tires, a SRAM GX Eagle drivetrain, and a OneUp dropper post. The $5,000 CAD COMP build comes with SRAM G2 RS brakes, Terrene Yippy Ki Yay Studdable 27.5 x 4.3″ tires, a Shimano Deore drivetrain, and an SDG Tellis dropper post. The frameset costs $1,850 CAD, and like the complete builds, comes in your choice of a Pumpkin Spice Latte (PSL) or Black to White Splatter Fade paint job. The Tauntaun comes in just two sizes: medium or large.
You can learn more over at TheInsideLine.ca.
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