Our Reader’s Rig of the week comes from Joe in Utah, who shares the 2016 Moots Frosthammer he originally bought for snowy winter riding in Colorado and has since converted to handle his all-terrain cruises around the desert. Learn more about Joe and his Moots here…

Words and photos by Joe McManus (@redrocksjoe)

Hi, I’m Joe from Moab, Utah. During the day, I work in computer security, but when I’m not at work, I take advantage of every second outside that I can. I’ve always loved bike riding, but my affair with the outdoors was ignited with a one-week backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail when I was a kid. After that, I could not keep out of the woods, usually on my mountain bike.

Moots Frosthammer

While I love bike riding and I love backpacking, never the twain had met. I went on a few old-school bike touring trips that never really lit the fire for me. With the new style of bikepacking and living in a hub for bikepacking, I can’t get enough of it.

  • Moots Frosthammer
  • Moots Frosthammer

I was living most of the year outside Rocky Mountain National Park, where the season for fat biking was long, and the conditions were incredible. After a few years on a Pugsley, I upgraded to this Moots Frosthammer. At the time, I only rode it in the winter, which was eight months long. Originally, it had an aluminum Salsa fork and BB7 cable discs.

  • Moots Frosthammer
  • Moots Frosthammer
  • Moots Frosthammer
  • Moots Frosthammer
  • Moots Frosthammer

When I moved full-time to the desert, I thought I might sell the bike. Who needs a snow bike in the desert? But what started with cruising around the old 24 Hours of Moab course on fat bikes opened up a whole new world of adventuring. I also realized I had to change a few things on the bike since rocky sandstone is different from the snow-packed trails of Peaceful Valley in the Indian Peaks. I swapped to a carbon Salsa fork and XT Brakes, two-piston rear and four-piston in the front. Other than that, most is the same as when I built it up.

Moots Frosthammer
  • Frame 2016 Moots Frosthammer
  • Fork Salsa Carbon
  • Rims DT Swiss BR710
  • Hubs DT Swiss 350
  • Tires Maxxis 26 x 4.8″ FBF/FBR
  • Handlebars Thomson Ti
  • Headset Chris King
  • Crankset Next
  • Pedals Race Face Chester
  • Cassette Shimano 11-speed 11-46
  • Derailleur Shimano XT
  • Brakes Shimano XT 8000
  • Shifter(s) Shimano XT
  • Saddle WTB Volt Ti
  • Seatpost Thomson
  • Stem Thomson
  • Front bags Oveja Negra Bootleggers, O.N. Front End Loader, O.N. lunchbox
  • Rear bags Oveja Negra Gearjammer, PDW bindle rack for snowshoes
  • Accessory bags Soulrun original tool roll, Oveja Negra Chuckbucket, Swift EDC
  • Other accessories Niterider Lumina 1100

In Moab, everyone gravitates to the classics like the Whole Enchilada, Amasa Back, etc. But the real adventure begins when you find a random two-track and start riding. A great source of inspiration is any black and white guidebook from FA Barnes. You can see the coolest things on a fat bike in Moab.

  • Moots Frosthammer
  • Moots Frosthammer

Keep up with Joe’s desert adventures on Instagram @redrocksjoe.

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