If you know you wanna get fat in the winter (sometimes want is more like will) but also want to rip singletrack the other 3/4 of the year, this is your best all around fat bike option. Have you ever heard how Pharoah Sanders can make his sax sound like it has a fuzz pedal? It’s called overblowing. Super impressive. This bike is the Pharoah Sanders fuzz pedal of bikes. It’s perfectly too much. 4.8 tires. Wide hubs for stiff wheels. Thru axles, of course. Stiff steel frame. Basically, if you are waffling between the Surly Pugsley and the Wednesday, and you can afford the Wednesday and it’s wider hubs, get it. If you want one bike for summer and winter, know that you can build up some 29er plus wheels, or just swap to smaller-but-still-chunky tires with the Wednesday and whip it around in the summer.
Here’s the thing we’ve learned. 4.8” tires are great. 5.05” tires, not so much. It comes down to Q factor. Can’t build a reasonably low Q factor fat bike with bigger tires than 4.8”. Odd as it may seem, the 20mm difference is huge when you are riding. Instant knee pain and hip pain on a bike made for 5” tires, like the Surly Ice Cream Truck. 4.8” tires spread out wide at 4 Psi, and tighten up nicely at 10psi for normal trail riding sans snow.
Like all bikes, we dig Wednesdays set up with drop bars, but if you are drop bar shy, we have plenty of alt bars, like the Surly Moloko, Jones Full Loop and Velo Orange Crazy bar that you can scope out. The worst bar ever is any norm core riser or flat bar. What are you doing? Listening to Kenny G cover Bush?
All fat bikes need way low gearing. Don’t let the hustlers tell ya other wise. Friend Adam who is a strong, fit rider, rides a 26t ring up front, and a 11-50 out back. That’s what everyone needs, if they are gunna ride the bike in snow, mud, slush, or swimming pools filled with marshmallows and Belgian Endive.
Why does everyone hate on Eric Dolphy? He was sooo great. And music needs more vibes these days. Not like hipster positive vibes. Vibraphones. Bring em back.
The Wednesday has all of the bits one needs for bike packing, but it feels fine with or without a load. It’s a Surly, and it’s steel, so it’s super tough. I once wacked a Surly of mine (accidentally!) with a ball peen hammer. It dented it, but the frame was and is still rideable. That’s the magic of steel. You can scratch it, dent it, bend it, and keep riding. You can’t do that with any other material out there. None. It’s bonkers. Bikes get dings, scratches, they suffer accidents. And all of them are trash afterward, except steel.
We want to help you build up a Wednesday! Contact us to get started with the Enlightened fitting and build process.