13 September 2010

Raleigh Mojave 8.0

Frame Raleigh Mojave-8.0 – Aluminum
Size Large/20"
Fork Nashbar Steel
  • Avid mechanical disc brakes
  • Schwalbe Big Apple tires 26x2.15"
  • 175 mm Kooka cranks (Rasta anodized)
  • Surly steel chainring
  • Surly steel cog
  • Nashbar chain tensioner
  • Tech Lite CNC aluminum brake levers
  • Ti Cycles aluminum stem
Gears 36x15
Wheels Pre-built
Weight 30 lb.
Notes Two words: one speed

I love this bike!

I never had a BMX bike growing up and so this is the closest I have ever come. I used to run platform pedals and being able to hop on in my tennis shoes is a dream. And being able to hop off and not hit the deck or wear out my cleats is also a dream. Climbing the hills between home and work on platform pedals got old so now I use clipless pedals to commute but I still switch it up.

I swapped the QR skewers for some bolt-on ones and so now I feel okay just locking the frame to a bike rack which makes taking this bike to the movies or the store Simple Simon.

With the fat tires it's even lower maintenance than my single speed road bike as I only have to pump up the tires about once/month.

It's what I ride to work 99 percent of the time.


  1. Martin, how far is your typical commute on this bike?

  2. @JR - not far. It's about five miles each way if I take the shortest route (which I almost always do on the way to work) and when it's nice (read: dry) out I frequently opt for a detour on the way home which extends the distance up to about 15 miles.

    The furthest I have ever ridden this bike at one stretch is 25 miles.


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