This is one of the strangest bikes I’ve seen in a while.
Doesn’t look that odd though, does it? It’s a Scott Team Issue aluminium hard tail, probably older than 1999, but I don’t know what year for sure. There is no disc brake tab on it, and most manufacturers had both v-brake and disc brake mounts on their frames in 2000 and ’01, so I figure it has to be older than that.
It’s a textbook race bike from whatever year it’s from. Fat tubes, very light frame, a very light and high end Manitou fork, and gorgeous green RaceFace forks.
And then it gets very odd.
For starters, no rear brakes. And it’s a singlespeed with a massive 44×17 ratio. AND it has fatbike rims! But just regular XC tires – 2.3″ wide. Super light everything, and heavy wheels. Companies are moving towards wider rims (I guess you were wrong Keith Bontrager…) lately, but “wide” on an XC or trail bike means 29mm. These Snow Cat rims are 60mm wide.
It’s supposed to flatten out the tire and give it a wider contact patch on the ground. I think. Richard Cunningham says the wider rim makes tubeless tires work better too, but I forget why.
But, the best thing of all on this bike; no explanation at all as to why it was built this way.
It’s bizarre, and I love it.
(Nobody on ebay was willing to go $500 on it though)