Hack!? Shimano XT Crank on a Fatbike
Recently, we got a tip informing us that someone had seen a Moots FrosTi out there with a Shimano XT crankset. They had sent some pictures, but with zero information and pictures that really didn’t prove it was a 100mm BB we had little to go on. It didn’t take us long though to stumble on Lloyd Chamber’s cycling blog, that happened to have a gallery of photos of a Moots FrosTi with an XT crank. It just so happens that not only is Lloyd an amazing photographer, he is also quite the cyclist with his fleet of Moots being some of his favorite subject matter among other cycling related photos. There it was, clear as day – a Shimano M780 crankset on a Moots FrosTi.
How did he do it? Find out after the break.
This puzzle was on my mind this past weekend while down at CX Worlds, so I asked around at the Shimano tent if they knew of any way this was possible, or if they were dabbling in fatbike cranks. Not only did they not think it was possible, but even more disappointing they didn’t think Shimano would get around to making a fatbike crank soon – or, if ever. The market is simply too small apparently. It’s not a matter of “if” Shimano could make a fatbike crank, it’s more if they did, how many would they sell? I quickly forgot about the fatbike issues with the roar of the cyclocross crowd.
That is, until I spoke to Lloyd. I had been told by a friend in the know that since the spindle is simply pressed into the crank arm, it might be possible to press it out and have a longer one pressed in. After asking Lloyd about it, the answer I got was “special project for the crank.”
Prying a little farther, it turns out Lloyd was simply being conscious of his connections and was being careful about what he said. Finally, he came back and said that the crank modification was a custom job he had made to his specs by a member of the Shimano staff who prefers to remain anonymous. So there you have it. Possibly one of the only, or very very few XT fatbike cranks on the market with no plans for production. Still cool none the less.
Thanks to Lloyd for sharing his photos and his FrosTi with us!