What are you thinking for tires?Oh, and YaY, "C'mon, winter... it's time for those of us, that 1% of the bicyclist that raise the bar and ride the snow, yahooo. :-)
I'm probably going to go with the Big Fat Larry's. I've seen pics online of someone running BFL's on 80mm rims with a 1x9 and he didn't have any chain rub. Since I'm running a 1x9 with Rolling Darryl's I'm thinking they'll work.
Run 3x7 (9 speed components) just scrap 3 of the lower gears (11-13-15) so you end up with 17-32 and run a double ore triple, trust me I use all three rings on my pugs and it's the only bike I'll say that I ever need the 22tooth but 22x32 will get you up everything! I thought about bfl's but I'm really liking the looks of husker du's.
I do have a triple on order, so I'll be able to play around and see what works best. I'm leaning towards the 1x9 for simplicity though. I'm really developing a distaste for front derailleurs so I may even keep the tiny and manually shift when I need it.
I have a BFL on order for my front on FATBike with 70mm rims. I am told with the higher TPI it is lighter then a standard Larry. I will try to make one work on the rear with a 2x9. Also I am thinking about a 'Nate' for the rear the knob pattern looks aggressive and mean. Last winter with a ENDO in the rear that doesn't have deep knobs spin outs were more frequent then needed to be Courtney yes, I like the 22x32 you can climb the sides of buildings with the right tires. :-) MrDaveyGie