Velo very kindly offered a loan of a couple of bits 'n' bobs on Saturday... So down to my luxuriously appointed (that'd be a manky broon rug) basement where I went and had at the Haro Mary:
Off with the leaky Reba's, and on with...
A Surly fork, Phat Albert wheel with a 3.7 Surly Endomorph. I believe the chubby chasers call this a 'half fat'?
First impressions? Steering is slooooooow. I've bumped up the height of the stem and bars by an extra 25mm, since it felt very low initially. I'm not sure if the slowness is down to the 26" fork on a 29er frame, or the wide tyre, or a combination of both. Possibly a shorter stem might help?
Also what's up with the disk mount? IS standard, but it looks like it's one size of rotor smaller than 'normal', ie. On the Reba's I was running an Avid 185mm front, but using the same adapter on the Surly fork, it only fits a 160mm disk. The 185mm rotor is too big. Velo also had a 140mm rotor fitted to the wheel originally, I think he mentioned that he needed that to work with his disk caliper, but I'm wondering if it's the 'one size down' thing I'm seeing? Anyway, I'm ordering a 203mm IS to post adapter and I'll see what happens.
Proper pics tomorrow when it's not dark (not that it'll win any beauty contests).