Nicolai Gets Fat in the Winter, Sign of Things to Come?

Nicolai Gets Fat in the Winter, Sign of Things to Come?

It seems that the fatbike arms race may soon be shifting away from who can build the lightest fat bike to who can build the best full suspension fatbike. This isn’t the first full suspension fattie as we’ve seen teases from Salsa, as well as actual bikes at NAHBS from Ti Cycles, and Black Sheep. The latest prototype comes to us by way of Nicolai bikes, as it appears their distributor from Helsinki may have worked up this replacement swing arm to make a Nicolai, well, fat. The rear swing arm appears to be capable of a full size fatbike wheel and tire, though the front fork looks like it required a narrower rim to pass through the fork legs. To this point we’ve seen quite a few options for front suspension fatbike forks from old Mavericks, to Sandman’s Javelina, to Leftys and custom truss forks – though we heard rumors of a major fork manufacturer entertaining the idea of a small run of Fatbike specific forks. When and if that happens – we expect to see a more, even squishier fat bikes.

Bounce past the break for another angle of this one-off Nicolai.

Nicolai Gets Fat in the Winter, Sign of Things to Come?

Clearly, with no chain or derailleur it’s not quite finished, but it looks rideable.


Mr. P - 03/15/13 - 12:10pm

Is that a Cane Creek Cloud 9 shock!?!

Bayard - 03/15/13 - 12:55pm

The chain and derailleur are clear. It prevents ghost shifting.

Ryan - 03/15/13 - 12:57pm


Mindless - 03/15/13 - 2:23pm

I want.

satisFACTORYrider - 03/15/13 - 3:16pm

uh oh. the germans are on it now. game on.

maddogeco - 03/15/13 - 5:00pm

The next big inovation with be aero fatbikes

Ham-planet - 03/15/13 - 9:25pm

Death to fatties

Guy - 03/16/13 - 7:04pm

You just haven’t lived until you’ve ridden a fatty….with some added cushion.

Jared - 03/19/13 - 5:00pm

LOL there’s no chain because the chainline with that BB width would have the chain running straight through the tire.

javier manrique - 05/23/13 - 10:45am

buenas tardes, me gustaria conseguir una bicicleta de ruedas gordas Surly u otra marca, bien completa o por piezas como el cuadro y las ruedas y el resto ya lo montaria yo, donde puedo comprar, ¿hay cuadros de carbono de este tipo de bikes?

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