EB13: Koga BeachRacer – Drop Bar Fat Bike Takes Racing to the Shores
The Koga Beachracer is a purpose built bike for Holland’s beach races, which can draw more than 3,000 competitors. Why such a draw? Well, there aren’t really mountains in Holland since virtually the entire land mass relies on a line of sand dunes and consistent pumping to prevent the ocean from submerging it. Originally, that’s what those trademark windmills were used for.
So, beach races.
The frame is based on (and replaces) their Cross Winner cyclocross bike. But, they tweaked it to make it more effective for the flat, sandy courses. The seat tube got steeper to bring you closer to a time trial position so you can lay down the power through softer sand. The head angle was slackened a bit to provide better stability. All of which sounds a lot like some gravel racers we’ve seen.
It’s a unique concept, and apparently the judges at Eurobike thought so too, bestowing upon it one of the show’s coveted awards.
Koga had race footage video running to show just what beach racing is. Promo video at bottom of post.
They added a lot more clearance at the rear for a really fat tire and are spec’ing a slick on the rear since most of the races start on or use segments of pavement. The front uses their own carbon rigid fork but doesn’t have nearly as much clearance. It’s using a Schwalbe Thunder Burt 2.1 tire at the front and a Supermoto 2.3529er tires on 29er mountain bike wheels. You could easily swap rubber and take it off road.
Double butted 7005 alloy frame and steel Truvativ chainring help combat salt water. It comes as a 1×10 and e*thirteen chainguide, but there’s room at the chainstay yoke for a double, and the 105 shifters are left unaltered. So, you could use the extra set of cable guides to set up a front derailleur.
Complete bike as shown is about 10.3kg (22.7lbs).