EB13: Koga BeachRacer – Drop Bar Fat Bike Takes Racing to the Shores

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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.

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Koga had race footage video running to show just what beach racing is. Promo video at bottom of post.

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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.

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Double butted 7005 alloy frame and steel Truvativ chainring help combat salt water.┬áIt 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.

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Complete bike as shown is about 10.3kg (22.7lbs).

Comments

Ilikeicedtea - 09/09/13 - 9:42am

Sure that’s a fatbike?

brian - 09/09/13 - 11:05am

i cant believe there arent any comments yet. koga made a bike so subtly weird that all the snarky contributors on bikerumor dont know how to react.

it, um, looks like a hong fu? wait no it doesnt. ive got nothing.

A. - 09/09/13 - 11:14am

So you chimed in with the first snarky comment. Good job!

Quinn - 09/09/13 - 11:16am

This is Not a fat bike, it’s 29+, and which they have come Late to the party, you are also talking to an American crowd about a European specific bike/racing

satisFACTORYrider - 09/09/13 - 11:18am

i dig it.

Papageno - 09/09/13 - 11:20am

Nice bike Koga! In the Netherlands the brand Koga is not known for their new an breakthrough designs. But apparently they are working on it.

Quinn - 09/09/13 - 11:23am

saw someone else make a point, it is not Fat, it is closer to Mostercross, and in That can, they are Really Really late to the party

Ernst - 09/09/13 - 11:39am

I dont think it is a fat bike, but I like the execution of what it is; a beach racer.

Wojtek G - 09/09/13 - 11:52am

Very cool! Quite unusual but I like it!

Speedy - 09/09/13 - 11:56am

@Quinn – last I checked the internet is available in Europe too.

Also, isn’t 29+ a segment of the Fat Bike Market…

King County - 09/09/13 - 11:58am

I don’t see where in the article it states that this is a fat bike.

brian - 09/09/13 - 12:05pm

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Volsung - 09/09/13 - 12:43pm

the croation bear’s tt machine will crush this aluminum toy.

AlanM - 09/09/13 - 12:44pm

I was watching the video, thinking how cool and fun the racing looked. Then I get down to the comments section where it turns into a war of stupid comments. “You are also talking to an American crowd about a European specific bike/racing.” “They are late to the party.” Etc., etc.

Guess what? It’s a bike, it’s riding, it looks like fun!

Felton From the Big D - 09/09/13 - 1:15pm

I ride that rig on Miami Dade Beach and skid on ur towel.

- Flying Dutchman

Mindless - 09/09/13 - 2:01pm

Nice.

Mindless - 09/09/13 - 2:06pm

..but easier just to get one of the numerous carbon mtb frames and put drop bars on it. Had bike just like that, before putting wide flat bars back in to run better brakes and shifter.

caspar - 09/09/13 - 2:12pm

Coooolest thing Ive seen from Eurobike this yr !!

Psi Squared - 09/09/13 - 2:51pm

Uber cool.

Lazy Spinner - 09/09/13 - 4:34pm

Sand crit!

Troy Junge - 09/09/13 - 7:17pm

Something about beach and seeing a chain and cassette…..I would be reaching for an internal geared hub pretty quickly I would think.
Lovely looking bike….stealth black is a winner on the streets…guess it stands out on the sand!

bbb - 09/09/13 - 7:21pm

What CX bikes should be like…

MGK - 09/09/13 - 11:04pm

@bbb…i agree, that’s smitten for CX.

cb - 09/10/13 - 2:04am

salt water – the best thing about it is that one needs to replace parts very often.

wunnspeed - 09/12/13 - 10:56am

This was my favorite bike at EuroBike… but what I REALLY want are the bars. Where can I get those?

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