Oregon Handmade Show 2013: Contes Engineering’s Fat Bike Pedal Quad, the Athos
Walking onto the show floor this year, one object grabbed my attention more than anything else, and that was the Athos from Contes Engineering. This pedal quad monstrosity weighs in at 80lbs and is one of several different Athos that have come into existence. The first was a BMX / dirt jumper. This one, as you may have noticed is rolling on fat bike wheels and tires. Those wheels are built on Chris King hubs, and were laced up by Jude at Sugar Wheel Works.
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The Athos is made up of 56 custom fabricated parts (mostly the suspension), and 60 off the shelf parts including the Shimano Alfine 8 speed drive train and parts from the automotive industry that make up the steering. The suspension uses 2″ travel shocks, but overall articulation at each wheel totals 8″. This particular Athos is built for sand and snow riding, and makes use of a more mountain bike stance, vs. the BMX stance of the original. The frame is aluminum, and weighs in at 11lbs. Looking forward, Contes Engineering is planning an electric assist version, and is exploring special needs applications. The Athos here runs $9200 and takes about one and half months to produce once ordered.