Posts in the category Fatbike

IB15: Atomik Carbon gets skinny fat w/ new tubeless road, 27.5+ and fat bike rims & wheels

Atomik Carbon tubeless ready aero road bike wheels

Atomik Carbon popped on the scene in March 2014 with some prototype carbon tubeless mountain bike rims that we had a chance to test ride prior to their official launch. When they did formally debut for sale, they introduced a few changes to the norm (for the time…things move quickly these days!) with width-specific designs and beefed up sidewalls. During that time, they moved quickly to go to a hookless bead and fine tune the design before launch.

And they’re still moving quickly, using a breakfast meeting to show us their new tubeless-ready aero carbon road bike wheels and new 27.5+ and fat bike rims, the latter getting foam core ribs to make it super stiff…


IB15: Up Close with the Fatback Skookum Carbon and Rhino Aluminum Fat Bikes

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When we first got wind of the new Fatback Skookum and Rhino fat bikes, the announcement was shown with computer renderings. Just a few weeks later at Interbike though, Fatback’s latest fat bikes were the real deal.

Offering a carbon fat bike that is suspension compatible as well as an aluminum model with a sliding dropout, Fatback is gearing up for winter with some cool new rides…


IB15: Jamis mountain bikes get fatter and faster – new Roughneck fat bike & updated Dakota XC hardtail

2016 Jamis Roughneck air-formed alloy fat bike

Jamis’ 2016 mountain bike have been trickling out since Sea Otter with their Dragon Slayer 650B+ hardtail and this summer’s Defcon enduro bike. The one thing missing was something with really, really wide rubber.

These days, just about everyone’s got a fat bike. To standout, the bike needs to have a schtick, whether it’s some audacious feature or a niche. The new Jamis Roughneck fat bike doesn’t jump out with any insane design cues, but it does tailor itself to some of the original fat bike conditions. It also gets a very nice fork with a rather unique construction method.

It’s made to perform in the snow, using the TRP Spike mechanical with cover plates. The Roughneck has an air formed frame and fork, which gives them more control over the tube manipulation. Where that was really put to good use is on the fork…


EB15: Stevens Goes Big Boosting All 2016 Full-Suspension bikes, Gets a Fatter Mobster, and more on and off-road


Stevens was showing a bunch of new things from city bikes to an e-bike with automatic NuVinci shifting, but what first caught out attention was the fattening up of their mountain bikes (while still churning out a new 9kg carbon hardtail), and some updates to the cross bikes (including the race-winning Super Prestige Disc that we tested last cyclocross season). Not to be left out were bikes for the asphalt, and we picked up on two extremes: a gearbox driven urban monster with 2.4″ slicks over to the Ventoux road machine in either disc or rim brake variants. Get all the details with us after the break…

IB15: Coast Cycles Goes Fat for the Streets, Starts Wave of 26+?

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Every year at the show, there is one brand that we haven’t heard of, or heard little of, that really catches our eye. This year, for me that brand was Coast Cycles from Singapore. Not because any their bikes were necessarily groundbreaking in technology, but because every bike they brought had great design and looked like it would be a ton of fun to ride.

Some bikes, like the Ruckus above are really meant for nothing but fun. However, other bikes like their award-winning Quinn cargo bike manage to blend fun and utility in a package that has to be seen or ridden to believe…


IB15: SKS Goes Low Pressure with Big Wheel Pump, Shows New Fenders for Fat and Skinny Tires

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Initially teased out in Sedona, SKS made good on their promise for a low pressure floor pump. Called the Big Wheel, the pump is designed to not only push a lot of air, but to allow precise measurement at the gauge. If the pump has you excited for fat bike use, you may want to check out the fat bike fenders after the break…


IB15: 9:Zero:7 Shows Sub 19lb Team Build Whiteout Fat Bike, Updates Slider Aluminum Frame, Teases Carbon Rims

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It seems that no matter where I go with a fat bike, people still look at it and say,”man, that must be heavy!” Only for them to pick it up and go on to exclaim that they can’t believe how light it is. Imagine my surprise when I was that person after picking up the 9:zero:7 Team Edition built up for co-owner James Stull.

It wasn’t just the build that was light, however. The frame sees a number of updates that find their way across the Whiteout range. But it also gets a few improvements of its own…


IB15: SE Racing Rips a Big One With The Fat Ripper, their New BMX Inspired Fat Bike

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When you think you’ve seen it all… and then something new comes along to blow your mind – that is pretty much what I went through when I saw SE Racing’s “Fat Ripper”. In a sea of fatbikes, this thing stood out like nothing else in the oversize category at Interbike as this is not a BMX bike for riding in the snow….. though you could!

Rip past the break to see this rad beast up close and some shots and videos of former pro BMX’er and long time SE Racing Brand Manager, Todd Lyons showing us how it’s done…


IB15: Industry Nine Heads to the Back Country with Plus Size, 100mm Fat Bike Wheels, Custom Graphics, More

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Their Matchstix Axle tool system may have stolen the show, but Industry Nine had plenty of other products that were new, even since we saw them at Euro Bike. The biggest news (no pun intended), had to be the addition of their first plus size wheelset named the Backcountry 450. Purpose built for what they consider to be the optimum size for performance plus size riding, Industry Nine also had new options for trail, fat bikes, Cyclocross, and more…