Posts in the category Fatbike

Whisky Part Co. Shows off No. 9 Carbon Rims with Gorgeous Inglis Fat Bike, Plus SSWC Mukluk

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Inglis Cycles and Retrotec bikes have always caught my eye, but this Inglis fat bike is a definite show stopper. Originally built as a show bike for the 2009 North American Handmade Bike Show in Indianapolis, the bike that started out as a fairly attractive creation has received a modern makeover that brings it over the top. As one of the personal bikes of Matt Larson, the brand manager for Foundry and Whisky Parts Co., the Inglis served as the perfect canvas to show off the new Whisky No. 9 Carbon fat bike rims.

A fan of single speeds with fat tires, Matt had literally just gotten back from the Single Speed World Championships in Anchorage, Alaska and had his Mukluk race bike on display as well. Details next…


Surly Ice Cream Truck Delivers Fat Bike Performance in Two Sizes

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While most of the attention at Saddle Drive was focused on the new fat bikes coming out of the Salsa tent, there were still quite a few Ice Cream trucks rolling through the dirt. First introduced earlier this year at Frost Bike, the Ice Cream Truck brings Surly’s fat bikes into modern standards with a symmetric design and thru axles front and rear. Using their proprietary ED coated 4130 CroMoly frame and fork, Ice Cream Trucks will be offered in both 5″ and the smaller 4″ Ops versions.

Designed to be suspension ready, Ice Cream Trucks deliver new fat bike performance where the venerable Pugsley left off. Detailed spec, and actual weights next…


45NRTH Introduces Fasterkatt Road Shoes, Updates Other Boots, Cobrafist Pogies

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Your eyes do not deceive you. There are now two versions of the 45NRTH Fasterkatt wet and cold weather shoe. Designed for the transitional months or climates where deep winter isn’t a concern, Fasterkatts are designed to shed water in temperatures from 25-45 degrees f. The big news here is the introduction of the 3 bolt SPD-SL compatible sole, but both shoes see significant improvements over the previous Fasterkatt MTB.

Thanks to better zippers, better fit, and improved materials the Fasterkatt is ready to extend your riding season regardless of the conditions. Get the full details plus info on the new Wölvhammer and Cobrafist Pogies, next…


2015 Felt e-Bike North American Debut – New Electric Motorized City, Mountain & Fat Bikes


The Felt Electric line has been selling in Europe for three years, and for 2015 it’s coming to North America. The line uses Bosch’s motor integrated into the frame with downtube mounted batteries.

For the US market, they’ll have four models – a fat bike, full suspension and hardtail mountain bikes and a city bike with standard and step through frames. The idea is to simply offer an alternative way to get around, making cars a little less necessary. All use the same 350watt motor and 400 watt-hour battery and all are pedal assist, meaning they need to be pedaled for the motor to kick in. Across the line, spec is very impressive, suggesting the bikes are made as much for performance as for convenience.

For example, the full suspension DUALe 10, above, gets a 6061 alloy frame, Rockshox Revelation RL and Monarch shock, KS eTen dropper post, Shimano hydraulic brakes and Easton Vice 27.5″ wheels wrapped in Schwalbe Nobby Nic Snakeskin tires…


New Schwalbe Jumbo Jim Fat Bike Tire Rolls Large, Treads Lightly

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We spotted the new Schwalbe Jumbo Jim fat bike tire aboard the new Felt LEBOWSKe electric fat bike, and they say it’s the first appearance of the new tread.

Claimed weight is around 1,040g, which puts it on par or even under the weights of many 26″ downhill mountain bike tires. The tread pattern resembles Schwalbe’s Rocket Ron XC tire, but with a lot more space between the knobs. Sidewall markers indicate it’s got their Pace Star rubber compound for low rolling resistance and good durability. Underneath is the Evo carcass, which offers improved puncture and tear protection, combined with Lite Skin sidewalls. The latter is found more on their cyclocross and road tires and is a thinner, more supple sidewall used to save weight and offer a more compliant ride.

There’s nothing suggesting these are tubeless ready, though, but we suspect it’s a see what the market thinks move and more options may follow. Additional pics below…


Salsa Creates new Fat Bike Categories w/ New Bucksaw, Blackborow & More

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You can always tell the hot bike at a demo by how hard it is to get one to try. Whether due to excitement, skepticism, curiosity, or disbelief, usually one bike stands above the rest. In the case of QBP’s Saddle Drive event this year in Ogden UT, that bike had to be the new Salsa Bucksaw full suspension fat bike. It seemed that even those with no interest in fat bikes wanted a ride just to see what it was like.

As the first mass produced full suspension fat bike, the Bucksaw joins other new additions for 2015 to create the most diverse fat bike line up anywhere. While some of the companies are just releasing their first bike with the giant tires, Salsa now offers five different categories of fat bikes from rigid to full sus.

Curious why there needs to be such a variety of fat bikes? Find out next, plus details and actual weights for the Bucksaw, Blackborow, Beargrease, and Mukluk…


Photo Gallery – More 2015 Specialized Mountain Bikes & One More Road Tire

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If you thought our first round up of 2015 bikes from Specialized was lacking in gravity oriented models, your wait is over. We’ve also found more frameset colorways, a couple fat bikes, a cost-is-no-object women’s full suspension racer and…another road bike tire.

Above, the new 650B Enduro Evo with Rockshox Boxxer dual crown fork is about as close as you’ll get to Specialized downhill bike without actually buying a, um, Specialized downhill bike. Equipped with Ohlins rear coil-over shock, chain guide, Thomson seatpost and Spec’s new Slaughter rear tire on Roval 650B DH wheels. Word is there are very few 26″ full suspension bikes left in their 2015 lineup.

Drop in for more…


First Look: Big Ed Fat Bike brings Big Tires for Scott 2015

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There was a bit of talk about horses for courses among the Scott Week presentations, since bikes that may work well in one area of the world, might not be ideal in others. The horse analogy may have continued in the naming of Scott’s new fat bike, but instead of Mr. Ed, meet Big Ed. We expected to see a number of impressively light, super capable mountain bikes among Scott’s 2015 offerings, but a fat bike? That was surprising.

Fortunately for Scott, being new to the fat bike scene means that they are able to jump right in with a RockShox Bluto equipped bike. Built with suspension corrected geometry and modern axle sizes, Big Ed looks like it will be another popular option in the world of fat bikes.


Exclusive First Look: Kuroshiro Takes on 29+ with Hybrid Composite Polymer enso 950


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Earlier this year while Minnesota was trapped in Nature’s icy grip, we met with Mauro Bertolotto of Raceware Srl. Mauro was very excited to show us a special project he had been working on – the first Kuroshiro carbon rim. Unlike most companies that specialize in high end carbon goods, Kuroshiro was starting with products specifically designed for fat bikes. Using a number of intriguing technologies, the Enso 685 was designed to be one of the lightest fat bike rims on the market.

Now, Kuroshiro is introducing their second product, the all new Enso 950. After deciphering the naming structure, we’re left with a 29” rim that is 50mm wide. Perfect for the growing 29+ market. Created to be just as impressive as the 685, the 950 continues with a bit of new carbon technology to offer even higher performance.

Just like the 685, the feature packed 950 won’t come cheap, but it’s not every day you can drop 5 pounds from your bike with a single swap…