Posts in the category Fatbike

IB14: Alex Widens Rim Collection to Include Fat Bikes, 29+, Even 36″?

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Alex Rims are a pretty good barometer of what is happening in the industry. The rims are often used as standard equipment on complete bikes so they seem to produce rims that are in demand at prices that help keep the cost of complete bikes low. If the addition of new models like the Blizzerk and MD50 suggest that fat bikes and 29+ have really hit the mainstream, what does that say about their new 36″ rim the MD25?

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EB14: Kuroshiro Puts the Salsa Bucksaw and Niner ROS9 Plus On a Carbon Diet

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If you have been paying attention to the plus-size carbon wheel market, you know that Kuroshiro has been rewriting the rules when it comes to fat bike wheels. The super light carbon hoops are designed to run tubeless without rim tape and owe much of their strength and stiffness to their unique SPline design with uses a continuous raised center carbon ridge.

Recently, the company introduced a slimmed down version of their fat bike rims to cater to the 29+ crowd. Using a similar technology but with a completely boxed center channel, the wheels are a simple 1 step weight loss program for your bike – as long as you have the cash. To illustrate the weight savings provided by their wheels, Kuroshiro swapped out the wheelsets on some common, mostly stock fat bike and 29+ models to show what is possible.

Light weight fatties ahead…

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EB14: Mondraker Makes the Wheels Bigger & the Mountain Bikes More Aggressive

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Mondraker introduced the new Foxy Carbon this summer, essentially claiming the 140mm travel, 27.5″ wheel mountain bike was a quiver of one. But, supposing you like larger wheels, the new Crafty 29er takes the concept up a notch with bigger diameter hoops.

It keeps their Zero suspension design, which floats the shock between two moving links. The rear triangle is one piece to keep it stiff. It also gets their Forward Geometry, putting a longer top tube behind a very short stem. Other than wheels and necessary frame sizing tweaks, the only functional change was a slight drop in rear wheel travel to 130mm. The front end keeps the longer 140mm fork. There’s even an XR version that gets a 150mm Pike.

Other bikes grow to 27.5″ from 26″, spec gets updated and a new fat bike makes an appearance below…

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First Look: Fezzari Kings Peak Prototype Fat Bike

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After a two year hiatus, the Fezzari Kings Peak is back, but it’s gotten a little fat in its time off. While Fezzari is starting to make a name for themselves with their consumer direct sales model with a custom touch, their latest model will have fat bike fans looking at another option to fulfill their big-tired needs.

Called the Fezzari Kings Peak fat bike, or Fat Kings Peak if you prefer, the carbon fat bike is still just in prototype guise, but should be available in time for Christmas delivery – with plenty of snow left in the season. Equipped with nearly all of the features you would expect to find in a carbon fat bike currently, the Fat Kings Peak looks to be a relative bargain in typical Fezzari style…

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EB14: Ryde Goes Wide, Steps Out from Behind OEM Curtain w/ New Rims for All

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For us, Ryde’s been primarily known as the company that always had a very light scandium road bike rim luring us into their booth. The rep said they’ve mainly been an OE manufacturer for others thus far, but now they’re looking to bring rims to market under their own brand name.

To start, they’ve created some impressively wide mountain bike rims for both XC-to-enduro and lighter weight race-oriented pursuits, plus a fairly standard road bike rim and some prototype fat bike models. The Trace, above, is the XC/Trail/Enduro model and will be available in all three wheel sizes in three different widths: 21, 25 and 29 millimeters. Those measurements are internal widths…

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Video: 45NRTH – Designing Winter Cycling Footwear

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I can hardly believe it’s almost that time of year, but the small bit of sleet this weekend reminds us that cold temperatures are closing in. 45NRTH has staked their reputation on building gear that will get you out there and keep you comfortable. Ever wondered what goes into designing products like the Wölvhammer Winter boot? 45NRTH gives us the rundown in the first of 3 product design videos next…

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Chris Akrigg On a Fat Bike – The Shore Line

What do you get when you hand Chris Akrigg a fat bike? Another awesome edit, that’s what. Chris takes the Mongoose Argus down to a very interesting sea side to give this fat biking thing a try.

IB14: Rohloff Fat Bikes – Reeb Updates Their Donkadonk, Plus Special Cycle Monkey Edition Ventana El Gordo

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It’s a perfect time to talk about the new Reeb Donkadonk and Ventana El Gordo fat bikes. Not just because Winter is right around the corner, but also because they are both built with the new Rohloff Speedhub XL that is built for bikes with 170mm rear spacing. Previously, to get a Rohloff or any other Internal Geared Hub on a fat bike you typically had to build an offset wheel for an offset frame. Symmetric 170 builds allow for more tire clearance and stronger wheels – both great things when it comes to fat bikes. The fat hubs just showed up at Cycle Monkey headquarters and are available for purchase.

As the bike arm of one of everyone’s favorite beers in a can, Reeb Cycles builds all of their bikes in Colorado from U.S. made True Temper OX Platinum tubing for bikes that are American as Oskar Blues Beer. Reeb has offered their resident fat bike for awhile, but the latest Donkadonk offers more of a good thing…

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IB14: Sarma Doubles Up on Carbon 29+, Introduces new Aluminum Vortex Fat Bike

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While the majority of fat bike companies are based in North America, Sarma Bikes continues to put out some impressive equipment by way of Siberia, Russia. Now being imported to the U.S. by a new distributor, the products should be easier than ever to get a hold of which is a good thing – Sarma is blowing up. After introducing the first ever double wall carbon 100mm rim, Sarma now has their sights set on 29+ and has a new Naran carbon rim to prove it.

Technically Kuroshiro is also offering a carbon 29+ rim with a box section, though as far as a true double wall carbon rim the Naran is it. Available as an individual rim, Sarma is also offering two 29+ Shaman builds complete with a Bluto suspension fork. Carbon may be the most buzz worthy, but Sarma also has a new option for the more budget conscious with their new aluminum Vortex fat bike frame. Details next…

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