Posts in the category Fatbike

Fyxation’s Blackhawk Carbon Fiber Fat Bike Takes The Milwaukee Brand Off Road

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Fyxation, born in Milwaukee, WI with the fixie movement. They haven’t just been on that pavement the whole time though. The winters can get pretty snowy and nasty in the great white north, so they moved on to a mountain bike that can be ridden throughout the snow season.

The Blackhawk is a carbon fiber, suspension corrected fat bike with a 197mm rear end, and can run either 26×5″ or 29×3″ tires.

Although the Blackhawk looks and smells like a fat bike, the guys at Fyxation call it a four season trail bike, and they ride it all year long. Take a look after the jump for the details…

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Just In: Rocky Mountain’s Blizzard Busting Fat Bike

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To get an idea of how quickly the RockShox Bluto has been adopted by the fat bike scene, the launch of the Rocky Mountain Blizzard was a pretty good indication. At the time, it was one of just two bikes announced that would use the fork which were launched the very same day. Introduced right before the Sea Otter Classic, it was like Rocky Mountain was waiting for the perfect bike to give new life to the Blizzard name – and what better bike than a fat bike?

For their very first attempt at a fat bike, Rocky took the approach of many larger companies with cautious optimism. Instead of going all out with high end carbon rigs, the Blizzard would be a simple yet well thought out aluminum bike with a solid spec and an affordable price. Because of that, the Blizzard is extremely intriguing. On paper, the Blizzard seems to have just about everything you would want in a trail oriented fat bike with enough money left over to buy some Winter riding gear.

Even though we aren’t dealing with the same blizzard on the East coast, our own Blizzard just blew in for a first look…

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Chumba Cycles Teases URSA Major Prototype Titanium Fat Bike

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After their rebirth at Interbike last year, Chumba Cycles is settling into their new Austin, TX home. Led by new owner Aaron Foreman, the company has gotten back to their made in the USA roots. Gone are the slacked out, long travel DH machines only to be replaced by a new generation of Chumba bikes that focus more on adventure and pushing past personal limits. That means some very interesting steel hard tails, and in this case, their newest bike will be clad in titanium.

As their first full sized fat bike, the URSA Major will be sold alongside the URSA Minor – their  midfat 29+ option. While many of the details are still shrouded in mystery, we did get a few tidbits straight from Chumba. You’ll have to wait for the actual release of the bike, but read on for a little tease…

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Ride Review: Vee Tire’s H-Billie Fat Bike Tire Brings Tubeless Tech Below $100

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Vee Tire rolled into the market a few years ago with some of the first “affordable” fat bike tires. They have grown rapidly, with 9 different fat bike tire models (including the plus-sized Trax Fatty), and their growth was primarily fueled by consumers being able to get fat bike tires without a home refinance loan.

The H-Billie is folding bead, tubeless ready, and claimed at 26×4.25″, aiming for the lighter fat bikes with 4″ tires that still make up the vast majority of the market.

We took a ride on the H-Billies, and found them to be pretty good, especially for the price. Take a look inside to see how a tire at half the price stacks up…

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RaceFace Goes Micro with New 24t Narrow Wide Ring and Bash Guard

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There’s no shame in admitting it – sometimes you just need a lower gear. Technically, the new RaceFace Micro ring could be used for anything with a 64 BCD, but more than likely this will appeal to those with the fattest tires. Depending on the crankset used, and the frame it’s mounted to, using the inner position on a double crank can result in a better chainline. More importantly though, the smaller BCD allows for a tiny 24t ring that mounts with standard chainring bolts. Update: As RaceFace mentioned below, they will be offering the 64 BCD in a 26t ring as well.

To go along with that Micro ring, RaceFace is also offering a Micro bash guard. When run with the guard the Micro set brings another benefit to the table – better rock clearance. If you find yourself rock crawling on your fat bike or smashing your chainring far too often on trail obstacles, the smaller ring should give you some much needed clearance. While you will lose out on the high range, the smaller ring should also allow the use of a standard 11-36t cassette for plenty of low gearing without resorting to a cassette adapter.

Whatever your set up, more options are always better. RaceFace is offering this 24t option for $59.99 as a set for the ring and the bash guard. Both are available now.

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SRAM & Surly Team Up To Bring X-Sync Rings For OD Crank, 1×11 to 5″ Tire Fat Bikes

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Surly Bikes let out a little bit today about what they will be doing at upcoming tradeshow Frostbike. Of interest to the fat bikers of the world who have the new crop of super-fat 5″ tires, they are going to have the first SRAM-supported X-Sync chain rings that allow you to combine 1×11 drive trains with 190/197mm spaced rear ends, since SRAM only supports 170/177 rear ends with their own cranks.

Sure, people have been doing this for some time with RaceFace, eThirteen and other cranks or Wolftooth ring upgrades. However, SRAM says that their drive trains work best when using X-Sync chain rings, as they are not the same as other “wide/narrow” tooth profile chain rings.

Surly worked with SRAM to license the profile, but also make it from stainless steel (oh my!), and make it in the antiquated 5x94mm bolt circle standard they (charmingly) insist on keeping around on their OD cranks. While the OD cranks, combined with a solid, machined stainless chain ring might not be light, it will be the first SRAM supported crank set for the 190/197mm rear end chain line.

Take a click inside, they are not just making the chain ring, but made it to enable a pretty cool bike too….

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How To Build A NAHBS Bike – Part 4: Melting Tubes Together

All-The-Materials-To-Make-a-Bike Welding a bike together can bring about romantic notions of fire and metal meeting, making something from nothing. Every bike must go through a transition from a raw material into an operable bicycle, and this is where the skill of your custom builder comes in. Some builders are pure artists. Some builders are very skilled craftsmen. Some builders are expert welders. Some builders are master designers. For this particular bike, I wanted something that could be ridden hard, and personally, I’m not really attracted to the ornate bikes that are intended to just look nice. I chose Matter Cycles because of Collin’s focus on design and geometry, and his simplistic style. Take a look inside at some pictures of this  bike moving from 10 round tubes to a tool that will take me ripping down the trail… READ MORE ->

Review: 45NRTH’s Dillinger 5 Fat Bike Tires Rob The Bank, But May Be Worth Doing The Time

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It’s the middle of prime fat-biking season here in Minnesota, and that means a lot of fat bike parts reviews. Sure, the big-tired monsters might be getting trendy, but anything that allows us to ride year-round in the snowy climes is surely allowed a pass. 45NRTH introduced the Dillinger 5 earlier this year as a wider version of the popular Dillinger model (now Dillinger 4). 45NRTH may have been the first company to produce a performance-oriented fat bike tire when they debuted the Husker Du in 2011, and since then, all of their models have brought some of the modern tech of MTB tires over to the fat bike world.

The Dillinger tire came about with the idea of a high-performance tire, but with a little more aggressive knobs, and stud pockets to allow for custom studding (or you can buy it complete with studs preinstalled). The Dillinger 5 carries all of those traits through to a wider profile to fit the modern crop of fat bikes with 190/197mm rear spacing that can accept the really big tires.

Take a look inside to see how the Dillinger 5 can help you make out like a bandit on your next ride…

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Are you a Surly Superfan? Spread the Love with $150 Off Your Next Bike!

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Surly bikes are a bit of an anomaly in the bike industry. Never ones to follow the trends of the next “game changing” bicycle design, Surly has simply stuck with quality steel bikes that are fun to ride. Whether it’s a cargo bike, a fat bike, or just a mountain bike, you could say they are a fan of the KISS principle and are well, kind of surly about it.

Even with numerous high end bikes flowing in and our of the Bikerumor offices, a Surly Pugsley that I bought years ago is still hanging on the wall. You could say I was introduced corrupted at an early age while working at the shop of Yafro’s father, but there has always been at least one Surly in the collection. But I know I an not unique. Surly has built their brand on legions of devoted followers who also like simple, fun, steel bikes that don’t cost a fortune.

As a way of saying thanks to their Superfans, Surly is offering an impressive $150 off any Surly complete bike at your local bike store, or in stock at QBP. Unfortunately, the deal is only valid in the United States, and you have until April 1st, 2015 to cash in. Check out the coupon after the break.

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