Posts in the category Fatbike

HED Adds Performance and Warmth with new Fat Bike Specific Skin Suit

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We caught a quick glimpse at the latest technology from HED while at NAHBS, but now it’s official. Fat biking will never be the same with HED’s new performance Skin Suit. Crafted from the finest organic yaks’ wool and interwoven with a proprietary blend of technical fibers for an extremely high vapor exchange rate, the Skin Suit will shelter you from the elements while keeping you warm. Additionally, the fabric includes a percentage of lycra so the suit will stretch with your body as you put on your own insulating layer over winter.

Shown in early prototype form, future versions of the Fat Bike Skin Suit will include provisions for flasks and thermoses full of hot beverages, and integration with Pearl Izumi’s new Fat Bike Bandolier. Available only in colors with a high contrast against the snow for easy location if you happen to fall off the groomed trail, pricing and availability is TBD.

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Never Run Out of CO2 Again with the New Pearl Izumi Fat Bike Bandolier

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Most fat bikers have been there. You get a flat, pull out your Co2 inflator, and it empties itself before the tire even seats to the rim. Carrying extra co2 cartridges helps, but it also leaves your bag jangling like a tin can full of quarters. Pearl Izumi knows your pain and is on the case with their new Fat Bike Bandolier. Not only does the carrying strap hold an impressive 50 cartridges, it also has been designed to be hydration pack friendly. Commuters will also unexpectedly benefit from the use of the Bandolier as passing motorists may think it is an actual bandolier from a distance and finally give you a wide berth…

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FatBack Forecasts Interbike SnowFall, with the First Ever Outdoor Demo Fat Bike Snow Test Track

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Every year, Interbike is one of the first chances dealers have to test all the fat bikes for the coming year. There’s one problem though – Outdoor Demo is completely lacking in snow. Sure, the loose desert conditions are excellent testing grounds for the traction monsters known as fat bikes, but riding a FatBack in snow is something else entirely. In order to give show goers a taste of true winter riding, FatBack has partnered with Interbike and SnowParties.com to ship in enough snow to build a mile long, fat bike only test track. The track will get a second round of fresh powder after the first day, culminating in a end of demo party Tuesday afternoon…

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TPE15: Maxxis revamps mountain bike line, new fat bike tires, gravel, road tubeless & more!

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Updates across the entire Maxxis range touch every discipline, from mountain and fat bikes, to road tubeless and tubular, to new gravel options. Only cyclocross tires were untouched for now.

On the mountain bike side, some of their best known tread patterns were reworked to improve performance. The Crossmark II gets a few redesigns to help with cornering and braking. The side knobs have been opened up by dramatically reducing the size of the round knob and spacing it out to every other section to help with cornering grip. The center section gets a ramped/stepped design instead of being full height all the way around. They’re also a bit wider, so there’s more of an end block on each ramp to bite in for better braking.

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TPE15: A-Class adds disc brake road, CX wheels; Alex Rims goes wide for fat, gravel

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Alex Rims not only had one of the prettiest booths, they also had one of the widest varieties of rims for every application from road to mountain to enduro to downhill to cyclocross to gravel to fat bike. Even the new “plus” size category was well represented alongside a monster 36″ rim.

The complete wheels are sold under the A-Class brand and also had a smattering of new options, mainly for road, gravel and ‘cross. Roll on in for specs, pics and a complete overview…

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TPE15: Litespeed Nome fat bike breaks ground, T5 Gravel bike gets thru axle fork

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Tennessee based titanium bicycle fabricator Litespeed could be playing in the fat bike garden with their new Nome.

It’ll have 190mm rear spacing built around replaceable dropouts and ship with singlespeed dropouts. Standard dropouts with derailleur hanger for QR or thru axles will be available separately. This one’s a prototype to gauge interest, primarily among international distributors. They say the U.S. has demand, but Hong Kong and the Phillipines are blowing up.

Probably be around $2,600 to $2,700 for the frame. Frame is 3/2.5 titanium, and they’re handmade in Ooltewah, TN. Look for them to start shipping later this summer.

More pics and updates to their gravel bike after the page break.

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NAHBS 2015: Matter Cycles’ gorgeous steel gravel road bike & SlayRide hardtail

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Matter Cycles popped up last year building chromoly steel bikes out of Boulder, CO. We were so impressed with them, one of us commissioned them to build a fat bike. That build process is chronicled here, and the finished product was on display in their NAHBS 2015 booth.

But first, there was their WolfBeard gravel road bike…

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NAHBS 2015: Moonmen Build First Steel Bike with Components from Idyllic Cycleworks

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Ever since we laid eyes on the first Moonmen fat bike, the small builder out of Fort Collins, Colorado has had our attention. Started by Todd Heath and Ryan Mckee, Todd cut his teeth in bike building with James Bleakley of Black Sheep for almost ten years. Starting with a fantastic titanium fat bike with BMX inspired styling, Moonmen is slowly building their brand one unique bike at a time.

After chatting with Evan at Idyllic Cycle Works, the latest Moonmen bikes include the company’s first steel build built around 29+ tires and frame components from Idyllic…

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TPE15: American Classic gets fatter, wider and more tubeless for mountain, road

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Whether it was rims or hubs, for road or mountain, American Classic’s offerings just keep getting wider and adding tubeless ready options, which should make just about everyone happy.

For the pavement, the Sprint 350 rims get a complete redesign to bring it up to modern standards. Inside width jumps from 16mm to 19mm (external is now 22mm), and it’s tubeless ready. The weight of the rim is spot on at 350g (claimed), and it’s built into a traditional road wheelset with 28/32 spokes (F/R) with double butted spokes and comes in at just 1,396g for the set. Retail is $899 USD. Their sponsored Pro Tour team, Bretagne, has been training on them and say they’re better than the race wheels they had last year.

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