Posts in the category Fatbike

Christini Announces Return of 2 Wheel Drive Bikes, Fat Bike to See Production

Known for their 2 wheel drive systems on vehicles with only two wheels, Christini has been developing 2 wheel drive bicycles since 1995. The company got around to selling complete all wheel drive full suspension bicycles in 2001 which struggled to gain traction (in sales) and eventually turned their attention towards the motocross world. Christini is still building some of the raddest AWD motos around, but after a special project for Kate Leeming in 2013 it looks like 2WD mountain bikes are making a comeback.

Their first production bike? A fat bike, naturally. Honestly it makes a lot of sense as the fat bike probably has the most to gain in the traction department and Christini has already completed most of the R&D with Kate to prepare for her upcoming attempt to cycle across the entire continent of Antartica via the south pole!

Christini says they plan on launching a Kickstarter program in the near future to gauge interest in the 2WD fat bike, then move on to produce a separate hard tail in the future. Who want’s an all wheel drive fat bike?

Curious about Kate’s upcoming Breaking the Cycle: South Pole expedition? Check it out next…

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Interview: Talking Fatbike Future with 9:ZERO:7′s Founders Bill & Jamie

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Anchorage, Alaska is the place to be if you are in the fat bike business. They are literally everywhere, and even before the snow has fallen, the local trail head had more riders on fat bikes than normal mountain bikes.

We caught up with 9:ZERO:7 at Interbike to see a lot of their new product. Being a relatively new and small company, they are putting out an impressive amount of new designs. Bill Fleming and Jamie Stull are the owners of Chain Reaction Cycles in Anchorage [no relation to Chain Reaction UK], and started 9:ZERO:7 right out of their store. On a brisk fall morning where you could feel that fat bike season was near, we sat down for a coffee with them to hear their thoughts on the future of fat bikes, and the future of their small company within this market. Would this rising tide raise all ships or sink the small ones?

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EB14: Full Suspension Fat Bike Roundup + All Things Fat

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If there was any doubt to the future of full suspension fat bikes, one only needed to browse the halls of Eurobike to realize it’s not limited to a few companies. In fact many frame manufacturers seem to be attempting to cash in on the trend with either completely new frames or modified rear ends to compensate for the huge tires.

Brands like MAXX are jumping in with their Huraxdax which offers 120-140mm of travel. Available in an incredible range of colors, the MAXX full suspension frame is available in S-XXL making it a viable option for the exceptionally tall (up to 6’8″ according to their chart).

MAXX wasn’t the only company joining in, there were quite a few other companies showing off full squish and rigid fat bikes in all shapes and sizes. READ MORE ->

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?

Details next…

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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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