Winter Boot Roundup: Pedaling with the 45NRTH Wölvhammer, Bontrager OMW, and Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX

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Winter cycling boot review bikerumor 45nrth wolvhammer bontrager OMW old man winter northwave Celcius 2 gtx (15)

When I was really young, going out to play in the snow meant stuffing my feet into plastic bags and then into my shoes. I still love playing in the snow just as much, but fortunately my footwear is a little more, uh, comfortable.

Nothing puts a damper on a winter ride quite like wet, cold feet. At best, you tough it out through a miserable ride. At worst – the ride is over, or you risk frost bite if the conditions are right. Shoe covers work, but they’ll only take you so far. Hardly waterproof thanks to the giant openings in the bottom, they also seem to all suffer from the same fate – torn and floppy after one good season.

Yes, winter riding boots will keep your feet warm and your summer shoes in great shape, but which ones should you get? There are more options than ever, but this time we’re taking a look at the new 45NRTH Wölvhammers, Bontrager Old Man Winters, and the Northwave Celsius Arctic 2 GTX…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Chris ‘Soultrain’ Sulfrian of REEB Cycles

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Photos by Bobbie Turner

When the president of the Oskar Blues Brewery had his bike stolen, his solution was to start a bike brand. Why not, right? After a few prototypes were made, Chris Sulfrian was tapped to build bikes for the brand, essentially making it happen for the brewery. Coming into its fifth year with hundreds of bikes on the road, Reeb (beer spelled backwards, if you’re new to the game) has established itself with off the wall models and some of the most compelling implementations of gear boxes on fat bikes (or elsewhere) on the market…

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Snow may have thought it won this winter, but it wasn’t counting on these three drifting into town

Snow may have thought it won this winter, but it wasn’t counting on these three drifting into town

Too Fat

This Winter block buster, follows three freeriding buckaroos living life 4.7 inches at a time. Geoff Gulevich, Noah Brousseau, and Wade Simmons, drift their Rocky Mountain Blizzards through the mountains of BC in search of fun, adventure, and big air, but sometimes things don’t go as planned, (and you have to mount your light with packing tape).

From Rocky Mountain Studios, directed & produced by Liam Mullany & Brian Park and starring Geoff, Noah, and Wade as themselves. This is 2 Fat 2 Furious, (how was this title not taken years ago?)

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Burnsey of Oddity Cycles

Photo by Burnsey
Photo by Burnsey
20in Fat Bike, Photo by Burnsey

It feels inappropriate to try to introduce Burnsey, the entity behind Oddity Cycles.

I would leave the introduction with that if I thought my editor would let me get away with it because it’s completely true. I just can’t describe his irreverence in a way that will do it justice.

He came to cycling through the single speed pirate racing scene in Kansas City, one where how hard you shred is as important as your shenanigan-proficiency. After quitting his day job, Burnsey turned to bike building full time, with an emphasis on self-expression and fun. Four years into taking the leap, his technically complex three-dimensionally curved frames and forks have attracted admirers throughout the builder community, as well as a following of passionate fans.

In this phone interview, Burnsey discusses the inspiration for his unique approach, as well as the parallels between being a tattoo artist and building bikes…

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Road to NAHBS 2016: Collin Schaafsma of Matter Cycles

Photo by Collin Schaafsma
Photo by Collin Schaafsma
Photo by Collin Schaafsma

Collin Schaafsma of Matter Cycles got into frame building by walking into his garage and giving it a shot one day. Having grown up riding BMX bikes and screwing around with fabrication tools on a farm, it seems like the leap to bike building would be inevitable. In the past year, his product has gotten a lot of positive media attention for his geometries, tube blends, and as his attention to detail. Sales, similarly, have started to take off. But what’s probably most refreshing about Collin is his positivity and enthusiasm – catch some of it after the jump…

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Atomik blows up with new boutique carbon fat bike & mid-fat Plus wheels

Atomik blows up with new boutique carbon fat bike & mid-fat Plus wheels

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Atomik Carbon has been very busy this year with some new tech & product we’ve seen, and some we (still) can’t talk about just yet.

What we can talk about are the new and finally released 27.5+ Chubby 43 and 26″ Fatty 85 wheels and rims. Atomik approached the Plus and Fat designs without considering traditional rim construction. Which is good, since these are by no means a “traditional rim”. With the goal of making them strong, light cheap stiff, Atomic looked at the pros and cons of various rim constructions when going wide.

That said, I’m going to try and not explode with excitement as I’ve been bashing riding a prototype set of Atomik’s carbon mid-fat wheels for the last few months and wasn’t allowed to talk about them. Now that they’re official, I’ve got the green light, so here it goes….

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Review: Specialized x 686 3L Tech Jacket and Bibs deliver Ultimate fat bike outerwear performance

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Specialized 686 winter fat bike clothing (6)

If my riding buddies’ jeans and flannel are any indication, dedicated winter riding clothing is not required to have a good time on a bike in the winter. But like most things in life, the right equipment can make for a much better experience. Especially when you’re talking about brutally cold and wet conditions.

As fat bikes have been getting more popular, more attention has been given to winter clothing. I hesitate to refer to this as fat bike specific clothing since you can just as easily use the gear for mountain biking with skinnier tires in the winter. Though realistically, if you’re looking for clothing for negative temperatures, you’ll probably be riding fat.

Over the years my quiver of winter clothing has been sharpened to the point that I was relatively comfortable in most conditions. The trick though is knowing what crazy combination of pieces will be the right choice for the day. The Specialized x 686 kit seemed promising since it is a modular system designed to adapt to any conditions. Seems too good to be true, right? As it turns out, this may some of the best purpose built cycling kit I’ve used – if you can stomach the price…

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The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

The world’s most advanced (aero!?!) bamboo bicycle races in, DIY frame kits follow close behind

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Bamboo Bicycle Club produces a wide variety of DIY bamboo frame building kits for people that want to build their frame themselves. Although they are not usually the ones building the frames, they decided they wanted to show off a little by illustrating what was possible with the renewable resource. The bike they made out of bamboo is unlike anything that had ever been done before.

Shoot past the break to see the sweet bamboo aero road bike they built to display in the Cycle Revolution exhibition in London’s Design Museum as well as the many frame kits available to do-it-yourself’ers…

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Project Plus Pt. 2: Purpose Built Plus Suspension with the Manitou Magnum

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In spite of the hefty amount of rubber, plus bikes will still benefit from suspension. Thanks to the addition of Boost spacing for forks, there are a few forks that will clear the massive tires. But forks built specifically for the plus standard? There are a lot fewer options in that category.

When Manitou announced they would have a fork with Boost spacing, they opted to create a fork based exclusively on plus sizing. With the air spring and damping tuned to the added heft and kinematics of plus tires, the Manitou Magnum could be big in the mid-fat world…

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