Posts in the category Fatbike

EB14: Maxxis Adds New Mountian Bike tires, More Tubeless Options & Some Road Rubber

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The Pace cross country tire we’ve been seeing on pro bikes doesn’t have distribution in the U.S. or Germany. While we don’t have an explanation for North America, the Germans say it’s too heavy for XC racing, so they don’t bother importing it. Word is, the lowest weight version is around 700g, which is a bit portly for XC.

The solution? The new Tread Lite, a semi slick that’s tipping the scales at just 530g for a 26×2.10. The 27.5×2.10 is 560g or 595g with the EXO protective casing. 29ers are 590g and 630g. All are tubeless ready, which they designate simply as TR, and have 120tpi casings.

Now, on to more aggressive knobbies, which includes the road bike rubber…


EB14: Tune Gets Skinny Fat, Plus Carbon MTB Cranks, Skewers & 9 Gram Bottle Cage


Tune is making fat bikes a little less hefty with their new 190mm rear and 150mm front hubs. Those join the 170mm Fat Kong rear and 135/142mm Fat King front to offer very light options for the widest standards. Those and all of Tune’s regular rear hubs are now coming with the lighter Skyline freehub body that’s drilled out to saves 3g, and that bonus comes without raising the price.

They’ve also got some nifty new fat bike thru axles and skewers to go with the hubs, plus lots and lots of other really, really lightweight goodies…


EB14: Industry Nine Teams with Reynolds for U.S. Made Pillar Hookless Carbon Wheels

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Not only are the new Industry Nine Pillar carbon wheels the first hookless rim design for the companies involved, but the wheels also represent the first completely US made carbon wheelset for the brand. With the exception of the bearings and o-rings, the Pillar wheels get the made-in-the-US moniker thanks to the new hookless carbon rims that are made possible by their collaboration with Reynolds. As one of the first mountain bike rims that Reynolds is manufacturing in the US, the rims use a design by Industry Nine.

Still largely in the preproduction phase, I9 plans to have four different models available in both 27.5 and 29″ sizes. Matched with Industry Nine’s legendary hubs and aluminum spokes, the wheels are designed to provide excellent stiffness, ride, and durability while staying a light as possible.


EB14: One Ride Review on Canyon’s fat Dude


We caught up with the Canyon engineering team this afternoon at Eurobike, and they were very psyched to show us their new fatbike project that they are bringing to market.  The four-person product development team got so excited as the project developed that it ended up being the fastest carbon frame to make it through their total development process. Now they like to call the finished bike a trail bike, since it doesn’t really need to be held aside to wait for sand or snow.

Float on past the break to see the lightweight wheelset they developed with DT, some cool frame details, pricing, target weights, and our first impressions….


Felt Adds Z-Series Disc Brake Road Bike, Abides with Dude Fat Bike


Felt released the rest of their 2015 road bikes at the beginning of August, but they saved one for Eurobike. With the burgeoning gravel racing market, the F1 PR looked pretty good, except it doesn’t have the other current road buzz word: Disc brakes. Ender the new Z-series Disc. It’s a new version of their popular Z-series road bikes that adds disc brakes and a bit more tire clearance.

The top model, shown here, gets Shimano hydraulic disc brakes, Ultegra Di2, the new Mavic Ksyrium Disc (which we’ll have more info on this week!) wheels and FSA SL-K crankset.

Below that is the Z4 with SRAM hydros with 160mm rotors and Rival group, Mavic Aksium wheels and Zipp cockpit. Finally, there’s the Z75 alloy model with a Shimano non-series/105 mix with TRP Spyre mechanical disc brake calipers running 160/140 rotors.

Check some frame detail photos below, then chill with the Dude…


New Niner ROS9 Plus 29er Fat Bike Crushes Trails, Special IMBA Edition Helps Build Them

Niner ROS9 plus 29+ steel hardtail mountain bike

The new Niner ROS 9 Plus is like the ROS 9, only bigger, making room for 29×3.0 (aka 29+) tires.

The frame is 4130 chromoly steel, just like the original ROS9, and all of the key features carry over. They wanted the same all-mountain “fun” geometry of the standard ROS, just with bigger tires.

One key difference is the non-suspension corrected steel fork. It’s the same 4130 material as the frame and gets tapered legs to provide that classic, comfortable steel feel. It uses the Maxle thru-axle at the bottom and a tapered steerer tube, the latter a rare feature on steel forks. Axle to crown is 470mm, same as their carbon and RDO forks. Niner’s product manager Barrett James said they kept the fork legs shorter (as in, non-suspension corrected) for a couple reasons. First, longer steel legs would have meant a much heavier fork to keep them strong enough to pass testing. Second, the geometry of the bike is actually built with suspension in mind, so the ROS9 Plus is ready for the Rockshox Bluto (or any other fat bike suspension fork that may be coming out). Head angle will slacken by about a degree with the taller front end. Out of the box, though, you’ll get a snappy handling, terrain crushing rigid bike.

Read on for tons of close up pics plus images of the very special IMBA edition paint job on the bike you can win!


Sarma’s Naran 100mm Wide Carbon Fat Bike Rims Shipping Now


First spotted at the Taipei show, Sarma’s Naran 100 rims are ready with plenty of time before the snow flies. Called the first 100mm wide carbon rim, the double walled construction results in a rim that weighs 750g. Using a bead lock design, the rims are tubeless compatible with tape and sealant and are designed to hold the tires firm at extremely low pressures. Rims are sold in both centered and universal drilling with 32 and 64 holes respectively.


Twin Six Operation Ride Metal – Titanium Fat Bike is just the Beginning

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File this under: we didn’t see that coming. Twin Six is introducing a fat bike. Yes, the clothing company known for sharp looking kit for the non racer is getting into bikes. While the company has worked with Handsome Cycles and Raleigh to produce a few collaborations, this fat bike will be the first Twin Six branded bike. Surprised to see a fat bike as their option? Don’t worry, we’re told that there will be other bikes that will see an Interbike debut – along with new jerseys, t-shirts, caps, socks, bottles, and the rest of the soft goods Twin Six is known for.

Get the details on the Twin Six Fat, next….


Whisky Part Co. Shows off No. 9 Carbon Rims with Gorgeous Inglis Fat Bike, Plus SSWC Mukluk

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Inglis Cycles and Retrotec bikes have always caught my eye, but this Inglis fat bike is a definite show stopper. Originally built as a show bike for the 2009 North American Handmade Bike Show in Indianapolis, the bike that started out as a fairly attractive creation has received a modern makeover that brings it over the top. As one of the personal bikes of Matt Larson, the brand manager for Whisky Parts Co., the Inglis served as the perfect canvas to show off the new Whisky No. 9 Carbon fat bike rims.

A fan of single speeds with fat tires, Matt had literally just gotten back from the Single Speed World Championships in Anchorage, Alaska and had his Mukluk race bike on display as well. Details next…