Posts in the category Fatbike

IB14: Swobo Expands Bicycle Collection – New Gravel/Adventure, Mountain & Fat Bikes

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Back in January, Swobo added step-through versions of their existing Fillmore and Novak city bikes. They followed up with the launch of an all new youth line called Farrier. Now, they’ve more than doubled the adult line with four new models covering a range of terrains.

If you’re looking for a do-it-all road bike that’s ready for gravel rides, cyclocross races and backroad adventures, the Scofflaw is the ticket. It’s built on a Reynolds 531┬ásteel frame with tapered carbon fork and room for 700x42c tires. It comes complete as a singlespeed bike, making use of the Tange sliding dropouts, but will include extra dropouts with a derailleur mount if you wanna add gears later.

That drivetrain versatility is built into some of the other bikes, too, and all are worth a look…

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IB14: Fyxation Updates 3rd Ward Steel Road Frames, Adds Blackhawk Carbon Fat Bike & More

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As Fyxation branched out into bicycle frames a couple years ago, their focus was on very track oriented steel frames. You know, the ones that were really designed for fixed gear riding on the streets.

As they’ve grown, they’ve diversified a bit. There was the Quiver, a slick 1×10 city bike we tested last fall. And announced around the same was the East Side and 3rd Ward, which were essentially the same bike but with different headsets and forks. Now, the 3rd Ward becomes it’s own creature, one more suited to long rides in the country or light touring. The sliding track dropouts are exchanged for sliding road dropouts, and more mounts are spec’d throughout frame and fork to hold all manner of racks and fenders.

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IB14: 11Nine Introduces Long Travel Full Suspension Fat Bike, Teases FatLab 27.5+ Ti Hardtail

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As some companies seem to be testing the waters of full suspension fat bikes, 11Nine is charging at full speed. Just last year we spotted their titanium full suspension prototype rolling around the show, so we were honestly pretty surprised to see a full booth with not one, but two additional new full suspension fat bikes! Of course there was also a new hardtail, a prototype 27.5+, and a line of wheels if the two fullys weren’t enough for you. Sticking with the “narrower” fat tire set up to clear the forks, 11Nine goes wide instead with the amount of travel. As one of the first “long travel” full suspension fat bikes we’ve seen, the 150mm travel Hemicyon still has room for 4.25″ tires on their 55mm rims.

For shorter travel duties, 11Nine also serves up the 110mm travel full suspension Epicyon, continues with the titanium Direwolf, and the aluminum Simus hardtail. The fat bikes certainly grabbed your attention, but it was the prototype 27.5+ lurking in the corner that really caught our eye…

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IB14: FatBack Makes a Mark with Footprint Carbon Fat Bike Rims

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First shown as a prototype at Interbike 2013, FatBack was on hand at this year’s show with production versions of their carbon fat bike. But the Corvus wasn’t the only star of their show as the bike above was highlighting a new carbon product from FatBack – the FootPrint rim. It may be hard to keep all the new fat bike rims straight, but the FootPrint is one of the first carbon rims we’ve seen that use a cutout design that has been made popular on aluminum rims.

More than just a cosmetic feature, find out why FatBack is building their wheels with 3M reflective tape as the rim strip after the break…

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IB14: Rocky Mounts Introduces Adapter for BrassKnuckles Upright, Fatties Rejoice

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While the biking world may have gone a little fat bike crazy lately, bike rack manufacturers have struggled to keep up. The comically large tires require special considerations for transport unless you want to see them bouncing down the highway in your rear view mirror. Having just introduced their low profile upright bike rack at the start of this year, Rocky Mounts is offering a very simple kit that makes the BrassKnuckles fattie compatible.

Details next…

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IB14: White Industries Updates All Hubs w/ Titanium Freehubs & More 11-Speed Options

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White Industries has updated virtually all of their hubs to have 11-speed ready freehub bodies, bringing things up to speed with modern standards. They’ve also switched to 100% titanium freehub bodies across all rear hubs. Sure, the material is a bit more expensive and wears the milling equipment a bit quicker, but overall it’s a savings for them because of the additional heat treating and processing their steel parts required. Time + Effort = Money, after all. The added bonus is they’re about 20g lighter!

Shown above is the Tandem rear hub with its new 11-speed freehub.

And there are a few other little tweaks, too…

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IB14: Turnagain Continues to Roll New Fat Bike Products, Introduces New FR65 and Revised FR80 Rims

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As the sister company of Borealis Bikes, Turnagain components is quickly filling out the line with fat bike specific parts. After introducing their 100mm rim at Eurobike, Turnagain had some late arrivals at Interbike that included an all new 65mm rim width, plus a revised version of their first product, the FR80. Along with the rims, Turnagain is eying a completely new product category and if involves the use of Yaks.

Full details next…

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IB14: Alchemist Drops Ultralight Carbon 29er Wheels, Plus New Kuroshiro 29+ Rim

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Italian brand Alchemist showed off their latest lightweight hoops, this time with a somewhat more subtle design than past offerings.

The new 29er Clincher RR is a race-ready mountain bike wheel that comes in at just 1,245g per set. That’s with properly wide rims (26mm internal), thru axle hub options and 24 spokes per wheel. Much of the weight savings comes from rims that register at just 325g each, minimizing rotational weight.

They’re laced up with Sapim CX-Ray spokes to their own carbon-and-alloy hubs…

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IB14: Onyx Racing Products Hubs Offer Instant, Infinite Engagement w/ Low Drag for Road, BMX, MTB & More

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Imagine a hub that offered instant, infinite, and silent engagement all with extremely low drag. Sound too good to be true? Then you need to check out the hubs coming out of Onyx Racing Products. All of the hubs are manufactured in the United States out of their facility in Minnesota which is probably one of the reasons they’ve been able to make their hub work. Instead of the roller clutch that a few manufacturers have tried in the past, Onyx hubs use a sprag one-way clutch which gives the hub all of the above features. The catch? The tolerances have to be extremely tight. So tight that when they successfully created their first bicycle hub using the sprag clutch, the company that created the clutch visited them to see how they did it since many other companies had tried without success.

While their roots are in BMX, Onyx has expanded to offer just about every hub you could think of, including road and fat bikes. Get the details next…

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