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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Peacock Groove’s Erik Noren introduces Cake 24in Fat Bikes w/ an F-bomb interview

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If you have ever been lucky enough to have a conversation with Erik Noren, the ever-passionate and always misunderstood virtuoso behind Peacock Groove, you know that he has a soft spot for the ladies… in that he is a massive supporter of women’s cycling. Being based in what is arguably the fat bike capital of the world, it’s no surprise Erik saw an urgency in the lack of quality fat options for the small-statured riding segment, one that disproportionately consists of women. These are the ingredients of Cake.

In a departure from his typical “Deep Custom” fair, Cake bikes are stock-sized, production batched 24in-wheeled fat bikes made in Minneapolis. They start at a slight 11in size and top out at 19in. And, without all that extra inertia to overcome, they accelerate like crazy.

I was fortunate to interview Erik in Peacock Groove’s Global Headquarters in Minneapolis in the days leading up to the launch about the need for Cake, his collaboration with HED, and his deep-seated passion for getting people of all sizes on quality fat bikes.
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Wolf Tooth Ovalizes XT M8000, Shimano 110 Road, and Race Face Cinch Fat Bike Cranks

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If you’re a fan of the elliptical chainring, Wolf Tooth Components should have your attention. Following in the pedal strokes of a number of previous Drop-Stop elliptical rings, WTC is introducing three more designs to continue to add compatibility.M

For those that aren’t current on all of the chainring standards, there have been a number of new BCDs and bolt spacings introduced in recent years which makes the addition of new rings a necessity…

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Readers’ Rides: West Hill Shop X Symbotic Custom Beargrease Ultimate

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In addition to its wild looks, this custom Beargrease fat bike comes to us with an interesting story. It was submitted by Todd Miller, a physical therapist, athletic trainer, holder of a Masters of Science in human performance and part time employee and master bike fitter at the West Hill Bike and Ski shop in Putney, Vermont. When one of his clients injured his knee, the mostly road rider was looking for something a bit more sure footed to get back out on the bike and cruise their local trails.

The bike had only a few requirements – it had to be light, it had to be easy to ride, and it had to be cool. Looks like they delivered…

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Friday Roundup – A New Year of Bits & Pieces

Friday Roundup – A New Year of Bits & Pieces
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courtesy Ogden CVB, photo by Philip Beckman
  • USA Cycling 2nd Annual Fat Bike Nats Returns to the Wasatch – Ogden, Utah will welcome fat bikes back for the second year of National Championships this February 27. This year’s race will feature a 12 miles course across Powder Mountain’s Hidden Lake terrain for the amateur title, while the pros will compete over 18 miles. During the events visitors will have access to free fat demos from Borealis and local shops, as well as a chance to win a fat bike of their own. More info on the championship events and registration are at USACycling.org and VisitOgden.com.

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UN-Boost Your Bike with D.Fender’s Spacer Kit for 142mm Rear Hubs in 148mm Frames

UN-Boost Your Bike with D.Fender’s Spacer Kit for 142mm Rear Hubs in 148mm Frames

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What do you do if your new frame uses Boost spacing, but your wheels don’t? Before you shell out for a new rear hub, D.Fender might have a simple solution. There are a number of factors to consider before you mount up that 142mm rear hub, but it’s worth a look…

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First Look: Scott One Ups Big Jon with New Big Ed Fat Bike

First Look: Scott One Ups Big Jon with New Big Ed Fat Bike

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If you were standing at the spot this photo was taken right now, it would be perfect fat bike conditions. After breaking myself off the day before these pictures were taken, the following crush of trade shows, travel, and pain killers caused the new Big Ed to go overlooked. But after a few requests from readers, and dumping of snow in part of the country (while the other part is treading water), it seemed like the perfect chance to revisit the new fat bike from Scott.

You may remember our post on the 2015 Big Ed, but for 2016, Ed got a major face lift…

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Whisky Doubles Up on TBLS Rim Tech with new 100w Carbon Fatbike Rim

Whisky Doubles Up on TBLS Rim Tech with new 100w Carbon Fatbike Rim

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Sometimes wider really is better. But usually not when it comes at the expense of stiffness or a big weight penalty. Because of that, 100mm wide carbon fat bike rims have been a bit slower to appear than their 70-80mm wide siblings, but as rim technology continues to improve, so do riders’ options.

After cutting their teeth with the 70mm wide No. 9 carbon fat bike rims, Whisky recently upped their game with the new 50w rim for Plus bikes. Not only is the addition Plus size rims newsworthy, but the platform was used to introduce a new hookless TBLS bead technology that is said to have some big benefits over the hooked version. One of those is impact resistance which is important when you’re talking about a pricey carbon rim that is going to be run at extremely low pressures…

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Mondraker Gets Crafty with Plus Size for New Full Suspension RR+ and R+

Mondraker Gets Crafty with Plus Size for New Full Suspension RR+ and R+

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Given the fact that Mondraker already offered plus tires in hardtail form in their Vantage series, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Crafty is getting the + treatment as well. When you combine the e+ bikes, that makes for a total of 8 different plus size models for the new year. And while the Crafty+ has put on some weight around the wheels, the bike looks to retain its aggressive enduro pedigree…

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