Posts in the category Fatbike

Review: Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks – From Enduro to Fat Bikes, There’s a Spindle for That

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First introduced on the Next SL carbon crankset, the Race Face Cinch crankset interface promised a revolution in crankset design. No longer limited to a single spindle or chainring configuration, Cinch meant compatibility for a much wider range of bikes while giving the end user an extremely versatile product.

After the Next SL got its legs, Race Face introduced the Turbine Cinch – their first aluminum crank with the design. Not only did the Turbine represent a much more economical Cinch crankset, but provided an option for fans of metal rather than carbon for their crank arms. After the weigh in and installation, it was out to the trails for a season of abuse. See how they fared plus their new assignment next…


Strap on Some Bluto Protection with new Beaver Guard Fat Bike Fender

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We’re pretty convinced at this point that suspension for fat bikes is a good thing, but it brings up a few potential concerns. One of those issues centers around the durability of the fork seals. By nature, a fat bike is pretty much guaranteed to see more slop and muck than the average bike – not to mention road salt.

As you would imagine, those monstrous tires also have equally impressive spray, flinging mud, snow, and sand everywhere. Conceived by Chris Lalonde after his own sloppy experiences on his Bluto equipped fat bike, the Beaver Guard is similar to a number of other front fenders but specifically built for the RockShox Bluto.

After a few super muddy rides of our own (don’t worry, no trails were harmed), something like the new Beaver Guard Fat Bike Fender seems like it should be standard equipment. Selling for just $15 plus shipping, you’re going to want the details after the jump…


Salsa Announces Recall of Aluminum Mukluk Bearpaw Fat Bike Fork



These posts are never any fun to write, but it’s important to get the word out. If you’re riding around on a 2014 Salsa Bearpaw aluminum rigid fork, it’s important that you stop riding it and head to your local Salsa dealer. That’s due to the fact that Salsa is recalling all aluminum Mukluk Bearpaw forks that would have been purchased after September 1, 2013. Affected forks are stamped with date codes 20130524, 20130710 and 20130826, with  “CWI2201BAN2” underneath. An easier way of identifying problem forks is the location of the Salsa Compass – on the outside of the leg is bad, on the inside of the leg is good. The forks were included on complete Mukluk builds and framesets but were also sold aftermarket as fork only.

Like many of the fork recalls we’ve seen recently, the issue is that the steerer tube can bend or break which obviously wouldn’t be good while riding. Consumers with forks included in the recall should visit their local Salsa dealer for inspection and either a replacement or refund. Salsa is a brand owned by Quality Bicycle Products which can be reached at 1-877-774-6208.

Specialized Fatboy – The Shred Days of Christmas

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Now that the Specialized FatBoy is available in 20 & 24″ wheels, it’s OK for your kid to get fat this Christmas. If you thought wrapping a bike to put under the tree was hard, just wait until you need an entire roll of paper just to cover one tire. Yes, the child sized fat bikes will be available for Christmas provided you have the coin since both models sell for $1,000.

As for the riding? Little ripper Julien Markewitz proves that kids aboard the Fatboy should easily be able to have fun with Mom or Dad on a fat bike, or in this case – Mitch Ropelato. Just don’t roost people with snow or monster truck others’ sand castles, OK?

Check out the mini-me fat bike shredding next…


Boo Bicycles Testing Carbon Fat Bike Rims for Alubooyah Upgrades

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Spotted at the Philly Bike Expo aboard a team rider’s bike, these carbon fat bike rim prototypes are getting put through the paces for a Winter 2015/16 release.

The design comes from the supplier, not from Boo Bicycles, but CEO Nick Frey said there’s a lot to like about them, revealing a few interesting notes about fat bike carbon rims. For these in particular, he says they’re reasonably light, between 500g and 600g per rim, 80mm wide and set up tubeless very easy.

The have a double wall construction, so they’re stiff and strong, too. It’s here that some of the construction gets interesting. He said because the tires are so big and provide so much cushion between the ground and the rim, the carbon rims haven’t needed the same level of impact resistance as a carbon rim designed for normal mountain bike tires. So, they’re able to use less expensive, lower quality carbon to save cost without sacrificing performance or durability.

The plan is to offer them sometime next year as an upgrade option on complete bikes, but we see no reason they couldn’t be offered as a standalone aftermarket part for any fat bike you may own. Closeup pics below…


Review: Birzman Maha Apogee MTB High Volume Floor Pump

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Earlier this year we started hearing about fat bike specific pumps. On the surface that sounds ridiculous, until you consider the mechanics. Bicycle tires offer a crazy range of volumes and pressures from 200 psi track tires to 5 psi fat bike tires. Yes, there are pumps that will do both, but if you’re the kind of person who wants the right tool for the job there are better options.

The Birzman Maha Apogee MTB is a mountain bike specific pump. What does that mean? It means the pump is purposely designed to push a lot of air as quickly as possible. Placing the focus on high volume instead of high pressure, the Maha Apogee MTB and pumps like it becoming more and more useful as tires continue to trend larger.

After getting our hands on the Maha at Eurobike and proceeding to inflate fat bike tires on the show floor, and even a flat tire on Cory’s car, we’ve had the pump long enough to give it a thorough review….


Kona Issues Recall of 2014 WO Fat Bike


If you own a 2014 Kona Wo fat bike, the company is reporting that you should stop riding it immediately. The recall is due to the potential for the fork to break where the steerer tube and fork crown meet which could obviously cause a crash. There has only been a single incidence of failure without injury at this point, but that is enough for Kona to issue a recall which will affect around 531 bikes equipped with the Kona Fat Project Two Disc Fork.

Wo owner should stop riding the bikes and contact their local Kona dealer for instructions on obtaining a new fork.


Eurobike Awards 2014: Road, Tri, Mountain, City, and of course, E-Bikes

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If there was one bike in the awards area at the show that epitomizes the idea of a design award, it would probably be the Rafael r-023 Ueberbike. From the driveside it may be easy to overlook if you’re not into tri bikes, but as soon as you take a glance at the non-drive side of the bike it stops you in your tracks…


Specialized Launches 20″ & 24″ Kid’s Fatbikes With Lots Of Color Options

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Specialized Canada has inadvertently pre-released the Fatboy 20″ and 24″. Posted on Facebook, there are not a lot of details, but there are a lot of pictures.

From Specialized Canada: All the fun of a fat bike with the performance of a Specialized for youngsters. The Fatboy 20″ and 24″ combine a lightweight frame and fork with 4.0″ Ground Control tires to tackle any terrain in all conditions. Contact your local dealer to order one today!

We can see they all offer 1x drive trains and disc brakes, but the most interesting thing is that there is now existence of a high-quality 20″x4″ and 24″x4″ set of tires. The rest of the bikes look pretty straightforward, so price can be estimated around $1,000. We will update this post when Specialized releases official information.

Jump after the break to see 7 more colors and in both wheel sizes…