Posts in the category Fatbike

Chris Akrigg On a Fat Bike – The Shore Line

What do you get when you hand Chris Akrigg a fat bike? Another awesome edit, that’s what. Chris takes the Mongoose Argus down to a very interesting sea side to give this fat biking thing a try.

IB14: Rohloff Fat Bikes – Reeb Updates Their Donkadonk, Plus Special Cycle Monkey Edition Ventana El Gordo

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It’s a perfect time to talk about the new Reeb Donkadonk and Ventana El Gordo fat bikes. Not just because Winter is right around the corner, but also because they are both built with the new Rohloff Speedhub XL that is built for bikes with 170mm rear spacing. Previously, to get a Rohloff or any other Internal Geared Hub on a fat bike you typically had to build an offset wheel for an offset frame. Symmetric 170 builds allow for more tire clearance and stronger wheels – both great things when it comes to fat bikes. The fat hubs just showed up at Cycle Monkey headquarters and are available for purchase.

As the bike arm of one of everyone’s favorite beers in a can, Reeb Cycles builds all of their bikes in Colorado from U.S. made True Temper OX Platinum tubing for bikes that are American as Oskar Blues Beer. Reeb has offered their resident fat bike for awhile, but the latest Donkadonk offers more of a good thing…


IB14: Sarma Doubles Up on Carbon 29+, Introduces new Aluminum Vortex Fat Bike

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While the majority of fat bike companies are based in North America, Sarma Bikes continues to put out some impressive equipment by way of Siberia, Russia. Now being imported to the U.S. by a new distributor, the products should be easier than ever to get a hold of which is a good thing – Sarma is blowing up. After introducing the first ever double wall carbon 100mm rim, Sarma now has their sights set on 29+ and has a new Naran carbon rim to prove it.

Technically Kuroshiro is also offering a carbon 29+ rim with a box section, though as far as a true double wall carbon rim the Naran is it. Available as an individual rim, Sarma is also offering two 29+ Shaman builds complete with a Bluto suspension fork. Carbon may be the most buzz worthy, but Sarma also has a new option for the more budget conscious with their new aluminum Vortex fat bike frame. Details next…


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¬†steel 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…


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


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.


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…


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…


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…


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


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…