Posts in the category Fatbike

Genesis Launches Four New Adventure Ready Bikes For 2015

Genesis Caribou Fat Bike For 2015, Genesis has launched four new bikes built for adventuring. From 29+, to full fledged fatty, and all the bike touring/gravel grinding/cyclocross capable things in between, there’s a little something for anyone seeking to enjoy the outdoors.

First up is the fatty. Developed for all season abuse, the Caribou excels in conditions like mud, sand, powder, and is fun just about everywhere else. For this year, they’ve also introduced a smaller 16″ frame size, more competitive pricing, and a beautiful new Orange color scheme.

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Review: Origin8 Captiv8er UL Fat Bike Tire for Hard Pack, the Beach, and Roads in Between

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If there’s one thing holding fat bikes back, it’s probably the price of the tires. So much of the ride quality is directly proportionate to the tires, and the better they are, the more expensive. Like really expensive. Depending on your quiver of bikes and how you’re using your fat bike for the Summer months, a spare set of tires can be an excellent idea. After all, snow doesn’t wear out tread nearly as fast as dirt and rocks. Not only that, but if your Summer fat biking consists of cruising the boardwalk and the beach a different tread pattern might be beneficial.

That’s exactly why we were excited to try out the Origin8 Captiv8er UL. Inexpensive fat bike tires usually mean heavy, cheap, poor performing rubber – but at first glance the Captiv8ers look to change that…

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Moonmen Launch their First Bike, the #M00 – a BMX Inspired Titanium Fat Bike

Moonmen Launch their First Bike, the #M00 - a BMX Inspired Titanium Fat Bike

Moonmen might make you think of the MTV VMAs or perhaps those few astronauts who have traveled to the moon, but really, it’s all about bikes. Specifically, the bikes that a group of friends have ridden around the trails of Fort Collins, Colorado, often until they were joined by the moon’s light.

Forming a new bike company called Moonmen, Paul Knowles, Todd Heath and Ryan Mckee have set out to create some incredible new custom machines. Moonmen have chosen to craft nearly everything out of Titanium, which isn’t surprising considering two of the builders’ ties to Black Sheep Bikes. As the lead fabricator and co- owner, Todd has welded for Black Sheep for the past 10 years, while finish lead Paul had been with the company for 5 years. Now though, the three are setting off on their own moonlit journey where beautiful titanium fat bikes and more will be born…

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45NRTH And Whisky Part Co. Launch New Fat Bike Tubeless Combo with Vanhelga Tire and No. 9 Carbon Rim

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It wasn’t all that long ago that fat bike tubeless was sort of unexplored territory. Those who dared try to set up their tires tubeless risked a lot of tubeless sealant, and time struggling with straps, a number of hands, and even fire to try and get the floppy tires to seat on gargantuan rims. As fat bike popularity has grown, so too has the rise of fat bike tubeless with new tires and rims surfacing on a regular basis. Compared to regular mountain bike tires, fat bike tubeless offers even greater benefits with increased traction and decreased rolling resistance thanks to the absence of a giant tube. 45NRTH says you can lose over 300g per wheel by ditching the tube, not to mention the lower potential of flats.

But, thanks to the comically large fat bike tires and wheels, tubeless has been harder to come by. It was only a matter of time until someone introduced the first fat bike tubeless tire and rim system, and it seems Whisky Parts Co. and 45NRTH beat other companies to the punch. Their new No. 9 carbon rim and Vanhelga tire means QBP is essentially offering the ideal duo for tubeless fat bike shredding.

Details, actual weights, and more after the break…

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Sneak Peek: 45NRTH and Whisky Parts Co Team up for Fat Bike Tubeless!

We won’t go too far into detail since the official announcement comes tomorrow, but if you’ve been following 45NRTH and Whisky Parts Co. have been working on something new in the world of fat bike tires and wheels. We spotted the rim out at Sea Otter, but the tire is new to us…

Check back for full details tomorrow!

New Race Face Turbine Cinch Crank Tightens Up Your Ride

New Race Face Turbine Cinch Crank Tightens Up Your Ride

When Race Face introduced their Next SL crankset they not only set the benchmark for light weight durability, but compatibility as well. Offering a single crank that would work on XC, Enduro, even fat bikes, with multiple ring combinations, the Next SLs quickly became a hit. However, thanks to their carbon construction the Next SL cranks are fairly pricey.

Enter the new Race Face Turbine Cinch Cranks – all of the versatility of the Next SL that you’ve come to love, just in aluminum. What does that mean for the weight? Find out next…

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Stan’s No Tubes Grows to Add Hugo 29+ (and 26+, 27.5+!), Grail Adventure Road Rims and Wheels

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It’s not a full fat bike rim (yet), but Stan’s rims are getting fatter with the introduction of their all new Hugo 29+. As tire sizes and uses continue to stratify, companies are left to decide to jump in or wait to see if it a certain standard sticks around. In the case of 29+, Stan’s has not only jumped in, but they have created one of the most advanced mid fat rims we’ve seen with typical Stan’s tubeless technology. Hugo might not have been a rim you were expecting, but it is a rim you will probably want.

In addition to the Hugo, we got some more details on the new Grail adventure road wheels including actual weights after the break…

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Review: Borealis Echo – Fat Bike Skills, Mountain Bike Performance

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When RockShox took the lid off the new Bluto suspension fork, something happened to the world of fat bikes. All of a sudden, the line between super fat all terrain crusher and traditional mountain bike was obscured in the roost of a 4.8″ tire thanks to the availability of a mass produced suspension fork. Not only does the fork expand the abilities of fat bikes as we know it, it also has caused frame manufacturers to alter the geometries of their bikes, building new suspension corrected fat bikes with more traditional mountain bike geometry.

As one of the newer players in the fat bike market, Borealis worked with RockShox thanks to their proximity to introduce the all new Borealis Echo as soon as the Bluto got official. After an impressive showing at Sea Otter, Borealis boxed one up (in two boxes!), and shipped it to us for review.

Put away your preconceptions, and hear what the Echo’s all about, next…

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Friday Shredits – Fat Bikes, Peacock Flips, Lopes Mobile, and more!

Ok, so the last fat bike video we posted left some of you unimpressed. Maybe the latest video from the Borealis crew will redeem fat bikes and show their true potential for fun. Adam and Flynn from Borealis head out to Angel Fire with Jeremiah and Colin from SRAM on a muddy, snow filled weekend to see what the Bluto equipped Echo is like at a downhill bike park. If this gets you excited, be sure to come back this afternoon to check out our full review of the Echo.

Flip past to see the world’s first Peacock Flip!

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