Posts in the category Fatbike

The Bike That Got Away With Sky Boyer Of Velo Cult: Part 2

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“The Bike That Got Away” is a series of interviews intended to showcase the best bikes of all time from the perspective of the diverse characters that make up the cycling industry. It’s an opportunity to look back fondly (or not at all) on vintage technology, paint jobs – whatever made or continues to make bikes compelling and awesome. These are the bikes that have shaped us as industry members, dealers, cyclists, and super fans.

Read Part 1 of this piece to get up to speed. 

Now for part two, we’ll dive into more about that wild Hanebrink fat bike we briefly covered at Sea Otter…


SOC15: New aluminum Mongoose gravel grinder, fat bikes and 27.5+ are well spec’d & consumer direct

2016 Mongoose Selous Expert gravel grinder road bike

Mongoose is, perhaps surprisingly for us North Americans, still making well spec’d, high quality alloy-framed bikes, but you won’t find them in bike shops anymore. No, like many boutique and foreign brands, they’ve gone consumer direct.

Leading the charge is the Selous Expert, a brighter-side-of-celeste-green gravel grinder with a double butted aluminum frame that’s running thru axles and disc brakes front and rear. There are also adult and kids fat bikes and a new 27.5+ hardtail…


Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces



  • Central Region Voting is Now Live – Is your local trail one of the candidates to receive the grant from Bell Helmets? Vote now through May 10th. The project with the most votes will be awarded the grant on May 25th. Visit to place your vote.
  • Win a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike – The athlete nutrition experts at The Feed are giving away a Cannondale SuperSix EVO Hi-MOD road bike to one lucky winner (valued at $7,500).  Visit to register for the contest and be sure to check out their other deals.

Clothing – Gear – Tools

  • Microsoft Partners Strava and MapMyRide for Band Smartwatch – Microsoft has responded quickly to early criticism of its Band product’s cycling-specific functionality by announcing a partnership with Strava and MapMyRide. Building upon the initial Bike Tile introduction in February, Band customers will now be able to compare performance or share routes with other riders using the popular apps. Here’s more details.
  • Tribike Transport Introduces New Service: Ship & Ride – TriBike Transport (TBT), triathlon’s first fully assembled bicycle transportation service, is proud to announce their newest service: Ship & Ride, for those athletes interested in taking their bike with them while traveling for work, vacation, or for any instance that takes them away from their home and vis a vis, their bike.

Plenty more cycling tidbits and how you can help Nepal after the break…


SOC15: First look at new ultra wide 29er rims from Derby


Founded in 2012, Derby Rims was one of the first manufacturers to bring ultra wide rims to the market. In addition to being at the forefront of the wider is better trend, their product was unique because it was carbon, and affordable.

At Sea Otter this year, they were showcasing a new ultra wide 29er rim that should appeal to both ultra wide and mid fat loving crowd. READ MORE ->

SOC15: Kappius goes wide, adds Boost 148 hubs & partners with Wolf Tooth Components

Kappius cassette with Wolf Tooth Components 42-tooth cog

Since inception, Kappius Components’ trademark feature has been their modified SRAM domed cassettes, whether for road or mountain, to fit on their oversized freehub body mechanism. When it came to XX1, that meant cutting the arms on the largest cog and fixing it to the freehub shell, which they admit reduced its stiffness and could lead to some creaking noises.

Now, they’ve partnered with Wolf Tooth Components to create a proprietary 42T cog that’s designed specifically for their hub. This method leaves a continuous ring at the center of the cog to make it much stiffer, and it’s a direct fit for their freehub.

More pics, plus a look at other new hubs and rims, below…


SOC15: MRP Shows Thru Axle Fat Fork, Updated Guides, Finished Wave Rings, More

MRP AMG guide wave ring new fat fork carbon bluto (6)

MRP is still probably best known for their chain guides, but they have been in the fork market for a long time. Previously known as White Brothers for their forks, the brand produced both suspension and rigid models like the Snowpack fat bike fork. A lot has changed in the fat bike world since then so naturally, MRP is introducing a new fork that will be compatible with all of the current fitments. Still without a name, the Fat Fork was shown along with some improvements to their guides plus a few other updates…


SOC15: Foes reveals gorgeous new 27.5″ Hydro DH bike, converts Mutz fat bike to 27.5+

2015 Foes Hydro H2 275 650B downhill mountain bike with all new frame

If there’s anyone that can make aluminum just as sexy as carbon, it’s Brent Foes. With so many years of experience building smoothly rounded monocoque frames, it’s no wonder the all-new Foes Hydro H2 downhill bike is such a looker.

The new frame was designed and built for 27.5″ wheels, keeping the 8″ of travel and plenty of room for 2.5″ tires. The 2.3:1 leverage ratio lets him use a lighter spring so it’s more supple, but the linkage makes it a rising rate to ramp up smoothly towards the end of travel.

Frame weight dropped by about half a pound compared to the 26″ model, with a claimed weight of 10.5 pounds with a Cane Creek Double Barrel. Brent told us this one was 36.5lbs as shown.


SOC15: Schwalbe Joins In on Plus Sized Fun with Fat Nobby Nic and Rocket Ron Tires


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Up to this point, the options for plus sized tires have been pretty limited. Sea Otter has been the launch pad for a significant part of the Plus sized wave, and with that comes a number of new products meant for the bigger bikes. Even with the momentum of the concept, we were still pretty surprised to stop by the Schwable tent and see not one, but two new Plus sized tires.

Rather than design a completely new tire around the size, Schwalbe has grown two of their most popular tires. Don’t tell them, but the Nobby Nic and the Rocket Ron have put on a little weight…


Plus Sized Gets Squishy with New Manitou Magnum Pro, Sun Ringle Plus Rims and Hubs


It may seem like plus size bikes are just now springing up overnight, but for the new Manitou Magnum the project has been in the works for the past 18 months. Billed as the first purpose built suspension fork for plus size tires, Manitou wanted to be sure that the end product performed just as well if not better than any of their other options. In order to prove that bigger is indeed better, Manitou designed the fork from the ground up, rather than just stretching a 29er fork to fit.

At this point the inclusion of Boost sizing for the axle spacing should come as no surprise and as expected the Magnum touts all of the benefits we’ve heard to this point. Wider spacing results in wider hub flanges and improved spoke bracing angles for a stronger and stiffer front wheel. The added room also boosts tire clearance allowing for a 3.4″ tire in both a dedicated 27.5 and 29″ chassis. Unlike the Rockshox Bluto which started with 32mm stanchions, the Magnum goes with 34mm tubes hinting towards the aggressive nature of the fork.

Plus sized wheels and tires have been gaining momentum, but now with a proper suspension fork we expect them to really gain some traction…