Project Plus Pt. 2: Rolling around with the Sun Ringle Mulefüt 50 SL Wheels

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Big tires are only part of the Plus size story. Without the solid base of a wider rim, big rubber will never live up to its potential. That meant the creation of a new category of wheels. Yes, Plus bikes have been around for years (mostly 29+), but the availability of components has been fairly limited.

Fortunately for brands like Sun Ringle, it seems to be pretty easy to miniaturize a fat bike rim to create the perfect platform for mid size tires. So it should come as no surprise that the Mulefüt 50 SL shares all of the features of the Mulefüt 80. Maybe the only surprising aspect (or not) is how little there is to complain about…

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Review: Advocate Cycles Hayduke Sets the Standard for Plus Bikes to Come

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Things don’t always go as planned. I had just gotten the Advocate Hayduke in for review and couldn’t wait to finish the build. After the first look and weigh in of the frame, the parts were falling effortlessly into place until I ran into a problem. Somehow, in spite of owning almost every bottom bracket tool that was used during my days in the shop, I still didn’t have the right tool for the new threaded PF92 bottom bracket I planned to use. After a call to Abbey Bike Tools, a compatible socket was on the way. The Hayduke was literally in my stand when disaster struck.

After my injury, the bike hung there, taunting me. I couldn’t even get it down from the stand, much less finish building it, and I could forget about riding it. Slowly though, I started making progress. Forcing myself to get creative and finish the build with basically one arm, it was finally complete. The Hayduke served as the platform for my very first ride back on a real mountain bike trail, but there’s far more to it that makes it come highly recommended…

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Ibis Tranny gets new Look w/ Trans Fat 4″ Fat Bike Build, Retrofit Available Too!

Ibis Tranny gets new Look w/ Trans Fat 4″ Fat Bike Build, Retrofit Available Too!
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There are a number of people today, that upon reading this are realizing they already own a fat bike. Well, part of a fat bike, anyways. The Ibis Tranny is transitioning from a super versatile 29er into an even more versatile 4″ fat bike. Better yet, the conversion isn’t permanent…

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Whisky Introduces 27+ Carbon Cocktail with New 50w Rim

Whisky Introduces 27+ Carbon Cocktail with New 50w Rim

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Like most things, the Plus category continues to evolve. Originally sort of a fringe tire size for backpacking and the like, with the introduction of 27+ (and 26+), the line between obscure and main stream is starting to blur. As more and more companies introduce 27+ mountain bikes, equipment is improving a long with them. That means it’s time for carbon rims, like the new No. 9 50w from Whisky…

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Smartphone Addicts Rejoice! GloveTacts Make Any Pair of Gloves Touchscreen Compatible

Smartphone Addicts Rejoice! GloveTacts Make Any Pair of Gloves Touchscreen Compatible

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Doesn’t it annoy you when you have to stop texting or web browsing to ride your bike? Isn’t is just painful waiting for that three and a half hour loop to end so you can check Facebook for updates? Is your least favorite part of winter riding suffering cold hands while shooting your mandatory on-bike selfie? If you cracked a guilty smile at any of the above statements, you’ll be touched by the creation of GloveTacts.

GloveTacts’ creator Gregorio de Haro has produced a universal glue-on fingertip patch that adds touchscreen connectivity to any pair of gloves. The patches are durable, machine washable, can be affixed to cycling gloves (de Haro is a rider himself) or nearly any other type, and best of all they’re cheap to buy. Probe past the break for more info…
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A week in review: New bikes from Alchemy, Reeb, & Canfield Bros, Cateye’s 6K lumen lite, & Interbike heads East?

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We had an awesome week with all kinds of rad fun stuff piling on our desks. Canfield Brothers’ Balance gets better, Reeb is now canning gears in the new TyREEBdonkadonk, and check out the sweet holiday gift ideas/wishes from Jayson, Steve, Cory & yours truly. Also, Zach, our head editor and fat bike aficionado exposes what he’s been dealing with the last several months after what was a simple everyday crash turned no so simple and the crazy road to his recovery.

Fill up your coffee or grab a stout depending on what time of day it is (if that even matters), and thumb through our extensive coverage from last week…..

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Children can Charge in Any Condition with new Cooker 20 & 24 Fat Bikes

Children can Charge in Any Condition with new Cooker 20 & 24 Fat Bikes

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I didn’t know it at the time, but if there is one thing I wish I would have had as a child during snow days, it would have to be a fat bike. Granted it didn’t stop me from getting out and trying to ride my bike in the snow, but I’m imagining the latest crop of kids’ fat bikes would be a blast, you know, for the kids…

One of the latest companies to offer something fat for the kids is Charge Bikes out of the UK. Now, in addition to the Cooker fat bike for adults, the kids have two different options for themselves…

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REEB Cans first Gearbox Fat Bike to Run Vee 2XLs with TyREEBdonkadonk

REEB Cans first Gearbox Fat Bike to Run Vee 2XLs with TyREEBdonkadonk
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Depending on how you look at it, the TyREEBdonkadonk is either an exercise in excess – or perfection. Not content with simply building a fat bike capable of running the biggest, baddest tires available, REEB has upped the cool factor with titanium, suspension, a dropper post, and oh, a Pinion gearbox with Gates Carbon Drive. Whether this is the future of expedition type fat bikes or not remains to be seen, but we’re willing to bet this is a guaranteed blast to ride…

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A week in review: Culprit’s new “modular” tri-bike, old school stem for new bars, our holiday wish lists, plus much more!

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Check out  Tyler and Zach’s 2015 holiday wishlist, SRAM’s new GX1 1X drivetrain & the highly anticipated Red eTap system being released into the wild sooner than later. We also found some cool & not so cool Star Wars themed bikes and accessories.

Head past the break to see our extensive coverage over the last week and what some of the BikeRumor kids would hope to find under their tree this year…..

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