Posts in the category Fatbike

TPE15: Vee Tire Co grows Apache road tire to 28mm, blows up w/ monstrous 5.05″ fat biker


The all-conditions Vee Tire Co. Apache road bike tire will soon be available in a wider 28mm size, joining the original 23 and 25 introduced at Eurobike last year. It’ll be available with and without their Synthesis sidewall, a premium offering that blends better rubber compounds to both improve durability and feel and drop a few grams.

But that mere 3mm growth pales in comparison to the gargantuan jump from a 4.8 to 5.05 for their Snowshoe 2XL fat bike tire. It simply has to be seen to believed…


TPE15: Wheeler’s Thirtysixxer towers over slick 29er, cyclocross & other bikes


Wheeler is a Taiwanese brand with distribution throughout much of the world, including a U.S. agent despite the limited presence here. Most of the bikes on their website are mid-level, with a few slick looking full suspension mountain bikes and aero road bikes topping things out. For Taipei, they had several new models across new-for-them categories that featured some nice details.

The Thirtysixxer was rightly placed at the corner of their booth, suckering me in for a closer look…


NAHBS 2015: New Builder, Vibe Cycles

vibe-cycles-nahbs-new-builder-201501Frame building is a partnership of materials, whether they be welded, bonded, wrapped or somehow joined together, to form the basis of every bicycle, the frameset. Vibe Cycles of Boise, Idaho, began as a partnership between two cyclists, Dave and Christi Kelley, who married and extended their partnership to include frame building. Dave applied his 25 years of fine woodworking and architectural metalworking experience, to design and build his first frame, constructed from bamboo. Fast forward seven years, where Dave builds exclusively in Titanium and Steel. READ MORE ->

HED Adds Performance and Warmth with new Fat Bike Specific Skin Suit


We caught a quick glimpse at the latest technology from HED while at NAHBS, but now it’s official. Fat biking will never be the same with HED’s new performance Skin Suit. Crafted from the finest organic yaks’ wool and interwoven with a proprietary blend of technical fibers for an extremely high vapor exchange rate, the Skin Suit will shelter you from the elements while keeping you warm. Additionally, the fabric includes a percentage of lycra so the suit will stretch with your body as you put on your own insulating layer over winter.

Shown in early prototype form, future versions of the Fat Bike Skin Suit will include provisions for flasks and thermoses full of hot beverages, and integration with Pearl Izumi’s new Fat Bike Bandolier. Available only in colors with a high contrast against the snow for easy location if you happen to fall off the groomed trail, pricing and availability is TBD.

Never Run Out of CO2 Again with the New Pearl Izumi Fat Bike Bandolier

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Most fat bikers have been there. You get a flat, pull out your Co2 inflator, and it empties itself before the tire even seats to the rim. Carrying extra co2 cartridges helps, but it also leaves your bag jangling like a tin can full of quarters. Pearl Izumi knows your pain and is on the case with their new Fat Bike Bandolier. Not only does the carrying strap hold an impressive 50 cartridges, it also has been designed to be hydration pack friendly. Commuters will also unexpectedly benefit from the use of the Bandolier as passing motorists may think it is an actual bandolier from a distance and finally give you a wide berth…


FatBack Forecasts Interbike SnowFall, with the First Ever Outdoor Demo Fat Bike Snow Test Track

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Every year, Interbike is one of the first chances dealers have to test all the fat bikes for the coming year. There’s one problem though – Outdoor Demo is completely lacking in snow. Sure, the loose desert conditions are excellent testing grounds for the traction monsters known as fat bikes, but riding a FatBack in snow is something else entirely. In order to give show goers a taste of true winter riding, FatBack has partnered with Interbike and to ship in enough snow to build a mile long, fat bike only test track. The track will get a second round of fresh powder after the first day, culminating in a end of demo party Tuesday afternoon…


TPE15: Maxxis revamps mountain bike line, new fat bike tires, gravel, road tubeless & more!


Updates across the entire Maxxis range touch every discipline, from mountain and fat bikes, to road tubeless and tubular, to new gravel options. Only cyclocross tires were untouched for now.

On the mountain bike side, some of their best known tread patterns were reworked to improve performance. The Crossmark II gets a few redesigns to help with cornering and braking. The side knobs have been opened up by dramatically reducing the size of the round knob and spacing it out to every other section to help with cornering grip. The center section gets a ramped/stepped design instead of being full height all the way around. They’re also a bit wider, so there’s more of an end block on each ramp to bite in for better braking.


TPE15: A-Class adds disc brake road, CX wheels; Alex Rims goes wide for fat, gravel


Alex Rims not only had one of the prettiest booths, they also had one of the widest varieties of rims for every application from road to mountain to enduro to downhill to cyclocross to gravel to fat bike. Even the new “plus” size category was well represented alongside a monster 36″ rim.

The complete wheels are sold under the A-Class brand and also had a smattering of new options, mainly for road, gravel and ‘cross. Roll on in for specs, pics and a complete overview…


TPE15: Litespeed Nome fat bike breaks ground, T5 Gravel bike gets thru axle fork

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Tennessee based titanium bicycle fabricator Litespeed could be playing in the fat bike garden with their new Nome.

It’ll have 190mm rear spacing built around replaceable dropouts and ship with singlespeed dropouts. Standard dropouts with derailleur hanger for QR or thru axles will be available separately. This one’s a prototype to gauge interest, primarily among international distributors. They say the U.S. has demand, but Hong Kong and the Phillipines are blowing up.

Probably be around $2,600 to $2,700 for the frame. Frame is 3/2.5 titanium, and they’re handmade in Ooltewah, TN. Look for them to start shipping later this summer.

More pics and updates to their gravel bike after the page break.