Posts in the category Fatbike

SOC15: Borealis Introduces More Affordable Echo GX

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The fat bike market seems to be heating up just as quickly as the summer weather, which turns out to be good news for consumers. On one hand, technology is improving and the bikes are getting better all the time. On the other, increased competition is making it more important than ever to have at least one bike in the line up that is considered “affordable.”

We know that a $3k fat bike may be a stretch to call it affordable, but the impressively equipped Echo GX is a relative bargain when compared to its much more expensive siblings…

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Fat Bike Fill Ups Made Easy with PDW’s new Fat Stevens Fat Specific Pump

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Thanks to the huge amount of air volume in a fat bike tire, the bikes are a blast to ride on just about any surface. What’s not so fun is trying to replace that volume of air if you are unlucky enough to get a flat. Either you’re going to have to carry a number of co2 cartridges or hope that your standard mini pump doesn’t lead to death by 1,000 strokes.

Of all of the fat bike specific parts and accessories, one area that has been conspicuously absent is a purpose built portable pump. There are a few that have oversized barrels or two stage designs meant to make inflating high volume tires easier, but when it comes to something specifically geared towards fat bike usage, portable pumps have been mostly left out – until now. Well, at least until the end of Portland Design Work’s Kickstarter campaign which will introduce the Fat Stevens fat bike pump to the Wild World…

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Bikerumor Pic of the Day: Forth Fat Family Fun

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Photo submitted by Markus Stitz, who says “(This photo) was taken on day one of Forth Fat, an annual fatbike gathering in North Berwick. The ride on Saturday saw 53 fatbikes riding along the beautiful East Lothian Coast, pictured are Colin and 9year old Rudie, the youngest rider by far.”

We always love to see your photos and would like to show them to the world here on the Pic Of The Day. Send in your photo with a brief description here.

Review: Magura’s Mighty MT7 4 Piston Hydraulic Brakes

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It’s been a while since the Gustav M was the heavy weight king of the Magura line up. Since then that top spot has been taken by a new comer, the four piston MT7. While still offering massive amounts of power, the MT7 sets itself apart with a lightweight build that somewhat hides its heavyweight punch. On one hand the MT7s are light enough to find a home on enduro rigs but are powerful enough to stop full on DH bikes.

After living with them for a few seasons, the MT7s were a surprising fit for a completely different kind of bike as well…

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Limited Edition 12×197 Paul RHUB Fat Bike Hubs Available Now

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If you’ve been waiting for a thru axle rear hub to match your Paul FHUB, now is your chance. According to Paul Components, the 12 x 197 thru axle compatible RHUB was only made in limited numbers and after passing them out to friends and family, the remainder of the first batch are now up for sale on the Paul site. As usual, the hubs are made in Chico, California and are built to be easily serviceable while durable enough to endure the worst conditions. With the introduction of the Thru axle RHUB, you can finally have a complete Paul hubset for your modern fat bike…

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SOC15: Bontrager Rolls 29+ with Line Plus Wheels, Intros new SE5 Light Weight Enduro Tire

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With Trek going all in with the Stache +, it should stand to reason that Bontrager will be offering up a line of plus sized accessories. Already offering the Chupacabra tire for 29+ (27+ Chupacabras are coming), the big story is the addition of the Line Plus wheelset. Borrowing from many of the current Bontrager wheel technologies, the Line Plus is a wider version of their Line mountain bike wheelset that should be a great addition to your bike+ whether you need Boost or standard hubs…
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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…

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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…

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Friday RoundUp – Bicycle Bits & Pieces

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Contests

  • 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 BellHelmets.com 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 thefeed.com 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…

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