Posts in the category Fatbike

Kuroshiro Begins Shipping Enso 685, Final Version of the Lightest Fat bike Carbon Rim

Kuroshiro Begins Shipping Enso 685, Final Version of the Lightest Fat bike Carbon Rim

Back in February, we got a first look at the all new Kuroshiro Enso 685. An impressive new carbon fat bike rim that was a collaboration between Raceware SRL and Alchemist carbon, the Enso 685 promised to be the lightest rim on the market. Fast forward to the present and the final production version of the rim is now finished and at 415g (+/-10%) Kuroshiro claims they hit their mark. Combined with a set of Tune fat bike hubs and Sapim Superspokes, the wheelsets can be built under 1600g which was their target when setting out. As an added bonus, thanks to the Spline construction the wheels can be run tubeless without rim tape, saving even more weight.

The final definitive version, called V8, entered into production on May 30th and is shipping soon. Orders placed now will ship outin 45-60 days due to the number of back orders and the fact that they can still only produce one rim per day. Produced 100% in Italy, the 85mm carbon rims will be up on a new Kuroshiro websited July 15th, but until then you can drop Raceware a line to get your order in. US price is still TBD.

9:Zero:7 – No Snow Required

In spite of many of the trail worthy fat bike advancements lately, they still seem to carry the stigma of only being good in sand or snow. Sure, the extra wide footprint excels when the ground gets soft, but they are a blast to ride in other conditions as well. Few know that as well as the crew from 9:Zero:7 as they have been riding and selling fat bikes for all conditions for years. They’ve also just put out their first video by John Lynn Photography highlighting the 9:Zero:7 Whiteout in it’s natural Alaskan habitat – just not in the winter.

New In Blue – Park Introduces 7 New Tools

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Park Tool is continually working on developing new tools and products, and the latest crop includes 7 items developed mostly in response to industry trends. Usually hesitant to offer new tools just for a new standard, Park’s recognition usually means that standard whether it’s a bottom bracket or wheel size typically means it’s here to stay. From fat bikes to power meters, there is a new tool for all kinds of bicycles…

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SE Bikes Rolls Affordable Fat Bikes with the F@E and F@R

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At one end of the spectrum, fat bikes prices are climbing to new heights as carbon fiber, bigger tires, and even suspension get thrown into the mix. On the other end, more and more manufacturers are coming out with smartly equipped fat bikes that many more riders can afford – especially if they’re just testing the fat bike waters.

As one of the last companies we expected to be offering fat bikes, SE Bikes has stepped in with not one, but two fatties that look good – and that’s before you see the price…

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Just In: 9Zero7′s Carbon Fiber Whiteout Fat Bike Frame

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Far from their humble beginnings, fat bikes have skyrocketed in popularity. Along with that popularity comes new materials and investment as companies try to stand out with the next greatest fat bike. Few companies like 9:Zero:7 have been around since the beginning, building fat tire’d monsters out of Alaska since 2004. Co-founded by Bill Fleming and Jamey Stull, 9:Zero:7 produced the first aluminum fat bike that was named the 9:zero:7 after the local area code.

After aluminum, the next logical step when it comes to stronger, faster, and lighter is, yes, carbon. Enter the 9:Zero:7 Whiteout – the company’s first carbon fiber fat bike. Built using the same geometry as their aluminum frames and Toray T700 and T800 carbon fiber, the Whiteout was created to tackle modern fat bike “standards” and run the fattest tires on the widest rims.

Serving as the platform for our next fat bike build, 9:Zero:7 sent over a bright green Whiteout to build up. We check in with the frame and fork after the break…

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Did Fair Wheel Bikes Build the World’s Lightest Fat Bike?

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Considering the rapid increase in everything carbon when it comes to fat bikes, it was only a matter of time before someone took a stab at taking the title of the “lightest fat bike.” That of course sounds like a job for Fair Wheel Bikes, the mad mechanics behind projects like their insane 6 lb road bike. As you might imagine, even the lightest fat bike will still be quite a bit heavier considering the tires alone come to nearly 6 pounds. That didn’t stop Fair Wheel from creating an impressively light fat bike though – one that’s lighter than most mountain bikes.

What did the custom built Lamere Fat bike weigh? Find out next…

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SOC14: Up Close with the Rocky Mountain Blizzard Fat Bike

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Not to be left out of the RockShox Bluto suspension frenzy at SOC, Rocky Mountain had their reincarnation of the Blizzard on hand as well. Managing to keep their entry into the world of fat bikes surprisingly quiet leading up to the release, Rocky dove right in with an impressive ultra fat bike with a unique frame bag worthy of the Blizzard moniker.

Check out the details after the jump…

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SOC14: Kenda’s Honey Badgers are Multiplying, Plus more on the Juggernaut

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Okay, everyone one the web is probably familiar with the Honey Badger meme at this point – you know, Honey Badger don’t care? Well the latest badger related video circling the web shows that not only do Honey Badgers not care, but they’re also one of the smartest animals around. Smart, tough, and versatile? You can see why Kenda has chosen the Honey Badger to name their all condition tires after.

Honey Badgers have been available in the Pro version for a bit, but now Kenda is expanding the line in both directions to include XC and DH. We had a chance to check out the DH version in Taipei which will be offered in both 26 and 27″ and in 2.2 and 2.4″ widths. We spotted Eric Porter with some Badger Prototypes which had a new rubber design Kenda is working on which uses a dual layer rubber compound on the cornering knobs. We’re told that the harder rubber underneath provides support, while the softer rubber on top provides the grip.

The other news for the Honey Badger is a smaller, faster rolling tire perfect for the XC crowd…

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SOC14: Hands on with the RockShox Bluto Equipped Borealis Echo + Weight

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Even with an army of test bikes, the Borealis Echo was a tough bike to track down at the Sea Otter Classic. When it wasn’t being back flipped by Gregory Robinson-Krunrod, or given to trials exhibition riders, Echos could be spotted tearing around the venue by a number of fat bike suspension curious folk.

In spite of it’s popularity, we managed to track one down to get it on the scale…

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