Posts in the category Fatbike

IB14: Turnagain Continues to Roll New Fat Bike Products, Introduces New FR65 and Revised FR80 Rims

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As the sister company of Borealis Bikes, Turnagain components is quickly filling out the line with fat bike specific parts. After introducing their 100mm rim at Eurobike, Turnagain had some late arrivals at Interbike that included an all new 65mm rim width, plus a revised version of their first product, the FR80. Along with the rims, Turnagain is eying a completely new product category and if involves the use of Yaks.

Full details next…


IB14: Alchemist Drops Ultralight Carbon 29er Wheels, Plus New Kuroshiro 29+ Rim


Italian brand Alchemist showed off their latest lightweight hoops, this time with a somewhat more subtle design than past offerings.

The new 29er Clincher RR is a race-ready mountain bike wheel that comes in at just 1,245g per set. That’s with properly wide rims (26mm internal), thru axle hub options and 24 spokes per wheel. Much of the weight savings comes from rims that register at just 325g each, minimizing rotational weight.

They’re laced up with Sapim CX-Ray spokes to their own carbon-and-alloy hubs…


IB14: Onyx Racing Products Hubs Offer Instant, Infinite Engagement w/ Low Drag for Road, BMX, MTB & More

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Imagine a hub that offered instant, infinite, and silent engagement all with extremely low drag. Sound too good to be true? Then you need to check out the hubs coming out of Onyx Racing Products. All of the hubs are manufactured in the United States out of their facility in Minnesota which is probably one of the reasons they’ve been able to make their hub work. Instead of the roller clutch that a few manufacturers have tried in the past, Onyx hubs use a sprag one-way clutch which gives the hub all of the above features. The catch? The tolerances have to be extremely tight. So tight that when they successfully created their first bicycle hub using the sprag clutch, the company that created the clutch visited them to see how they did it since many other companies had tried without success.

While their roots are in BMX, Onyx has expanded to offer just about every hub you could think of, including road and fat bikes. Get the details next…


EB14: Vee Tire Co Takes the Crown w/ New MTB Line, Updates Mission Fat Bike Tire, More


To help launch their new line of premium mountain bike tires, Vee Tire Co. has enlisted the help of Mike King. As a professional cyclist that started in BMX and later expanded to mountain biking, Mike is one of the few Americans to have won a World Cup in three different cycling disciplines. It’s safe to say he knows his way around a tire.

In addition to directing the new Rock Hill BMX facility in South Carolina, King is now the head of testing and development for Vee Tire Co.’s mountain bike category. To kick off the new line, Mike was showing off the new Crown Series – 3 different tires with versatile tread patterns for use in multiple conditions.

Try on the Crown next..


IB14: New Klamper Disc Brake from Paul, Plus Fat Bike Hubs, Thru Axles & More

Paul Klamper Disc Brace

In development for over three years, the new Paul component Klamper disc brake is designed with road, cyclocross, and gravel adventures in mind. Featuring the classic styling the company has become famous for, and likely the same level of reliability, it’s sure to become a must have.

Stop past the break to learn more about the brakes, and more after the break…


IB14: Chumba Retuns To USA Made Roots With Backcountry Inspired Stella, Ursa & Rastro Hardtails

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Chumba is a brand with deep roots in mountain bike history. It got its starts as a small boutique brand hand fabricated in Southern California, and eventually grew so popular with donwhill oriented models like the Zulu and Wumba, that they had to outsource production overseas.

Yet despite sponsoring riders like NORBA champ Duncan Riffle in its heyday, the brand has seemingly been dormant in recent times. That has all changed now, due to new ownership. Recently purchased by Aaron Foreman, the company has relocated to Austin, Texas, and renewed it’s focus on fabricating frames here in the United States. The emphases has also changed from hard charging full suspension bikes, to beautifully crafted steel frames with an emphasis on adventure.

The new range consists of three models, with a fourth on it’s way. First up is the new 29er Stella hardtail (pictured above), which is designed with a more XC oriented geometry. READ MORE ->

EB14: WTB Shows Trail Blazer 27.5×2.8″ Tire/Rim, Plus Why 27.5+ May be the new 29+

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Initially shown as a concept aboard the Rocky Mountain Adventure Bike Prototype, WTB’s TrailBlazer 2.8 tire has been turning some heads. It turns out, what we though was just a prototype was an all new tire coming from WTB that will be accompanied by a matching rim. According to Jason Moeschler, the project started with WTB Co-Founder Mark Slate tinkering on his own and experimenting with different tires on his rigid 29er. After some experimentation the 27+ concept was apparently more enticing since the tire and rim combination will still fit in most standard 29″ frames and forks. With almost identical diameters to regular 29″ and 26″ fat bike set ups, the 27.5+ is an intriguing size that we’ll probably be seeing a lot more of, very soon.

Details, next…


IB14: Industry Nine Builds Sub 1800g Hed Fat Bike Wheels, Plus New Budget Friendly i25 Classic Road Bike Wheels

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Just a few weeks ago, Industry Nine was showing us their first fat bike builds utilizing their aluminum spokes in Europe. After discussing the use of their rims with Hed Cycling, Industry Nine got the go ahead to build up the Big Deal Carbon rims to their straight pull aluminum spokes and Torch Hubs. As many know, this is a pretty big deal since the rims are still not available individually and very few OEMs have had access to the Big Deals. After receiving the first rims on Friday before the show, their wheel building team managed to turn around the complete wheelset and get it shipped off to Vegas just in time for us to check it out.

The Industry Nine Carbon fat bike wheels are more than just a show special – the complete wheels will be for sale soon, and with a weight you have to see to believe…


IB14: Risse Racing Throws a Double D Bachelor Party for Fat Bike Forks

Risse Racing Bachelor Double D dual disc brake fat bike fork with no crown

The new Risse Racing Bachelor DD is a arch-less fat bike suspension fork rockin’ dual disc brakes.

The structure is essentially a single clamp version of the dual crown Trixie DH fork, but it does away with the arch connecting the two lower legs. Instead, it relies on a beefy clamp around a 15mm thru axle to keep everything in line. As shown, it’s only 100mm of travel, but they can go up to 150mm. And that’s only the beginning of the customization options…