The US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship returns to Wrightsville Beach for 2017

We’re less than two weeks away from the 2017 USAC Fat Bike Nationals, but some racers are already looking ahead to warmer weather. Now in its third year, the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship will be heading back to Wrightsville Beach to crown the King and Queen of the sand. Even though the course will be a bit less difficult this year with less of the soft sand which made for grueling straights, Race Director and Chairman Shawn Spencer says the course will still be still be exciting for both racers and spectators. Since the course is laid out in a mile long oval right on the beach, it’s extremely spectator friendly and it will also feature more obstacles this year to keep things interesting for competitors.

If a beach vacation with a little racing thrown in sounds appealing, check out the details next…

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We’re less than two weeks away from the 2017 USAC Fat Bike Nationals, but some racers are already looking ahead to warmer weather. Now in its third year, the US Open Fat Bike Beach Championship will be heading back to Wrightsville Beach to crown the King and Queen of the sand. Even though the course […]

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9:ZERO:7 gets aggressive w/ new Tundra AL, and kids’ Squall fat bikes

Given the drastic improvement in fat bike components in a very short period of time, it’s no wonder we’re seeing equal advancements in frame design. As the fat bike has evolved, so has the way they’re utilized with riders across the globe using them for different purposes.  Thankfully, in addition to the fat bike intended for rides across the Alaskan wilderness for days at a time, there have been a number of bikes introduced that are intended for shorter rides on more aggressive trails.

Now 9:ZERO:7 is introducing their own take on the all-rounder with the new Tundra. Starting with their previous Whiteout AL frame, the Tundra gains more playful geometry and a suspension compatible front end to tame the trails…

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Given the drastic improvement in fat bike components in a very short period of time, it’s no wonder we’re seeing equal advancements in frame design. As the fat bike has evolved, so has the way they’re utilized with riders across the globe using them for different purposes.  Thankfully, in addition to the fat bike intended […]

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Found: Dirt Bicycle Components is hand building carbon fat bike wheels out of Austin

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A new set of wheels is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your fat bike. Not only is there a potential for a huge weight savings due to the massive size of the rims and hubs, but there’s also the tubeless question. A lot of stock fat bike rims still aren’t tubeless compatible. That makes upgrading your rolling stock even more enticing – lighter weight, better performance, all in one go? Yes, please.

Based in Austin, TX, Dirt Bicycle Components is one of the newer component brands out there, first forming in January of 2015. Since then, the company has focused on hand built fat bike wheels built around their 82mm wide carbon Thumper rims which are tubeless compatible. Available in a few build options, Dirt Bicycle Components also sells their hubs if you’re looking for another option…

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A new set of wheels is one of the easiest ways to upgrade your fat bike. Not only is there a potential for a huge weight savings due to the massive size of the rims and hubs, but there’s also the tubeless question. A lot of stock fat bike rims still aren’t tubeless compatible. That […]

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One Ride Review: ELEVEN’s fat bike gets race car inspired, reverse enduro design…and it works

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After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our first post on the brand.

Thomas comes from motorsports, with several Indy and NASCAR championships under his belt as head engineer for some of the top teams. His role was (and still is on occasion) to set up the car’s suspension and other variables to optimize performance at a specific track and in specific conditions. In that environment, any weak link is a life threatening risk, which is why he spent a lot of extra time with the builder to have the frame constructed a certain way to pass their own aggressive testing. And since he was used to tuning ride characteristics using the soft points like suspension and tires while keeping the chassis as stiff and strong as possible, he carried that philosophy over, too. His bikes have straight tubes, with reinforcements at key joints, to make it very stiff. Compliance is adjustable with the fork and tires. It’s an interesting take, and the geometry makes it even more so…

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After meeting Eleven Bikes’ founder Thomas German at a ‘cross race a few weeks ago, we set a date for him to come visit Bikerumor HQ and go for a ride. It also gave us a chance to discuss the brand, his design background and philosophy, and spec decisions in far greater detail than our […]

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Oh Suzi Q, new Rocky Mountain carbon 27.5 fat bike won’t leave you blue

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Rocky Mountain’s new line of fast moving fat bikes aims to turn the notion of slow, slogging wide rubber on its head. Instead of thinking of fat as being able to drop tire pressures imaginably low to creep over loose sand & rocks and crawl through deep mud & snow, the 2017 Rocky Mountain Suzi Q carbon fat bike that we first glimpsed back at Eurobike is reimagined as a lightweight carbon (or alloy) all-mountain hardtail with a narrow Q-factor and short chainstays that can still squeeze in wide tires. That makes it as agile on singletrack as it is capable on loose terrain. Its key is dropping the 26″ fat tire standard and working with a new 27.5×3.8″ wheel/tire combo that gives all the upsides of the smaller wheels with a lot of other benefits. Maybe snow is where 27.5+ is going next…

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Rocky Mountain’s new line of fast moving fat bikes aims to turn the notion of slow, slogging wide rubber on its head. Instead of thinking of fat as being able to drop tire pressures imaginably low to creep over loose sand & rocks and crawl through deep mud & snow, the 2017 Rocky Mountain Suzi Q carbon fat bike […]

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One Ride Review: Salsa’s fatter Mukluk Carbon X1 fat bike

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Technically, I was in Minnesota to test out the newest gear from 45NRTH but to get out on the trails, first I would need a bike. As you might expect, with 45NRTH falling under the QBP umbrella, a fleet of Salsa demo bikes was easy to arrange. Thanks to superb wrenching from Salsa demo driver Brian Hanson in extremely cold conditions, we were all dialed in before you could say frostbite.  For me, that meant saddling up on a brand new Salsa Mukluk Carbon X1 fat bike build.

First seen at Saddle Drive earlier this year, the Mukluk went through a substantial redesign this year, and this would be my first time testing it out. The conditions may not have warranted the full fat experience, but I was still happy to be on the Mukluk at day’s end…

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Technically, I was in Minnesota to test out the newest gear from 45NRTH but to get out on the trails, first I would need a bike. As you might expect, with 45NRTH falling under the QBP umbrella, a fleet of Salsa demo bikes was easy to arrange. Thanks to superb wrenching from Salsa demo driver […]

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First Impressions: Putting the 45NRTH Naughtvind Clothing system to the test in Cuyuna

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You’re going where? It’s going to be how cold? That was the reaction I got from most people when I mentioned that I was headed up north to do some riding. Specifically, I was on my way to Crosby – a tiny town in northern Minnesota that built up around the mining industry, only to nearly collapse as the iron ore pits were abandoned in 1984. After a bleak 34 years, something amazing happened. Someone had a vision. Seeing potential for the 400 foot deep pits that were turned into lakes and the surrounding hills created from the dirt removed from those same pits, John Schaubach started the Cuyuna Lakes Trail Association in 1998 which started with a single paved trail to connect people with the three lakes. That led to MORC (Minnesota Off Road Cyclists) to come in with the help of IMBA and create a 25 mile trail network. But for the Cuyuna Lakes Trail System, that was just the beginning.

Three months before the first phase of trails opened, a visionary by the name of Aaron got involved. With a background in economic development and advertising, Aaron had the unique talent of rallying an economically depressed town around the potential of a mountain biking and fat biking destination. When the trails opened in 2011, the 25 mile footprint included mostly machine built trails that took advantage of the man-made topography. Part of a master plan that includes 75 miles of trail with a projected economic impact of $21 million injected to the local economy, Cuyuna is currently up to 30 miles of trail with another 3 miles to be added next year, and 12 more to be added after that.

The Cuyuna Lakes Trail system is also home to the True North Basecamp which would be our home for the short trip. In addition to six nicely appointed cabins that are heated during the winter, the Basecamp also includes 33 campsites, all of which are positioned in ride-out locations with incredible lake views. The property also includes a bath house with heated floors and warm showers which is an important consideration based on the fact that during the winter, all of the 30+ miles of trail are groomed for fat bike use.

Which made it a perfect spot to test out the new 45NRTH Naughtvind clothing system…

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You’re going where? It’s going to be how cold? That was the reaction I got from most people when I mentioned that I was headed up north to do some riding. Specifically, I was on my way to Crosby – a tiny town in northern Minnesota that built up around the mining industry, only to […]

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Just In: Atomik Phatty 85 carbon fat bike wheels with Onyx Racing hubs

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Maybe more than any other bike, fat bikes put a lot of demands on a rim. It has to be wide enough to provide flotation for the monster tires, strong enough to withstand impacts that will inevitably occur at low pressures, secure enough to hold the tire in place at those low pressures, tubeless compatible, and yeah, it should be light as well. That leaves a lot of riders going back and forth between aluminum and carbon rims. Aluminum rims seem more durable on the surface since they can’t really crack like carbon, but they’re pretty easy to dent badly enough to lose your tubeless seal. Carbon on the other hand has the potential to be lighter and stronger, but there’s always the fear of breaking your pricey rims.

That’s where the Atomik Phatty 85s come in. Using their HDP (High Density Performance) foam core system and Solowall design, Atomik claims that their fat bike rims offer unmatched durability at a still impressive weight. As someone who has cracked a carbon fat bike rim, I’m excited to put that to the test…

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Maybe more than any other bike, fat bikes put a lot of demands on a rim. It has to be wide enough to provide flotation for the monster tires, strong enough to withstand impacts that will inevitably occur at low pressures, secure enough to hold the tire in place at those low pressures, tubeless compatible, […]

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The Fatback Corvus is all new, just in time for winter

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Winter might be a bit delayed in many parts of the country, but that just gives us more time to dial in new fat bikes. Bikes like the all new Fatback Corvus. The original Corvus was a long time in development and it helped Fatback make the leap from aluminum to carbon frames. While the original Corvus was no slouch, helping riders to victory in the grueling Iditarod Trail Invitational, Fatback just released the next big revision of their adventure racing fat bike. The new Corvus not only adapts to some current standards with better performance, but it introduces two new sizes that should help the short or tall get dialed in…

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Winter might be a bit delayed in many parts of the country, but that just gives us more time to dial in new fat bikes. Bikes like the all new Fatback Corvus. The original Corvus was a long time in development and it helped Fatback make the leap from aluminum to carbon frames. While the […]

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