Eleven Bikes turns up with aggressive looking US-made alloy fat bikes

Eleven Cycles alloy fat bike is made in Portland Oregon USA

Designed in Statesville, NC, and made in Portland, OR, from US-sourced tubing, ELEVEN launched in December 2015. The brand and bikes had been in development for a year prior to that, and the frames are all ISO tested for safety (done in Boulder, CO, by Microbac Laboratories, Inc., to meet mountain bike specifications). If that’s not enough to set them apart, you can customize your build just about any way you want…

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Designed in Statesville, NC, and made in Portland, OR, from US-sourced tubing, ELEVEN launched in December 2015. The brand and bikes had been in development for a year prior to that, and the frames are all ISO tested for safety (done in Boulder, CO, by Microbac Laboratories, Inc., to meet mountain bike specifications). If that’s […]

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Cargo bikes get even bigger w/ 5.25″ tire capable Surly Big Fat Dummy

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Photo c. Surly Bikes

If you have to ask why, the Surly Big Fat Dummy is probably not for you. But for those looking for a cargo bike that is stiffer, more capable, and will monster over anything in its path, look no further. If you’re not familiar with the original Big Dummy, it’s an extended wheelbase cargo bike that sort of set the scene for two wheeled cargo bikes to come. Long offered in 26″ wheels, the Big Fat Dummy is still 26″, just a whole lot fatter…

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If you have to ask why, the Surly Big Fat Dummy is probably not for you. But for those looking for a cargo bike that is stiffer, more capable, and will monster over anything in its path, look no further. If you’re not familiar with the original Big Dummy, it’s an extended wheelbase cargo bike […]

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Bergur In Iceland will make you want a Fatback Skookum w/ Lauf fork and a trip to Iceland

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Photo c. Fatback/Bergur Benediktsson

There are few places in the world that seem as perfectly tailored to fat bikes as Iceland. Between the snow, glaciers, lava fields, streams, mountains, etc., it seems like there is endless terrain and endless possibilities for different rides. That’s probably one of the reasons that Lauf added the Carbonara fat bike fork to their product range. To highlight the fork, and the versatility of the Fatback Skookum, Bergur Benediktsson put together this mega clip of almost every adventure you could think of. It this doesn’t make you want to get out and explore Iceland on a fat bike, then surely nothing will…
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There are few places in the world that seem as perfectly tailored to fat bikes as Iceland. Between the snow, glaciers, lava fields, streams, mountains, etc., it seems like there is endless terrain and endless possibilities for different rides. That’s probably one of the reasons that Lauf added the Carbonara fat bike fork to their […]

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Bicycle Rolling Resistance quantifies Fat tubeless energy savings

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It was back in May that we first saw how much variation there was in the rolling resistance from one fat bike tire to the next thanks to the great independent testing of Jarno Bierman and his Bicycle Rolling Resistance lab. The topic came up soon after of what impact converting to tubeless would have on the setup, being able to drop those big heavy butyl tubes.  So this time back Bierman picked the two tires with the lowest rolling resistance and one of the heaviest with the tallest knobs to put back on the drum and see what could be gained by dropping almost 400g of tube out of the mix…

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It was back in May that we first saw how much variation there was in the rolling resistance from one fat bike tire to the next thanks to the great independent testing of Jarno Bierman and his Bicycle Rolling Resistance lab. The topic came up soon after of what impact converting to tubeless would have on the setup, […]

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Ready for the second annual World Fat Freeride Championship?

I know what you’re thinking – there was a first annual World Fat Freeride Championship? Yes, there was. And it involved a 2 mile, 3,000 foot vertical descent from Thompson pass in the Chugach mountains near Valdez, Alaska. Apparently, the top speeds from practice were clocked at 44 mph. On a fat bike. Down a snow covered mountain without a real trail. The Chugach Fat Bike Bash also involves a number of fun activities – like jumping a bike into near frozen water. Just like every other bike fest, right? If you want to see the action or compete first hand, the second bash will be taking place from March 1-5, 2017. Head over to Levitation49 for details.



I know what you’re thinking – there was a first annual World Fat Freeride Championship? Yes, there was. And it involved a 2 mile, 3,000 foot vertical descent from Thompson pass in the Chugach mountains near Valdez, Alaska. Apparently, the top speeds from practice were clocked at 44 mph. On a fat bike. Down a snow […]

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Trek Farley fat bikes from 2014/15 recalled for free fork replacement

2014 Trek Farley Fat Bike close up detail photos

Today’s the day for recalls. Just after posting the official Fox Float X2 recall notice, we received this one from Trek, offering registered owners a $100 gift card to bring their 2014 and 2015 Farley hardtail fat bike in for a free fork replacement. Apparently, the fork’s crown could potentially separate, leaving the base of the fork without its steerer. To date, no one has been injured, but reports of creaking and weird noises prompted a full recall. Kudos to Trek for being proactive and giving everyone an incentive to get into your local bike shop. Full recall PR and links below…

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Today’s the day for recalls. Just after posting the official Fox Float X2 recall notice, we received this one from Trek, offering registered owners a $100 gift card to bring their 2014 and 2015 Farley hardtail fat bike in for a free fork replacement. Apparently, the fork’s crown could potentially separate, leaving the base of […]

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45NRTH gusts into full winter riding apparel with Naughtvind jacket, pants, and bib system

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Photos c. 45NRTH

Sitting at your office wondering when 80° temperatures in November will give way to cold and snow? Us too. It might not be here yet, but we hear that winter is coming. And when it arrives, 45NRTH has the answer with their latest soft goods – the Naughtvind system. Indicated by how many times we’ve seen this collection in the prototype stage, 45NRTH’s designers did not take this task lightly. For their first attempt at a full winter apparel system, it needed to be perfect.

Now, it looks like they’re happy with the results and the Naughtvind bibs, pants, and jacket have been released into the wild…

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Sitting at your office wondering when 80° temperatures in November will give way to cold and snow? Us too. It might not be here yet, but we hear that winter is coming. And when it arrives, 45NRTH has the answer with their latest soft goods – the Naughtvind system. Indicated by how many times we’ve […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Curtis Inglis of Retrotec, questions by Burnsey of Oddity

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Photo by Justin Carter

While Curtis Inglis’ Retrotec style is often copied, it’s very rarely matched. Real curve connoisseurs will tell you that the lines he’s been refining since the early 90’s are the best in the biz. So it wasn’t a surprise that our friend Burnsey from Oddity asked to interview Curtis for this Builder on Builder series- Curtis has been one of Burnsey’s biggest influences. What’s fun about these two together is that they really help to demonstrate a range in form of the curvy bike segment of the small builder community.

While Burnsey takes the klunker frame and reinterprets it (think: free jazz) with every build, Curtis has been chilling out in Napa, perfecting the lines of the classic beach cruiser through dialing in his build style and tube forming processes. Before you really wrap your head around a Retrotec, it’s easy to take its lines for granted because beach cruisers come from such a mass produced, high nostalgia place. They are almost too familiar to make you want to stop and pay attention.

The genius of Retrotec is that when you actually are able to see the lines and how they perfectly pull though the length of the frame, from rear axle to head tube, they will forever ruin you for other curvy bikes… including the very cruisers they are derived from. You will look for those perfect arcs elsewhere and see only kinks and flats, and missed opportunities for more curves.

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While Curtis Inglis’ Retrotec style is often copied, it’s very rarely matched. Real curve connoisseurs will tell you that the lines he’s been refining since the early 90’s are the best in the biz. So it wasn’t a surprise that our friend Burnsey from Oddity asked to interview Curtis for this Builder on Builder series- Curtis […]

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Road to PBE16 BoB Interview: Burnsey from Oddity Cycles, questions by Richard Sachs

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In a way, Burnsey (… just Burnsey, like Cher), the builder behind Oddity, is best understood in opposition… which is why it was exciting to have Richard Sachs agree to ask the questions for this Builder on Builder interview and to be able to highlight these two back-to-back. After all, how better to highlight an anti-establishment character than in direct opposition to what he deems to be the establishment?

If you put an Oddity and a Richard Sachs side by side, how this clash of philosophies extends to the bicycle form is beautifully showcased. The Richard Sachs is a physical manifestation of decades of obsessive refinement and trial and error and innovation within a tightly constrained physical envelope, crafted by a true master in the traditional sense. You know it’s good because it is a Richard Sachs. It is the best the tradition has to offer.

The Oddity on the other hand, has extra components of time and space to it. Even photographing it is challenging because the typical drive side shot cannot capture it. The frame and fork explode in three dimensions as soon as you deviate from the right hand view and the bike changes character as you view it from different angles. In addition to experimenting with form, Burnsey gets his kicks by adopting new technologies… and dragging them into his lair and applying them to his curvy klunker-derived format. As a result, the Oddity is experimental and highly expressive in process and form.

I’m smiling as I’m typing this because looking at these two bikes and builders makes me appreciate the breadth of philosophy and personality of the small builder community. These two bikes don’t belong in the same universe, but they will be in the same room at the Philly Bike Expo…

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In a way, Burnsey (… just Burnsey, like Cher), the builder behind Oddity, is best understood in opposition… which is why it was exciting to have Richard Sachs agree to ask the questions for this Builder on Builder interview and to be able to highlight these two back-to-back. After all, how better to highlight an […]

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