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Chris Farley’s family settles with Trek over fat bike name


The family of the late comedian and movie actor had filed a federal lawsuit against the Wisconsin-based bike maker, claiming its fat bike named the Farley “misappropriated Farley’s name.”

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Canyon Dude CF 9.0 Unlimited Fat Bike Review


German direct-to-consumer seller Canyon makes virtually every kind of bike, including the fully rigid Dude CF 9.0 Unlimited fat bike. See how it fared during a Colorado winter’s worth of testing.

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  • ryon says:

    Is this a 27.5 wheel or a 26?

  • Zoso says:

    A sloped top tube is a GOOD thing, not a CON. Don’t think you’ll care about limited frame bag options on this bike when you rack your nards on the top tube. Any fat bike that has a high top tube like a road bike doesn’t have a clue what snow is all about.

  • Bucktooth says:

    Zoso nailed it! Post hole off of a packed trail and tell me again that you wish your TT had less slope

  • firevsh2o says:

    Yes a XL is needed. I am 6’3″ and I have a large Dude since about three years but I really wish for a XL size! Otherwise it is a really good – and cheap for what it is – bike.

  • Wayno says:

    Would be nice if they offered a front suspension. Don’t need it for winter riding but I like riding my fatbike on singletrack in the summer also.

  • zuuds says:

    Con: Canyon is completely sold out of these. I emailed them and they won’t be back in stock until the 2019 models come out this fall. Hopefully the 2019 model will be in BFat / 27.5″ and a 177mm rear end.

  • Dickachu says:

    Hey, halo its available since 2015 and just now someone wake up?
    Waiting for 3×9 and disc brake reviews

  • Cyclotoine says:

    Read this review thinking “Hey, this might be the upgrade that finally gets my to sell my 2014 Mukluk!”… Then I got to the bottom and saw no XL 🙁

  • Will Urich says:

    Can’t wait to be a working stiff so I can afford another bike….

  • adin.maynard@gmail.com says:

    This bike rips. I have to also mention the customer service was great from the Cali based US office – questioned answered, fast shipping, easy to put together. I picked up one of the last 9.0s here in the US.

    I had two issues with the bike: the JJim 4.0 tires, which I find almost useless in any snow. I put on some 45nrth Beists and it’s working great, though much heavier. The JJims are ideal for dirt however. I’d rather the bike shipped with fattystripper system for tubless instead of tubes. And, there is no frame access small panel at the base of frame, to easily run a dropper post. Not a big issue as plenty of people still figure out how to run the internal cable. My Pivot I have is super easy with this access.

    After comparing a few options to upgrade from an Al Farley, the geo numbers were spot-on: longish reach, not too slack. The wheels are stellar and a great value. Still getting used to Eagle but that won’t be a negative after more miles. (singlespeed only mtber) . At 5’10” I’m on a medium and swapped the stock 60mm stem for a 70. Canyon is going to sell a lot of these.

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2018 Fat Bike World Championships


Annual bacchanal of all things fat was back for another year and better than ever.

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Surly Pugsley fat bike gets complete redesign


The Surly Pugsley has been redesigned to be the ultimate off-road touring bike. Any bike will get you out there. Pugsley will get you home. Are you ready to go where no pug has gone before? We’ll suit up and jump into the danger zone!

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  • Ben says:

    Loaded panniers, rear only, off road, in the snow?

    That is one unstable set up to ride on snow, better bet is loading both ends, or skipping the rear panniers and using a seat bag, frame bag, and bar bag.

    Surly, answering a question that no one asked…

    • jiw71 says:

      I don’t believe this bike is for any snow depth…………..maybe snow packed trails and roads. It’s just too heavy and cumbersome looking to be riding in snow. The photos of the terrain they are riding speaks for themselves. (a novelty item)

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Salsa introduces new EXP Series Hardtail and Fat Bike framepacks


Whether you’re on a fat bike or a hardtail, Salsa has you and your gear covered with new EXP Series Framepacks.

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2018 Fat Bike World Champs: What you need to know


Whether you’re a serious fat bike racer, casual competitor, or just looking to check out one of Colorado’s best wintertime fat biking locales, it’s time to put the Borealis Fat Bike World Championships on your 2018 fun calendar.

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Exploring the limits of a fat bike


In many parts of the world, if you don’t ride a fat bike during the winter, you don’t ride at all. It is a tool that has its purpose, especially during those cold days of winter.

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Fatback Corvus FLT fat bike lighter and stiffer


Alaska-based fat bike maker Fatback has released the new Corvus FLT, which is claimed to be 250g lighter and 15% stiffer at the bottom bracket and head tube compared to the current Corvus.

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Terrene Cake Eater studdable fat bike tire launched


Terrene Tires has released its sixth tire model. The Cake Eater is a versatile, fast-rolling, studdable fat bike tire.

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Trek Farley EX 9.8 fat bike review


While the Farley EX 9.8 resides within Trek’s fat bike family, its capabilities reach far beyond winter thanks to a unique design. Check out the Mtbr long term review.

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FatDuro fat bike enduro race report


Delayed a couple months because of the California Snowpocalypse, the Fat bike enduro event know as FatDuro broke some new ground with ground with this pioneering event.

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Fezzari Kings Peak Carbon SLX 1×11 fat bike review


If you’re only planning to ride your fat bike in the winter, why spend extra thousands of dollars on a rig that will spend 75% of the year collecting dust in the back of the garage?

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  • Perfectbike says:

    The list of Minuses is so big and related to the reasons you would buy such a bike it made me LOL. Bad on soft snow, ride, shifting, handling, etc, etc.

  • Lisa says:

    Why do you think only people in Alaska ride fat year round? Why don’t you like thru-axles? You could just as easily drop a QR spring in the snow. I think someone who enjoys winter more than Jason should have written this review.

    • Jason Sumner says:

      Lisa — Thanks for the note. Couple clarifications. I have no issues with thru-axles. The niggle is that unlike more standard thru-axle set-ups, which are one piece, the mechanism on this bike has two pieces (one of them small). As for riding fat year round, as I wrote in the piece, in my opinion there are much better options for summer (think plus bikes). But if you prefer to ride your fat bike all 12 months there’s certainly nothing wrong with that. And finally you could not be more off base about my feelings toward winter. Why else would I live in a place like Crested Butte, elevation 8600 feet. The fat bike is a truly essential piece of my winter recreation quiver, because when the skiing is bad, the fat biking is great. Happy trails — Jason

  • Joe says:

    Exact reasoning I got my inexpensive Motobecane Fat Bike — it is mainly my “winter” bike. I also pull it out a few times in the summer to ride with newbies, but few and far between. That is why I didn’t want to spend a butt load on it.

    In the summer I ride my “skinny” tire 27.5 Trance and my Cannondale Bad Habit plus bike. It is nice to have all these choices!

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Fat biking Michigan’s Upper Peninsula


In addition to alpine skiing and snowboarding and a Nordic center with dozens of miles of cross-country ski trails, Marquette features an extensive network of fat bike-specific trails surrounding the city.

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  • David says:

    Yes, you are doing it wrong. As you are discovering, conditions are (almost) everything, tire pressure being close to as important. Sounds like you have mainly ridden in a lot of unconsolidated snow; many other not perfect conditions can still provide great riding.

  • Lisa E says:

    I live an hour away from here and have ridden winter and summer. GREAT trails! Great people! Great bike scene! Highly recommend this area. You won’t be disappointed.

  • EndUser says:

    “alleged snow biking capital of the U.S.” Let me fix it for you….
    “alleged show biking capital of the Lower 48 US.”

    The snow biking capital of the U.S is Anchorage, Alaska. Better and far more exotic.

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Fatback Bikes partners with Wren Suspension


Alaska’s Fatback Bikes has partnered with Wren Suspension Forks as the recommended suspension fork for their spring build kits.

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  • thub says:

    My fat bike is currently at Speedway Cycles for a tune up, home of the Fatback up here in Anchorage. My Bluto seized yet again. Might have to look into this Wren fork when I finally get enough pennies saved up to by the Fatback Skookum I want. Speedway is an awesome shop, if your in Anchorage be sure to check them out.

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Fat bike adventure in Ireland aboard Kona Wozo


You don’t need to plan an epic three-week adventure in the backcountry to go bike packing. Sometimes a quick one-night excursion is all it takes.

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2017 Fat Bike World Championships Epilogue


Bikes, beers, bands, and high-speed fat freeriding highlight second-annual event in Crested Butte, Colorado.

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7 reasons why Fat Bike World Championships is gonna go off


For the second year running, Crested Butte, Colorado, is putting the phat in fat biking with the second annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championships. Starting with a kick-off party next Wednesday, fat heads from around the country (and even globe) will be treated to four days of the best winter riding anywhere.

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FatDuro: When fat biking meets enduro


First year event at California’s Donner Summit Auburn Ski Club promises thrills and spills.

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This is why you should never ride a fat bike


That moment when you drop your bike on an electric fence. [Warning: Video includes colorful language.]

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  • Don says:

    What surprised me most was how downhill Voodoo has gone. I’m guessing Joe Murray is no longer involved.

  • Murphy says:

    What does this have to do with fat bikes being bad? The tyres definitely weren’t at fault here, so if anything, your argument would be never buy a bike. And, “because it will get stuck in an electric fence” is a stupid reason. Sorry, this just made me angry.

  • Matt says:

    Did Shimano consider this situation when designing Di2? Ride home single speed with smoke coming out of the derailleur.

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9:ZERO:7 rolls out kid’s Squall fat bike


9:ZERO:7 Bikes is bringing two new models in for the 2017 season. The Tundra is an all-rounder fat bike built for anything you can throw at it, while the Squall is a 24” fat bike so your kids can join in on the fun, too.

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Rocky Mountain Suzi Q embraces 27.5 standard


Traditional fat bikes are a blast in the snow and sand, but the handling can feel slow outside of their natural environment. New wheel and tire standards are helping change that.

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Fatback Bikes launches redesigned Corvus frameset


Fatback has made major improvements to the Corvus frameset, with a compete ground up redesign.

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The first Trek to reach the South Pole


Adventurer Eric Larsen goes fat biking in one of the world’s most unforgiving climates.

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Pivot Cycles Interbike 2016


Pivot Cycles long ago earned its title as an award-winning mountain bike manufacturer. But the best never stop evolving. For 2017, Pivot launches several new mountain bike models and updates a few classics.

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Norco Interbike 2016


A new trail bike, plus model, carbon fatty, and loads of kids bikes mean Norco’s 2017 line has an option in nearly every two-wheeled category.

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