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Maxxis Interbike 2016


Featuring redesigns of iconic Maxxis offerings, plus the addition of a new eBike-compliant range, the world famous tire maker keeps us rolling into another product year.

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Motobecane releases new HAL6 and NightTrain bikes


Bikesdirects always seems to deliver bike deals with impressive components. Notable spec on this Hal6 150mm travel bike is ‘Full SRAM Eagle drivetrain’ at a street price of $2500.

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  • Alex says:

    This full-suspension might be the first Motobecane that wouldn’t make me want to scrub off the brand. Nice aesthetics. It is a little odd, though, to see 160mm trail-oriented geometry designed for 27.5 and not 27.5+. The quality breakdown seems about like so:

    Drivetrain: A+
    Fork: A
    Shock: A
    Brakes: B
    Wheels: C+
    Frame: C+
    Accessories: C

    Given that the first four purchased separately exceed the cost of the bike, I’d buy it and sell the wheels and frame for around $400. Then attach everything to one of the recent ~$800 Chinese carbon Boost 27+ frames with a matching set of carbon ~$400 wheels. The result would be a wicked 27 lb. ride fit for almost anything.

    • GuyOnMTB says:

      Why though? At this price you can put it through hell and have fun.

      It’s literally scary for me to think of taking $4k and trying to destroy it, because I ride hard, it’s what I like. This $2500 set up with a Pike RC looks like it will take a beating and hold it’s own against $4k bikes.

      I’d like a single rider review of this bike pitted against another FS with the same swing-arm design. Please?

  • JNS says:

    Any updates here? Thinking about pulling the trigger on a HAL6

  • jim says:

    I hope you bought the HAL6 I just did. Absolute smoking deal. I compared it to larger name brand bikes with same components and they price out anywhere between $6k and $8k. Who cares what the name is. If you want to ride it ride it. If you want to replace the frame with an $800 Chinese Carbon Boost 27+ do so. either way, way ahead.

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Otso Cycles debuts plus-fat hardtail, CX-gravel steed


The crew from Wolf Tooth Components are getting into the bike building business, today launching Otso Cycles. The initial product line will include two bikes.

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Video: Walmart Mongoose Fat Bike trilogy


Seth is an interesting guy indeed. Based in Florida, he’s found a niche purchasing cheap bikes and riding the snot out of them. In this trilogy, he purchases a Mongoose Dolomite $200 fat bike and methodically puts it through its paces.

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  • Frayed Knot says:

    Was there a point to either of the videos? What’s the point of taking the bike in the ocean?

  • Liv2ride says:

    I bought a schwinn hybrid bike from Target in 2005 and paid 170 dollars. I rode the hell out of that bike for eight years, off road,on road, and bmx. The rear derailleur went kapoot after a few years but I set it up as a fixie and kept on rollin. The paint job and frame are solid and I always enjoyed riding it. I have upgraded to a Fuji mtn bike and it fits my style. My advice to newcomers is find a bike you enjoy riding and who cares what other people are riding.

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Borealis Crestone fat bike review (29+ update)


After reviewing the Borealis Crestone fat bike during winter 2016, we’re back with an updated look at how it performs with 29+ wheels and 3.0 tires.

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  • Mark says:

    I recently converted my aluminum hard-tail Trek Farley Fatbike with Bluto fork into a 29er Plusbike. I used i30mm (i = inner-width) aluminum rims with ~900gm 29×3.0in tires. When mounted to this rim the tire is 2.75in wide Wow! This bike rips! It is easily the best hardtail I have ever ridden. On anything technical this bike is way more capable than my full-suspension 29er. I’m guessing this bike would be even better if it was designed specifically to be a Plusbike. I want my next bike to be a full-suspension Plusbike with this wheelset. I think the Crestone would have been better with this narrower setup. I’m splitting Plusbike wheels into 2 categories. The first I’ll call the Plus-Husky wheel: i40-45-50mm rims mounted to 29+ tires that weigh more than 900gm. The other I’ll call the Plus-Slim wheel: i30-35mm rims mounted to 29+ tires that weigh less than 900gm. The Plus-Husky bike is a narrow tire Fatbike great for soft, loose conditions. The Plus-Slim bike is a wide tire Trailbike great on everything else. A light Plus-Slim aluminum wheel/tire can weigh 1.5lbs less than a heavy Plus-Husky aluminum wheel/tire. That’s 3lbs difference for the entire bike. Weight matters and outer wheel weight matters the most! The Plus-Slim bike has 95% of the traction and flotation of a Plus-Husky bike with a lot less rolling resistance and weight. A Plus-Slim bike is lively and goes where you point it. A Plus-Husky bike is slow, sluggish, plodding and difficult to steer. The Plus-Husky is too much wheel for normal trail use. The Plus-Slim wheel weighs just a few ounces more than a typical Trailbike wheel. I think that everyone will be riding Plusbikes when the Plus-Slim wheel becomes the standard. Of course, everything I described would also apply to 27.5 Plusbikes. Thanks for reading my diatribe.

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Mongoose’s new bikes for 2017 – the Tyax Supa plus bike, Argus 24 mini fat bike, Teocali and more


Mongoose ditches direct-to-consumer sales and 2017 models will be sold through Amazon.

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  • GuyOnMTB says:

    Tektro does not make the Slate-T4. That’s TRP that makes the Slate-T4’s. I know, I have them!

  • ljsmith says:

    Bikers are usually pretty brand conscious. I am not sure how Mongoose plans to sell many of these (especially at these prices) when they have dragged their name through the mud with Walmart bikes. They really need to decide what they want to be, cheap POS bikes, or “real” mountain bikes and develop their brand accordingly. Its going to be hard to play in both markets.

  • Zack says:

    When Will The 2017 Models Go On Sale?

  • royaloaker says:

    thanks for the update-good to see the brand lineup expansion.the 2001 Valiant “hot-link” rear suspension is still one of the smoothest out there.

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Face Off: Fat bike vs Plus bike


The low air pressures and gigantic tires found on fat bikes allow them to be ridden anywhere. Now that some newer trail bikes are taking advantage of similar tire technology, how do the two compare?

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KTM’s new 2016 mountain bikes come to the States


Well known Austrian motorcycle manufacturer KTM is bringing their bicycles direct-to-consumer in America. Highlighted here are some of their performance oriented 2016 mountain bikes.

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  • stiingya says:

    That was KTM’s “popular” Lycan model…? “popular” with all the Americans out riding them I suppose…? All what SEVEN of them…? 🙂 🙂 🙂 JK

  • bryan says:

    Made in their own factory, not in china? That right there is a breath of fresh air.

    • MK says:

      “Made” = What exactly?
      Fabricated? Assembled?
      A lot of their designs look “open mold-ish” in terms of tech.

      My guess would be that the bikes are assembled in their own plant, however I would be willing to bet that some if not all frame fabrication is subcontracted from suppliers (especially carbon).

  • Melissa Thomas says:

    On the KTM website it says the Lycan 271 is 12.9 Kg and that is more like 28.5 lb? Has the bike changed a little or am I still bad at math or is the website weight wrong?

  • Chase Capicotti says:

    Just ordered my 2016 Lycan 272 22s, bike looks awesome, we’ll see how it rides!!!

  • JK says:

    So you pay full price for a 2005 geometry and single pivot suspension design, narrow rims, limited dropper post range, with no LBS support? Good luck KTM.

  • RM says:

    performance now carries them…if you have one by you

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Kona teases new Carbon Hei Hei, Plus sized Honzo, and Wozo fat bike


While Kona wouldn’t formally discuss their new product line, they did have several new models on display.

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Trek Farley EX full suspension fat bike


Fat bikes may have been introduced for winter riding, but new full suspension models like the Farley EX are designed for year-round adventures.

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  • Ralph says:

    Not quite clear in the article: the “Why 27.5 Fat Chart” shows the advantages of a 27.5 x 4.5 inch tire over a 26 x 4.7 inch tire, but the Trek “…comes with 3.8″ rubber” and “…is also compatible with 26” wheels sporting up to 4” rubber” ?? Need some Edit here, it would seem…

  • Shark says:

    It’s about time Trek! Only been asking for this for years now 😉

    Would be great if we could buy a fat rear end to convert an older EX9 frame?….Linkage design looks similar, would be cool if they bolted up.

  • Mark says:

    Wondering if this could be built up into a 29er Plusbike. I know the Bluto fork will fit 29+ but will the rear end fit? Could this also be the first 29er Plusbike from a major bike maker!!! Could be really sweet with the new 29+ Rock Shox Pike fork. Would be really sweet if Trek shipped it with a 29+ wheelset.

    • Graeme says:

      Trek Stache has been out for a couple years now. Also, have a buddy who runs 29+ in on his Farley 9.6 so it can be done if you have the cash.

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Wren Sports delivers advanced fat bike suspension


Don’t tell the guys at Wren Sports that fat bikes are just for sand or snow. They’ve developed an inverted suspension fork made specifically for fatties.

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Charge Cooker Maxi 1 fat bike review


Does it make sense to go the budget route when buying a fat bike? Check out our full review to hear our take.

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  • Joe says:

    I have a beast of a fat bike — a Motobecane Boris. This meets my requirements for having fun during the winter. The extra weight does not bother me — I consider it as a training bike. When I want a lighter weight bike to shred trails, I’ll go to my 27.5 Trance.
    Fat bikes are way overpriced for what you get. All things considered, they should cost 10-20% more than a standard hardtail bike. But they often cost twice as much. Some people are willing to pay that for an off-season bike — I am not. I’ll save it for my main ride! Just IMO.

  • Steve Hanson says:

    I’m 70 years old and ride my Maxi I year-round. (2015 model)…I don’t find the weight an issue…I think this is the best fatbike in this price range on th market. The only issue I really have with it is the lack of presta tire valves…

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Surface 604 Boar E350 utility E-bike


Fat bikes are fun, stable and comfortable but these Surface 604 Boar E350s employ a hub motor to make them handy for any adventure ride around town.

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  • Jay says:

    One will doubt the utility when riding up any hill (or any distance). Fenders are fine but all that fat bike fad is just that.

  • rickteas@gmail.com says:

    A Sondors fat tire E-Bike with the same Bafang motor can be had for $499.00-$599.00 plus $194.00 shipping or the “Thin” for $499.00!…..to bring a Sondors up to this level you would still have over $1200.00 dollars left in your pocket……The Boar is way over priced.

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Tim Johnson climbs Mount Washington by bike in winter


Recently retired New Englander rode a Cannondale fat bike 7.2 miles in -19-degrees temps to the summit of the highest peak in the Northeast at 6,288 feet.

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Reynolds Dean carbon fat bike wheels review


New lightweight 80mm composite hoops are the ultimate fat bike component upgrade — if you can afford them and are looking for all-season durability. Read our review to find out more.

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Industry Nine expands fat bike range, adds center lock hubs


New BigRig 760 fat bike wheels pair I9 hubs and alloy spokes with HED’s BAD alloy rim. Also launching are new centerlock versions of Torch Classic mountain bike hubs.

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Felt DD 10 fat bike review


A truly great option for the rider willing to make a moderate financial commitment to wintertime fat biking, but who isn’t looking to race and wants to leave the door open for riding year round.

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Reynolds Dean carbon fat bike wheel first look


New lightweight, tubeless composite hoops from Utah-based wheel maker ridden to triumph at Fat Bike World Championships.

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Pivot LES Fat fat bike review


Quite possibly the most versatile fat bike (or even hardtail) on the market today. Find out why in our full review.

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Specialized Fat Boy Expert Carbon fat bike review


Depending on your perspective, needs and budget, the Specialized Fat Boy Expert Carbon is either the perfect (albeit expensive) fat bike, or somewhat limited. Find out if it’s the right big wheeler for you in our full review.

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  • Andy says:

    Nearly 6k for a rigid fatbike with no suspension? Is that a joke? LOL

  • Phil says:

    + plus awesome twitchy handling. I wonder if it self steers badly. Of all the fat bikes out there there is very little discussion that I have seen regarding optimal geometry for these beast. My Fatback is terrifying going down anything steep during the summer compared to my Turner Burner. Designed primarily to be stable loaded for long distance bush riding its anything but playful. A buddy of mine sells hell out of the Ventana El Gordo because it has such good handling characteristics.

  • Brian says:

    Would recognize that mountain anywhere, good ol Crusty Butt

  • Joe says:

    I could not plunk down almost $6000 for a rigid/rigid bike of any kind. I thought road bike prices were bad. I don’t quite understand the high cost — you can purchase precision machined carbon fiber full suspension mountain bikes for that price. Perhaps it is economy of scale? Yikes!

  • Stumpy says:

    I bought a Pro Trail on their ‘Fat Savings’ sale. It’s awesome…

    Except, the bottom bracket squeaked like a overweight rat. Turns out that the assemblers used very little grease when they stuck the bottom bracket in the frame.

    And the reviewer was totally correct, the same frame is shared between the types of Fatboys. I have the front derailleur mounts of the 2×10 lower end rides. I guess, ‘just in case’?

    But the troubling issue for me is that out of two Specialized rides, I have had two issues, rather significant issues, with them. I’m batting 100% with issues.

    The Fatboy had the bottom bracket issue, and a Stump Jumper FSR Comp had an issue with the hub falling apart. Yeah. The wheel wouldn’t spin more than two or three revs after I really gave it a try while it was on a work stand.

    They make quality frames, and actually quality bikes, but I am thinking that I have to go through each one after I buy it to see what the assemblers missed, or cut corners on.

  • kathy ellis says:

    I have a Fatboy 415 FSX from 2000 that needs some parts but I can not find anywhere to get them, Can anyone help me?

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Video: 2 Fat 2 Furious – Freeriding fat bikes in B.C.


In the latest wintertime fat bike video edit from Rocky Mountain Bicycles, the goal was simple: Only ride lines that would be hard or impossible on a regular mountain bike. They pulled it off.

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Fat Bike Worlds: Bonding, branding, and chairlift riding


First annual Colorado event paves path for big wheeled bikes, showcasing the wealth of possibilities fat biking can bring to the sport.

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  • qblambda says:

    MTBR must be renamed FBR because the website turned few couple weeks ago into a Fat Bike Review… too much…

    Please be open mind. We wanna see bikes, all the bikes 🙂

    • R says:

      To: qblambda

      Relax dude, its winter in the northern hemisphere, where the vast majority of MTBR users reside and Fatbikes get a lot more use in the winter.

  • Joe says:

    qblambda, Like R said — it’s winter and a lot of people use fat bikes during the winter. I know I ride my fat bike almost exclusively during the winter. A few years ago, MTBR would have had to rehash stories of the past summer or just in the southwest. Now, with fat bikes, there are fresh stories being written about Colorado winter riding. Sweet!
    That being said, I am looking forward to spring and riding my Trance 27.5 again!

  • andrew acosta says:

    for real, I am building up a transition bandit 27.5 in my room now but live at 9,800″ in colorado at a ski resort, so I fat bike when theres no fresh powder to snowboard on, and when theres alot of powder I go out and snowboard…its great to be able to do both in the winters up here

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Atomik carbon goes big with Phatty 85 and Chubby 43 rims


Atomik uses a combination of aerospace grade foam and patented carbon technology to create their high end (yet affordable) rims.

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Mega Gallery: Fat Bike World Champs Day 1


Day 1 of the first annual Borealis Fat Bike World Championship went off in spectacular fashion on Thursday at the North Village venue in the Town of Mount Crested Butte.

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  • jcote says:

    I remember many years back, we used to shovel out the trails to ride them. And, there were races like arrowhead, yukonultra, idadrod plus some in vermont on snowmobile trails. Not many showed up. I remember doing back country roads on sand filled roads (not salt) with studded tires we used to make with screws. People thought we were odd back then (10+ years back)… now, its the norm. With fat bikes.
    I still get a kick bringing out the cyclocross bike with 700×35 tires and head down the highway in the dead of winter… get odd looks.
    But, maybe one day the norm.

    good to see many out in the winter enjoying it rather than being stuck like a hamster on a trainer – yuk, who wants to do that… better being outside enjoying it all – pure freedom!

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Scott Big Ed fat bike review


Just because it’s affordable (which it is) doesn’t mean it’s good. See how the Big Ed fattie fared in our full review.

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  • Bikerjosh says:

    Suspension on a fat bike with those massive low pressure tires; really? No, really?

  • Michael Banks says:

    Jim, would it be possible to see your data? I am very interested in this not only as a cyclist but as a researcher having worked with very precise measuring instruments in wheelchair push-force requirements for different tire/caster configurations. As you know, friction and rolling resistance are so interesting because of the multifactorial nature that produces them. It would be nice to see some hard data on this well worn topic within wheeled mobility circles. Thanks.

    • Jim says:

      Here are some professional results… but they only went up to 4.0″ tires. His data matched ours exactly.
      https://www.bicyclerollingresistance.com/fat-bike-reviews

      We came to the conclusion that on snow… tubeless 120 tpi tires with just enough air pressure to “Leave a Flat Track” was the lowest rolling resistance possible for a given rider with any given conditions. “Leave a Flat Track” is the principle we have been working with the USFS to gain access to winter trails. It is a win-win for all nordic users… The hard part was getting nordic bikers to let the air out of their tires. Conventional wisdom says more air = lower rolling resistance and that is simply not true when riding on snow.

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