Mtbr's Ultimate Guide to Winter Mountain Biking, Fat Bikes, Gear, Apparel and Trainers

Over the next two months, Mtbr is taking a deep dive into all manner of cold weather mountain bike gear, with round-ups and reviews of fat bikes, tires, wheels, apparel, trainers and more. We'll also be delivering tips on improving your winter riding skills (both outdoors and indoors), and getting you up to speed on winter cycling events and the best places to ride when there's snow on the ground.

LATEST ARTICLES

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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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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Winter shoes shootout: Bontrager, Northwave, Shimano, Specialized


The best winter shoes are easy to put on and take off, are warm, wind and waterproof, and provide efficient power transfer on the bike, and reliable traction off it. See which of these four was best in test.

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Inside Look: Wahoo Fitness presents – the importance of indoor cycling


Wahoo Fitness provides us with a few reminders about the benefits of riding a trainer when time, weather or other commitments preclude us from riding real trails.

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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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Ultimate winter apparel for truly arctic rides


Dressing for wintertime rides is tricky business. The right outfit for that long chilly descent may be too toasty when the trail turns back uphill. Here’s a round-up of apparel that will keep you warm on truly arctic days.

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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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Specialized aims to be taken seriously in apparel arena


Mtbr interviewed Peter Curran, head of Specialized’s apparel design team, who among other things was responsible for the development of the company’s popular SWAT-equipped mountain bike clothing.

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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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Ultimate winter apparel for freezing rides


Unless you live in a perpetually warm locale, dressing for wintertime rides can be tricky business. The right outfit for that long chilly descent may be too toasty when the trail turns back uphill. Here’s a round-up of gear that’s worked great for us on freezing rides.

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Pearl Izumi MTB WxB vs. Gore Power Trail rain shorts shootout


For the year-round cyclist sometimes it’s the small things that make life more enjoyable. Here’s an inside look at the cycling accessory you didn’t know you needed, but shouldn’t live without.

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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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Ultimate winter apparel for cold weather rides


Here’s our round-up of the Ultimate Head-to-Toe Cold Weather Kit, with cold being defined as roughly 32-39 degrees. Stay tuned for round-ups on kit suitable for freezing and arctic rides.

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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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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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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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How to train indoors without going nuts


Training indoors doesn’t have to suck. Here are some helpful tips on how to stay sane while spinning inside from an enduro racing world champ, BMX Olympic medalist, and a former supercross racer.

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Inside Look: SKS Fatboard fat bike fender


Great gear that will keep you dry and mud-free during mixed condition fat bike rides.

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Trek Farley 9.8 fat bike review


With an actual weight of 23.9 pounds (size medium) and a $4700 price tag, it’s clear Trek’s top-of-the-line Farley 9.8 fat bike is no lumbering giant. But is that thoroughbred pedigree enough to justify the price?

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8 great indoor trainers when you have to ride inside


With hundreds of options to chose from, it can be hard to narrow down your shopping list when searching for a trainer. To help make the decision process easier, here are eight of the best trainers on the market today.

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How To: Pick the right indoor trainer for you


Whether you live in a cold climate or just want to squeeze in a quick workout, sometimes the best option is an indoor bicycle trainer.

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