Like the rest of the REEB line, our demo bike frame was constructed from Platinum OX steel tubing that’s hand-made and hand-welded in Colorado. A clear coat finish peppered with a hint of black yields a subtle copper frame color in the sunlight. The fork was a White Brothers Snow Pack with carbon legs.
Breaking is provided via an Avid BB7 MTN mechanical disc set-up. Paragon provides the head tube, bottom bracket and drop-outs. The flip-flop drop-out means the bike can be run with a singlespeed belt drive or with a derailleur hanger and gears, as ours had. In this case the drivetrain blended SRAM X9 rear derailleur with a single-ring FSA crank. Wheels were Surly Clown Shoes mated to 4.7-inch Surly Big Fat Larry tires. (You can also get the Larry in a 4.8, but as you can see from the photos, 4.7 was as wide as this frame would allow.) Retail price as spec’d, $3700. Frame only is $1500. Claimed weight was 32 pounds, though we didn’t have a scale on hand to verify that.
Having only ridden one fat bike in my life, it’s tough to be too complimentary or too critical. But for whatever it’s worth, this REEB snow steed tracked and handled extremely well (read: I never crashed, though my teammates did). It’s also cool that it’s a true Made in the USA machine.
“Our goal with this bike and all our bikes is to work with local providers as much as possible,” explained Melis. “Everything is made in the U.S., and a lot of the parts and materials come from right here in Colorado. It’s also worth noting that all our bikes have a slacker 68.75mm head tube angle, so they have a little more of an all-mountain feel.”
One feature unique to the fat bike, though, is more slope in the top tube angle. “That way if your feet sink into trail but your bike is still floating in the snow, you wont crush your crotch on the frame,” added Melis.
Fortunately, Team Mtbr escaped the Crested Butte race without any mangled man parts. Instead, it was a grin-inducing 90-minute affair that ended as all good bike races should, with a cold beer in hand and a good story to tell. Yes indeed, fat biking equals fun.
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