There is a wave of fat bikes coming. What are they? They are mountain bikes with up 3-4 inch wide tires. Some bikes have the tires just in front but the real machines have them front and back.
Why are they important? Well we’re not sure but everyone who rides them seems to have a smile on their face. They seem to capture the mountain biker’s spirit of adventure. They go anywhere and do anything as the big tires float over impossible terrain like snow, sand, rocks, mud, loose dirt. It seems to take us back to the old days of mountain bike pioneers where we see what we can tackle with these new machines and designers rush to see what they can create for us.
These bikes are a slam dunk in Alaska and the Northeast regions where the trails are simply impassable with normal mountain bikes as they get covered with snow. But beyond that, we’re starting to see a bunch of these bikes in the West Coast as well. One of my buddies has a Jeff Jones bike with a fat tire in front. He goes anywhere I go and he can kick my tail on the uphill and downhill. He rides the tire at 9 psi with no suspension and he just flies through the rough stuff.
Another revelation is the Mtbr Fat Bike Forum which has rocketed to become one of our mos popular forums in less than a year. http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/
Awesome thread are:
Drop in there as some of the world’s leading experts in the subject hang out there.
And just like the invention of the mountain bike, the next frontier is the full suspension fat bike. Up to now, it’s been a all hardtails with rigid forks. But you know full suspension is inevitable. Salsa has been busy with some prototype work as you’ll see below.
Check it out and comment here with your impressions and answers to the queries below.
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