Eurobike: 10 head-turning fatbikes (and one crank) from Eurobike

Big wheelers are so phat yet so slimming

Eurobike Fat Bike

Eurobike Mtbr

Eurobike Triple Fat

Ummm wow

When two fat tires aren’t enough, add a third and make it a recumbent while you’re at it. Actually we were disappointed it wasn’t electric and a fixie.

Eurobike KTM Fat Rat

KTM Fat Rat

Austian moto brand KTM brought a boatload of black and orange bikes to Eurobike, including the Fat Rat pictured here. We just have one question—What would Ken Roczen think?

Eurobike Ritchey Commando

Ritchey Commado

We got a sneak peek at the Commando a couple of months ago at Ritchey’s San Carlos, Calif. HQ before they had enough parts to put it together. It was nice to see a fully-built version of the “farmer’s bike” here at Eurobike.

Eurobike Bionix Fat-E

BionX Fatbike Motor

BionX’s electric assist motor installs on a standard fatbike, adding a power option to your fatbike.

Eurobike Salsa Bucksaw

Salsa Bucksaw

The first production dual-suspension fatbike is still one of the few, and Salsa’s Bucksaw proved quite popular during Demo Day.

This article is part of Mtbr’s coverage of the 2014 Eurobike trade show in Freidrichschafen, Germany. For more from Eurobike CLICK HERE.

About the author: Don Palermini

Chicago-born Don Palermini became a cycling-based life-form in the sixth grade after completing a family road bike tour of his home state. Three years later he bought his first mountain bike to help mitigate the city's pothole-strewn streets, and began exploring the region's unpaved roads and trails. Those rides sparked a much larger journey which includes all manner of bike racing, commuting, on- and off-road bike advocacy, and a 20-plus-year marketing career in the cycling industry that landed him at his current gig with Santa Cruz bicycles. Now residing in the San Francisco Bay Area, his four favorite words in the English language are "breakfast served all day," together in that order.

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  • Rick says:

    I’m shocked that electric bikes are getting any attention in the mountain biking press. Does this sort of bother anyone else?

    • Geoff says:

      I think it’s great that people are exploring new ways to enjoy two-wheeled transportation. I seem to remember people saying the same things about mountain bikes 25 years ago. If an e-drive system makes it possible for a 70 year old to keep riding for a few more years, how can you not think that is totally awesome?

  • says:

    Uitmelken gelijk een koe…..
    Want die 29 en 650 koeien zijn al leeg.

  • Erik says:

    Rick, I think coverage of electric *mountain* bikes is heresy unless it’s to say that they don’t belong on trails. The battle to gain and keep the right to ride trails is not over and ebikes will only hurt the cause.

    If you want an electric city bike, fine, you are only cheating yourself of exercise. But don’t ruin trail access for others.

    And I will boycott any brand that sells electric MTB. Scott and Felt take note. I hope the market punishes you!

  • Shane says:

    Well said, Eric. Agree 100%

  • Sean says:

    @Geoff, my father in law is 70. He can’t keep up with me through technical sections, but he pedals just fine without batteries and a motor. Our last ride was 27 miles! If we use e-bikes as a crutch soon we will have all terrain motorized wheelchairs because mountain biking is too hard, just like walking the aisles at Walmart…

    @Erik, I agree. Make e-bikes all you want, but don’t even market them as trail bikes. In fact, I don’t even like them being called “e-bikes”. They have a MOTOR, they should be “lightweight MOTORbikes”, which are allowed offroad only on trails for MOTORized vehicles like motorcycles, ATV’s, 4×4’s, etc.

  • Rich says:

    Excuse me all you elitist riders, but after studying the market and reading reviews on the internet, I believe everything is worthy of a study…
    Nevertheless, I get the point which you guys are making and agree with you where trail riding is concerned.
    Perhaps This issue of ebikes ( strange name anyway! ) will better on another forum…
    Now to get on my steed, ibis mojo HD. Where no e power will ever be needed!
    Enough said

  • Joe Stephenson says:

    I understand how some of the young, healthy respondents have such negative about ebikes and those who might chose to use them. I am now 74 years old and my body is pretty banged up: one total knee replacement, Two back surgeries, one of which failed and left me with chronic pain. I can no longer run. It might mean a lot to me one day if an ebike allowed me to keep going for a few more years.

    Some of you nay sayers may change your attitudes when you get old and beat up–if you still ride when in your 60’s and 70’s. I think some of the concerns that you folks voice seem to me to be capable of easy solutions. Let’s be inclusive and not exclusive. If you want to keep trails open it may help to have the broadest user base possible.
    Joe Stephenson

  • jw says:

    E-bikes on trails will be up to the land owners… E-bikes seem an outstanding option for commuters and other cyclists of various motivations…getting peeps on bikes and (almost) anything to remove more cars/trucks from the roads, easing dependence on fossil fuels should be viewed as a positive. If you object to the concept of e-bikes, your spandex is too tight.

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