Over the years we’ve seen fat bikes dipped in gold or raced across Antarctica, but the latest creation from Santana Cycles might be the strangest fattie we’ve seen.
Dubbed the Drop Fat, this prototype tandem is designed for gravel grinding and touring. Built more or less on a whim, it could be just the right vehicle for an adventurous couple looking to tackle a multi-day adventure.
There are two current prototypes in existence and both have been welded and re-welded multiple times in order to experiment with the geometry. Due to the nature of this beast, several components also had to be custom created. In order to get the appropriate amount of rake for the fork, Santana created a custom fork from spare chain stays.
Other components that had to be custom built for these frames includes the eccentric bottom bracket. In order to tension the chain between the captain and stroker, tandems generally utilize an eccentric set-up. But since no manufacturers currently sell a BB wide enough to accommodate fat bike spacing, Santana created its own.
These two prototype Drop Fats were built before the recent proliferation of 27.5 plus wheels and tires, but the company has plans on experimenting with that platform in the short term future.
For more information visit www.santanatandem.com.
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