If there was any lingering doubt about whether or not fat bikes were just a passing fad, the enthusiastic turnout at late January’s Global Fat Bike Summit in Jackson, Wyoming answered with a resounding NO!
Besides lots of big wheeled bikes, there was all manner of fat bike (aka cold weather) gear on display at the Summit demo. Mtbr contributors Bob Allen and Estela Villasenor Allen took a look around and fired off this photo gallery. Also be sure to check out their Fat Bike photo gallery and check back soon for wrap-up of the Summit itself.
45NRTH Wolvhammer Boot
There no bigger buzz kill than cold toes on a ride. 45NRTH has delivered the ultimate answer for happy feet on winter rides – the Wolvhammer boot. The MTN cleat compatible, Vibram soled boot is well insulated, breathable and easily integrates a knee-high gator for those deep days. Photo by Bob Allen
Bontrager Turbo Charger MTB
The Bontragger Turbo Charger MTB makes pumping up high volume fat bike tires a breeze. The low pressure (under 10 psi) gauge is invaluable for dialing in the desired squish. Photo by Bob Allen
Andy Williams, chief trail groomer at Grand Targhee Resort, brought over the Caruther’s Groomer that he tows behind a snowmobile to create 24-inch wide singletrack sweetness specifically for fat bikers. Photo by Bob Allen
Hagen Trail Singletrack
Perhaps the most outstanding product of the Summit was not a piece of gear but the result of sweat equity in the form of human-packed singletrack in Cache Creek. Flowy and fast, this Forest Service trail was blast. Photo by Bob Allen
While not so prevalent in summer weather, winter fat bike enthusiasts often utilize frame bags to stash extra clothing, food and gear to avoid the sweaty back of carrying all the gear in a backpack.
Revelate Designs offer a full line of bags to organize your ride. Photos by Bob Allen
Thule T-2 Rack
So now you have a fat bike – how do you transport it? Fat tires and large frames are a challenge to fit on ‘normal’ racks or inside your vehicle. The Thule T-2 rack with fat bike adaptors make hauling fat quick, safe and secure. For another great rack option, check out our review of the Rocky Mounts BrassKnuckles. Photo by Bob Allen