Fatbikes are indeed here and they’re not only here to stay, but they’re actually breaking out in to categories. There’s flotation fatbikes to float over snow or ungroomed terrain. There’s also racing fatbikes that are 21 lb. carbon wheeled machines, that can fly up and down hills. But the most intriguing bikes, are the full suspension fatbikes.
Full suspension fatbikes are a brave new frontier where only the Salsa Bucksaw has played. It is an intriguing arena where folks scratch their heads and wonder if there’s a future to it. But most people who try it, say “Yes, this is legitimate.” Mating ultimate tire traction with a suspension system designed for fat tires is fun and eye-opening. New lines and new styles of riding are a definite possibility.
Turner joins the fray with the King Kahn fatbike and it is turning heads because Dave Turner is a man of conviction. He doesn’t jump in to trends simply to follow or get rich. He only goes boldly where he believes in the engineering and application. He has teamed up with Dave Weagle of DW-link fame, the designer of the Salsa Bucksaw suspension system. Weagle is also a fatbike believer and he’s always wanted to develop suspension systems around the fat tire.
Weagle starts by dyno-ing the suspension properties of the fat tire. This is significant because a fat tire has quite a bit of suspension and it needs to work in concert with any full suspension system that it will be used in. We’ve heard reports that the King Kahn will be designed for 4.0-inch tires and we suspect the baseline tire pressure will be 8 psi.
So it’s a brave new world for Turner and fatbikes. We think it is a match made in heaven and it will be an interesting time for this category.
Check out this teaser video below that Turner posted on their Facebook page.
Availability is unknown, but put in your orders now if you’re in the market.
For more information visit www.turnerbikes.com.