March 3, 2015
Yeah it’s a hot topic in the bike scene. Everyone is talking about fat bikes and like other bike fads before them (29r, 27.5) are quickly braking out of the niche market and into the spot light. But do they have staying power or are they a flash in the pan? There is no denying the fun of riding a bike that basically a monster truck, but will it stay fun? Or will riders end up grabbing their regular mountain bikes more often than not? Most of us that have caught the biking bug already have an extensive stable of rides. Road bike, Mountain Bike, Single speed, Cross Bike, Fixed gear, maybe even a downhill bike or a dedicated commuter with racks and fenders. They can really add up, is there room for a fat bike?
Last week I had the opportunity to test ride some fat bikes out at Frost Bike in Minneapolis and let me tell you, it was a blast. I have been riding mountain bikes seriously since I was 15 and jumping on a carbon fiber bike with 4 inch wide tires and blasting around through the snow and over frozen ponds is rather amazing! The carbon bike I’m referring to is the Salsa Beargrease, and despite its massive tires was rather lightweight. I also tried out the Salsa Mukluk with the Rock Shox Bluto fork. Also a fun ride, a little heavier than the beargrease but I can see the fork being nice if you ride technical terrain. Sadly it was relatively smooth everywhere I test rode so I couldn’t put the fork to work.
They also had on display one of the first, if not first fat bikes made, the Remolino Fatty. The tires were custom made on the same machine that made model T tires at the turn of the century!
They also had this mean Yamaha Big Wheel. Would have loved to take this thing for a rip!
So what are your thoughts? Would you buy a fat bike? Should we stock them at Superb? If so what models are you most interested in? Let us know in the comments!