On our trip up to Minneapolis last month we spied this Ti Fatback with it’s carbon fork and the signature twisted downtube of a Lynsky fab’d frame and we knew that we wanted to talk to it’s owner. This sweet scooter is owned by elite racer and ex motocross pro, Jeff Colbert of North Branch MN. One of the first things he told us was that he was the third owner of the bike!
He went on to explain that the original owner is an old friend of ours, Dan Vold aka Yeti-Guy. I knew Dan had owned a Ti Fatback and had sold it to build a Black Sheep work of art and this turned out to be that very machine. Dan sold it to Mike Larsen, who is a friend of Jeff’s. The moment that Jeff laid eyes on Mike’s new fatty, he began negotiations to buy it at (almost) any price. Can you say love at first sight?
A deal was struck and Jeff gets to ride one of the lightest fat-bikes, I’ve ever hefted. We don’t carry a scale around, but Jeff told us it weighs in at 26 pounds! The bike felt amazingly light! We saw Jeff podium at both the races we covered on our trip to the twin cities on what I’ve come to believe, is a unique Minneapolis super-light fat-bike race bike set-up. Brendan Moore (another perennial podium topper) rides a 9 zero 7 race sled that sports a similar component package – HuskerDu’s mounted to Umma drilled rims – a 1×7 drive train – and carbon forkage. The MPLS fat-bike race scene is serious business.