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Six Weeks with a Bulldozer

We featured a product spotlight on the new Bulldozer from Vee Tire, just about the time we were losing our snowpack back at the end of March. I was immediately drawn to the Bulldozer because of the width, the relative light weight and the unusual tread pattern. We recently published a six week test of the 45NRTH Dillinger 5 […]

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First Look! Maxxis Mammoth 26 x 4.0 Tire

The cool cats from Framed Bikes shared a pair of Maxxis Mammoth Fat-Bike Tires with us to share with all of you cool cats and Kitties out there, rock’n the fat-bike, all around the world! So on Sunday morning, I went out to the shop and threw the Mammoths on Bethany’s Extra Small 9:Zero:7 for […]

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45NRTH Dillinger 5 – Six Week Test Ride

Back in March, our test pilot, Michael McColgan, shot spy photos of Jesse LaLonde’s race bike that helped to debut 45NRTH’s new Dillinger 5 tire. A couple of months ago, I traded test tires with Jesse. We swapped a pair of Vee Tire H-Billy sneakers for the Dilly-Five and I’ve been running it on the front of my Fatback, […]

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NEW! Vee Tire Mission Command 26 x 4.0

Our Amigos at Vee Tire sent us a brand new pair of their newest fat-bike tires called the Mission Command. They’re a 26 x 4.0 120 tpi folding bead tire that is a modified tread design of Vee’s Mission fat-bike tire. I’ve never put in enough time on the Missions to comment on how they ride, […]

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On One Carbon Fatty Fork

  We’re pleased to introduce Kevin Higgins. Kevin is a new correspondent from Alexandra, NZ which is an hour from Queenstown and Wanaka, and surrounded by epic riding! Kevin was born and raised in San Jose, California but now lives with his wife in New Zealand. Kevin runs a small bicycle business called Hellcat Cycles. He revitalizes prewar bikes for rental […]

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Sarma Announces First Carbon 29+ Rim!

Sarma just announced the very first Carbon Fiber 29+ Rim to hit the market!  The new Naran 29+ is tubeless ready – 50mm wide and weighs a mere 450 grams! If you were thinking about building a set of summer wheels for your fat-bike, these rims could be a game changer. The following is from the news […]

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Borealis 150mm Thru Axle Front Hub

  Aris has a RockShox Bluto on the way but the SRAM mothership was all out of compatible front hubs so all it took was a call to Adam at Borealis Bikes, problem solved! Adam sent us one of their new Borealis 150mm Thru Axle Front Hubs! This isn’t simply a 135mm thru axle hub […]

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SUNringlé Enters the Fat-Bike Rim Market!

Last Sunday, I showed up to the Church of Two Wheels, out on the beach, just south of Port Washington and got a pretty cool surprise. One of the local Port crew, Ryan, showed up with a new set of prototype Sun Rims on his Lemon Krate Pugsley. SUNringlé is part of the Hayes Bicycle Group that is […]

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First Look – Vee Tire Traxx Fatty 29+ Tire

To some of us this may be the most exciting tire offering in a while. Finally, there is more than one choice for the 29+ crowd with the introduction of the Vee Tire Co. Traxx Fatty 29×3.0 tire! The Traxx Fatty is built around a 120tpi carcass and is Tubeless ready. You can see from […]

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HED’s Big Deal Carbon Rim Review

By : Jesse LaLonde I don’t recall a time in my life when the weather was ever an issue. In fact I tend to welcome the extreme with hungry lungs and an open mind. I’ll be the first to admit that this mentality can lead to a sink or swim situation but that’s the type […]

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Sarma Hoboy Carbon Fat-bike Fork

Sarma recently sent us a Carbon Hoboy fat-bike fork to run through the test wringer. We are setting it up on a new build and will have more pix and ride info soon but to keep you in suspense, here are a few glamor shots and specs to help you plan your next build. With […]

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NEW – Jade Cycles Fat Rim & Hub

One of our readers sent me a shot of his Jade Cycles Ti Fat-bike last month. To get some background on the bike, I contacted the owner of Jade Cycles, Jim Degracia and found out that they had lots of new fat-bike goodies in the pipeline. Jade is located in Holland Michigan, right across the big […]

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Bun ‘n’ Lou Twice (Product Review)

Two of our Bike Black Ribbon Staff Writers take a crack at reviewing the tire that made the fat-bike industry bend over and spread their rear triangles….Surly’s Bud & Lou! Spinner’s Review When it comes to bikes and pieces and parts and whats good and what sucks and what weighs how much and whatever else […]

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Squeezing the Bud

With a frame and fork that predates 100mm rims and the fattest of fat tires (>4.7”), I’m limited to how fat I can get. Normally, this isn’t that big of a deal and I don’t give it much thought. However, with record snow levels and the prevalent conditions being on the dry and fluffy side […]

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Sarma Introduces First 100mm Carbon Rims – The Naran 100

After receiving a lot of good feedback about their existing 80mm Naran rims, Sarma is working fast on a wider, 100mm version of the Naran Carbon Fatbike rim. You are probably already familiar with the promise of carbon as a bike material, lighter, stronger, faster, and now, wider! Sarma’s experience with the development of the […]

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Fat Dillinger – Spy Shots!

Fat-Bike.com launched all drones and dispatched every asset available, to capture these spy shots of 45NRTH’s five inch Dillinger tire. This is the tire that BkB pilot, brother Jesse LaLonde, rode to victory in the Fatbike Frozen Forty today in Minnesota. The new ‘fattest of fat’ Dillinger is mounted to an I-9 /Hed Big Deal wheel […]

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Borealis/Wolftooth Front Derailleur Do-Dad

Borealis and Wolf Tooth Components have been collaborating on product ideas since the early days of both companies. The new front derailleur direct mount adapter for 190mm rear hub spacing is the first product that is a direct result of that collaboration. The adapter is designed and manufactured in Minneapolis MN just like all the […]

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New Tire Preview ♦ Vee Tire Snowshoe XL

  Our amigo Preston from Vee Tire Company is a true veteran of the fat-tire battles that have been waged (mostly on the interwebz) over the past few seasons. In a true testament to Vee’s unrelenting pursuit of the ultimate fat-bike-tire, he just sent me some computer generated 3D images of VT’s newest creation, the […]

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Vee Tire’s Snowshoe in Snow Review

By : Jesse LaLonde   For better or worse I’ve become a creature of habit. Eat, sleep, ride… the same routes. This may seem mundane to some but it allows for a healthy balance both mentally and physically while providing a level testing field when needed. Enter the Vee rubber Snowshoe 4.7. Falling on the […]

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First Look – Sarma Naran Carbon Rims

Just arrived at FB.c World Headquarters is a pair of Naran Carbon rims that Dimitry at Sarma sent for testing! Jim is going to lace them up to a pair of Northpaw Hubs and we will get them on a bike and commence to testing! Meanwhile, here is a recap of what to look forward […]

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New Product – Turnagain Components FR80 Rims

Turnagain Components was created by the founders of Borealis Fat Bikes. Recently they announced a new aluminum pinned fat bike rim they’re calling the FR80. The Turnagain FR80 is an 80mm wide extruded aluminum fat bike rim. They are  single-walled rims designed to work with all common fat-bike tire widths with a standard tubed setup. […]

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A Visit to Hed HQ

As soon as I scheduled my trip to Minneapolis to attend the Freewheel Winter Bike Expo, I contacted Andy from Hed to see if I could visit their production facility and possibly, demo a set of their new carbon fat bike rims. As the date of my visit grew closer, Andy and I worked out all […]

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Achieving Fat-bike Versatility

Please welcome one of our newest Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots, Ken Blakey-Shell. Ken will be testing gear and sharing his adventures and racing from the fat-bike paradise of Northern Michigan and beyond! Written and photographed by :  Ken Blakey-Shell Right now in fatty world, options are one of the biggest “issues” a fat biker […]

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