Now arriving at bike shops around the country is Origin-8 Crawler fat-bike. The Crawler uses a hydroformed aluminum frame coupled to a NuVinci N360 continuously variable rear hub to give you a shift free 360% range of gearing. The venerable Avid BB7 Disc brakes provide stopping power. Tires are Origin-8 Devit-8-ers on Origin-8 80mm AT-PRo rims marking the first time a non-Q brand tire/wheel combo has been used on a production fat-bike. (Yes, I know, you built your custom fat-bike with non-mainstream fat parts but we are not talking one-offs here we are talking available nationwide at you local shop type bikes.) The majority of the other components on the Crawler are Origin-8 pieces with an FSA ISIS bottom bracket representing that brand.
At a retail price point well under $1500 the Crawler will undoubtedly turn a few more heads in the direction of fat and the NuVinci hub is an interesting choice especially for those wanting a maintenance free drivetrain. We’ve ridden the NuVinci on a few other fat-bikes and like the combo.
With the initial run of Crawlers already spoken for by the aforementioned bike shops we will either have to wait for the next shipment or cajole our local shop into some test riding!
We think the Crawler marks an interesting point in the evolution of the fat-bike market. First we had the innovators, small shops, custom builders and individuals who wanted to expand their opportunities and abilities to ride terrain that no other bike had ridden and went to great lengths to engineer, cobble and beat existing hardware into submission, then we had a committed distributor with a couple of brands that showed what could be done with production fat-bikes as well as being a supplier to a growing custom builder market and now, with the Crawler, another major parts distributor is getting into the fray marking the inevitable expansion of the fat-bike market beyond the early adopters.
What’s next? We’ve already seen the early drawings of a Kona fat-bike and there have been plenty of other rumors floating around, fueled in a part by the introduction of OE-friendly SRAM components,
Is all this good or bad? Probably a bit of both. Here is what all this rambling means to me, this is an exciting time to be a fat-bike enthusiast! There will be more choices than ever, your mind may explode with the possibilities, but there has never been a better time to be a fat-bike fan and never a better time to let fat-bike.com help you navigate the choices. Keep you eyes peeled.