Written and Photographed by Michael McColgan
Rider – Matt Gersib
The Puffin begins to take flight
Singular Cycles entry into the Fat world is starting to come to fruition. The company Sam Alison started in 2006 because he was “less than enamored with” the 29er offerings of the time is now getting ready to put out a fatbike, and like it’s short fat namesake, it can fly.
We’re not going to dive into the tech details much here since this is the first prototype, but from first impressions, I’d say things look very promising. Like the majority of new fatties coming out, it will be 170 spaced. It will also feature an eccentric bottom bracket for you crazy single speed types, and have clearance for 4” tires. The rest of the frame is getting closer to being dialed in with the feedback of Singular rider Matt Gersib, who took me out for a little sneak peek recently.
I took the Puffin out for a short lap while Matt got ready and I was impressed. Although it’s only the first prototype, it’s damn close to being a marketable bike right now. Matt pointed out a couple spots where he and Sam are looking at weight savings and possible changes to the head tube type, and then it was off for a couple laps of me sucking wind trying to keep up, and taking short cuts so I could get some photos.
Look for an in depth review of the final product when available. Until then, stay fat!
Singular Cycles Website – http://www.singularcycles.com/