Eric Hunter shot us a note a couple of weeks ago that he was doing the famous Kamikaze Bike Festival in Mammoth Lakes, CA on his fat-bike. You may remember the great shot of Eric competing in the Dual Slalom. Well, here is a bit more about his experience at the event!
Ok here is my go at a story! I wanted to race the Kamikaze Bike Games on my Fat-bike. Mammoth Mountain Bike Races started in the Mid-80-s. The bikes had no suspension! I think Fat-bikes reminded me of the rebirth of what mountain biking was about, Adventure by Bikes (Salsa!) I thought it would be great to do dual slalom, after all a fat-bike is like a fat BMX bike. The Salsa Mukluk hooked up in the corners, and jumped great, but thru rollers I had a learning curve…
Trying to huck the triples I rode this nose wheelie out!
People where rooting for me “Yeah, Big Wheel” and “Go Fatty”! People where amazed how well I was able to throw the fat-bike around and I did go on to win my Category.
I also raced the Cross Country sadly, I have no photos but I did hold my own and gained respect by other racers getting a third place.
Mammoth soil is loose pumice so a fat-bike is fun to ride, you kinda float thru the corners. Maybe not the fastest but the bike is a fun, go-to bike that climbs like a beast where other riders would spin out.
Alan Jacoby another local fat rider raced the Enduro on his purple Salsa Mukluk.
Thanks for the report, Hunter!
Purple fat bikes rule!
Way to go Hunter! Congratulations!
Thank you Kitty Craft!!
Sick nose ride!