Dave Floyd sent us this story about his 2015 Genesis Caribou which he rides in and around Hampshire, UK. Here is what he has to say along with a few pix that he took. Take it away Mr. Floyd!
There’s usually one or two days of settled snow here a year so you wouldn’t think a fatbike would be much use, but we have miles and miles of coastline and thousands of hectares of national park here in Hampshire so plenty of opportunity for sand riding, ALT singletracking and Fat XC.
The bike was bought from the excellent guys at my LBS, Hargroves Cycles in Southampton, I checked out the demo bike and discussed the Caribou and fatbiking in general with them at length. I then went off to research Genesis Bikes and liked their ethos, love of steel and acceptance of the practicalities of cycling.
Having decided to accept the speed vs fun trade off, I bought the bike, and rode it as supplied for 4 days, then took it back and had the shop change the saddle to a Specialized Phenom Comp, as the original was a cheap, flexy, own branded jobbie. I have also fitted a Crudcatcher Original front mudguard, handy, perfectly spaced mounting bosses on the down tube allow a bolt on fitting. I have also added a single BBB Black anodized aluminum bottle cage to the seat tube.
Other than the above the bike is is stock for now. I will be experimenting with tyre pressure on the stock Vee Rubber Mission 26×4.0 Tyres.
It would ge good to see the Caribou get a wider audience as the steel frame is sweet, see the pic of the headstock? with the open ended “spring” gussets and the collars top and bottom of the headtube, nice welding, thick, lustrous, paint and a plethora of mounting bosses. It’s peachy!