By : Jeff Price
Fat bikes have really just been born but they are already evolving. The MAXX Huraxdax is a perfect example of this evolution.
Thanks to my crazy Uncle Gomez, I’m testing a German, custom made, full suspension, fat bike for a few weeks in the UK. The Huraxdax is kitted out to your choice of spec, by using the excellent Configurator, on the MAXX website. The configurator allows you to customise the spec on the bike even down to choosing the colour from a palette of 220 choices! After some deliberation I picked Mirror Blue with white for the lettering which looks quality with the sun shining on it.
So what am I going to be riding?
The MAXX Huraxdax is an aluminium frame with Rockshox Bluto’s on the front and the Rockshox Monarch RT3 on the rear giving 135mm of travel. I’ve also got a pair of 4” and 5” Schwalbe Jumbo Jims running on the magnificent DT Swiss BR2250 lightweight rims. The lack of weight in these rims is very noticeable when riding especially in tight twisty singletrack, which in turn gives very responsive steering.
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This was all perfectly packaged with just a few minutes of tinkering before the first ride.
The front and rear derailleurs are the ever reliable Shimano XT which are paired with the XT shifters. The crankset is a Raceface Evolve 36-22 with a neat bashguard to fend off those biting rocks. An SLX 11-36 cassette is on the rear to aid on the climbs.
Stopping will not be a problem as this Huraxdax is armed with Shimano Zee levers going to a 203mm front disc and a 180mm rear. I’ve also gone for a Kindshock LEV DX telescopic seatpost which has got a 120mm drop for those dodgy descents.
The test rides will be on some of the natural trails in the mountains of Snowdonia, North Wales. I’ll also be making a few visits to the local trail centres and there’s no doubt they’ll be some off piste riding as well.
And after the first few rides I know it’s going to be a fun filled few weeks!!
Editor’s Note : After Jeff gets a good month of riding under his belt, we’ll share his full review of the Maxx Huraxdax right here at fat-bike dot com. ~gomez~
For more information about Maxx visit www.maxx.de