Salsa Beargrease X01 en Fuego

Bold and confident.

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Beargrease X01 making way on Sidewinder
Beargrease X01 making way on Cuyuna’s Sidewinder

So you get a new fat bike as winter 2015 comes to a close and the thought is, “O well, that was nice, put it in the bike storage until next winter so I can ride it again.”

Wrong homie.

Bold and confident.
Bold and confident.

I took out Salsa Beargrease X01 on the red dirt bacon strip of Cuyuna this summer and was instantly stunned at what this fat bike can do on the dirt. It’s even better on dirt than snow . . . O my.

Fat bike?
How about Fa(s)t bike?
Maybe even Hyper-Ludicrous Fa(s)t Bike.

Seriously, the term fat bike is terrible positioning for the ride qualities of this bike on dirt. It would be better called the “red dirt rocket” that doesn’t know how to loose grip.

Seriously good pedals if you like flats. I own (3) pairs, I'd buy them again in a heartbeat. Go Canfield Brothers go!
Seriously good pedals if you like flats. I own (3) pairs, I’d buy them again in a heartbeat. Go Canfield Brothers go!

I think we have Salsa’s engineer Pete Koski to blame. Whatever he did engineering wise on this bike from a geometry point of view, he crushed it, and knocked it out of the park. At least for my Finnish 6′ 0″ frame, its absolutely right on, all the time.

It’s rock and roll, it’s hold on, buckle up, it’s pure smile fest and skip work all summer.

Vanhelga = Grip, never ending grip without losing momentum, at least that I can tell.
Vanhelga = Grip, never ending grip without losing momentum, at least that I can tell.

Then there is those chunky 45NRTH Vanhelga tires. 45NRTH was a winter tire company, right? Wrong. Freaky good fat bike tire on dry dirt like we had in Cuyuna during the month of July and early August.

When it was dry as a bone, Vanhelga could care less, tip it, rip it, tee it high and let if fly.

What's a bike without a few grams of Whisky.
What’s a bike without a few grams of Whisky.

Don’t believe me, get one, rip it, you’ll thank me later. I’m in process of liquidating my full suspension bike because I can’t see any reason to own it any more.

Fa(s)t bike nation. Join the rage.

 

About Aaron Hautala 12 Articles
Aaron is the President of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew, the trail stewards of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails and the Cuyuna Lakes IMBA Ride Center. Cuyuna is located in the center of Minnesota, 2 hours north of Minneapolis/St. Paul and features 25 miles of purpose-built single track and is also mechanically groomed for winter mountain biking.

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