Wyatt Driftless: Endless Fun
The bicycle has come a long way. Going to the real definition of “balloon tires”, the fat bike has changed the game for many riders that face a tough riding condition known as winter. Wyatt Bicycle Co. out of La Crosse, Wisconsin is pumping out a bike designed for adventure biking that absolutely rips, no matter what season it is. With a unique bmx like geometry, the Driftless attacks every trail with the ability to climb and descend while still being a fun little toy.
I got my Wyatt shipped earlier this winter. Being an all mountain rider with an ex-love of DH riding, I never saw myself getting a fat bike. This winter changed that all, these things shred. Riding flow trail all winter has been awesome in Steamboat Springs, CO with this bike. Packed berms, rollers and jumps are accessible right from downtown. Adventure is the motto of Wyatt Bikes, whether you’re trail riding, winter riding or bikepacking, this bike feels good doing it all. Having a shorter chainstay at 450mm the bike handles more playfully corners like a bmx bike. The head tube angle is at a steeper 70.5° helping the bike handle more speed in the straights and enabling the bike to roll features with more confidence. Made of machined aluminum, the Driftless frame is lightweight, yet sturdy making the bike well equipped for bikepacking. Four bosses on the rear triangle open the bike up to all types of rack systems for holding all of your essentials. Quick release is used on the rear triangle keeping the frame more simple while still holding some rigidity.
With the capability to adventure, trail ride and commute, this bike has it all at a reasonable price. A base build starts at $1,199. Builds are completely customizable including color schemes for frame and decal. Having multiple SRAM build kit options. I am running the SRAM Guide brake and SRAM GX drivetrain.
The goal for Wyatt fat bikes is to see more people utilizing the fat bike as an everyday machine. Looking towards hunting, military, municipal departments and custom company builds for jobs that see the fat bike as a potential tool. Taking only 8-10 days to get your custom built fat bike, Wyatt prides itself in their hand assembled and powder coated bikes. Your bike is able to be customized online on the Wyatt website making it easy to shop and ponder color schemes.
I chose this bike because I find my happiness riding as fast and hard as I can. Getting far back on the rear wheel with such a short chainstay enables me to hold wheelies and manuals a lot longer than I normally can. Wide bars are of course a necessity as well, enabling the bike to handle turns and high speed chunder with more stability. I love my Wyatt. Colorado Trail rides and bikepacking trips are already being planned for summer. This is the bike you ride to the campsite, ride to work, or shred trail with. Long live the bicycle!
The Full Spec List
|Frame||6061 T6 aluminum 44mm/56mm tapered head tube, 100mm threaded
bottom bracket, 170 mm rear spacing, IS brake mount
|Fork||6061 T6 aluminum, tapered steerer tube, 135 mm spacing, IS brake mount,
468 mm axle to crown, suspension corrected
|Front Hub||Quanta alloy, sealed bearing, 150mm, 32h|
|Rear Hub||Quanta alloy, sealed bearing, 170mm, 32h, XD Drive|
|Rims||Sun Ringle Mulefut 50SL|
|Tires||Schwalbe Jumbo Jim, SnakeSkin, TL Easy, 26×4.0|
|Tubes||N/A – Tubeless|
|Rear Derailleur||SRAM GX Type 2.1, 11 speed|
|Crankset||Prowheel, 170mm arms w/RaceFace N/W 30t chainring|
|Bottom Bracket||Prowheel, GXP style, sealed, 100mm|
|Cassette||SRAM XG-1150 11 speed 10-42 Cassette|
|Chain||SRAM PowerChain 1130|
|Shifters||SRAM GX, 11s|
|Brake Levers||SRAM Guide R|
|Brakes||SRAM Guide R w/ Centerline Rotors|
|Headset||Tapered 44/56-40, Sealed|
|Stem||Alloy (black) 75 mm x 10d – 31.8 mm x 1/8″|
|Handlebars||Truvativ Stylo T20|
|Seatpost||Promax alloy, 2 bolt, micro adjust, 30.9 mm, 320 mm (black)
20 mm of setback and 26Âº of seat angle adjustment. Promax seatpost clamp.
|Grips||ODI Ruffian Lock-on|
|Pedals||Wellgo M21, alloy platform|
For more information about Wyatt Bikes visit – http://wyattbikes.com/