CABDA – Fat & Plus Report

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CABDA is a show held by the Chicago Area Bicycle Dealer Association where vendors and distributors show Independent Bicycle Dealers what they have available to offer their customers for the coming season. It’s a show that has a rich history and has changed quite a bit over the last few decades. This year’s show moved to a new larger venue, the Schaumburg Convention Center, and was very well attended, by bicycle dealers drawn by an impressive list of exhibitors. We heard more than one exhibitor call the show a success “Like a mini interbike”.

We thought about recording the Dose Podcast from the show, but that didn’t work with everyone’s schedule, so our back-up plan evolved into BBR Test Pilot Evan Larsson and I hitting the expo floor with the goal of getting all of the fat and plus products onto our cameras (herding pixels like internet gauchos). So I should stop babbling and show you what we found.


Norco Figboot (Bigfoot)

Norco Ithaqua

Norco Fluid Kids Plusbike
Norco Fluid FS Plusbike
Norco Fluid Plusbike Hardtail
I want one of these real bad – Protec Circus Helmet
Ortlieb has been making waterproof bike bags longer than the word ‘bikepacking’ has existed.
and now Ortlieb makes them with cool graphics (or not)
Arisun 26×4.0 studded tires distributed by J&B
Arisun 26×4.0 Sharktooth Studded Tires (Reasonably Priced)


Haro Plus Bike – Subvert 27.Five
Dragonslayer Pro Plusbike from Jamis
Jamis Roughneck
Cane Creek’s new Viscoset Headset that has an internal Steer Dampener
The Fuji Windigo Fat Bike


Tifosi – I wear them and if you look in the upper right hand pair, you see Evan and I.
The guy from Maxxis said these sidewall graphics were “over the top” – The Bike is just a Booth-Prop for Louie Garneau
(Off Topic) Kuat designed a new ski/snowboard rack that is ultra sexy.
Niner Jet 9 RDO Plus Bike


REID New Plus Bike
Reid Steel Entry Level Fatty (MSRP-$699)
and the Reid Fatty that has been around for the last couple of seasons
Felt D-Series Fatty and the obligatory E-Bike (just so you can complain)
Orbea’s sick Occam Full Suspension
Thule was showing their Ski Kit hitched to a Fatty – Kinda makes me want to be a kid again!
Van Dessel Gnarzan (Great Name!) Plus Bike Hardtail – Their Fat-Bike just won at Fat Nats last weekend.
Big News coming soon from Framed


Otso & Wolftooth pair nicely with the Voytek Low Q Factor Fatty


BBR Test Pilot LarSSon with a fresh mohawk and the Manitou Mastodon


What the heck does KHS even stand for? Here’s an odd pairing of CST Tires and a Wren Fork on a KHS Fatty


New from QBP – Teravail Coronado 26 x 4.0 Tubeless ready tire designed for mixed media (also comes in a plus tire)
Teravail Coronado tread pattern reminds me of the old Tioga Farmer John tires from back in the day

Well that’s our little report from CABDA at the Schaumburg Convention Center! Happy Trails Amigos!

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  1. Fantastic coverage gentlemen! That Jamis Roughneck is pretty sweet looking, like the Bears colorway.

    Lt. Larsson’s Mohawk is looking tight!

  2. Check tape. I am pretty sure the Norco at the top is a BigFoot not a Sasquatch. I love my BigFoot. Can’t wait until they make a Sasquatch in forest green.

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