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Product Spotlight – 2017 Specialized Turbo Levo HT Comp Fat Bike – by Craig Smith

ED – E-Bikes are a controversial subject. People have strong opinions and concerns about them. I believe that I couldn’t intelligently speak about those concerns without the experience of riding one. I rode this particular e-bike a couple of times and now I know how a pedal assist e-bike rides and how that feels. I’m probably more conflicted now than […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Wozo on Capt. Ahab

  This week’s Fat Tuesday Video comes in from Moab and might just be a teaser for our Kona WoZo review by Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Dustin Carlson. Dustin plays various roles in this short film. He’s the rider, the cameraman, sound technician, editor and the executive director of this week’s feature presentation! This […]

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Blackjack Bikes Fate Review

Back in July, I began testing my Amigo Jack’s new Blackjack Fate. We published a first look about the Fate in August – I pursued this review to see if an open mold, carbon fat-bike could hold a candle to the performance of two proprietary, high end, carbon fat-bikes that I spent time testing last […]

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Vee Tire Co. Apache Fatty Slick Ridden

  From the moment that I got my first glimpse of the Apache Fatty Slick from Vee Tire, it grabbed my attention as something that might work well for beach riding. Some of my Pac/West amigos have been experimenting with tire shaving on everything from Endomorphs to Snowshow 2XL’s to create the ultimate tire for beach […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – By: Evan LarSSon

Ed ~Today we present the fabled ‘lost episode’ of Gnome-Proof Gear, written by BBR/Test Pilot Evan LarSSon. Evan is the proud papa of a brand new bounce’n baby boy, so very soon, you’ll see a baby on a fat strider going huge off of everything we can find. To read about the next three items that […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Sandwood Bay

  Last month we introduced you to Illya Rudkin and his wife, Vida and they’re back with a film about a trip to Sandwood bay near Durness in Scotland. We very pleased to announce that we’ll be featuring Illya and Vida’s adventures in a series of Fat (video) Tuesday posts over the next few months. Here’s Illya’s […]

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2016 Trek Farley EX 8 by Tupper Becker

  Bag Maker and Beer Dranker Señior Tupper Becker went out and bought himself a dual suspension fat-bike up there in Fairbanks Alaska and I asked him to tell us a thing or two about how she rails berms and what-not, so stand by for his ‘most excellent’report below. I also contacted Travis at Trek HQ […]

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The Weekly Dose of Fat – Sept. 30th, 2016

It’s officially Autumn so let’s put summer in the rear view mirror and take a look at what’s new and exciting in the world of Omni-Terrain Cycling – aka the Weekly Dose of Fat. For the past five years, we’ve shared fat-bike news from around the web that eventually evolved into an online radio show / podcast that […]

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Interbike Outdoor Demo – Day 2

  Day Two – Outdoor Interbike in the Dirt – Today I rode a bunch’a bikes, but I primarily focused on the Plus side of the force. However there was one exception, in the form of the Otso Voytek. Yesterday, I crowned this bike the belle of this here Interbike Ball, so I felt like I […]

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Interbike Outdoor Demo – Day 1

I set my alarm for 3:25 to catch the Six o’clock flight out to Las Vegas to attend this year’s scaled back, version of Interbike with a pretty clear idea that this year’s show would be smaller and that many of our favorite bike brands would not have their wares on display. With that in mind, […]

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Kona WoZo Preview – By Dustin Carlson

    A trail fat bike? I thought fat bikes were only good for snow and sand! Well, Kona is out to prove the naysayers wrong. The Wozo is a beautiful mix of the trail-shredding Honzo and the Wo fat bike that Kona offers. With its aggressive geometry, Schwalby Jumbo Jim tires, 100mm Bluto fork, […]

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Preview – Lezyne Micro Floor Drive XL

Back in March we shared the news that the winner of our fat pump shootout was getting fatter and today we’re happy to share our first impressions of the brand new Lezyne Micro Floor Drive XL (MFD/XL). The pump came into the test labs and found it’s home in Otis’s new Custom Frame Bag from the One […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – Sea to Summit X-Series Bowl – Ibex Shak Classic Merino Wool Jersey – RaceFace Next Carbon Cranks –

We’re back with another thrilling episode of Gnome-Proof Gear. I’m your host, Gomez Alejandro Santana de Lago, and on this episode of GPG, thee Spinner Ryerson shares a hydration system for our amigos, of the four legged variety, His Honor, the Mayor of GnomeFest 13, Steve Meurett, nominates the Ibex Shaq for GPG status and […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – Glen KinGlass, Scotland

  This week’s video cavalcade comes to us via Twitter! Our new twitter cousins, Illya & Vida, share their fat-venture video and some insightful info about the journey that took them to the bosom of fat-bike paradise – Scotland. I’ll let them tell their tale, in their own words… We have been mountain biking for many years starting […]

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Saris Fat Bike Trac Parking System

Saris recently introduced the Fat Bike Trac Parking System (FBTPS) and since my wife & I, our 2 dogs (Cecil & Cowboy) and our rather copious, collection of toys recently moved, all of our bikes needed to find parking spots at the new treehouse. Down in the basement I’ve been working on getting the bike shop appointed […]

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NEW from Vee Tire for 2017!

Our amigos from Vee Tire Co shared their 2017 catalog with us and they have 3 new fat-bike tires and a slew of Plus bike tires that will join their lineup for the upcoming season. These new varieties are not available quite, yet, but when they do become available, we’ll be putting them through our […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – Triple Aught Designs Artemis Hoodie – Voile Ski Straps – Lifeproof FRE Case

We launched our Gnome-Proof Gear series last month and this particular edition is a compilation from our Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots of the female persuasion. The Gnome-Proof Seal of Approval is awarded to gear that our product testers, have found to be the ‘Best of the Best’ in field tested, fat-bike accessories. Triple Aught Designs […]

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Otso Cycles is Born!

The same crew that founded Wolf Tooth Components are launching Otso Cycles, which is a new bike company focused on bringing innovative bikes to the mountain bike and mixed surface road markets. They’re coming out with 2 bikes and the one that we’re going to focus upon is the Voytek. The Voytek is a carbon fiber hardtail mountain bike […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – August Beach Bivy

  John Moore has been a contributor, all the way back to the beginning of our little internet experiment in fat-bikes. John’s first contributions were beautiful still photographs and today include videography. There are times in this video, when John is riding and flying his drone at the same time. I don’t think I could do that […]

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Foto Gordo – Faturday Night’s Allright!

I remember when we first started posting pictures of our amigo, Colin Ford jumping snow drifts on his Gravedigger Pugsley, people would accuse us of photoshopping the bike into the air. Here we are 5 years down the road and I think most people now, take it for granted, that fat-bikes can fly! This is a sweet […]

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New Product Spotlight – Fatdapter – Fatbike Rack Adapter

If you’re looking to utilise your standard roof rack’s fork mount for your fat-bike, you’ll need an adapter. (thanks captain obvious) Our Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Spinner Ryerson, introduced me to a brand new player in the fork adapter market called Fatdapter. Chunky machined, anodized aluminum lends the heft of a fine bicycle component, to the […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – Geigerrig 3L Hydration Engine – Woolx Merino Wool Hoodie – Camelbak Podium Chill

This is the fourth in our Gnome-Proof Gear series of articles, that share our Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot’s choices for the ‘best of the best’ in field tested fat-bike accessories. Check it out!   Geigerrig 3L Hydration Engine ($97, as pictured) by Ian Nycloud About 2 years ago, while spec’-ing out my first bikepacking rig, […]

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Fat-Bike Vacation Destination – Cuyuna MN

  It was four years ago. I was in my first meeting as the newly elected volunteer president of the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Crew. The meeting was with the Advisory Council of the Cuyuna Country State Recreation Area (CCSRA) in collaboration with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MN DNR) Parks and Trail Division. […]

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GnomeFest to help rebuild Levis Chalet

Probably the most misunderstood aspect of this mountain bike festival, with the curious name, is its charitable nature. Behind all of the fun, this event and their counter-culture group of cyclists have helped support trail systems, all over Wisconsin. Over the past dozen years GnomeFest has channeled all of the proceeds from the event, directly to the various […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ Fat Bikes Thin Trails

Riding fat bikes in Northwest Italy from the sea to the mountains. This is what they call a teaser. Enjoy some European Fat-Bike adventure and keep your Tuesday fat! Drop us a line Let us know what you’re thinking out there is the wild world of fat-bikes. Send us a picture or a video with a […]

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First Look – Fate from Blackjack Bikes

  The man behind Blackjack Bikes, Jack Neilsen, and I, go way back to the 90’s. I met Jack at the 24 Hours of Nine Mile up in Wausau. Jack was recovering from a broken collar bone and was helping out as the pit crew for a solo 24 hour racer. Jack followed the BMX pathway to […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Miércoles Fondo de Pantalla

The best part of this gig is getting to share the passion for “Fun on Bikes” from folks, that hail from around the world. We’re coming up on the five year anniversary for and that adds up to over eighteen hundred gorgeous examples of all of our fat-bike amigos, out playing bikes! This week’s edition of WW is from […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday ♦ It’s raining Fat-Bikes

  Our old friend Deo is back with some rainy beach riding from the Canadian Atlantic Coastline! The beach is often best served, off season and stormy! It’s gonna be ninety plus degrees later this week and I think I’ll take Otis for a swim in Lake Michigan, along with some beach riding. Pro-Tip #72 […]

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First Look– Shebeest Spring Line – by KitCat Montana

  Hi readers! I’m bringing to you a sneak pre-view at Shebeest’s spring line up of women’s cycling wear. Shebeest is unique in that they only make women’s cycling gear and are dedicated to creating quality, proper fitting gear for the female athlete.  Fellow women riders you know the frustration of finding women specific […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – Gore Bike Wear Fusion Trousers – Ibex Shak Wool Vest – Sven Saw

In this episode of Gnome-Proof Gear, we hear from Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot, Jeff Price, about his recipient of the GPG Seal of Approval. Jeff shares his thoughts on some Gore Bike Wear Trousers (slacks, britches, dungarees, pantaloons, or as some have come to call, pants). After that, it’s back to the world according to Gomez with […]

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Gnome-Proof Gear – Keen Neve Polar Boots – Outdoor Research Foray Jacket – Surly Wool Jersey

  This is the first installment of Gnome-Proof Gear (GPG). GPG will feature gear that any/all of our testing staff have used and abused and came out shining. The products that we’ll feature will earn the GPG – seal of approval, which means that they’ve gone through a full season of rides, campouts, bonfires, and adventures. Some of […]

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Lauf Carbonara Review by Kevin Breitenbach

  So I’ve got to start this review with an admission of guilt, I’ve held the Lauf Carbonara hostage for the last few months. I’ve found reason after reason to hold onto this Iclandic Native. Sure this started innocent enough, A product review of the Lauf in late winter conditions. Well, with a little help […]

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