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Borealis Carbondale 27.5 x 50mm – Maxxis FBR/FBF (Plus/Fat) Wheel Review

“What my fat-bike did on summer vacation” Back in April, we published a comparison of 4 sets of wheels (Two 26″ & Two 27.5″ options) with the goal of demystifying how 27.5″ rims and tires compare with their 26″ counterparts. I was especially interested in learning how tall each of the four wheelsets measured along […]

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News – 45NRTH Launches 27.5 Vans and Dills

A couple of days ago, our amigos up there in Bloomington (45NRTH) announced that they’ll be offering two of their popular fat-bike tread patterns in 27.5. The Non-studded Dillinger 4 and the Van Helga are available now. The Studded Dillinger 4’s will be in stores sometime in October according to the Q-Mothership. The two new […]

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Drop Bars Not Bombs By JP & Seth Bell

Editor’s Note: We solicited ideas from the ranks of the bike black ribbon test pilots and we’ve posted quite a few of their suggested topics here over the last couple of months. We actually had two of our testers step up to the plate to explain how to set your regular normal fat-bike up with […]

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Comparison of Four 29×2.6″ Tires

If you follow bike media you will know that at one point not that long ago 2.8-3″ plus tires were the greatest thing ever. Now the talk is that they are too squishy and vague but 2.6″ tires are the goldilocks size, splitting the difference between traditional MTB tires and “full” plus tires. Personally, 2.6″ […]

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Experiment – Jones Loop Bars

I know that bars like the Jones loop have been around for a long time, but I had never really given one a chance. I ride flat or low rise bars with 9/10 degree sweep for fat/mountain biking, but my current routine includes a lot of asphalt, gravel, and dirt. I live on the Glacial […]

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DMR Lacon Vault Platform Pedals by Kitty

Originally these pedals were bought for a cruiser bike with ‘old-school’ slippery sneaker pedals. Hey, they matched the look of the bike! Just trying to accessorize.  Anyway, they didn’t fit, so I put them on my favorite fat bike instead.  Turns out the fatty is way more worthy of this pedal adornment level. (Don’t underestimate […]

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First Look – Teravail Coronado 26 x 4.0 Tires

  The expedition team of Francisco Vázquez de Coronado is credited with the discovery of the Grand Canyon and several other famous landmarks in the American Southwest while searching for the legendary Seven Golden Cities of Cíbola. Exploration and discovery are two of my favorite things that go hand in hand with turning the pedals […]

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Esker Pedal Review by Ronsta

Esker Pedals by Framed Bikes One of the great things about bicycles is freedom. Freedom to go wherever you want under your own power. For some that means going wherever you want, whenever you want, wearing whatever you want. Wanna ride the beach in your sandals and swimwear? Go for it. Breaking trail in the […]

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iSSi Stomp XL Review

ISSI Stomp XL Pedal Review The iSSi Stomp XL pedal landed here in Wales from their HQ in Minneapolis. The Stomp XL is their first attempt at a platform pedal and first impressions are they look and feel great. They are available in four different colours from black, plum, lime and blue. The platform is […]

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2018 Sea Otter Classic – Special Report

In addition to hosting every denomination of bicycle racing, the 2018 Sea Otter Classic has become the best bicycle industry trade show in these United States. Even the corporate giants of the industry come out and show their wares and simultaneously support their race teams. Along with the big boys, the Sea Otter expo area features […]

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Maxxis Colossus 26 x 4.8 – Snow Tire Review

About two years ago, back in March of ’16, then BBR Test Pilot, David Glover tested a pair of the Maxxis Colossus, but Moab doesn’t get too much snow, at least, not enough to groom, like we get in America’s Dairyland. This is what Glover shared about the Colossus “The Colossus tire looks to be […]

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Fat (video) Tuesday – How to drop your tire sponsor

The trend of bicycle tire manufacturers choosing to stamp their tires with enormous logos has reached pretty ridiculous (Hi-Viz Yellow) levels. But fear not fellow unsponsored riders…we’re here to show you how to cover up sidewall hot stamps permanently. When it comes to this particular category of dirty tricks, we generally turn to Bike Black Ribbon […]

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Maxxis Minion FRF/FBR 27.5 x 3.8 Review

We’ve been riding a couple of sets of the Maxxis Minion FBR/FBF 27.5 x 3.8 tires for the last ninety days on a variety of bikes and rims. We published a product spotlight about the new low-fat sneakers from Maxxis Here and we also posted an article about a plus/fat wheel configuration that we tested […]

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KONA Wah Wah 2 Pedal Review – By Tony Grande

  So, there I was, sitting around on a Sunday morning, minding my own business when outta nowhere I get a message from everybody’s favorite uncle, Uncle Gomez! (in my mind, everyone is cheering like when someone says the secret word in Pee Wee’s Playhouse) “Do you ride flat pedals?” – Such an odd question […]

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Surly Edna 26 x 4.3 Review by Ron Stawicki

  Getting Dirty With Edna   Few bike parts can affect a bikes fun factor like tires. You can roll with a generic stem or hubs and I doubt it’ll ruin your day but mount up some cheap, heavy tires to your favorite bike and you’ll probably want to trade it in before you can […]

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Fat Bike Tires on Plus Bike Rims

My amigo Thad Carson (taddyhogg) tipped me off that he’s been running the Maxxis 27.5 x 3.8 tires mounted to a set of HED 27.5 x 45mm Raptor rims on his Oddity Cycle Lime Greenis Maximus. He also shared some encouraging reports about how his set-up handled the rocky trails near KC. (KC has super […]

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As a low-tread, faster-rolling option, the McFly offers a good alternative to the Terrene Chunk.

Terrene McFly Plus Tire Review by Smithhammer

Over the last couple months I’ve taken the Terrene “McFly” 29 x 2.8 tire on a variety of overnighter trips, singletrack rides and dirt roads. I’ve even commuted on it, which in my rural part of Idaho is a little different than the typical urban commute, and encouraged me to take a lot of detours […]

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Spotlight Vee Tire Rail Tracker 26 x 4.0

Our amigos at Vee Tire Co sent us a set of their Rail Tracker 26 x 4.0, 120 TPI – Tubeless tires and we’ve mounted them on a set of 65 mm wide Marge Lite Rims. The guys from Vee Vee told us  this was their favorite summer dirt trail fat-bike tire. The tread pattern reminds […]

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Origin8 Supercell Tire 26 x 4.0 Review

The one and only, Pistil Pete asked about this tire and after our editorial staff took a look at them on the interwebz, we decided to pull the trigger and bought a set for $49 each. We wanted to see if we might shed some light on how these babies, would do on the beach, […]

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Terrene Tires says “Let them Eat Cake” with their newest Fat & Trek-Fat Tire

Terrene Releases Newest Fat and Plus Tire Model Bozeman, MT—August 30, 2017 ­­— Terrene Tires announces newest model, Cake Eater, to their growing lineup of bicycle tires. Our amigos at Terrene Tires are releasing their sixth tire model. Cake Eater is a versatile, fast-rolling, studdable fat tire. Continuing with its goal of bringing to market a […]

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Vee Tire White vs. Black Tire Compound

  Vee Tire is one of the only fat bike tire makers to offer two different rubber compounds; one black like normal, the other an off-white color. I always wondered if this was just a gimmick or if there was anything to the white compound. Vee lists the white compound as having “better ice performance, is […]

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Review – 2017 Klampers and the Canti-Lever

Howdy fat-bike friends! Our friend from out Ogden way, Mr. Mark Peterson, put together this review of Paul Component Engineering’s 2017 Klamper brake and their Canti-Lever. Form NAHBS to the trails, Mark has the scoop! 2017 Klampers and the Canti-Lever Review – By Mark Peterson I have been a longtime fan of Paul Component’s. I have […]

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Maxxis Summit – Plus Tire News

  Plus Stuff From the Second Annual Maxxis Summit at Mulberry Gap Maxxis jumped into plus tires in a big way in recent years and has developed what is arguably the most complete lineup of plus sized tires (at least for 27.5+) of any tire company. They have everything from the fast rolling Icon all […]

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Fatback Carbon Cargo Fat-Bike Forks

    People that follow the history of fat-bikes, know that Fatback has written many of the chapters, in the book of fat-bike innovation. Fatback is still currently one of the most innovative fat-bike brands. To add to the long list of products that Fatback makes available to the fat-bike word, today they offer their carbon […]

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