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First Look – Specialized Fatboy Expert

Specialized sent us a Fatboy Expert to review and since it’s a light, carbon, top tier component equipped, sexy beast, I just had to ride it for a couple of weeks. So I’m going to introduce you to the bike that we’ll be testing, but we’re going to engage a panel of three test pilots […]

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2018 Heller Bloodhound Trail – 27.5 Fat Mountain Bike

  Heller made a bold departure from their 2017 Bloodhound, and set their sights on building a fat (mountain) bike. The result is the 2018 Heller Bloodhound Trail, that made it’s debut at Saddledrive last month…..and they made it…Black! I have a thing for Black Bikes, (which is funny, because I ride a purple one). […]

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2018 Fatback Corvus FLT News Release

We’ve been waiting for this news since Greg and Fuzzy told us that Fatback would be making a Black on Black Corvus FLT, all the way back at Sea Otter in April of this year. I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to review the 2017 Corvus frame this spring/summer and I fell in […]

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ELEVEN Bike Review by Nick Holzem

  The test bike from Eleven, that I’ve been riding is a dirt jump inspired fatty with a (Made in the USA) aluminum frame and our rig came equipped with a high end parts package that embodies the textbook definition of a supercharged race bike…that , by the way, will also ‘make heads turn’ on the […]

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509 Cycles – Green Bay Wisconsin

There’s a fine history of of Independent Bicycle Dealers – aka : ‘Bike Shops’ creating their own fat-bike brands. Both Fatback and 9:Zero:7 were created by two enterprising bike shops in Anchorage Alaska and Bear Claw Bikes is a relatively new brand that is the creation of Einstein Cycles over in Traverse City, Michigan. Today […]

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Product Spotlight – Eleven bikes light and crispy custom build – by Nick Holzem

Hello all of you fat bike buffs (and gnomes)! I’d like to take a second to introduce myself as one of the newest Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots. My name is Nick Holzem, you may have first heard me in an interview on “The Weekly Dose of Fat episode #123”. At the time, I was wrapping up the “Hugh Jass Fat Bike Series” with one race to go. […]

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Fatback Corvus Review

I’ve been riding a Fatback Corvus for the last few months and it’s ‘high time’ for me to put into words, the way I feel about the fourth carbon fat bike that I’ve reviewed over the last couple of years. You can read my initial impressions and review this bike’s impeccable racing pedigree here – https://fat-bike.com/2017/04/product-spotlight-2017-fatback-corvus/ In […]

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2017 Jamis Roughneck Review – By Ward Whitmire

The six weeks that I tested the Roughneck, just happened, to fall at the tail end of the best Winter (snow wise) we’ve had here in the Pacific Northwest in several years. I had the pleasure of riding it in a lot of different snow conditions including a week and a half of icy stuff, […]

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Framed Wolftrax Carbon Custom Review

Back in January, a Framed Wolftrax Carbon Custom landed in the Fat-Bike.com Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilot hanger bay.  You can read the initial product spotlight with all the details of the build and other minutia here. Over the next two plus months, I’ve proceeded to put the Wolftrax Carbon through its paces. To say that […]

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Product Spotlight – 2017 Fatback Corvus

  We have a brand new 2017 Fatback Corvus in the shop for testing. Two of our Black Ribbon Test Pilots, Aris and Travis,  recently reviewed the Fatback Skookum and Rhino. I’ve written half a dozen stories about my ‘Made in the USA’, aluminum, Fatback (named Otis), but we’ve never spent any long term, quality […]

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2017 Fatback Rhino FLT Review – By Travis Hubbard

After a thorough 2 month shakedown of the 2017 Fatback Rhino FLT during a very snowy Alaskan winter I came to the conclusion that this bike has made the shortlist for the next fat-bike in my quiver.  The build kit on the bike I tested is the GX1 with an MSRP of $2,399.00.  The bike […]

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RSD Ti Mayor Mid Term Review

People love to complain about the weather and the last couple of winter’s around the midsection of the Great Lakes have been pretty shy on sustainable snow-pack. As I write this (Late February) , my local temperature is forecast to be nearly 70 degrees and we’ve completely lost our base down to the bare dirt. […]

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Aris Shreds the Fatback Skookum

After I spent some time getting initial impressions of the Fatback Skookum we had in for testing (you can see the Fatback Skookum Product Spotlight here) I wanted a guy with mad skills to spend some time with the bike and Aristotle Peters is one of those guys. Aris was one of the first people […]

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Product Spotlight – Framed Wolftrax Carbon

The testing lab at Fat-Bike.com was recently offered up a Framed Wolftrax Carbon fatbike to put through its paces.  Gomez reached out to see if I was interested, and after a little coordination with the brown Santa, I soon had the Wolftrax in my possession, assembled, and out on the trail in quick order. Framed got […]

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Borealis Flume Review by Dustin Carlson

Borealis Flume Review By Dustin Carlson Do you ever find yourself looking out the kitchen window at a barren wasteland of frozen tundra covered in snow? Do you ever think to yourself, while looking out that window, why can’t it be spring, so I can start riding my bike again? If this sounds like you, […]

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Product Spotlight – Fatback Skookum

The Fatback Skookum is a carbon-framed, 5-inch platform fat-bike aimed squarely at the 4-season crowd. The Skookum was my favorite fat-bike at Interbike when it was introduced and the opportunity to ride one for a few weeks came as a welcome surprise thanks to “Fuzzy” John at Fatback. Our test Fatback Skookum came packed in […]

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First Look – 2017 Borealis Flume – by Dustin Carlson

    Borealis is known for making top notch fat bikes. Their design and attention to detail is best in the business. We all know that the high end, carbon “Crestone” models are great, but Borealis also has the aluminum “Flume” line. The geometry is much the same between the two models, with the major […]

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The Surly Big Fat Dummy

  Back in September, I visited the QBP corporate campus in sunny Bloomington MN, for an opportunity to meet and talk with Surly’s product development team about a project that’s been in the pipeline for quite some time. I learned of the existence of the Big fat Dummy project about the time that the Ice […]

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Thule Classic Hitch Rack Review

  Who likes putting a bike on the roof of their car?  Not this guy.  I usually just chuck my old Surly in the back of my pick’em up truck and haul ass to the liquor store on the way to the trail head.  If you haven’t noticed, Surly has started making their newer bikes […]

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Product Spotlight – RSD Ti Mayor

  I voted for the RSD Ti Mayor Part of my responsibilities as Payload Specialist on the USS Faterprise is to schedule bike tests with our Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots. This year, we’ll be testing an All-Star lineup of 2017’s, like the Fatback Rhino (Travis) & Skookum (Sven), along with a Borealis Flume (Wade) and […]

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Tumbleweed’s New Fat-bike Looks VERY Interesting!

The folks at the Tumbleweed Bicycle Company have developed the Prospector with bikepacking in mind and have built in some unique features including what they bill as it being the first production fat-bike to use a standard 73mm bottom bracket. The Prospector is designed to be rugged, adaptable, and to carry a load – Tumbleweed […]

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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 – https://fat-bike.com/2016/08/first-look-fate-from-blackjack-bikes/. 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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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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