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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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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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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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Diamant F1-LTD Review – By Euan Pennington

    I’m old enough to remember the 90’s, when mountain bike brands would occasionally build a bike for a trade show, it would be boggling at sub 24 pounds in weight, it would be made of unobtanium, paper-mache and hope, and it had a rider weight limit of not very much.  It was still […]

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The Borealis Crestone Review

  At the end of February, I shared my first impressions of the Borealis Fat Bikes, Crestone and now I’m very sad to report that our test bike has moved on and left a rather large void in the old fat dash bike dot com stable. My previous article took a look at primarily snow […]

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Initial Impression – Diamant F1-LTD by Euan Pennington

    Porn.  It’s all over the Interweb.  If those on the moral high ground are to be believed, it will distract you at work, cost you money, erode existing relationships and create unrealistic expectations.  I received some porn recently on the Internet, in the form of an email from Uncle Gomez, Baron of all […]

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RAD Bicycle Company – Grizz

  RAD Bicycle Company is a small, one-man (Matt Craig) frame builder operation out of SE Michigan.  RAD’s stated mission is  “I want to put people on a USA made product with above over-seas quality at a fair competitive price. Something an Average Joe can afford and ride.  Something light enough and strong enough for […]

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Borealis Crestone – First Impressions

Way back in July – I got the opportunity to ride one of the early samples of the new Borealis Crestone at the Borealis Fat Bike World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was just a paved urban spin from their former location to their new location, but my first impressions were positive. The ride felt familiar […]

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Iceratops – Full Review

The opinions and views described below are strictly those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views and opinions of fat-bike.com What is this the ICT Ops?  With so many fat bike models in the Surly line up, what can this bike possibly offer that isn’t already accounted for with an existing model? […]

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Sarma Vortex Review

Sarma first came onto the scene with the carbon Shaman, a fat-bike (as seen right here on FatdashBikedotCom)  followed by several carbon rim offerings. Now Sarma (a company with roots in Siberia and manufacturing ties in Taiwan) has introduced the aluminum Vortex to their line. The Vortex  is available as a complete bike (starting at […]

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Heller Bloodhound Review by Evan LarSSon

  I arrived at the Fat-Bike.com fortress of solitude to take possession of the new Heller Bloodhound.  Heller is the newest addition to QBP’s lineup and I most graciously accepted responsibility to put it through some paces.  I squeezed the Heller into my eco-friendly compact shitbox and sped out into the Milwaukee night wondering about […]

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Otis Turns Two – Fatback Review – The extended club version

 Otis’s Story Timeline 12/25/2013 – Otis’s Introduction and Naming – http://fat-bike.com/2013/12/fatback-190-product-test-episode-1/ 12/25/2014 – Otis Turns One – http://fat-bike.com/2014/12/otis-turns-one-%E2%99%A6-fatback-long-term-review/ 2/5/2015 – Otis Gets Pimped – http://fat-bike.com/2015/02/otis-gets-pimped-part-one-otisgetspimped/ 6/18/2015 – Otis’s Pimped Parts Review – http://fat-bike.com/2015/06/hed-rims-onyx-racing-hubs-paul-skewers-6-month-review/ That brings us to today and a story that could be called Otis Gets Pimped, Part Two! I had planned all along to apply some sort […]

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Framed Alaskan Alloy Product Preview by Andy Amstutz

    Just when you start doubting the inevitables as inevitables, they inevitably happen.  Winter did finally arrive to northwest lower Michigan and Uncle Gomez hooked me up with another sweet fat-bike to test.  It’s been quite some time since a big bike box was pulled off the little brown truck at the end of […]

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Reid Zeus Review by Euan Pennington

Reid Zeus – Godly or Ghastly? For the last couple of months I have had the Reid Zeus fatbike lurking in my shed, to try and determine what’s what.  Reid is a budget brand based here Down Under, but with distribution to Europe and the US.  They keep their prices down by selling not only […]

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Fatback Rhino Review by David Glover

Back in August, 2015, Fatback announced a new fat-bike aimed to be a “Do it all” bike. A fat-bike that feels lively on the trail as well as comfortable while taking a stroll through sand or snow. So around six weeks ago Gomez had the Rhino sent out to me in Moab for some testing. […]

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Ritchey Commando Review

I’ve bee riding a Ritchey Commando for the last 6 weeks. During that time the Commando was the only mountain bike that I rode. Both of my personal bikes were out of commision, so the Commando stepped in and has gotten ridden a lot. I’ve sort of been on a tear in the riding department. Chris […]

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Product Preview – SURLY – Ice Cream Truck Ops

We’re going on a bender with Surly’s Ice Cream Truck Ops, or Iceratops for short. What I’ve always liked about a Surly is that they are simple, solid and reasonably priced. As many of you are aware, they’re now unbelievably priced at a discounted MSRP of only 12 hundred bones. One might argue that Surly isn’t […]

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The Cake Bike Launch – By Lilah

Editor’s Note :  We interviewed Erik Noren about his new venture, Cake Bikes, on the Weekly Dose of Fat – Show # 8o. You can listen to the interview here. Our report from last weekend’s, Cake Bike Launch comes from our MPLS correspondent, Lilah! Cake! A new fat bike line – by Erik Noren of […]

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Cannondale Fat CAAD – First Ride

On monday, my gnome-cousin up in Wausau, Travis, sent me a shot of one of Cannondale’s new Fat CAAD fat-bikes with a note that said “30lbs. 12oz medium” I was like, can I come and ride it? Keep in mind, that I live just shy of a four hour drive away and I’m up to […]

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Framed Wolftrax Review – By Dave Krueger

So it’s been a few of weeks since we announced here at Fat-Bike.com that I have been parking a Framed Wolftrax in my fatbike garage. Since then, I’ve racked up hundreds of miles and ridden about every terrain and condition – including a bit of (slushy) snow! If you recall from our last installment, the […]

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Product Spotlight – Fatback Rhino

Editor’s Note :  David glover has been a steady contributor of fat photography over the last couple of years and this is his introduction of the Fatback Rhino! Please give a warm welcome to our amigo and BBR Test Pilot, Mr. David Glover! I was very much stoked when the “Do it all” deemed Rhino showed […]

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First Look – Reid Cycles – Zeus

By: Euan Pennington Anyone who rides a fatbike will know there is huge interest out there surrounding these bikes, but in a strange twist of fate, not everyone has an unlimited bike budget. Apparently there are those who squander their hard earned on fripperies such as mortgages, rent, food and children, and to these people […]

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Product Spotlight – Heller Bloodhound!

Sven and I have been threatening to launch Fat-Bike TV for quite some time and this is our first episode! We introduce you to the Heller Bloodhound, as we prepare to hand this bike off to Lt. Evan LarSSon for testing and review, over the coming weeks! The Bloodhound is a really sharp looking bike that […]

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Shand Tumshie Rohloff-equipped Fat-bike

Our buddy at Gates, Paul Tolme, pinged us with a couple of pix of a new Rohloff-equipped fat-bike from Scottish manufacturer Shand called the Tumshie. (I didn’t know what a Tumshie is but thanks to the Interwebs I learned that it is a Scottish word for Turnip!) I sent a note to Shand and got back […]

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Product Spotlight – Ritchey Commando

Ever since Sven first reported about Tom Ritchey bringing back the Commando in the form of a steel 4″ fat-bike at NAHBS two years ago, I’ve wanted to get a chance to ride one. Ritchey is a legend and has been making mountain bikes for longer than I’ve been riding. Some of my earliest memories of […]

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Advocate Cycles – Watchman – Review

  Last July I hit the road for 3 weeks out to Colorado and Utah with one of the very first Advocate Cycles Watchman Fat Bikes. The bike that I tested is actually, Advocate Cycles’ founder, Tim Krueger’s personal fatty. We introduced the Watchman back in June and you can check that article for all […]

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Product Spotlight: Farley 9.8 by Trek

Walking into my studio last week I noticed two ginormous boxes. Immediately I thought to myself, “now what did we buy and what is it?” I was relieved to see instead the shipping address coming from Waterloo, Wisconsin and the contents reading Trek Farley 9.8. That’s a good way to start a work day. Over […]

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