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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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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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Review – 2016 RSD Mayor Fat-bike

RSD Mayor out in the snow. It’s quite orange but hard to get the true color in a photo! This is our second RSD Mayor test bike. Mr. Jim, our shop guru has been riding V1 for over a year, but this V2 is a completely redesigned bike for 2016. The Mayor line includes Aluminum […]

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2016 Framed Alaskan Alloy Review – by Andy Amstutz

Winter came late to the land of the hand (Michigan, sorry Wisconsin), lasted for about 6 weeks and headed on out for a later date.  But during those 6 weeks, I was able to put the 2016 Framed Alaskan Alloy fatbike through some rigorous rides and get a pretty good idea of what it’s really […]

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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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Product Preview – Specialized Hellga by Kim Thomas

Leave it to Specialized to be among the first to market with a women’s specific fat bike. Thanks Specialized! Of course, with “Fat Boy” as your fat bike branding, we knew it had to be coming, right? When Fat-Bike.com asked me if I would ride this bike for 6 weeks and review it, I said […]

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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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