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Foto Gordo – Dan’s Black Sheep

According to Flickr, this is the most interesting photo that I’ve ever posted over there. I don’t know how that works, but maybe by the powers of black magic or some algorithm that counts clicks and likes, etc., this photo has reigned supreme for a number of years. It’s a shot from a Global Fat-Bike Day […]

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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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First Look – Otso Voytek

It is kind of funny, last year/season we saw a flood of similar “me-to” fat bikes from manufacturers trying to jump on the fat bike bandwagon. Everyone seemed to want to pile on the fat bike craze. From those heady times, we have seen some really interesting and fresh bikes emerge for the 2017 season. […]

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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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Wolftooth Components Singletrack Pogies Review

  We spotlighted the new Wolftooth Components Singletrack Pogies (WCSP) back in November. That story featured a really nice video that Wolftooth put together. We’ve shared it again below because it highlights the unique features of this Gnomie Award winning accessory. You read that correctly, just last month, the (WCSP) won the Gnomie for the […]

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Freewheel’s Winter Bike Expo Sit/Rep by Deathrider

The Freewheel Winter Bike Expo, located on the Midtown Greenway in the heart of Minneapolis recently concluded. The Expo, in it’s fifth year had something to offer every winter cyclist. While the bike shop itself appeared to be, business as usual, with a bustling crowd of cyclist ordering and enjoying coffee and snacks, the real […]

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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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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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Introducing the Watchman from Advocate Cycles

Advocate Cycles, the first Benefit corporation in the cycling industry to pledge 100% of profits to making cycling better, has launched their crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. We met with our old friend Tim Kreuger, back at the Sea Otter Classic this year, where Advocate launched the Hayduke 27.5+ model, and now they’re bringing a full […]

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Duluth Winter Enduro Gets Rad At Spirit Mountain

Duluth is the new epicenter of getting rad in the upper Midwest, and the upper Midwest is the epicenter of progressive fatbike use. So naturally, the first downhill/enduro specifically for fatbikes took place at the city-owned Spirit Mountain, side by side on the ski hill with the regular crowd of knee droppers and knuckle draggers. […]

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Framed Minnesota 2.0 Womens Full Review

My goal for this holiday season is to make sure more women get Fat…seriously, we need more women riding Fatbikes, and the Framed Minnesota 2.0 Women’s Fatbike is just the Fatty to do so, at a darn great price. For only one easy payment of $899 you too can get this sweetly equipped beauty, and […]

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First Look ♦ Framed Alaskan Alloy

  By Michael McColgan When I found out I was going to be testing the new Framed Alaskan, I was pretty excited.  There’s been a lot of rumblings on the interwebs about Framed lately so I was pretty stoked to hop on one to see if the hoopla is justified. Right out of the box, […]

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Vanhelga with a Whisky chaser – A pre-winter ride assessment of the dynamic duo.

Story and Photography by Aaron W. Hautala During our previously chronicled Salsa Bucksaw test ride, part of the never ending love fest needs to be attributed to the wheels, tires, and bars (handlebars, not brownies) on this not-so-average full suspension fat-bike. Enter the Whisky No.9 – 70mm Carbon Fat Rims, Whisky No.7 Carbon No-Rise 760 mm handlebar, and […]

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Framed Bikes Mini-Sota 24″ – Fat 4 Junior

  We shared the 2015 Framed Bikes line with you back in August. Included in that line was something relatively new to the fat-bike landscape…..the kid’s fatty. The Framed Bikes Mini-sota is a 24″ wheeled – tiny replica of mom or dad’s entry level fat-bike. This is a bike that should sell on the floor of […]

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2015 Framed Bikes – Launch all Fatties!

Framed Bikes hit the Fat-Bike scene last winter with their Minnesota fat-bike. We featured a bit of first hand riding experience on their bike in an article entitled ‘The Fat and the Curious‘ last winter. For 2015, Framed is establishing themselves as a big-time player in the fat-bike market. They have their Carbon and Alloy Alaskan […]

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First Glimpse! – Twin Six Standard Fat

Last Friday, our amigo Jesse LaLonde pinged me with something pretty hawt. In addition to being the dark knight of  fat bike racing, Jesse is a designer at Twin Six. Jesse and Fat-Bike had been talking about a fat-race-bike for the better part of the year now and it turns out that all of Jesse’s R&D coupled […]

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BKB Ti Proto ({[SPY PHOTO!]})

Deep in the bowls of the Bare Knuckle Brigade testing bunker and laboratories – {The BKB Speed Factory}, they’ve been developing a new race bike for Jesse. We have a photo of the v1.0 prototype. This was leaked by sources very close to the LaLonde brothers and their (not so very secret) bike riding squad […]

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Triple F ♦ Lake Superior Crust Ride

  Tjaard Breeuwer sent us some shots from his club’s (COGGS) Monday night fatbike ride. This is what Tjaard had to say about the ride. Last week’s ride was on the beach at Park Point, right at the tip of Lake Superior. The conditions were incredible! We still have large ice floes floating around, with only small […]

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HED’s Big Deal Carbon Rim Review

By : Jesse LaLonde I don’t recall a time in my life when the weather was ever an issue. In fact I tend to welcome the extreme with hungry lungs and an open mind. I’ll be the first to admit that this mentality can lead to a sink or swim situation but that’s the type […]

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The Fat and The Curious

We’ve all met them. We’ve all answered their questions. The big eyed gawkers that stare at you as you ride by on your fat bike. “WOW, LOOK AT THOSE TIRES!” “Where did you get that?” “Is it hard to pedal?” And inevitably, “How much did it cost?” After I answer that question, there’s usually only […]

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Fatbike Frozen Forty recap

By – Michael McColgan   This past Valentine’s weekend, 200 fatbikers showed their love for snowy singletrack by converging on Elm Creek Park’s flowy trails for the Fatbike Frozen Forty, the sixth race in the eight race Great Lakes Fatbike Series. The faithful followers of this site have seen the articles on various trail groomers, […]

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Fat Foto Friday ♦ The Hitching Post

Mono-syllabically known to cyclists everywhere as Bjorn, my gnomefest cousin (twice removed) Bjorn, took this shot at the Hitching post during the Arrowhead 135 last month. The Hitching Post’s neon and x-mas lights must look like a true northwoods oasis to riders braving sub-zero temps coming out of the inky darkness. What’s in your camera? […]

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Borealis/Wolftooth Front Derailleur Do-Dad

Borealis and Wolf Tooth Components have been collaborating on product ideas since the early days of both companies. The new front derailleur direct mount adapter for 190mm rear hub spacing is the first product that is a direct result of that collaboration. The adapter is designed and manufactured in Minneapolis MN just like all the […]

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LaMere Carbon – Chinese Rocket Ship

By : Jesse LaLonde 12.6 lbs ; The weight difference between LaMere’s new carbon fat bike and my current fat rig. A light fat bike; the oxymoron approach to describing the new LaMere fat bike. Minneapolis; the location of LaMere HQ and home to some of the best kept fat bike trails around. Luckily for […]

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Fat Video Tuesday ♦ Blue Boy’s Funky Time Beats

Zach Monack is Captain of Wrenches, at Erik’s Bike Shop in Burnsville Minnesota. He made a little day in the life film noir project for us with some of those funky time beats for our listening pleasure. Here’s what Señior Zack had to say about it all…  My video is a ride around Lebanon Hills in […]

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Fat Foto Friday – Duluth Ice Shelf

Pat Murphy of Pedal Minnesota sent us this shot that was taken at Park Point outside of Duluth on Lake Superior last week by Hansi Johnson. Pat told us that ‘Hansi was standing on 10-ft ladder in the lake to get some of these shots’. The lone rider in the shot is Casey Krueger riding a […]

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A Visit to Hed HQ

As soon as I scheduled my trip to Minneapolis to attend the Freewheel Winter Bike Expo, I contacted Andy from Hed to see if I could visit their production facility and possibly, demo a set of their new carbon fat bike rims. As the date of my visit grew closer, Andy and I worked out all […]

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Fat Video Tuesday – Turkey Ride

On Thanksgiving morning in Southern MN a group of fat bikers got together for a pre-fattening ride along the Minnesota river.  Dan Oachs was the only one not on a fat bike so he did his best to pretend that he had one and filmed the event with a helmet cam.  It started off a […]

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Event Spotlight – Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout (MN)

The 2014 Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout returns with a mixed bag of social rides and races that have made this event incredibly popular. Great trails and huge snow potential make Cuyuna Lakes a perfect venue for a winter fat-bike race and festival. The Whiteout is a part of the Great Lakes Fat Bike Series so you can […]

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Great Lakes Fat Bike Series – Sponsors Announced

45NRTH, a leader in winter cycling gear, has become the title sponsor of the 2014 Great Lakes Fatbike Series. The company, based in Minneapolis, has created award-winning products that provide enhanced comfort and control for the fast-growing sport of winter fatbiking. “The number of people riding fatbikes in the winter is rising at an unbelieveable […]

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Wallpaper Wednesday – Krampus Overlook

This pic is of Death Rider’s Krampus. It was taken on top of Pincushion Mountain near Grand Marais, Minnesota in mid August. He and his family were out riding the new MTB trails nearby and took the spur trail out to the overlook where the picture was taken.Download the appropriate size and use it as […]

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