Can You Freeride a Fat Bike?

Dec 23, 2014
by Rocky Mountain Bicycles  
FAT FREE came out of a few days of experimenting and shredding the Blizzard in BC s coastal mountains. It opened all our eyes to the spectacular terrain that s available for fat biking and it proved to us that the only limitations for these bikes are our own preconceived notions. If it was ever even a question the answer is yes. You can and should freeride a fat bike.
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We have to admit, we were hesitant about the fat bike trend that's taking the bike industry by storm (pun intended). There were definitely a few raised eyebrows in the office when we started designing and testing one. Wade Simmons was an instant convert though; "everyone thinks they're so cool and serious, but It's really just about having fun on your bike." And soon enough, the other guys stopped returning their test bikes on time.

The Godfather can shred every kind of bike. Photo by Brian Park.
Photo by Fraser Vaage.
Snowmobile shuttles all day long.

FAT FREE came out of a few days of experimenting and shredding the Blizzard in BC's coastal mountains. It opened all our eyes to the spectacular terrain that's available for fat biking, and it proved to us that the only limitations for these bikes are our own preconceived notions.

If it was ever even a question, the answer is yes. You can and should freeride a fat bike.

We haven t seen an on-snow fat bike flip before but we re most surprised that Gully can flip this straight. Photo by Fraser Vaage.
Gully amp Fraser had a blast popping whoops on sled tracks this day. Photo by Brian Park.
Tippie carving up a ridge on his Blizzard. Photo by Brian Park.
Thanks to the BTSC for keeping us warm at night. Thawing out is one of the world s best feelings.
Little drops like this get scary when the snow is inconsistent. Gully rode it out like a champ though. Photo by Brian Park.
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Gully amp Tippie carving some evening light. Photo by Fraser Vaage.
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Yep BC is a special place. Photo by Brian Park.
Photo by Liam Mullany.

Riders: Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, & Brett Tippie, with appearances by Andreas Hestler & Fraser Vaage.
Filmed by: Liam Mullany, Connor Macleod, Chris Fisher, Brian Park, Fraser Vaage, & Andreas Hestler
Music (Main): "Outta Mind" by Night Beats, courtesy of The Reverberation Appreciation Society
Thanks to: Black Tusk Snowmobile Club, Tony Cailes, & Dylan Auld
Photography: Fraser Vaage & Brian Park

The 2015 Rocky Mountain Blizzard. http bikes.com blizzard

Visit bikes.com/blizzard to check out the Rocky Mountain Blizzard. We built it for aggressive, trail-style riding on snow, sand, and other soft terrain.


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170 Comments

  • + 193
 Fat bikes are a little like fat chicks. Yeah your mates will give you s*it if they see you throw a leg over one, but deep down we all know they're a hell of a lot of fun to ride.
  • + 24
 They seem to have solved Gullys "cant flip straight" issue!!!
  • + 2
 I think this last thread says it all.
  • - 1
 100%!
  • + 8
 Fat bikes are pointless and for little fat kids that....... arn't actually fat at all and are instead really good legendary mountain bikers that shred pow and do back flips all winter, whilst the rest of the us ("harcore die hard 26"folyf mountain bikers") sit at home on Netflix at bitch about snowboarding and that they cant ride.

I'm confused... how do I pay?
  • + 6
 My buddy just got a Blizzard and now this vid...he's never gonna shut up
  • + 0
 I love fat bikes Wink with BIG down tubes Smile
  • - 9
flag scotttherider (Dec 24, 2014 at 9:19) (Below Threshold)
 Bring on the neg props....
www.pinkbike.com/photo/11650395
  • + 5
 flip made the vid
  • + 67
 Wait, so you mean I DON'T have to leave my bike at home when I head to the ski resort this winter?

Sign me the f*ck up.
  • + 19
 If I could rent one at the Mtn I would definitely give it a go (at least on slightly packed trails).
  • - 202
flag Zalevsky (Dec 23, 2014 at 3:56) (Below Threshold)
 mountain biking is getting more gay every year but thats the gayest thing i've seen in a long time.
  • + 27
 fat bikes are super fast and fun trail slayers anytime of year. Just try one. You'll see... Haters gonna hate
  • - 123
flag Zalevsky (Dec 23, 2014 at 8:15) (Below Threshold)
 Dirt bike for summer and snowboard for winter is better choice. Mtb is already doomed.
  • + 36
 So why are you on pink bike?
  • - 98
flag Zalevsky (Dec 23, 2014 at 8:42) (Below Threshold)
 because there's no 'delete account' option here
  • + 35
 It is a nice outlet for his homophobic trolling.
  • - 102
flag Zalevsky (Dec 23, 2014 at 9:13) (Below Threshold)
 I'm preety sure that u guys are paid for this ethusiastic comments here, like guys on this vid are paid to look happy on this useless things.
  • + 14
 The guys in this vid to ride bikes everyday, how could you not be happy with that?
  • + 15
 Hell, I want to be paid just for comments and smiles.
  • + 4
 Okay, NEW FAT BIKE SNOW DOWNHILL series needs to be started!
  • + 12
 Anyone click on zalevsky account...looks like he got his wish and someone deleted him...lol
  • + 28
 Awesomazing! That honest, huge smile on their faces says more than any campaign. No hype needed - I want one!
  • + 6
 Get one! Or even better, build one! I'd like to see your design as a fatty.
  • + 21
 Haha Smile Huck to pow!
  • + 6
 If you even have an inkling that you would like one, you should get one. It will exceed your expectations. They are not slow bikes. They climb like a monkey. They are not just for snow and sand. They will take you back to your inner 13 year old self out exploring the woods and terrain by yourself in conditions that would normally have you thinking twice about going out.
  • + 3
 I saw a Salsa Bucksaw yesterday.... WANT WANT WANT. It doesn't even snow here.

I've been after big tires for years though... Seriously want to find a 160mm travel 29er now that this 27.5+ thing exists... big bike manners with midfat wheels sounds like a absolute blast.
  • - 4
flag cogsci (Dec 23, 2014 at 7:30) (Below Threshold)
 Check out the Turner Czar.
  • + 7
 That's an XC race bike. so +1 point for brand loyalty, -1000 for actually reading my comment.
  • + 0
 @Groghunter - I love how sarcasmis your second language lately, you're on fire, as my mom used to say about her brother and my uncle: pure venom, better don't swallow the saliva. Hahaha Big Grin
  • + 1
 lol, it's not a change in me, it's other commenters giving me perfect setups. Big Grin
  • + 2
 my next bike - FOES MUTZ !
  • + 1
 Just took a look at that: Foes will have to be very aggressive with the pricing to win my business, especially using a single pivot. I'd take the Bucksaw given the choice. This is partly because of all the people I watched not get their bikes fixed for months though, because they bought a Foes.
  • + 0
 cos there's no marketing hype there at all, right Waki?
  • + 1
 Sure it's been hyped a lot, but you cannot deny that a fattie will take snow and sand like no other bicycle... It's not that they "invented" and try to sell another in between thing like a 148mm axle or something like that.
  • + 1
 Recommend one from walmart? My only concern is the coaster brake it has. Klunker fat bike?
  • + 2
 Hype is a lump of half-truth infected meat tossed among mob of opinionated trolls. Relatively harmless without potent carriers able to spread the disease. Nothing causes better epidemia than blind fascination mixed with hate and ungrounded fear. Unless it is a multimillion $ Hollywood movie, Mac product or 275, then it is shoveled down the throat of everybody.
  • + 20
 I got the blizzard and been riding for 3 months. My third fatty. I live in AK but rode it a bunch on California beaches. Now using it for packed snow machine trails and low tide rides in AK.

Heard some funny shit as I rode by random people on the beach in Santa Cruz, like:

....OH, THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE FOR (best)

....HUNNY, WHY IS HIS SO MUCH BIGGER THEN YOURS?
.....DUDE, THAT'S THE TICKET TO FAST FORWARD YOGA BEACH BUTTS ALL DAY LONG
.....UMM, IS THAT LEGAL? CAUSE THAT PROLLY SHOULDN'T BE LEGAL (F-ing californians)
.....I THINK IT HAS A MOTOR, OH WAIT, IT DOESN'T, THAT'S SO AWESOME
.....I WANT ONE OF THOSE. WHAT IS IT?
.....BETCHA CAN'T DO THAT WITH YOUR LITTLE BIKEY TIRES, HUH?
  • + 1
 yeah, it seems to be a thing, lifeguarding on the beach all summer i saw a few people rde around on those. i want one for the trails though, i demoed one, and they're a goofy fun, no, i won't be hucking on my local trails, cause i'm not that good on one (yet), but it was super fun goofing around on it.
  • + 6
 not to be a hater... but... what is this 1994 all over again?! drifting "gravel" roads at speed, steeps down "sand" pits?! It's like fatbikes are bringing us back 20 years. and tell me with a straight face that Tippie wouldn't rather be on a snowboard in those conditions. I sure as hell would rather see him on a snowboard in those conditions...

anyways, bah humbug.
  • + 1
 Its called progress man... fatbikes is a good idea for people not interestes in skying, and want to ride year round. I have met quite afew people who live less than an hour away from a skipark and they havent skied for decades. i would buy one if i had the money and time for maintaning 3 bikes
  • + 9
 fat bikes can be ridden anytime of year, they should stop with this snow BS.
  • + 14
 yeah but why would you wanna ride on dirt on a fat bike when you could ride a real mountain bike? i'd say this is the perfect use for a fat bike. that and dune bombing and commuting across icy shit. on dirt you don't need 4 inch wide tyres unless you want to not go fast.
  • + 4
 Have you even ridden one on dirt? Cuz they're fast as f*ck on the trail.
  • + 2
 Why would you wanna ride a fatbike on snow, when your could ride an normal mountain bike? I think you only have to give it a try. I do this every winter and it's great fun. Ok, you can't (obviously) ride a regular MTB on powder, but besides that...
  • + 4
 "Ok, you can't (obviously) ride a regular MTB on powder, but besides that...".

I haven't seem them ride in more than 4" of snow. From what I'm being told by people who tried or rides them, the range of conditions in which you can ride them is rather limited, surprisingly. It looks fun and I'll rent one this winter for sure but I still a bit skeptical as far as their capacities are concerned.
  • + 15
 When it's a powder day, the last thing I'm thinking is that I want to ride a bike through it.
  • + 0
 Powder? Sure you can without a fat bike. As long as it's steep enough, I plow through powder knee deep and up to even handlebar deep on occasion
  • + 1
 I would surely try one of them fatbikes on snow, if I get the chance. Looks fun anyway. And this video nice. But still I wouldn't buy a bike for riding in the snow, when I can just do that on my regular trail bike and have fun with it...
  • + 1
 In the winter, anything that can be snowshoed can be fat biked, the ground pressure works out about the same once you drop down to around 4psi in your tires. In the summer, except on pavement they tend to be as fast as a regular mountain bike. They have more traction that you'd ever need, and if enough money is thrown at them, 23 pounds complete bike weight is not hard to do (Salsa Beargrease carbon XX1s are 23.8 pounds out of the box without pedals or being setup tubeless). My Salsa Mukluk 2 is now about $3500 invested and 28.8 pounds and if I went carbon wheels and tubeless I could drop another 3 pounds (at about $500 a pound unfortunetly though).
  • + 6
 Fat bikes are fun to ride, but let's be real about a few things. I can snow shoe through 3ft of fresh snow, but there is no way you are pedaling a fat bike through it, no matter what you drop your pressure to, unless you're pointing down a serious incline. And as fun as they are in the dry, they're not as fast as a bike with skinnier tires, if they were, the Lycra wearing xc race crew would be all over them, so would the Enduro guys.
  • + 2
 I saw a plethora of fat bikes around Salt Lake this summer, and even a few in Moab so you are right. Going into bike shops I see tons of them on display so they must be pretty popular. Bike Shops have to be loving this since it will help generate revenue for them during the winter.
  • + 2
 they do climb like a fucking mule. i have shale and annoying ass baby heads all over some of my trails, covered by some nice blown out dehydrated dirt... so its nice to have fat AF tires to get up it smoothly, then bomb down with a goofy ass smile on my face.
  • + 1
 Looks like a giant waste of pow to me
  • - 5
flag deeeight Plus (Dec 23, 2014 at 18:52) (Below Threshold)
 Chances are you look like a giant waste of pow to most people.
  • + 5
 yeah it's not even a lot of pow, for BC standards, lots of rocks poking through, I'd reckon a fat bike is just the thing until it's deep pow.
  • + 5
 They just motivate to go out and ride in the snow. I have tried a fat bike and ride my tall boy with 2.3 ice spikes and in most conditions the tall boy is much nicer to ride. It's hard to go back to no suspension after growing accustom to a full suspension. It doesn't take much traffic on a snow covered trail before a bike with regular tires can roll nicely on the snow. The fat bike is nice on a few days after fresh snow but I find its only useful a few rides a year and not worth the cost and extra storage space.
  • + 2
 Jason 5500

I live in Haines, AK. and use ice spiker pro 29er full susser with dropper for rivers, lakes and icy roads. The fatty I use in winter for wet muddy trails to reduce erosion impacts and mostly for riding low tide, (20 foot tidal range means we can ride and terra firma year round). Intertidal and beach riding are where the fatty shines. Otherwise studded 9er is better.
  • + 4
 I'd be all over a fat bike, if it werent for the all the gawping masses... 'is that one of them fat bikes'... 'that must be heavy (re a mates full carbon borealis)'... 'that must be hard work'.... 'are they car tyres'... 'does it go in the snow'... etc, every 1/4 of a mile.
  • + 6
 You can't expect people to know everything. I had the same load of questions during my summer trip in Germany and France. In the beginning it's ok, but in the end it's exhausting... Though informing people is worth a lot, even if it somehow annoys you.
  • + 11
 ^I hear you. I was one of the first on a LEFTY in Vancouver back in the day when they first came out. But it was also fun messing with people like saying its broken and I would look into it when I got home, lol.
  • + 5
 @pbuser2299 so you'd like to get a fatbike, but you won't do it because of people's opinions??
  • + 5
 My friend has one, its amazing to ride and far better than i ever expected, but whenever we go anywhere we literally (ok not literally, but not far off) spend more time stood around answering peoples daft questions, than we do riding. Makes you self concious and find yourself deliberately avoiding people so you can get on with your damn ride.
The lefty thing is identical, 'doesnt it fall over?', 'doesnt it bend' 'oooh i wouldnt trust that' 'does it go round right hand corners?'.
  • + 9
 Complaining about trivial things is an early sign of depression and unhappiness.
  • + 4
 So exposure to fat bikes has psychologically damaged me?! Good bye cruel world, do i cut down the street or across the road?
  • + 5
 Not getting one (or anything else) because of questions on the trail is lame. You have the option of not stopping and talking to people you know, kind of the whole point if getting out into the woods alone to ride.
  • + 4
 Hahha, chill out man, is just a webpage forum. Negative sarcarsm is another sign btw. cheers
  • + 1
 @Narro2 "Depression and unhappiness" is a tautology.
  • + 4
 This video is cool but you have to also consider the skill level of the riders here and that this is a marketing video. Riding a bike, even a fat bike in unpacked snow like that is very difficult. These guys make it look super easy the way they control the bike a drift around, but good luck to the average non-professional rider trying to ride like that. It reminds me of another video that Rocky Mountain put out maybe a year ago where I think Wade Simmons and someone else were absolutely destroying some gnarly trails on a couple of shorter travel bikes, maybe even hardtails. It was awesome, but at the end of the day not practical for anyone but guys of that skill level. I'm not hating on fat bikes here, I just think that the average person will likely be more limited to the hard packed trails when it comes to snow riding, not drifting big unpacked open slopes like this.
  • + 7
 Sure, flip that fatso! Now I want one!
  • + 4
 Yeah its pretty cool but I honestly want the cabin a lil more.
  • + 3
 Aaaanddd added to favourites!

This video is exactly what riding bikes is all about: having a great time on 2 wheels with your friends. Nothing more, nothing less. Loved it! Beer
  • + 2
 I've been bitten by the fat bug as well, I have a brand new knolly warden sitting in my garage and all I can think about is getting home to ride my 9zero7 fatty! There's no debating that they are just plain fun and make me smile everytime I'm on them.
  • + 6
 fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun. fun.
  • + 4
 Sorry but I donĀ“t see the flow in this video... all the time I was thinking that a snowboard would be funner... I liked the music and fire though.
  • + 1
 Precisely. Whole lotta crashing going on. I have enough injuries already. At least with an edge (or two, if that's your thing) I don't spend the day tomahawking down the slope. There's better tools for the job. I also have enough bikes already.
  • + 2
 "...the fat bike trend that's taking the bike industry..."
'Taking', in present progressive tense? It jumped the shark here 3 winters ago.

While everyone was whinging about the term 'Enduro', which I've heard only a handful of times, the prefix 'FAT-' is thrown around like Flunitrazepan during a night out w/Bill Cosby. Once the cold weather hits, I hear/read the term fat- at least a dozen times daily.

They are fun to ride, but I still haven't seen them go places where my 2.4" tires can't, we all walk the same places. One exception is groomed trails, and the only reason I can't ride those is due to discrimination against tires 3.7".
  • + 1
 Exactly my opinion. I ride my trail bike in the snow a lot and its totally fine with some 2.4 tires with a dh-thread.
  • + 2
 Although fatbikes have their purpose I couldn't agree with this more, I just ride my hardtail with 2.75" all winter in Michigan and for the most part it is just as capable as a fatty. I also notice the discrimination in tire widths as well, a local group just put in one of the first dedicated fat tire trails for winter use up here and the restrictions on tire size only allow dedicated fat bikes. It works for me I guess, I just hit the off beaten path hiking trails and illegal snowmobile trails, getting out in the winter is fun and perspective changing no matter what bike you find yourself on though.
  • + 1
 You don't even have 3.7 inches? I'm sorry, bro. Truly, I am.
  • + 5
 So the answer to the headline is no; but you can have a lot of fun if you don't have to pedal them uphill!
  • + 3
 One thing we've learned from that video : fair enough you can go down just about anything but you need a mate with a skidoo to shuttle you up...
  • + 1
 Fatbikes seem like a lot of fun. I would seriously consider one if my terrain would be suitable for one. These flat grounds or hardpack dirt xc trails with less than 30m in height difference here require fast rolling bikes to keep it less boring.
  • + 3
 OK. Here's the deal. It's not the clumsy fatty bikes. It's Canada and the Canadian's. Everything looks like fun up there, bud. Rip anyone?
  • + 4
 First fat video I have watched that has made me want one! that edit was fun from start to finish
  • + 4
 Rocky Mountain videos are super fun!!! Simmons, Tippie and Gully always killing!!!
  • + 5
 I prefer skis in winter, but it is me.
  • + 4
 I'm with you buddy! Cool video and all, but bar the ease of access to the sport (i.e. anyone can jump on a bike but it takes a lot of money and dedication to have the ability to ski that terrain) I can't see why people would do this rather than ski or board...
  • + 3
 "but it takes a lot of money and dedication to have the ability"--uhhhhh maybe thats why people would rather do this fat bike thing, not all of us are dedicated rich kid skiers like you.
  • + 1
 @Forty130 LOL I am not a kid anymore i am almost 40! Well... I am only when my wife calls me that, which she does when I shred.
  • + 4
 Matt Hunter, Silvia Films, winter...
  • + 1
 Are they allowed at resorts? I would really enjoy riding at Northstar year round, no snowboard involved. When someone finally makes a 8-10" fatbike, please let me get that train out of the station
  • + 1
 I def was a skeptic/hater of fatbikes but I'm not going to lie, this video totally sold me and makes me want to give one a go. they seem perfect for the typical hardpack new england snow.
  • + 3
 I don't get it. The only thing I was thinking about in this video was cutting some good lines with some fat skis.
  • + 2
 I'm not gonna hate on something I haven't tried but for me personally when i see the snow on the hills I just wanna go boarding
  • + 2
 Yep, everything they showed was boring nonsense on a board.
  • + 4
 Third fat bike freeride edit I've seen. And so it begins...
  • + 1
 Go look at the tires we were running in the early '00s, then come back & tell me you've only seen 3 fatbike freeride videos. All old school freeride vids were fatbikes vids!
  • + 2
 I sense hipster
  • + 1
 haha, nah, just somebody who has old 2.7 Intense & 2.6 specialized tires(That are both bigger when mounted) in his bike room!
  • + 1
 Fatbikes are wider than 2.7.
Arent they 4.something?
and theres got to be a reason the majority of the riders stoped using them.
  • - 1
 I'm sorry that you're unable to get past the literal & take my statements in the spirit in which they are meant.

But old school tires were far bigger than their stated size, & a 3.0 tire mounted to a 35~mm rim is what all these plus size(29+ 27.5+,) midfat wheels are. which makes them really close in size to those old school freeride rims & tires.
  • + 2
 No problem. Why were they not used anymore?
  • + 1
 How is that even remotely the point?
  • + 1
 just asking... btw just rode a fatbike yesterday. It is a totally different feel than a regular bike with 2.7 inch tires. So theres definitely a niche or market for it. I am sure they are here to stay.
  • + 1
 This video has changed my mind about fat bikes. I want one for riding in powder. I still say fuck em during the summer months!
  • + 2
 Man I really want a fat bike. I don't care what people say, they look like crazy fun
  • + 2
 I never understood fat bikes and now I want one! Good marketing from Rocky Mountain I guess
  • + 1
 that was flipping awesome! aaahh I can't justify one more bike though... need money for things like food, but then again, more bikes Wink
  • + 2
 No, still want to hate them. I guess they have some use in some winter riding, but its still a cow on a sloppy surface.
  • + 2
 I got my first fatbike for this winter and I love it! And here in Finland it's really nice to drive in all seasons.
  • + 2
 I guess the answer is "no". Judging by all the falls and snow mobile assists!
  • - 2
 Yah dooood, gnarly. Get your face plant on man! I'll be so cool on my fat bike this winter. I'll spend three days riding to make a 5 minute video with a whole bunch of slow mo. Yahhh bro, sooooo awesome like now I can totally never be without a bike ever. Totally dopeness. (FFS)
  • + 2
 They look like way more fun than i thaught
  • + 1
 Pure awesome! You can tell the boys had a blast on that shoot! Props to fun!
  • + 2
 thats sick! looks so fun. i wish we had snow over here in germany
  • + 1
 Great video, just tired of 3 minute videos that waste the first 40 seconds on crap before they actually get on a bike.
  • + 4
 Everyone knows you can't make a bike video without showing the riders getting out of bed, cooking breakfast, loading bikes at home, and unload the bikes at the trail
  • + 1
 the funnest thing in that video was the snow machine. Leave the skis for the snow.
  • + 1
 Awesome to see the rider blowing out their nose on go pro at 1:42.I thought i was the only one.
  • + 2
 Well this has got me stoked to ride tomorrow.Christmas or not!
  • + 2
 A cool vid and a bunch of appealing pic. Nice ad Rocky Mountain !
  • + 1
 Its all about the snomo ride back to the top and shredding lap after lap looks fun I'd try it!
  • + 0
 This was a boring video... and at no point would I consider any of it "free riding". I guess the answer to their question is no, you can not free ride a fat bike.
  • + 1
 I've got 9 zero 7 here , use it all the time . yeah loads of attention but who cares all out riding bikes
  • + 2
 Damn Squamish you are sexxy!
  • + 1
 I ll kiss the ass of the guy who rides down the all complete a-Line with jumps and snow, on a fatbike !!!
  • + 1
 Awesome. I bet there will be will first attempt on chute in Alaska by end of season.
  • + 2
 Wade, Gully and Tippie, you know its going to be good! Looks like fun!
  • + 1
 Now you need something to prevent the snow from gathering on those wide wheels! I am sure it would save a lot of energy!
  • + 1
 It's all fun and games 'til Gully throws a fatty backflip...
  • + 1
 what glasses is geoff wearing?
  • + 2
 Fuck yeah you can
  • + 1
 Other than that tho it's fucking ill I want one
  • + 1
 you qian ren xing ....POD+VOP haha
  • + 2
 Gully can flip anthing..
  • - 3
 Even you mom
  • + 1
 Waiting for the boxxer fat bike fork to drop.
  • + 1
 Now I see for what are the fat bikes made for.
  • + 1
 Rad! Are we going to see these guys race at Frostbike? Smile
  • + 1
 Yeah, its about that sweet man.........
  • + 1
 A video of fatbikes used they way they were intended, that's a first!
  • + 1
 Is that the first FatBike flip ?
  • + 1
 Damn, now I wanna get Fat
  • - 3
 I would only ride one in the winter. People do say they are fast in the summer, but I'm not sure turning almost 11 pounds or 1300 gram tire, 450 gram tube, 800 gram rim, 2550 grams or 5.6 pounds per wheel, of tire, tube and rim is more efficient or faster than a tubeless 27.5 or 29er setup. Sure, you can go tubeless and get lighter rims and tires, even carbon, but at some point money wise a 29er will be lighter and have better roll over. And a fat bike will never be as agile as a 27.5 with 2.5 tires. I'm not against them and have considered it for snow, we do have snow 3-4 months of the year, but riding them a few times in the snow, doesn't seem like a summer go to bike.

On an un-related note, the first fat biker I've this year, full face helmet, knee/shin pads, skin tight baggies, elbow pads over a jacket and an extra large Camelbak pack. No colors matched. I mean it looked like he was having fun, which is the whole point of it and he might even be a rookie, but please, if you know this man or have friends like them, don't let them leave the house dressed like that. They are dangerous dressed like that, I almost crashed laughing...
  • + 0
 Pulled the weighs from out your arse did you ? Or never weighed the stuff that goes on freeride/AM bikes ?
  • - 1
 What? No. Seems like a good average weight for stock parts. Even my 29er, if I switched to a tube, it would be a difference of 60 grams or 2 ounces or so. I've never had issues running single ply and standard tubes in MY area. However, if you spent a ton of money, you'd still be dragging along more weight compared to a regular wheel sized bike. I have what I'm running below and links to fat bike weights.

1300 grams for a tire, fat-bike.com/2012/01/tire-weights-for-fat-bikes
450 grams for your average FB tube. Even Surly lights are 390. fat-bike.com/2012/03/lighter-fat-bike-tube-alternatives
860 grams for a Surly daryl WITH holes www.universalcycles.com/shopping/product_details.php?id=38387&category=855

I'm not adding hub weights, this was for rotational weight.

My 29er, Halo Vapour 465g, Maxxis crossmark UST 730g, Valve stem and sealant 220g... 1415g That's a 1135g difference or 2.5 pounds lighter.
My 26er in AM settings, (can't run tubeless) Syncros DS28 545g, Maxxis Minion DHR single 2.35 folding 700g, 26x2.5 tube 210g.. That's 1095g difference or 2.4 pounds lighter.

That's for the rears, the fronts you can add 70 grams or so, they are 2.4 and 2.5 respectively.

See, all true. Again, that's just for me and what my thoughts are on this.
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 I wouldn't mind putting those fat tires on a downhill.
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 while skiing is king in the winter, this looks sick!!!
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 Fun as that looks, that pow is begging for some skis.
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 As long as I can get one in 650b form!
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 Who wouldn't want to do that? Looks like a dream way to ride.
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 cheers boys from canada
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 I'M COOL WIDDIT
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 Man did that look fun..
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 backflipping a fat bike? i have to admit i didn't see that coming..
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 ooohhhh that looks fun
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 Props to Gully for making that stupid ass bike look cool
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 NO!
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