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Nov 27, 2015 at 16:42
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This montage video of fat biking in the Yukon was put together during prime later winter, early spring conditions. Makes us want to get up there for some riding too.
Has fat biking expanded your riding season where you live?
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(Nov 27, 2015 at 16:55)
It's so great up there, the combination of trails, landscape and people is tough to beat. Thanks for the bump the front page, fellas!
(Nov 28, 2015 at 8:16)
Great job Dan. Really impressive images, love the way you shoot the Yukon!
(Dec 4, 2015 at 20:25)
So awesome to see your stuff again!
(Nov 28, 2015 at 9:07)
Ugh! Every time I see a winter video/photo spread featuring fat bikes riding groomed trails, I think, "Those trails are totally rideable on a regular bike!"
(Nov 28, 2015 at 13:08)
that's why i love fat bikes. they pack down all the trails and i can ride my mountain bikes in mid-winter!
(Nov 27, 2015 at 23:09)
When I lived in the Yukon, from '04-'09, a lot of my friends had Fat Bikes, before they were cool. It's a place where a Fat Bike makes sense, the perfect snow and terrain. Another good place, Tofino BC, where you can load your surf board and ride to the sandier beaches.
Seeing a Fat Bike in the Whistler bike park..... Silly.
If I ever go back to the Yukon (hell, Kamloops would be awesome to!), then I'm getting myself one
Great vid, makes me miss it up there
(Nov 27, 2015 at 17:17)
If you live up north....ya gotta have a fattie. Yer buddies will drop ya when spring comes if ya dont stay peddling. Cheers great vid!
(Nov 27, 2015 at 18:08)
For sure! We finally got snow! I don't want to put the MTB away but thank jeebus for my fat bike!
(Nov 28, 2015 at 4:38)
Quebec is winter, fatbike everywhere here
(Nov 27, 2015 at 18:39)
big group rides with friends, looks like fun, cold but fun (Southern Californian)
(Nov 28, 2015 at 12:51)
What´s wrong with skis? Yes, I see there is a short in-betweener season, but frankly I use my normal 6" trail bike for snow riding without problems whenever there`s snow thats too bad for skiing.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 19:31)
Right on Sylvain! love your Yukon trails in summer, will have to come for winter now
(Nov 30, 2015 at 10:40)
Come on up, you won't regret it! The winter is a whole other world and our fat biking community is huge now in Whitehorse. Every year there are more and more pack trails to ride.
(Nov 30, 2015 at 13:08)
Awesome! And if he's too busy, get in touch with me. I'll show you the sickest places to ride a fat bike in the Yukon.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 12:52)
just recently built myself a fatty and its such a cool thing to ride and i was 100% on the full rigid set up but looking at if you control/adjust your tyre pressures to what you are doing it looks to me like it will take on most things.I like the looks on people faces when they see it its more WTF is that thing lol
(Nov 28, 2015 at 11:57)
Oh yes. I love my Fat bike. Right now we own 3 soon to be 4. Fat bikes are just so much more fun to ride than a reg. MTB. It's really a different world all together. Now we ride all year in any conditions. When the trail are covered in snow and ice and there's no real bumps. It's like riding a bobsled or something. Just so different and so fun. Maybe that's why it's so much fun. Because it's different and I've just ridden MTB's so long. It's a refreshing breath of air for our sport.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 21:11)
Looking into getting a fatty need some assist. bluto vs rigid fork. Pros and cons. Thanks.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 22:16)
In my experience, I have loved my Fatbike. It allows me to ride when not even the roadies are not able to!
As far as the fork, it is very much up to you. Due to the lack of suspension and the big tires, fat bikes are a very bumpy ride. A Bluto would help absorb a lot of these bumps and essentially make it more comfortable. However that adds more weight to an already fairly heavy bike. A rigid fork is obviously a lot lighter, but it can cause a lot of fatigue on your hands/arms on longer rides.
Personally if I had the money I would go for a Bluto. If you don't care so much about weight and want more comfort, go for it!
(Nov 28, 2015 at 6:53)
Agree with kdstones but also depends on your climate. Bluto is great until it gets really cold (-15C or lower). I have seen two become "stuck down" in the cold. Once the trails are snow packed it is really not necessary, although there are times when you get hard ice ruts it would be nice to have suspension up front.
If you buy a rigid fork bike, look for one that uses 150 x 15m front axle. That will give you flexibility to convert to a Bluto in future without needing a whole new front wheel.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 6:59)
If you're on a limited budget and will mostly be ridding in snow then I would get studded tires first, a dropper post second, and a Bluto fork third.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 18:06)
Love my bluto, it weighs like 5g more than my rigid steel fork.
It's nice in the snow when you're riding something after someone has hiked it without snowshoes and you've got a ton of holes to ride over. Makes front wheel braking and handling more forgiving. I don't ride my bike below 0 deg f, so the fork hasn't been an issue yet. If you're riding in super cold, you'll need cable disc brakes as well.
My biggest issue is setting the shock pressure and tire pressure in my garage. When i get to the canyon where its 30-40 deg cooler i loose a couple psi in the tires and my fork bottoms out a ton. Got in the habit of bringing a shock pump and floor pump to double check before each ride.
Pros: handling, more forgiving ride
Cons: maintance and setup, poor cold performance
(Nov 29, 2015 at 8:25)
Thanks for the knowledge guys. is hardly less than -5 where I live, and not that much snow, but a lot of ice. so bluto it is. Cheers.
(Nov 30, 2015 at 8:58)
get the bluto. youd be surprised how hard you can push a fat bike with suspension
(Nov 28, 2015 at 21:34)
Looked awesome, that's what I always felt fat bikes were intended for. Might be heading up north for a vacation next summer, inspired by that, I will try my best to bring my bike!
(Nov 28, 2015 at 5:02)
EPIC with a capital E, P, I and C! Well if that doesn't change the mind of the fat bike haters nothing will! Whole thing looked amazing and so much fun.
(Jan 7, 2016 at 11:57)
Very nice image, great short film, but i'm not convince that there is a real interest in Fatbiking. It's like tofu hot-dog, you may like hot-dog and tofu, but that dosen't mean tofu hot-dog is a great idea. I like snow, and I like montain biking, but in the winter I ride my board or cross-country ski... And as mention upward, you need trails, so you may use a regular MTL...
(Nov 28, 2015 at 13:43)
Neat vid. Looks like u need a critical mass of riders to get trails to ride like that in the snow. Once you get the snow grooved in could almost be as fun as hitting the same stuff on xc skis.
(Dec 1, 2015 at 9:12)
"Has fat biking expanded your riding season where you live?"
No, I already ride 12 months/year. However, it has dumbed down the winter trails quite a bit. 8-10 years ago, there were a small handful of snow MTBers (fatbikes were very very rare), so trails were tough to ride; skinny & bumpy from hiker traffic, but very limited wheels packing it down. Since the fadbike craze took hold, every Tom, Dick & Harry is out there packing down the trails, resulting in a 2-3' wide smooth-as-glass surface.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 17:12)
Good stuff. If you are in the North Shore of Lake Tahoe Stop by the Gravity Shop in Tahoe City and ask Mike about the local winter trails. We have way to much fun on these Fat Bikes.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 14:21)
Where do you ride them? Rim trail? That sounds impossible.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 17:29)
(Nov 28, 2015 at 10:19)
Chester did with road bike.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 10:12)
best place in Canada to ride in the summer. Still have not rode a fat bike yet in the winter.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 18:24)
fat = fun
(Nov 28, 2015 at 23:12)
That's what you tell yourself in college at 1:59 am.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 5:08)
I wonder why many mtb vids nowadays start with an ariel view of trees. Brandon semenuk likes them alot: see Backwoods, the liason trailer, etc.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 6:10)
(Nov 28, 2015 at 10:07)
I agree. It is almost as bad as starting the video with the rider waking up, cooking & eating breakfast, and having a coffee before it shows any kind of riding.
Videos need to start with the straight up riding instead of this BS.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 3:58)
Nice! the only legitimate reason to ride a fat bike!
(Nov 28, 2015 at 17:43)
When I see snow on the ground, I'm thinking about my snowboard, not my bike.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 18:08)
When snowboarding is good, the biking is crap. When the biking is good, snowboarding is crap. It's not an issue
(Nov 27, 2015 at 21:34)
I have to get to the Yukon Territory! That looks awesome!
(Nov 27, 2015 at 19:04)
Fatbike in the winter I can get behind
(Nov 28, 2015 at 7:30)
Awesome!...I hope someone pic those beer cans though
(Nov 29, 2015 at 19:35)
In case it hsn't been mentioned those are the Carcross trails. Day trip territory out of Whitehorse.
(Nov 30, 2015 at 13:31)
There is actually a lot more footage from Whitehorse trails in this video than there is from Carcross. There is also lots of footage from places around Whitehorse/Carcross area; Fish Lake, Alligator Lake and Benneth Lake.
(Nov 30, 2015 at 7:46)
I am not sure what my mates would say but I wouldn't mind mounting up a fatty one of these winters.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 17:21)
Between a set of Surly Nates and a set of Maxxis Mammoth's, my fatty is my go to, year round bike now. More kms on it than anything else in the garage...
(Nov 28, 2015 at 12:02)
Looooove the BLUTO. It make jumping my Fat a lot more fun.
(Dec 1, 2015 at 20:24)
Nice, but Molson Export not so nice.
(Nov 30, 2015 at 13:31)
AWSOME by -52 in January! I cant wait !,, kidding,,,
(Nov 28, 2015 at 7:22)
The Yukon and Fattbiking that's so awesome
(Nov 28, 2015 at 16:39)
Fun...Just like a moped
(Nov 28, 2015 at 11:53)
Yukon - a real reason to own fat bike
Btw: awesome video.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 17:08)
I love my fat bike!!
(Nov 28, 2015 at 0:51)
That gave me a Fat!
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(Nov 28, 2015 at 10:19)
That was the lamest cat felching shit i've ever seen. I wish they would have fallen in the water and died of hypothermia.
(Nov 28, 2015 at 12:15)
Thanks for sharing your unnecessary hate. We don't have enough of that today...
(Nov 27, 2015 at 20:15)
(Nov 27, 2015 at 16:52)
(Nov 27, 2015 at 18:57)
Gee golly me. If you don't like it that must mean nobody else can.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 19:32)
Fat bikes. Not even once.
(Nov 27, 2015 at 19:24)
A pedal assist fat bike on snowmobile trails would be epic
(Nov 28, 2015 at 14:12)
lirl at fatbike fans hating on anything
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