In checking out a few recent posts and updates from Surly, Salsa, Speedway Cycles (home of the Fatback in Alaska), Twenty2 Cycles (handmade fatbikes in Vail Valley, CO) and elsewhere, it appears the 2011-2012 fatbike season is going to showcase significant new and redesigned products.
- Surly has a new colored (powdercoated) red, white or green Rolling Darryl rim, to add to their new Clownshoe rim, their Big Fat Larry tires, and their other recent developments. They’ve got a new Black Ops Pugsley, the Moonlander, and some cool new tire options. Check out Surly’s parts section of their site here.
- Salsa has a Mukluk 2 complete, a Mukluk 3 complete, and a Ti Mukuluk, so the options for someone looking for a ready-to-go fatbike or those who want to build from a frame are plentiful, even if you look no farther than the Salsa brand. View the Mukluk options here.
- Other brands, like the Fatback, continue to revamp and improve their line, and the Fatback blog (here) has some great information about their newly redesigned fatbike frames, photos, and explanation of the benefits of their chosen geometry.
- Twenty2 Cycles (a sponsor of the upcoming Fatbike Frozen 40, February 11, 2012) has a beautiful titanium fatbike they are just launching, called the Bully. They’ve just dropped all the new low-down on this amazing looking ride at their site, which you can view here. These guys are hitting the fatbike world hard, and were just mentioned in a recent Outside magazine blog, here. The stunning ti fatbike you see featured in this post is the Bully from Twenty2 Cycles (more at Twenty2Cycles.com, on Facebook at http://Facebook.com/Twenty2Cycles and Twitter: @Twenty2Cycles).
One of each, please.
If any of the above companies are reading this, I’d like one of everything, please. It all looks awesome. For readers of this site, please let us know what new bikes and products you think are the most significant developments or of the most interest to you. If you’re already rocking some of the new stuff, feel free to leave a comment to let others know. Or, if you don’t want to send me the products for free but would like to get the word out, feel free to send some photos of your new fatbikes or fatbike products to Brad At ride Fatbikes dot Com, or drop me a line letting me know you’d like to sponsor the site.
Where should you go looking for a fatbike?
If you are in Minnesota, I highly recommend a few local shops. Milltown Cycles (in Faribault, MN), Angry Catfish (in Mpls), and Freewheel Bike (in Mpls and Eden Prairie) are all “fatbike friendly”, knowledgeable, and good folk. If you are looking somewhere other than MN, I’d recommend you take a look at the Fatbike Library (FatbikeLibrary.com) and look at the listed shops. If you don’t see your favorite listed, leave a Comment.