When fat bikes were introduced a couple
years ago, many riders were puzzled and
thought, “Why do we need that?” Some
manufacturers are realizing that fat bikes
might be more than what the average rider
needs and are downsizing fat bikes into
plus-size bikes. This in-between option can
handle the snow as well as your local summer singletrack.
It’s in the details: Data is becoming more detailed and part of finishing up a ride. Graphs are allowing riders to keep
track of progress and train more effectively.
There are a surprising number of mountain bikers who haven’t converted to tubeless. This is one of the best trends to hit mountain biking in the last 10 years, and the
technology is only getting better (aside from rim-width changes). Slowly but surely,
tubeless-ready bikes are becoming more affordable, as are aftermarket tubeless wheels.
Tires and rims are being made to fit better, and riders are burping fewer and fewer tires.
Tubeless-ready tires cost almost the same as non-tubeless tires and generally have better wear and drastically more traction. As riders recognize this as the best option for rubber, companies are responding. Did we mention you’ll spend way less money on tubes?
Monster bike: There are riders all over the country who need fat bikes to ride year round. Areas that have diverse
climates are feeling the positive effects of the monster tires.
8 TUBELESS: IF YOU HAVEN’T, YOU SHOULD
7 PLUS SIZES AND FAT BIKES