also feeling solid ripping down the trails. Our test riders soon had
no reservations aboard the FatAsh and found it could jump and
flow the trails as well as any other hardtail.
TRICKS, UPGRADES OR TIPS?
Our test rig came with a great build kit that pleased all of
our test riders; however, we did have a minor problem with our
Thompson dropper, forcing us to trade it for another post during
our testing period. Other than that slight mishap, the rest of our
bike was solid, and we felt no need to change or upgrade any
parts. A few of our testers noticed that the 120-millimeter-travel
fork gave the FatAsh a tall head tube, so we experimented with a
lower stem height and found it to be a more comfortable fit.
Renovo took an innovative approach to bike design, and a
decade later the company is still pursuing its craft. The FatAsh is
a beautiful example of craftsmanship, and it doesn’t take an expert
carpenter to notice that. We were literally stopped on almost every
weight, making the effort of those pedal strokes count. In an all-out race to the top of a hill, we wouldn’t count out the FatAsh.
Cornering: Renovo engineered the FatAsh with a tight wheelbase and a slack head tube so riders could attack their local
singletrack. The FatAsh shines on flowy cross-country trails and
inspires confidence when railing turns due to its well-planted front
end, wide tires and dropper seat post. Our test riders found the
80-millimeter stem and 750-millimeter handlebars complemented
this bike’s geometry well, and the added traction of plus-sized tires
allowed us to have a little more fun confidently craving our way
down the trails.
Descending: It’s not every day we ride bicycles made out of
wood, so to no one’s surprise, our test riders had their doubts
about how hard we could push this machine. We dove into our
first descent cautiously, but soon realized the FatAsh was more
than capable of barreling down our fastest hills. The wooden frame
combined with large air-volume tires provided a smooth ride while
Internal routing: Renovo designed the FatAsh with a hollow
front triangle, allowing them to route the bike’s cables internally. The internal cables give the FatAsh a sleek look out on the
trails or while being displayed in the garage.
Not just for show: Renovo
built the FatAsh with a
quality build kit that
delivers on performance
while also contributing
to its jaw-dropping
Built to shred: Renovo could have very easily built the FatAsh
for cross-country racing, but instead, they built this bike to
shred. The FatAsh has a fork with 120 millimeters of travel, which
is more than most hardtails, and has a dropper post so riders
can get rowdy on the trails.