Check the conditions: The Summit
speakers made it clear that trail conditions must offer enough floatation so you
can travel over snow without leaving a
rut deeper than 1 inch, and it must offer
sufficient traction so you can control your
Take your pick: Borealis made a fleet of demo bikes available to Summit attendees.
“Demo rides are our best sales tool,” said a bike-shop owner from nearby Salt Lake
City. “It is hard to ‘get’ fat bikes until you ride one.”
land managers to lock out mountain
bikers (it certainly didn’t help that
Marin was home to the Sierra Club).
Mountain bikers were banned from
many public trails and parks and
forbidden to venture into designated
wilderness (that, unfortunately, still
holds true today).
The International Mountain
Bicycling Association’s president, Mike
van Abel, said it best to the Summit
attendees, “There was no IMBA when
mountain biking took off, and we have
played 25 years of catch-up to where
the phenomenal growth took the sport.
Looking in on the front end of the new
fat-bike segment, IMBA has the opportunity to bring a cohesive voice to help
land managers establish accepted use
practices and educate riders to those
Check the tires: Finding the perfect tire pressure is part science and part superstition. Fat-bike tires are expected to provide the bike’s traction, floatation and suspension. You see a lot of “tire kicking” at any fat-bike gathering.
Joining the fun: Custom frame builders no longer have the monopoly on fat bikes.
KHS, with models like the 4 Season, leads a growing number of bike-makers who
have added fat bikes to their mountain bike offerings.