Fat Bike Summit 2014: The Bikes

Elite racers at the Fat Bike Summit

Elite racers at the Fat Bike Summit

An article by the Professor.

The 3rd Annual Fat Bike Summit was held in Ogden, Utah on January 24-25, 2014. Bullet and I went up on Saturday to check it out. I’ve never seen so many fat bikes in one place at the same time. I think there were about 150 people racing, and add to that quite a few more that showed up with their fat bikes to hang out. On top of that there were dozens of demo fat bikes on hand for visitors to ride.

Surly had quite a few Pugsleys and Moonlanders on hand to demo.

Surly booth

Surly booth

Surly Moonlander and Puglsey bikes to demo.

Surly Moonlander and Puglsey bikes to demo.

Salsa also had quite a few Mukluks and Beargrease fat bikes for demoing as well.

Salsa Cycles booth.

Salsa Cycles booth.

Salsa Beargrease bikes for demoing.

Salsa Beargrease bikes for demoing.

Borealis had 6-8 bikes on hand as well.

The Borealis booth

The Borealis booth

The Borealis Yampa

The Borealis Yampa

Borealis Yampa

Borealis Yampa

Borealis Yampa details

Borealis Yampa details

In addition to these, there were also a a few Fatbacks and handful of Charge Cooker Maxi steel frame fat bikes; Performance is selling this lower end fat bike. These were just the demo bikes. 9:Zero:7 had a few of their carbon fiber bikes on hand, but I don’t think they were available to ride.

Fatback

Fatback

More Fatbacks

More Fatbacks

Cooker steel frame fat bikes, a British brand

Charge steel frame fat bikes, a British brand

Cooker details

Cooker Maxi details

The Vee Rubber V8 tire

The Vee Rubber V8 tire

The V8 tire looks like a nice all around tire comparable to the Surly Knard, but considerably cheaper. It seems to get good reviews as well.

The 9:Zero:7 booth

The 9:Zero:7 booth

9:zero:7 carbon fiber frame

9:zero:7 carbon fiber frame

Trek was on hand with a few Farleys. I think before next season we will see some well designed Bontrager wheels and tires.

Trek Farleys

Trek Farleys

The less common Robin's eggshell blue frame.

The less common Robin’s eggshell blue frame.

We also saw a few other new fat bikes that we had never seen before. There was exactly one Specialized Fatboy racing. We caught up with the owner, from Logan, and checked out his bike. The most impressive feature of the bike seemed to us to be the wheelset and tires. The bike felt pretty heavy to us, but it is nice looking if that counts for anything.

The Specialized Fatboy.

The Specialized Fatboy.

Fatboy detail

Fatboy detail

Nice rim cut-outs.

Nice rim cut-outs.

4.8" Ground Control tires

4.8″ Ground Control tires

We also spotted a Diamant fat bike which is a European bike, the counterpart to the Bikesdirect Motobecane fat bikes, which we also saw.

The Diamant Mammut

The Diamant Mammut

This bike has a wider front rim than the back with double holes.

This bike has a wider front rim than the back with double holes.

Motobecane fat bike

Motobecane fat bike

Not sure which model Motobecane this is.

Not sure which model Motobecane this is.

Perhaps the most beautiful fat bike we saw was a Durango Hooey. The Durango Bike Company is a small bike maker (husband and wife team) located in Durango, Colorado. They make mountain bikes and this aluminum fat bike. They are all hand-made in the U.S.A. The Hooey was an impressive bike. They even made the front shock on this bike.

The Durango Hooey fat bike with the owner of the company (sorry, didn't get her name).

The Durango Hooey fat bike with the owner of the company (sorry, didn’t get her name).

A svelte, elegant frame

A svelte, elegant frame

Nice details

Nice details

Custom made shock

Custom made shock

More nice details

More nice details

More details

More details

We also found a couple guys riding the new Origin 8 Crawler. This is an aluminum frame fat bike with an internal rear cassette. We hefted the bike and it was heavy, especially in the rear. Not too impressive, but I did not ride it.

Origin 8 Crawler

Origin 8 Crawler

Crawler up close

Crawler up close

The heavy rear hub

The heavy rear hub

And finally, a couple other interesting fat bikes we saw.

Titanium Fatback with a Lefty fork.

Titanium Fatback with a Lefty fork.

Ogden resident Mark Peterson's Moonlander

Ogden resident Mark Peterson’s Moonlander

A fat unicycle complete with disc brake and a flask cage.

A fat unicycle complete with disc brake and a flask cage.

We had a good time gawking at the bikes and other gear as well as watching the races and other activities.

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