Out and about on the trails lately? Then you have probably noticed a significant increase in people bopping around on what look like mountain bikes but with big, fat tyres.
That’s a Fat Bike!
Fat Bikes are great fun. These monsters push you to the limits that would otherwise end up in catastrophe on a regular mountain bike.
WHAT IS A FAT BIKE?
A Fat Bike is basically a mountain bike with bigger, wider or fat tyres.
They were initially designed for bicycle riders to travel more easily in snow environments. They will often traverse terrain that you couldn’t manage on any other bike, including sand, mud, ice, snow and even rocky gravel paths.
Often with larger, oversized 4” wheels, insurmountable terrain can be reimagined as an epic adventure and at that same recreational level or at an occupational level, riders will often use their Fat Bikes as a work horse as the large stable wheelbase provides the ability to also carry large amounts of gear or cargo.
Fat Bikes provide a number of unique features which differentiate them from conventional mountain bikes.
The first feature is the enormous 4” tyres which are capable ploughing through all types of terrain.
They also feature extremely wide rims and oversized hubs in order to accommodate the larger tyres and tread.
These wider rims add extra weight to the bike, so some manufacturers will often excise some of the redundant material in the rim which will then produce a bubble effect on the inside of the rims.
The huge tread pattern also allows a rider to remain high in soft terrain and prevent bogging. If it gets tough though, you can just let some air out of the tyres and power on with very low tyre pressure (as low as 10 PSI).
At first glance, a Fat Bike frame looks much like a standard mountain bike but there are several key differences, with the most obvious being wheel clearance.
Often the rear triangle and front forks are both modified to accommodate the large, wide wheels and tyres. This means that conventional rim brakes are not suitable to fit or stop the large rotating mass of the wheels, making disc brakes a definite must have item.
Generally speaking, Fat Bikes will use low gears to keep the wheels in motion over more technical terrain such as mud, snow and sand. Low gearing also allows riders to easily pedal the large wheels and tyres and provide a more comfortable and hassle-free ride.
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