Mike DeSalvo builds some great frames in Ashland, OR. I’ve been lucky enough to own one and can say from experience it rides and handles like a dream as well as being beautifully built. Check out DeSalvo Custom Cycles for more information on his bikes.
It’s not what you ride. It’s how you feel. Happy Humpday.
As fatbikes get more popular, as well as fatbike races, we are watching these bikes get lighter, with a growing number playing with not only carbon forks, but carbon frames. Fatback (one of my favorite on the market) just released their carbon Corvus, and though I haven’t seen a price point, I’m sure these are going to be a popular choice for those looking for light and fat.
I am so stoked to see what they have this coming week at Interbike in Las Vegas- and hope to bring one home with me… I’ve got my fingers crossed.
FATBACK INTRODUCES CORVUS, A COMPLETE CARBON FIBER FAT-BIKE
Anchorage, Alaska – Fatback announces the addition of the CORVUS CARBON FRAME AND FORK to its lineup of back-country all-terrain bikes. The complete bike, frame, and fork are available now for pre-ordering through the Fatback website.
The Fatback Corvus is made for snow treks and shoreline tours, long hauls and short joy rides, week long excursions and weekend races; it’s ready for any adventure. The frame utilizes the strength of a unidirectional carbon fiber layup, with a monocoque front triangle and bonded chainstays and seatstays. With its integrated rack mounts and maximized storage capacity in the front triangle, riders can carry a wide range of gear while taking advantage of the lighter and stiffer frame that carbon fiber offers.
The Corvus frame features generous standover clearance with a tapered head tube, and a standard BSA threaded external bottom bracket. The Corvus rear triangle is built around the new 190mm symmetrical rear hub spacing that Fatback developed and tested over the previous winter. The Corvus will ship standard with the newly launched Fatback Sterling 4.2 inch tire, but has enough tire clearance to run up to 4.8 inch tires. The frame also has three water bottle mounts, four integrated rear rack mounts, a removable rear derailleur hanger, a 12mm thru axle, and a removable low direct-mount front derailleur spacer so riders can run either a single or double chainring setup.
The Corvus fork features unidirectional carbon fiber monocoque construction with a 15mm thru axle, a molded cable channel, post mounts for 160mm rotors, and a tapered steer tube. The Corvus fork also has enough spacing to handle the 135mm Fatback hub and 4.8 inch tires.
Fatback has been forging a niche in the market since 2007. The company continues to make tracks by popularizing the 190mm drivetrain for riders who want to roll with even wider tires (4.8 inches). Fatback is a key player in the fat tire market and was the first to offer many standard features that fat tire riders know today, including 170mm wide symmetrical hubs, huge tire clearance, race and epic adventure proven geometry and more than enough standover clearance.
The company continues to keep its lifestyle front and center by creating top-notch products so riders are prepared to conquer back-country mountain riding. Greg Matyas, owner of Speedway Cycles and all-around product guru, brings leadership and experience to this pioneering brand from their Anchorage, Alaska headquarters. Greg is also responsible for the development of many fat tire components including cranksets for e*thirteen and FSA, carbon forks, and single wall aluminum rims to name a few. For more information, visit: www.fatbackbikes.com
Swiped from Fat-bike.com
The Germans think they found the answer to the 29’er vs 650b debate. Fatbikes.
Well cyclocross season is here and with it- single speed cross! As hydraulic disc brakes are seen more and more on the market- TRP has answered the call by bringing the Hylex onto the scene. For $160 (for front or rear) you can get some full open hydraulic discs for your SSCX bike. Nice one!
Life’s a beach. At least the racing is, in Holland. Think monstercross bike- built for the beach races that take place in Holland. What are beach races?
Those crazy Europeans….
The folks over at Ruckus came up with this little doohickey to keep your keys together, sans ring or carabiner. Looks pretty cool and like most things Portland, there’s a handy little video with mustaches, coffee, beer, bikes, and a white guy.
The Ruckus Carbon Access Tool (C.A.T.) is a multi-tool like no other. It was developed to fit the majority of keys on the market today and allow for future modularity. Manufactured in the USA from lightweight carbon fiber, it offers a balance between sleek professionalism and everyday usage.
Quote from Shawn Small (Owner of Ruckus Composites)
“My girlfriend was out of town and I needed something to do with my hands”
Looks like one hell of a race, THIS section looks especially terrifying with riders sliding out of control and slamming into each other…
It is hard to believe its already September, summer has been flying by. While I always hate to see summer go cyclocross gives me something to look forward to in the fall before we plunge into the long dark and wet days of winter in the PNW. MFG Cyclocross is kicking off the 2013 cross season with Kick Off Cross @ Big Finn Hill Park this Sunday September 8th. If you’ve never raced cross before, they have a beginners category (10:20am) to get your feet wet and your helmet muddy for the first time.
Cyclocross is extremely spectator friendly. Watching a cross race is almost as much fun as racing (minus the sweat, blood & tears). There are a lot of prime spots to watch the action, races are going on all day from 9:30am – 3pm and fans often interact with the racers (I wonder if there will be free wieners like last year…) Big Finn Hill Park is just a short bike ride from Seattle, the majority of which is along the Burke Gilman Trail (Map Here). So grab some friends, go for a ride and come watch the action.