So it’s looking official- Borealis Fatbikes has taken the reins as the company pushing the limits of fatbikes, bridging the gap between 29’ers and those that want tires with more than 4″ of rubber beneath them. When it comes to carbon- they’ve got more out there than anyone. Now with two frames- the Yampa and the new Echo, Borealis also offers their Carbondale rims, and a carbon fork- Oh my!
The Yampa has been seen quite a bit in adventure racing (with a number of wins) this last winter, and the Echo brings out more of the mountain bike feel, with a suspension tuned geometry and a 100mm Rockshox Bluto suspension fork.
Will fat mountain bikes be the wave of the future? It’s unlikely. But for every 100 people that don’t see any use for fat tires, there is somebody out there that is drawn to these double wide wonders, happy as a pig in shit every time we throw our leg over one of these peculiarities.
Carbon fatbikes aren’t cheap and and fat wallets help- the Echo will be offered with 4 spec levels ranging from $4000-$7200. So start pinching your pennies.