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E-bikes and cargo bikes and fat bikes oh my!

E-bikes and cargo bikes and fat bikes oh my!

Day one of Outdoor Dirt Demo. There was dirt and wind and beer and bikes and… The Elliptigo. Maybe next year they’ll come out with a recumbent, E-Elliptigo but until then- I’m out.

Fatbikes. I like them. They are fun. Apparently other people like them too, and the bike industry has been selling lots of them. I also like cargo bikes. They have come a long way in the last few years and I’m trying to get my nephews set up with one so they are of particular interest to me this year. Another style of bike that piques my interest is the folder. Not just for smug commuters anymore, the folder is a great option for those that travel, don’t have much space in their houses, or those that may link up a few different types of transportation on their commute.

After missing the show last year, I was unsure what to expect- curious what changes had been made in the program as far as vendors and more importantly, the sweet deals that they sometimes bring to the demo.

One thing that was easy to notice as soon as you step off the bus, is the growth of the e-bike. I think it’s undeniable at this point that the cycling industry will have to make room for this growing sector of bikes. Like it, or not. Town bikes, cargo bikes, even mountain bikes were cruising up the hills at 20mph, quiet as a mouse with the driver pedaling with little effort and an unavoidable smile on their face. I tested one on a cargo bike platform (which as of this writing I’m going to say that its the only e-bike I’d feel comfortaly riding, unless no one was looking.) An Xtracycle Edgerunner, it had the Bosch gear box system which is pretty great, being a true pedal assist, unlike some that seem little more than electric mopeds. Though I rode it unloaded, I can imagine that with a full load of beer, kids, or potting soil- even steep hills would be climbable, maybe even with ease.

Dirt Demo, for whatever reason, is not attended near as well as Interbike. Some shop people or media folks love it- and why wouldn’t you? It’s 2 days in the desert, riding bikes you could never afford, with lots of trails, a pump track and even a goddamn shuttle. The interest seems to be waning still, with fewer attendees, and some vendors pulling out- maybe saving themselves for the show? Myself, I haven’t taken advantage of the shuttle, and don’t go buck wild on the riding- I just like to go around and snap photos of dirty bikes.

But I digress, the focus is on the bikes. So here it goes…

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Fatback introduces the carbon Corvus fatbike

Fatback introduces the carbon Corvus fatbike

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.

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About Fatback

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