2015 NAHBS – March 6-8 - The Kentucky International Convention Center
Fat Bikes at NAHBS

Who We’re Calling “Fat” for 2015

As it has become de rigueur for major makers to offer at least one fat bike model, the 2015 NAHBS presents diverse visions concerning the burgeoning fat standard.

Several offerings reflect a maturing of fat tires into a more traditional trail machine, such as the Eriksen Ti with carbon Borealis fork. Purported to be in the 22-pound range, its short, tight geometry emphasizes traction and climbing ability .

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Kish Fabrication Fat Bike Photo: Tim Smith

 

Kish’s striking pink-accented Ti build also offers a singletrack-oriented character around the now popular Rockshox Bluto fork.

Wiseman Framework’s steel fat bike, as stated by the framebuilder, was designed with the Midwest in mind, with a geometry matching the needs of the tight, rooty, rocky trails found throughout the Midwest. Additionally, the Wiseman’s baby blue paint with white and red accents is a welcome contrast to the overwhelming amount of bare Ti found throughout the show.

Quiring's Fat Tandem Photo: Tim Smith

Quiring’s Fat Tandem
Photo: Tim Smith

Northern Michigan’s Quiring brought a full range of fat options including tandems, with several designs moving between 29er+ tires for the warmer seasons to 4” or 5” for wintertime in the snowy north.

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Moomen’s single-speed BMX/Fat Bike Photo: Tim Smith

 

While some makers strive to make fat bikes more trail-specific, numerous other examples highlight the fanciful and adventurous heritage of going fat. University of Iowa’s long wheelbase, studded tire, all Ti single-speed was built specifically for the winter. Its 197mm hub spacing front and rear provided the pilot numerous single cog configurations for the conditions.

 

Moonmen’s bold, BMX/fatbike single-speed mashup certainly defines fanciful, with its in-house riser bars and the “Mension Tension Travel System”:chainstays which can be tensioned, separated for a belt drive, or even replaced with a new rear triangle for geared riding.

Black Sheep Bikes’ Speedster screams “Adventure!” with its truss fork, long, removable rear rack, and nicely accented, laced frame bag from Andrew the Maker. If the fat bike has ushered in a “do anything, go anywhere” niche into the off-road world, then the Black Sheep Speedster certainly exudes that. And the bike breaks down to pack into a airport-friendly travel case, to boot.

Adventure indeed.