Long-term: 45nrth ‘Wolvhammer’ boot
Jan06

Long-term: 45nrth ‘Wolvhammer’ boot

When we received these boots in the post we were pleased, very pleased indeed. Not only because they looked the dogs b*llocks but also because Charlie (of Bikemonger fame – UK importer of 45rth gear) had sent us two pairs by mistake – woohoo! Annoying we did the right thing and sent a pair back and had to make do with the hardship of only testing one pair of über cold weather fatbiking boots – it’s a hard life....

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Long-term: Nextie Carbon Rims
Dec05

Long-term: Nextie Carbon Rims

Right then, let’s not mess about – them there Nextie carbon fatbike rims…..they any good? We’ve been riding these rims for a year now on our über-long-term test bike and we think we’ve got the measure of them. They’re a great looking bit of kit and any way to remove rotating weight from such a big wheel has got to be good, right? But what are they like to ride? Before we get going, let’s have...

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Long-term: Lauf ‘Carbonara’ fork
Nov14

Long-term: Lauf ‘Carbonara’ fork

When Icelandic innovators Lauf launched their Carbonara fatbike fork they caused quite a stir. Some people couldn’t get past the ‘unconventional’ looks, others were more accepting and willing to give this new idea a chance. I like to think of us fatbikers as a little less fashion conscious and set in our ways than members of some of the other sub-cultures of the cycling community, more open to new ideas and different...

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Living with ‘The Dude’
Nov06

Living with ‘The Dude’

This is a hard one for me as I have never ridden any other fat bike before or since. So in one way this is totally unbiased and in another it’s totally inexperienced! To start, why did I pick the dude? Well… After having a bad accident on the road, I thought to myself, ‘I could do with something to slow the pace down a little and get off the tarmac’. So with a 2k budget I messaged the one person I knew had a...

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Long-term: Singular ’Rooster’ 29+
Jun30

Long-term: Singular ’Rooster’ 29+

There was a massive amount of snow last winter which meant that the Rooster has been thoroughly used and abused in some serious conditions along side ‘regular’ fatbikes so that the capabilities of the 29+ genre were really put to the test. In the 8 months we’ve had this bike it’s seen a whole host of different trails and conditions as well as being used for a multitude of different mountain biking disciplines....

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Mid-term: Travers ‘Bat Fastard’
May31

Mid-term: Travers ‘Bat Fastard’

It’s been almost six months now that I’ve been using and abusing this bike and we’ve already been through a lot together. Enough to warrant an update about how we’re getting along….. In those six months this bike has ridden many, many kilometers in a bunch of different countries and conditions. On dry dusty singletrack in France and in deep, deep powder in Austria. Short quick technical blasts in...

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