BTR ‘Roamer’ review
Sep13

BTR ‘Roamer’ review

The idea of having a custom built bike has been lurking around in my head long before I got in to riding fat. To have that prefect bike, made just for me. Since I got my first fatbike back winter 2013-14 I realized fatbike is the thing if you live where I live (latitude N66 Swedish Lapland). We get at least six months of hardcore winter and loads of trails to ride. My Salsa Mukluk has been fantastic on these trails. But in the summer...

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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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Review: Alpha ‘Predator SL’
Feb11

Review: Alpha ‘Predator SL’

Alpha bikes are a young, up-and-coming French bike brand and I was lucky enough to have one of their bikes to play around on for a little while. Based in Grenoble they’re ideally placed to design, test and ride their wares on some of the best terrain around. They make light carbon machines with a racing bias and more than a sniff of style. The ‘Predator SL’ fatbike we got to play with was their test ride rig and so...

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First Look: Maxx ‘Jagamoasta’ (Rohloff)
Jan21

First Look: Maxx ‘Jagamoasta’ (Rohloff)

The kind people at Maxx Bikes have generously allowed me to use/test/review their ​Rohloff/Gates-carbon-drive bike whilst exploring the Jura Mountains over the course of the winter. Upon delivery, I immediately rode it up into the hills to test its mettle and my first impressions are very good, in fact excellent! The bike is well balanced being both responsive and surefooted, predictable and fun. That said I initially found the...

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