Shand ‘Tumshie’
Nov06

Shand ‘Tumshie’

We’ve just received word of a new fatty on the block. Shand are well know for their beautiful handmade steel bikes which hail from Livingston, Scotland but until now they hadn’t turned their skills to a fatbike. They describe themselves as “an independent UK bike manufacturer located in central Scotland manufacturing adventure touring bikes inspired by Scotland’s roads, trails and mountains…..the company offers...

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First Look: New 45nrth ‘Wolvhammer’
Nov04

First Look: New 45nrth ‘Wolvhammer’

As a predominantly cold weather fatbiker (I live in the mountains, a long way from the sea) I’ve long been a fan of 45nrth’s gear. No-nonsense great kit which does exactly what it’s supposed to do – good stuff! My interest was further piqued when I read about two important pieces of news: That our good buddy Charlie the Bikemonger would be the new UK distributor for 45nrth That ‘Freezeageddon’ was...

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Fat again!
Jul09

Fat again!

(Follow up to: Fatbike-less) After a longer than expected wait for the parts to all come together after selling my Salsa Mukluk to a mate the all new Travers Bat Fastard lives, but as normal I’ve gone weird with the build using Lauf for the supply of the forks with their all new Carbonara Fat Bike maintenance free suspension fork. It’s running on 100mm wide Clown shoe rims and 4.8″ wide Big Fat Larry tyres 1 x 10 set up, with a choice...

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First look: Travers ‘Fat Race’
Apr29

First look: Travers ‘Fat Race’

I have in my possession some genuine real life bike-porn in the form of the Travers ‘Fat Race’ titanium fatbike. The first thing that hits you is just how damn beautiful it is! Below you can see what I mean: It will shortly be on the receiving end of a humdinger of a bike test as it’s my trusty steed for the Tuscany Trail race which is in two days time and should tell me everything I need to know (and hopefully...

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SON Dynamo/lighting system
Apr21

SON Dynamo/lighting system

SON – I’d heard of these guys before whilst researching a hub dynamo setup for my 29er bikepacking rig a year or so ago but I soon found myself drowning in overly technical information and potential expense and so quickly gave up on the whole thing. So when I spotted the SON stall at Bespoked I seized the opportunity to have a chat with the their guy about what they’re up to. Here are a few shots of their kit...

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Automatic Cycles Fatty
Apr20

Automatic Cycles Fatty

Whilst there weren’t as many fatties as I’d anticipated at this years Bespoked show there was one that really stood out. John Ross (aka Shaggy) has been making frames under the Automatic Cycles name for a while now and I had a little chat with him about this latest offering. Designed for his better half this ‘interestingly coloured’ bike boasted a simple yet elegant design with a lot of nice detailing (like the...

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