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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First look: Skipulk.com sled
Mar10

First look: Skipulk.com sled

After one too many ascents spent dragging my sorry ass, fatbike and full bikepacking kit through deep snow I had a revelation….. Would a Ski Pulk work for a fatbike, help spread the weight and mean that I could go further and visit previously inaccessible locations? Not only that but how about taking snow shoes and then mounting the bike on the pulk (when the going gets really tough) and pulling it up the mountain?...

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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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Is 29+/27.5+ fat enough for most coastriding conditions?
Feb06

Is 29+/27.5+ fat enough for most coastriding conditions?

I’m a big big fan of 29+ wheels and been ranting on about their merits for 3 years now after I got my first pair from Tyler at Surly as a thank you pressie after the first Forth fat Fatbike Gathering. Are 29+ and 27.5+ Fatbikes? As far as I am concerned they are. Just because they came along after the ‘Fatbike’ term for 4″ Snow/sand adventure bikes and the later 5″ bikes does not mean they should not fit...

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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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Bespoked 2015 – UK Handmade Bicycle Show
Apr16

Bespoked 2015 – UK Handmade Bicycle Show

So…..tomorrow I’m of to Bristol for Bespoked 2015 – The UK Handmade Bicycle Show! I’m expecting to see much lovely shininess and hopefully a lot of new fatbike goodies to report on. Maybe I’ll even upload a few sneak-previews live from the show, you never know….. Tune in tomorrow to see what’s...

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