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 nothing I don’t) about it.

A doozy of a challenge coming in at 600km of Italian bikepacking lumpiness (a whopping 11,000m of alt. gain) and greenery which I’m hoping to complete in under 4 days.

Today I fettled a little fitting my own saddle and grips (I’m not taking any chances on such a big trip) as well as taking it out for a spin to see what I’m getting myself into.

If there were any concerns that this bike was all form and no substance they were soon put to rest via a nice little tootle around the local woods – I am happy to report that it’s a bloody great ride!

The position is more upright than on my Mukluk (despite a much longer stem than I am used to) but although this feels unfamiliar to me now it should stand me in good stead for the grueling days in the saddle that are to come.

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I’ll try and find some time to take it up above the snow-line before I give it back as I’m interested to see how the shorter ‘trail-friendly’ chainstay/wheelbase affects snowy handling and stability but we’ll have to see what time allows.

In the meantime, having sampled it’s wares, I am chomping at the bit have me a big-assed Tuscany adventure on this lovely titanium work of art.

I’ll be in touch…..

Author: Fatbiking Europe

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