Last week, we announced our limited edition Otso Voytek with proceeds going to Protect Our Winters and thanks to Kurt from Otso, we got some exceptional snow photos of the Voytek. Yet let us remind you that the Voytek is a great 29+ platform. While at The Mid South this year, John photographed a sample bike with 29+ wheels, so check those photos out below!
My friend Seth Levy, an obsessive bicyclist of the most masochistic variety, relentlessly tried to get me to fatbike with him when I lived in Maine in the mid-2010s.
“But I don’t like being cold, and I’m not a cyclist,” I explained. Maine’s long winters were glum, wet, and frigid. I preferred being in front of my wood-burning stove. And improved weather meant rock climbing.
Ignoring me, he enthused that I could ride fat-tire bikes all year round.
“Fatbikes open up so much more terrain for winter AND summer,” he explained. Yes, Maine has long winters, but also long springs “filled with mud, wet rocks and sloppy dirt roads,” perfect for a fatbike, not to mention great terrain to ride in the summer (aka “black fly season”).
“I’m not a skilled mountain biker, but I can do things with a fatbike I didn’t know were possible,” he added. “A steep hillside covered with roots and rocks becomes something you can ride up with a fatbike. Plus it’s such a new sport. Nobody is good at it!”
Not many fatbikes hold the title of the “first to cross Iceland” but thanks to Burkard and co, Fezzari Bicycles’ newest model, the Kings Peak will proudly wear that crown. The Kings Peak is a full carbon chassis fatbike, with cargo bosses a go-go, a refined geo for off-road touring, and best of all, the complete builds start at $2499. See more at Fezzari.
The Big Iron is Why Cycles’ flagship fat bike, built around 27.5×4.5” or 26×5” wheels and a titanium chassis. The newly-updated V2 sees some updates to a slightly more progressive geometry and a new UDH hanger to future-proof this bike even more. Named after the famous Marty Robbins song, the Big Iron was developed to take on everything from quick rips on the local groomed single track or an epic 1100 mile journey across Alaska. These new updates, along with a lifetime warranty really sweeten the Big Iron this winter! Head to Why Cycles for more.
Bjørn Olson‘s latest video project is not to be missed!
“Hidden in the far north is a range of remote mountains where one can imagine the Aesir, Frost Giants, trolls, and cave bears reign supreme. Ferocious storms, neck-craning tors of marble, herds of herbivores, and stealthy carnivores fill the realm where few humans tread, and even fewer approach with a bicycle.”
Yes, we’re already thinking about the forthcoming winter months. With each crisp morning we’re awaiting snowfall in our beloved Rocky Mountains here in Santa Fe. That means, more time for fatbike rides. There was a time when we thought fatbikes would disappear from the major brands but to our surprise, we just received a press kit showcasing Rocky Mountain’s new fatty.
The Blizzard is Rocky Mountain’s flagship fatbike. Originally sold as an aluminum chassis, the 2022 Blizzard now comes in carbon and has been updated to include a variety of new frame features and specs, making this model even more aligned for year-round touring purposes.
-Fits up to 27.5×4.5 and 26×5.0 tires
-Longer, slacker geometry for added stability
-Integrated chainstay and downtube protection
-Suspension compatible, up to a 100mm fork with 27.5″ wheels and 120mm fork with 26″ wheels
-Two bottle cage mounts on the fork, plus two on the frame
-Bento box mount on the top tube
-Pannier rack compatible
-Dropper post compatible
-Sizing: S, M, L, XL
-SRAM UDH compatible
Retail is set at two pricepoints:
Blizzard Carbon 50: $4,099 CAD / $3,299 USD
Blizzard Carbon 30: $3,399 CAD / $2,699 USD
See more at Rocky Mountain.
On the fringe of the Namib Desert lies the Skeleton Coast. No one has ever completed its entire length in an unbroken line before by their own power. Explorer Kate Leeming sets out to be the first.
Her thousand-mile journey sees her enduring some of the most inhospitable terrains and harshest climates on the planet, in one of Africa’s most remote and spectacular locations. Accompanied by local companions, she battles extreme winds, energy-sapping sand dunes and quicksand, and comes face to face with the endangered but deadly Kunene Lions hidden in the vast desert. Travelling on an all-wheel drive fat-bike, she traverses beautiful landscapes and discovers the region’s hidden secrets and the harsh realities of life in this unforgiving land.
Watch the full documentary at Outside.
Do you remember that feeling way back when you learned to ride a bike? I had just begun school when I got my first bike. Day in and day out I would sit on the seat and push myself along the roadside curb with my right foot. My strides became longer and longer until one day I put caution to the wind and took my first pedal strokes. That day, the bike became my freedom machine. The world suddenly grew bigger, right in front of my tiny handlebars. I never looked back.
With the snow melting and the season ripe for desert ramblings, Kyle Klain took his 2016 NAHBS-built Sklar fatbike and converted it to 29+. After spending all winter with fatbike 26+ tires, the bike has undergone quite the transformation. This weekend while celebrating my 40th birthday in Southeastern Utah, I documented this stunning build in the morning sun. Check it out in detail below…
A few weeks ago, the umbrella company of radical bicycles and components that is Tanglefoot Cycles reached out, sharing their parts catalog. Aside from their wild bicycle designs, the Discord Peeper Stem really grabbed our attention. In that post, we hinted at this showcase, which we’re delivering today so enjoy a long cruise with Tanglefoot at the helm…
For this week’s Readers’ Rides, we figured it’d be nice to celebrate snowfall as large swaths of the country we hit by their first big winter storm. Here’s Josh’s Arctic Monkey, shot atop a beautiful coat of snow. Read on for details and a write-up by Josh.
The last time I lived somewhere that got consistent snow was New York City in the early 2000s and that ain’t exactly the kind of snow you want to go playing around in on your bike. It should come as no surprise that moving to Santa Fe has taken some adjustment over the past year – pandemic aside – having four real seasons once again meant I had to evaluate my cold-weather gear and look into getting a fatbike under me for the proper powder days.
In 1996, Christian Bagg suffered a spinal cord injury and he thought he’d never ride again. For years, he worked on developing an adaptive mountain bike. On Dec 3rd 2020, Christian Bagg and his buddy Chris Brown head out on 2 Bowhead Reach Adaptive Mountain Bike to do a S240 trip, something never before possible for a rider with a spinal cord injury!
This is the first layout of the Radavist 2021 Calendar, entitled “Snow Way, Santa Fe” shot with a Sony A9ii and a Tamron 28-200mm f/2.8-5.6 di iii rxd lens in the Santa Fe National Forest, NM.
“Living in a mountain town means when the snow hits, the ski hill is packed but the trails will be wide open for fun…”
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“Finally, a bicycle I can ride to the North Pole and back in a reasonable amount of time”
Chet is onto something. Or on something rather! Whatever it is, it’s gotta be good though. The TŌWMAK has got to be the craziest looking bike of the year, yet I can assure you it’s not a photoshop composite. It’s a drop bar fat bike and an early production run of 20 are being made currently, so head to Bearclaw Bicycle Co to put a deposit down if you’re into this.
-197x12mm thru-axle frame
-150x15mm Blitzen 468 Axle to Crown carbon or Ti fork (coming soon)
-Fits up to 27.5 x 4.5 or 26 x 5 tires
-3 triple boss mounts on the frame
-Flat mount brake
-Ultradistance Gravel Friendly Geometry. (UGFG)
-100mm BSA Standard Bottom Bracket
-Internal cable routing
-3AL-2.5V double-butted titanium frame
-6AL-4V billet head tube, bb, dropouts, derailleur hanger, and chainstay plate
First released in 2016, the Voytek broke the fatbike mold with its narrow Q factor and unique ride quality. By pairing a narrow pedal stance with a progressive XC race geometry, the Voytek isn’t the slow and cumbersome fatbike you’re used to. Its capabilities don’t end with a narrower Q factor and XC race geometry. The wheelbase of the Voytek can be extended or shortened by up to 20mm, which also changes bottom bracket height by up to 4mm. In the forward position, you’ve got an aggressive, responsive Voytek for your next race. In the rear position, you’ve got that same intuitive handling but with added stability to make it easier to ride in deep snow or adverse terrain. In the middle, well, that’s the best of both worlds. All Otso bikes are equipped with the versatile Tuning Chip.
Is it a fatbike that can run multiple wheel platforms or a plus bike that can handle fat tires? That’s up for you to decide. For 2020, the Voytek received new colors, and build kit options, offering Shimano SLX to SRAM AXS.
Head to Otso for more!
In the summer of 2019, Bjørn Olson and Kim McNett completed a fat-bike and packraft route, entirely above the Arctic Circle of Alaska – Kotzebue to Point Hope. Enjoy the trailer for the upcoming film about this human-powered expedition.
Casey from Mars Cycles always brings bikes with personality. For the Philly Bike Expo this year, he brought this fatbike, with an all-over logo paint job, and one of those Iozzio stem cap one-hitters the brand is calling the ‘shotgun‘. I dunno about you but I love everything about this bike!