From humble beginnings in snow, fatbikes have developed into all-terrain beasts for biking enthusiasts.
Fatbikes have an interesting history. In heavy snow regions, standard bicycles were found to be insufficient. The thin rims were just not up to scratch. So, some smart DIY guys had a bright idea to solve their dilemma. They decided to see what would happen if they welded two wheel rims together, slapped on some fat (3”) DH tyres, as well as modify the frame as needed. The end result was a wider wheel, which held up pretty damn well. And so the fatbike was born.
Popularity grew and more mainstream manufacturers began to produce frames, rims, and tyres specifically for fatbiking. With more availability came further popularity around the world. Fatbikes are now found all over the world.
Sand, snow, or grass, more and more riders are using fatbikes for their everyday biking hobbies. The fat wheels (generally ranging between 3.8” to 5”) provide more traction, making it easier to travel over almost any terrain.
So, the next time you are thinking of buying a bike, think of where that bike will be travelling. If you are planning to go off road and up some mountains, you may want to investigate fatbikes.
This bike is the Borealis Yampa.