The Benefits of Mountain Biking with Frame Bags


In our modern, technical world there seems to be a need to hyper-specialize everything, to focus on the slightest nuances, treating them like chasms of difference. The cycling world is not immune to this compulsion. If cycle-touring is traveling on a heavy-duty road bike laden with over-stuffed panniers for romantic adventures across the roads of …

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27.5+ Tires: These Are for Your 29er


At Frostbike I mentioned to Chris from Loose Nuts Cycles that I didn’t get why companies were producing 27.5+ mountain bike tires given the dearth of production 27.5+ bike frames. His response: 27.5+ tires are for your 29er. At that moment scales fell from my eyes and I saw the future. Ok, so maybe I …

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New Front and Rear-Specific Fat Bike Tires from 45NRTH

Flowbeist (front) left, Dunderbeist (rear) right.

45NRTH showed off their latest fat bike tires at Frostbike this past weekend, the Flowbeist and Dunderbeist, and what’s interesting about these two is that they’re front- and rear-specific fat bike tires that are optimized for riding groomed fat bike trails. And unlike many fat bike tires on the market today, 45NRTH designed both tires …

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Test Ride Review: Lauf Fat Bike Fork


I wrote about the Lauf Trail Racer fork back in September saying, “I really want to test one of these on the trail to see how it compares to a real suspension fork.” Well, at Frostbike I got my chance, though not on the Trail Racer but on an entirely new fork–the Carbonara–designed for fat bikes. First, a …

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Review: Nokian Extreme 294 Studded Tires: Winter Riding Without the Fat Bike Price?

The Nokians' tread design does an excellent job of evacuating snow and ice

Way up north in Alaska, we’re experiencing what’s considered a “mild” winter, meaning that temperatures are hovering around 10º Fahrenheit and this snow is less than 11 inches deep. This is in contrast to the typical Alaskan winter, where the mercury spends most of its time firmly below zero and accumulation is measured in feet. …

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