Every few years, the broader bike world discovers some hot new technology, frame style, or flavor and then there’s a mad rush to make it the Next Big Thing. And sometimes it really does become the next big thing and sometimes it fizzles like a damp firecracker fuse.
This time around, it’s fat bikes. With 29ers an old story and intermediate-size 650b wheels treading water, the snow- and sand-oriented monsters machines are gaining, er, traction in a big way, no longer just the choice for Iditabike. The classic Wisconsin crosscountry skiing race, the Birkebeiner, has added a Fat Bike Birkie next month, and last month about 60 people attended the second annual Fat Bike Summit at Sawtelle Mountain, Idaho. Nordic resorts and tracks are scrambling to develop rules governing the use of fat bikes, and manufacturers are running out of stock on frames, wheels, and rims.
Awesome sauce. But will it last? Will Pugsleys and Moonlanders soon become dust collectors in the corners of garages? Or will fatties revolutionize the use of bikes on snow?
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