2014 Interbike: More Fat

Felt used double-butted 6061 aluminum for their Double Double 30 frame, and coupled that with a hydroformed fork of the same material. The head tube is tapered. Disc brake mounts, a replaceable derailleur hanger, and additional mounts for racks round things out. Bike weight comes out at thirty-one pounds. I have no idea why you will sometimes see this bike referred to as the Dude - if I am not mistake the Double Double duo (DD 30 and DD70) replaced the earlier Dude duo (Dude 30 and Dude 70). But then maybe I am wrong. Anyway, Felt's Double Double 30:



The newest addition to the Surly family of Fat Bikes is the Ice Cream Truck. This monster of a bike is built around Surly's own 4130 CroMoly frame and fork. Its geometry is unique, combining elements of the Krampus and Instigator. Remember that song, Little Bit Country, Little Bit Rock and Roll? Donny and Marie Osmond sang it on their weekly television show, and while I don't think either of them have any connection to Surly, that song is sort of like the Ice Cream Truck. Sort of. In the words of Surly, that geometry, borrowed from its two siblings, creates a bike that is at once nimble, while being brutish enough to bust through, or over, virtually anything in its path. Take your choice cheetah or rhino - both in one bike. The Ice Cream Truck, by Surly:



Of course, no one has jumped into the Fat market as enthusiastically as has Surly. No one has more fat bike models. The World Troller is as versatile as its namesake, Troll, capable of accommodating a number of build options. The World Troller adds another level of functionality. Surly has built in two S&S couplers allowing the bike to be broken in two for airline travel. You really can bring it with you. The World Troller:



Not what I think of when I hear the name Fyxation, but I imagine the fat tires of the Blackhawk come in handy during the winter in the company's northern state home grounds. Now, to my eye, that small diameter seat tube looks funky where it merges with much beefier tubes at top and bottom. There is no elegance to it (sorry, a little bit of the old time roadie creeping in there), and if you can overlook that, Fyxation says this wide bottom can be built to a svelte twenty-three pounds. Pretty good for a fat bike. The Fyxation Blackhawk:



The Twin Six Standard Fat is one gorgeous bike, which the well-known clothing company says comes in at only four pounds, two ounces for frame and fork, the geometry of which, they say, is competition driven. Engineered dropouts and clearance for five inch tires, but no mounting options for racks, somewhat limit your multi-day adventure possibilities, but take it out between roughly sunrise and midnight, and I am quite sure it will provide one heck of a ride. I would hardly consider this bike to be a standard model, so maybe the name is more a placeholder until they come up with something better. Or, maybe Twin Six considers it as setting a new standard in the fat bike world. This fatty is a part of Twin Six's new Operation Ridemetal line, which includes a cyclocross, 29er mtb and randonneur bikes as well. Interbike served as the launch for the line, and I can't see any of them on the website yet, but with the fatty and the randonneur due by the end of the year, they should be visible soon. Twin Six held nothing back with their satiny titanium Standard fatty:



Salsa put three years of development into the Bucksaw before its release early this year, but as you know, Salsa is a tried and true brand in the adventure bicycling world. With its full suspension, Salsa says this is the bike to take you anywhere you can imagine. The Split Pivot suspension provides "improved pedaling efficiency and braking performance". Read about the development of the Bucksaw here. Salsa's full suspension Bucksaw, in a sweet golden orange color:




Borealis made a big splash at the show last year. Their name conjures images of a weeks' long trek across the frozen tundra, but I suspect the Yampa would be equally at home traversing the Rocky Mountains or the Australian Outback. Back again this year for another showing is the Yampa by Borealis:


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