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Fat Bikes – Are Fat Bikes Fun To Ride?

♪ [music] ♪ It’s fair to say there’s been a bit of a fat bike revolution in the last couple of
years. Originally, they were designed to ride on snow, and ice, and sand, where
normal bike riding isn’t possible. But actually, you’re seeing them pop up on
normal trails nowadays. So is it all about big beards, checked shirts, and craft
beer? Or are they actually good fun to ride? Let’s find out. ♪ [music] ♪ First you’ll notice there’s obviously that
massive tire sat out in front of me. But actually pedaling it and getting up to
speed seems really hard work. It is quite sluggish. Obviously, the tires
and the wheels weigh a lot so actually getting the thing rolling is a bit of
effort. But as soon as you get into dyno stuff it really just trucks on. You don’t
feel any feedback, which is really weird. All those little rocks and stones on your
normal trail bike, it banks and you can feel the edges of. You just don’t feel.
The tires are so big and so soft that all you really notice are the berms and the
change of angle of the trail, not the actual bumps on the trail. It
feels like there’s an endless amount of grip. I’m really trying to lean the bike
over in the corners but I’m still not starting to side. Also, there’s so much
inertia. That big tire and wheel, once the thing’s spinning, it wants to
stay straight. It feels like I’m really trying to hang off the side of the bike,
almost like a big motorbike, to get the thing turning. But you get a
feel for that quite quickly. When I’m on the climbs, actually once
you’re up to speed, I’m surprised how easy it pedals. It just rolls quite well. You
do get a feel for that almost tractor seat thing when you’re banksing over bumps, it
bankses you out of the seat because there’s no rear suspension on this bike,
but a massive tire on the back. The really good thing is this bike’s got a
double chain ring, so I’ve got a really low gear and it feels like it’ll climb up
absolutely anything. Up that really loose stuff, and it just
seems to get up. If you’ve got the energy to get up, it’ll keep going. Pretty cool,
really, but it just feels like I’m missing something. That’s better. ♪ [music] ♪ So all jokes aside, are fat bikes fun?
I’ve got to say yeah, it’s absolutely loads of fun. It’s something I’ve got to
say I was dubious of, just like I was with 29ers when they first
came out. I thought, “Yeah, they’re not the prettiest things,”
but having had a go on one, it’s brilliant. It just monster trucks
through everything. If a mate had one, I’d definitely jump on it and have a go.
Just make sure no one’s looking. So let us know what you think about fat
bikes in the comments down below. Have you tried one? Would you try one?
Do you love them? Do you hate them? Let us know. For more features like this,
you can click up here for our Features playlist. Or for our feature on light bike
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