Are Fat Bikes Cool?

Are Fat Bikes Cool?


– I’m at a Mountain Bike Trail Center. Look at all the bikes. We got all sorts. We got hardtails, kid’s
bikes, gravel bikes, ebikes, downhill bikes, gravel bikes. But no one’s got a fat
bike, except for me. Am I mad, or is everyone else missing out? (upbeat music) Right, so I’ve got Blake’s
Canyon Dude that he’s lent me and I’ve got my Nukeproof
Mega in the background. What’s the difference? Well they’re both carbon fiber frames, short stems, wide bars,
dropper seat posts. Really, it comes to width. Look at the size of this fat bike. It’s like a cartoon bike. Those hubs are massive,
the fork’s massive. These are four inch tires. Yeah, not the biggest fat
bike tires by any means. You can go up to about five inches. The rims, these are DT Swiss. They’re 76 mil wide. Look at that, you even got that sort of big drill bits in the middle compared to the 30 mil tire
rims on my Nukeproof Mega. Like I said, just cartoon bikes. Are they cool? I know it is a completely
subjective thing. and you’re talking to a man who’s got a 40 year old motorbike that’s a complete pain in the ass, really unreliable. But, it’s fun and it’s cool. And to me, I like that. Let’s ask a few people here at
a Mountain Bike Trail Center what they think about fat bikes. – Swell to know, I’ve
got a fat bike as well. I’ve ridden a MATE’s fat
bike down at Wind Hill. Even though it was fully rigid, it was a bit rally,
but it still great fun. – I think if I was, you know, doing some cross country, I
might have a go on one. But I wouldn’t use it,
sort of, on the trails. But maybe for a longer run, maybe I would. – No, I wouldn’t give up
that bike for a fat bike Whether I’d buy one though, I’d probably, it depends how much fun they are. I’d ride one a little bit, but not enough to make me buy one, yeah. – They look nice, but they don’t look good enough really, maneuverable. – I was expecting it to be more draggy than it actually was. And it was a bit firmer than
I was expecting, as well. I was expecting the big tires
to give a bit more cushioning. But no, it was surprising. – Fat bikes, are they cool? – Uh. – Um. – Um. – Uh, I wouldn’t say cool. They look fun. I don’t think they’re
cool, but they do look fun. – Yeah, definitely, absolutely. So I rode it down the Blue
at Wind Hill, as well. I was sending it over the tables and having having a right laugh, but yeah. I definitely think they are cool. – Not really. I wouldn’t say it’s cool. Bit of a novelty, maybe. – I think they’re quite unique. – Maybe if you’re a big guy. – Do you think you’d get judged by other mountain bikers
for riding this bike? – Yeah, obviously. – Middle aged, fat. – [Interviewer] Beard or not? – Yeah, beard. – [Man] Picturing yourself
there, aren’t you? – Might see myself on one. – Are they light? – They’re quite light, yeah. Quite light, I’d say. – They look heavy. – Heavy. – [Interviewer] Fast or slow? – Generally slower. – Quite fast, I suppose. It looks like you get a lot
of friction with the wheels. But, it does look quite quick I suppose because you float over everything. – They look slow, they do look slow. – Next, we ask some riders what they rated the bikes out of 10 for desirability. So, if these bikes are
both in the bike vault and you no longer rated them nice or super nice, it was out of 10. What would they give them? The results came in on average, so 6.25 for the fat bike
and an eight for the Mega. I would say probably seven
and a nine, personally. What about some of those other myths that make that fat bike rate so lowly? So, are they fast? Well, yes, we’ve already proved that. I’ve done some times on a fat bike and I’ve shown that
they can be super fast, especially on the right
terrain where it’s rough. Even downhill tracks can be
really fast on a fat bike. They’re loads of fun. Definitely the smile on my face after riding this first time proved that. Blake has also proved that, especially, not that much that you
can’t do on a fat bike. He’s done loads of big tricks, hit some massive jumps. Really, they’re much more
capable than people think. What about dispelling
some of those other myths? Are they heavy? So, the bike weighs 14
kilos or about 30 pounds. So not a shell, but not
as fat as you might think. But, enough about stats. Let’s try and get someone
to ride this bike. Right, this is Anth. I’ve just met him in a car park. – Hi. – You’ve never ridden a fat bike before? – I’ve never ridden a fat bike at all. – What was your normal bike? – I ride a Yeti. I don’t know what that
says about me, but yeah. I wouldn’t necessarily choose a fat bike. It’s not something that’s really crossed my mind when buying a bike. – I think it’s time
you take it for a ride. – Okay. – And, tell us what you think about it. – Alright, I will. Cheers, fellas. (energetic music) – Right, what’s the initial reaction. – Handling wise, I thought
it was pretty good actually. Only, I looked, it was
popping out the pedals as I tried to hook it over something. But, yeah. Yeah, it handled really well. Absorbed all the roots
and things like that. – What about the noise? I really notice that, that
sort of brr, the roll. – Yeah, there’s a rumble, isn’t there? It’s quite distinctive. Yeah, it doesn’t put you off though. I think it’s a bit like a motorbike sound. – [Interviewer] Still a
novelty bike, do you think? – [Anth] After riding one, I’d give it some more consideration
than I would have before. – It’s never gonna replace
your Yeti though, no? – No, I don’t think so. I was surprised at how well it climbed. Yeah, it’s easy to pedal. I though that would be a bit of a, you know, bit of a grind. But no, it’s pretty sprightly up the hill. But yeah, I don’t know. I think I like my full-sus, it’s awesome. Can you get full-sus fat bikes? – You can, you actually can. – Would that be a bit daft? – Probably would be, I think. – I’m daft in my head. – You initially rated it as a seven, has that changed? – I think, you know, going on looks, it looks pretty good for a fat bike. I think, you know, taking it into a ride, it certainly kind of lives up to the looks if that makes sense, so. It wasn’t a disappointment, riding it. Whether I’d give it anymore and that, I guess with just doing
a few minutes on it, I’d probably stick at about a seven, maybe push me to an eight. – So ride wise, it’s as you expected or better than you expected? – It’s better than I
expected, I’ll be honest. It was a little bit surprising on how sprightly it was,
how well it handled, really absorbed all the
roots and ruts and stuff. Be interested to see what it was like, you know, getting a bit. Especially with these large volumes, especially with the landing,
see what that was like. But yeah, maybe next time. – So fat bikes, I think what Anth said, his initial reaction
better than he expected is what, I think, everyone really feels when they ride the fat
bike for the first time. I know I did, I know Blake did. We proved that they can be really capable for being fast, being fun, for doing massive tricks
that Blake’s done on them. But, will we see more of
them at Trail Centers. Well, I don’t think so. There’s just that bit too niche. You’re average trail bike these days, your journey bike, is so good all around that these just aren’t
as good for most things, but they are much more
capable than people realize. If you wanna see the previous videos on fat bikes, are they fast? Click over there. Click over there to Blake
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