I'm fortunate because part of my job at Salsa involves product demos. I get a chance to see different parts of the country, meet with our dealers, and interact with some of the folks that have bought or are considering buying a Salsa bike.
The bikes that inevitably draw the most questioning looks and hardy tire kicking are of course the Mukluks. Fatbikes are still an unkown and strange breed to many folks. The most common questions I get are “What in the heck do you use that for?” or “Aren’t those things just for snow?”. I love answering questions like this because it truly is amazing all the different ways you can rock a fatbike.
While they are great for snow of course, they are the perfect bike for so many other things too. I have to admit that sometimes I will even tell a tall tale or two just to get people going. I once had a dude completely convinced that due to the massive air volume in the tires you could quite literally ride across the top of water. Don’t worry…I let him know the truth…eventually.
My general point here is that fatbikes aren’t just for snow. They are for everything. Personally, I think we should change the term to Funbikes instead of Fatbikes because more than anything they put a smile on your face. In fact, I don’t recall a single test ride that I’ve ever sent out on a fat bike where the rider didn’t return to the tent with a grin from ear to ear.
One of my favorite rides of the past couple years was an afternoon riding a Mukluk Ti through Kane Creek Wash in Moab. Tyler Anderson (our Colorado sales rep) and I were fresh off the Fruita Fat Tire Festival and looking for a few hours of fun. Tyler had ridden a bit of the wash before but wasn’t able to get too far due to the sugar sand, water, and baby head rock mix of the terrain. We thought this would be the perfect place to experience everything that a fatbike has to offer.
Not a bad place to spend an afternoon…
We jumped in the van and made the short jaunt over to Moab. The wash wasn’t quite as dry as we had anticipated in parts so it definitely made for a bit more adventure than we had originally anticipated…and more adventure means a lot more laughs.
Recess on the playground…
My favorite part of a ride like this is that there literally is no trail. You just pick what looks like the best line and ride it! The big ol’ meats on the fatbike effortlessly floated over the top of the sand , skipped over top of fields of baby heads, and had great hook up on some of the slickrock lines too. Unfortunately they didn’t ride across the top of the water.
Floatation does have its limits…
I only wish I had helmet cam video of riding behind Tyler in one water crossing where the depth went from a manageable few inches to several feet in an instant…too funny. All in all, it was an amazing day and fun was had by all. Tyler and I are still smiling about it now even a couple months later. Yep…definitely Funbikes.
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