Last Friday afternoon a shipment of prototypes arrived and a bunch of us hurried down to the PD&D shop in anxious anticipation.
We'd like to show you our prototype Full-Suspension Fatbike frames.
The inspiration for this project came from numerous people within our team (in a strangely timely convergence actually) and from the fact that fatbikes are being ridden all year long as opposed to being strictly thought of as snow or winter bikes. There is such tremendous capability within these machines that we wanted to have some full-suspension prototypes built to explore the concept further.
Pete did what Pete does, and took the plans with him on his last trip to Taiwan. Now the frames are here and we can't get our pulses to drop.
We know there will be questions about these frames so we're heading off a couple of them right from the start.
1) We have assembled and are cobbling together a small selection of suspension forks that will allow us to build, ride, and test these prototype frames. We hope that a fat-friendly suspension fork will be available someday.
2) These are prototypes. We expect to learn a lot from them. They may or may not eventually become an actual product. That is undecided at this time.
We are quite confident that this probably has some of you fatbike riders pretty fired up, so we'll start by throwing a couple hypothetical questions out at you:
1) How much front and rear travel would you prefer in a full-suspension fatbike?
2) What tire and rim width would you prefer?
What's next? Well...we've got a bunch of wheels to build and a handful of bikes to assemble. And then...we ride. Stay tuned for some ride reports in the coming months.
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I come from the land of trees, lakes and cheese. I like beef jerky, singletrack and pale ale. I believe derailleurs were invented for a very good reason. Long rides with good friends and campfires is really what its all about. Oh, and if its not anodized, its worthless.