We prefer mud, dirt, road to the boards, but still appreciate track racing for the speed and power.
An important update to those fans that thought, F you and the Fat Bike you rode for Wired is this bike, lovingly just posted by Guitar Ted. My belief that fat bikes needed to go faster freaked the fans out who mistakenly believe they’re supposed to go slow.
Don’t get me wrong; riding in the snow is a hoot, because, well, you’re riding in snow. But trudging along at less than 10 mph wears thin after 45 minutes. Snow biking feels like a sport that hasn’t figured out what it wants to do yet, much like mountain biking in the days when crazy Californians bombed down Mount Tam on bikes they’d built themselves.
I concluded the Wired article with this note
People made the same complaints about mountain biking back in the day, and look where the sport’s gone. The same thing could happen to snow biking as another generation of builders and tinkerers pushes this budding sport forward
and now that builders are figuring out what they want to do with these bikes, go ride one everywhere. We did, had fun, and will again, like we did this Summer on a Fatboy.
Sectors on Easton’s for off-road adventure
The Hutchinson Sectors are best described as like putting radial, all-season tires on your sports car that’ll last 80,000 miles and probably not flat. Ride these on gravel, poor roads, and appreciate the bounce in the sidewall. For a commute, or road miles, choose the Intensives instead because they won’t pogo you down the road. I’m running the reinforced Intensives with the Reynolds for the pavement and maintained gravel, not forest roads or primitive conditions. When I rode with Reba this summer in rocks and dirt, where gravel is used to patch the severely washboarded road, these are the tires I wanted because they are dependable and tubeless. If there was ever a niche of a niche for a bike product to succeed in, it’s adventure riding where you don’t want to stop repeatedly for pinch flats.
For the particulars, though these tires say “28” they measure 27mm on Easton’s’ 24-25mm rims. IE, on Shimano rims (20mm) they’d measure 25mm at most. The EA90XD rims (wider than their road tubeless) are pumping up the volume. The tires look huge on the Eastons and while we set these wheels up for off-road they are the 11-speed, disc road wheel cyclists have been expecting. It took 2 months for a demo pair to get to us because of demand and they compete with Hed’s new tubeless, disc wheel that we want to ride too.
As I said about the Reynolds with clinchers, we don’t race tubeless in the Pacific Northwest course conditions, but you certainly could and the EA90XDs are a race-ready wheelset. Easton is marketing them for Cross, but we’ll take the easy to work on, bombproof design, and $900.00 price point for our next off-road adventure.
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Hey it’s a holiday when even hard-working bike bloggers take a break, so here’s some filler content, a kid’s first ride. Into a tree….
We’re at Grandma’s house in Alaska enjoying the time off and hope you’re with family too.