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While the mountain bike is a true friend to many cycling crazies, a new crop of riders is slowly embracing the fat bike for their cycling needs. It offers advanced biking features that are absent in the conventional mountain bike. Let’s define what a fat bike is and its benefits over the traditional MTB. Table of Contents What Are Fat Bikes? Benefits of a Fat Bike over a Mountain Bike. Features to look out for when purchasing a fat bike or a mountain bike. Overview of biking needs. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: High-Performance Fat Bike and Mountain Bike

High-Performance Fat Bike and Mountain Bike
  • Cycling might have been primarily utilized for
    the purposes of transportation back in the day
    but now, it is also a popular leisure activity in
    the world over. According to Statista, around
    12.4 of the American population cycled on a
    regular basis in 2016. The same report also
    claims that between 2014 and 2017, the number of
    cyclists went up from 43 million to 47.5.
  • Professional cyclists utilize both mountain bikes
    (MTB) and high-performance fat bikes to ride
    off-road, mostly over rough, uneven terrain.
    These bikes are specially enhanced with features
    designed to handle wet and muddy ground, mountain
    terrains, trails, sand, and even snow. This
    includes such things like durable wheels, fat
    knobby tires, powerful brakes, front or full
    suspension, lower gear ratios, and straight
  • While the mountain bike is a true friend to many
    cycling crazies, a new crop of riders is slowly
    embracing the fat bike for their cycling needs.
    It offers advanced biking features that are
    absent in the conventional mountain bike. Lets
    define what a fat bike is and its benefits over
    the traditional MTB.

Table of Contents
  • What Are Fat Bikes?
  • Benefits of a Fat Bike over a Mountain Bike.
  • Features to look out for when purchasing a fat
    bike or a mountain bike.
  • Overview of biking needs.

What Are Fat Bikes?
  • Fat bikes are off-road machines with wide tires
    (4.0 inches or more) designed to offer an extra
    grip on the surface underneath. They have a
    special designed aimed at reducing the cumulated
    pressure between the bike and the biker by
    increasing extra contact surface. For this
    reason, these bikes are excellent for riding on
    mellow sandy beaches wet stone and snowy grounds.
  • Fat bikes find their origin in Alaska where
    cyclists enhanced their mountain bikes with two
    rims on either side and increased the number of
    tires to four for a better riding experience.
    With the growing interest in these bikes, the
    market has exploded with different materials or
    construction, pricing, standards, and

Benefits of a Fat Bike over a Mountain Bike
  • Is a high-performance fat bike really worth it if
    you have a normal mountain bike? Is it deserving
    of all the hype around it? We will give you some
    of the benefits of a fat bike to help you see
    just how much you need one if you are a cycling
  • 1. It lets you beat the weather
  • If you are reading this, chances are you are
    passionate about cycling and could care less
    about the ever-changing weather patterns. The
    only problem is, you lack the right bike the
    kind that will neither slip on asphalt/wet stone
    nor sink in snow or mud. If you fit the
    description, a fat bike is for you. It will get
    you from point A to point B without endangering
    your life or giving you a bad riding experience.
  • 2. It is versatile
  • A fat bike will take you anywhere you want to
    gomuddy grounds, snowy hills, and wet stonewith
    zero hassle. Forget about the days of tying your
    bike to a pole and walking the rest of the
    journey because the bike couldnt handle the
    terrain. The fat tires offer excellent grip and
    traction on the worst of terrains.

  • 3. Enhanced comfort
  • Unlike mountain bike tires that need lots of
    pressure to perform well, fat tires give you
    comfort with as little pressure as 15 or 10 psi,
    perhaps even lower. In addition, fat tires have
    no suspension because it has been integrated into
    the tire. This increases their elasticity and
    helps absorb shocks with the end result being
    increased comfort. Beginners particularly have an
    easy time learning how to ride the bike because
    of great balance.
  • 4. Excellent floating
  • With fat bikes, you can experiment with your tire
    pressure. The right pressure lets the tires roll
    through the snow perfectly. Ideally, theres no
    standard when it comes to determining your PSI
    but on average, if riding on snow, you want to
    keep in the range of 5-8psi. Having wide tires
    means running to the low end. Too much or too
    little pressure makes the bike a tad bouncy.

  • 5. Easy to maintain
  • Since fat bikes are rigid, you dont have many
    parts that are prone to damage. Buying one will
    hurt your wallet thats given but with the less
    likelihood of repairing it, wed say it is quite
    a buy.
  • 6. Easy to Ride
  • One of the top questions that bike retailers
    often get from buyers looking to buy fat bikes is
    whether they are hard to ride. Well, to be
    sincere with you, the answer is a NO. On the
    contrary, fats bikes are very easy to ride. In
    fact, after many customers test rides the bikes
    for the first time, most of them become surprised
    at how they are easy to ride. The large tires of
    the bikes provide more control and balance,
    giving the rider the confidence to continue and
    to seek more adventure.

Features to look out for when purchasing a fat
bike or a mountain bike
  • With all the fat bike and mountain bike models
    available in the market, how can you get the
    right fit for you? We will give you a few
    features to look out for. Thankfully, most bike
    stores allow demos with some actually renting
    bikes. This gives you an opportunity to put these
    features to test before you shell out your cash.
  • 1. Hardtail or full suspension?
  • Most mountain bikes and fat bikes have an
    in-built suspension to help the tires roll
    perfectly over uneven ground, keep traction
    despite the terrain, and act as shock absorbers
    during high jumps and drops. If you are looking
    to ride on technical terrain with a high level of
    speed, the full suspension type might be for you
    as the bikes have forks both at the front and at
    the rear. Hardtails, on the other hand, have a
    rigid rear including a set of forks. This is
    great for climbing, pedaling which is why it is
    the most preferred option for most cross-country

  • 2. Flotation
  • Apart from suspension, flotation plays a key role
    in the selection of a fat bike. Typically, you
    have two subsets of fat bikes those whose tires
    measure 4 inches and those that are 5 inches or
    wider. Both options are awesome for riding
    off-road and offer excellent flotation than a
    mountain bike. Still, you have to be able to
    match your tires to the available space on your
    frame and to the width of the rim. Therefore, as
    you shop around, think of how much floatation you
  • Obviously, if you will be riding around your city
    over smooth paths, you dont need anything fancy.
    However, if you are going deep into the sandy
    beaches for an entire week, you will do well with
    the widest tires available.
  • Additionally, be sure to keep the width of the
    rim in line with the tire width. As a guide, use
    65mm 80 mm wide rim for a 3.8 in tire and 80
    105mm wide rim for a 4.8 5 in tire.

  • 3.Geometry
  • Mountain bikes, like fat bikes, are inching
    towards slack head tube angles. A while ago, fat
    bikes focused on stability and comfort over
    design. This is slowly changing and cyclists
    worldwide seem to fall in love with the idea of
    slack bikes. Even with the new geometrical
    concepts, the mountain bike or fat bike is still
    stable and can cover all rough terrain in good
  • When buying a bike, go for a size that perfectly
    fits your frame. You dont want to compromise
    discomfort while riding. If you are averagely
    sized, it is recommended for you to go for a
    smaller size rather than a larger size. This way,
    you avoid the challenge of planting your feet too
    low during a quick mount.
  • Additionally, you want to set your saddle a few
    millimeters lower than other bikes. Since most
    fat bikes have a wide Q factor, you would be
    better placed with a lower seat that ensures your
    feet are adequately apart from each other.
  • So in summary, focus on certain geometrical
    elements of a bike such as the head angle, seat
    tube angle, suspension design, suspension travel,
    component try like handlebars, gears, and brakes.

  • 4.Size of wheels and tires
  • The size of your tires and wheels is a huge
    subject of consideration when buying both the
    high-performance fat bike and the mountain bike.
    For MTB, the 29 wheels, commonly referred to as
    29er, are the largest. Having large wheels means
    more momentum and a perfect roll over technical
    terrain. The only disadvantage is that they are
    heavier and have quite a lot of flex in the
    frame. The best (and rather expensive) solution
    is to get light and stiff options that can easily
    maneuver through twisting trails.
  • 27.5 or 650b wheels are a favorite to many
    riders for the simple reason that they are quite
    agile and responsive than the 29er wheels but
    still roll perfectly through rough terrain. You
    can also go for plus-sized wheels which usually
    measure 27.5 for more traction in snowy and
    muddy conditions.
  • As for fat bikes, you have 40in and 50 (or 50)
    in tire sizes. Just like mountain bikes, the
    latter is offers better traction and enhanced
    rolling through tough terrain like snow, wet
    ground, and sand. However, the former is still
    the most popular choice because it still offers
    you quite a good biking experienced without the
    weight and high cost that comes with wider tires.

  • 5.Gearing
  • If you are hoping to cycle for hours on end
    perhaps during a tour, be sure to check on your
    gear. With the increased weight of the rims,
    tires and camping items means, you need a low
    gear. Essentially, most fat bikes are 29ers
    meaning you the choice of gear will have to match
    the larger diameter.

Overview of biking needs
  • Now that you have an idea of what to look out for
    when selecting a mountain or fat bike, lets wrap
    this up by giving you the specifics. What should
    you consider for your specific biking need?
  • Cross country cycling You want an efficient bike
    that is lightweight and which has minimum
    suspension and travel for your cross country (XC)
    needs. It should also offer maximum forward
    momentum through its gearing that maximizes
    efficiency and speed. For the most part, XC
    racers love hardtails with the full suspension
    slowly rising in popularity as well.
  • DH bikes These are specially designed for sharp
    descents and ascents. They can easily tackle high
    jumps, drops and even rock gardens. DH bikes have
    massive travel on the forks and on the rear
    shock. They also feature slack geometry that
    places the center of gravity on the rear for
    enhanced stability when riding over steep
  • Trail bikes Trail bikes are technically fitted
    for all-purpose riding. They feature suspension
    travel often measuring between 110mm and 140mm
    and 67 degrees head angles. Both features help
    trail bikes climb and descend effectively.

  • Enduro racing bikes Designed for fierce and
    rigorous endure racing, these high-performance
    bikes can cover large distances and larger
    terrains than trail bikes. They have slack head
    angles in the region of 65-55 degrees for
    effective rolling on technical descents. This,
    combined with their steep seat tubes
    (approximately 73-75 degrees), gives the bike
    power and traction during climbing.
  • Fat and mountain biking is now in full bloom.
    Riders push themselves to greater heights
    (literally) by the day which means the market has
    to catch up with them. And it really has. With
    the right knowledge on which features to look for
    when buying a bike, you will end up with a
    one-of-a-kind product that will keep you outdoors
    all day long.
  • RSD Bikes is a renowned bike manufacturer in
    Toronto, Canada. Since they launched the business
    in 2012, they have strived to take the business
    of making bike frames to another level. For
    instance, they have been partnering with top
    Taiwan fabricators who are known to make some of
    the finest handmade frames with high-end quality
    and precision. Their bikes are so versatile and
    are designed to be ridden in any terrain.

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