Fat Bike and Plus Bikes
Words by Velo Bikes Grizedale
on 01/01/2010 15:35:00
The first question we always get asked is “what are they?” and “what are they used for?” The simple answer is they are fun! But to explain properly we need to split them into different categories as both are different.
Fat bikes where originally developed with the fat tyres to allow for a better surface area on snow or sand. They also give better grip and traction in the wet and mud (such as at Grizedale!). These bikes might look silly but on a muddy trail they are better than any others. The advantage of the big wheels also gives the effect of suspension and the big debate between fans of the fat bike is whether or not it should have front suspension to go with it or not? Our 3 fat bikes in the fleet are Mondraker Panzers, all with a rigid front fork. We have a Large, Medium and even a kids 24” bike to try. These are a great bike to enjoy riding something different, and you can go and explore the north face and the Bridleways on these.
Oh my goodness another wheel size! That is certainly what we thought originally! But we now have them in the hire fleet and have had a good play. These are the bikes that are designed to go anywhere and do anything! Slightly wider tyres than a normal mountain bike, and slightly smaller that the fat bikes. These bikes are designed to give you more grip without the up hill drag. As the tyres are wider than that of a normal 650B it gives you the rolling ability of a 29” wheel, and in fact if you decided to buy one, you can swap the wheels so you have a 29” wheel set for summer and the 650B+ for the winter. (I said it was the bike that did everything!) Just like the Fat Bikes, there is much debate amongst the bike industry about whether the bike should have suspension or not. And everyone seams to have their own opinion. So you can try a mixture we have a Scott Genius Plus which is a full suspension, a Specialized Fuse which is a hardtail (front suspension only) and also a Genesis Tarn with no suspension. A fair amount of choice which can be tested on the north face trail and bridleways. So for more grip which can increase your speed for those with more experience or increase confidence in a less experienced rider, it is another bike to try – you never know you might fall in love with one!
WANT TO BUY A BIKE?
We understand that finding a perfect bike can be a problem so whilst you are out riding remember, if you ride a bike on hire and fall in love with it you can ask the staff for a price and walk away with it on the day! (You will get your hire price knocked off the price you pay for the bike!) It will get a full service before you leave (usually takes between 30min – 1hour), and you get another free full service in 6/12 months time. All our hire bikes are sold off art the end of every season, with many bikes having only been used for 6 months – ask in the shop for details when you come to hire.