Get Ready to Go Big
1. Wide, light tires
Wide tires can float over tough terrain. “But their weight affects handling,” says fat-bike champ Ned Overend. "The Fatboy’s 4.6-inch tires are lightest for their size.”
2. Butted frame
Fat-bike frames are built robust to accommodate fat tires. Butted tubes, which are thicker at the ends, maximize strength and minimize weight.
3. 22T chainring
A small inner ring (it has four fewer teeth than a mountain bike) allows for lower gearing and easier climbing.
4. Grip shifters
Twist the grip to shift gears. “You’ll love these if you’re wearing gloves,” says Overend.
5. Carbon fiber fork
It’s lighter and stronger than steel or aluminum. Most fat bikes lack suspension, but low tire pressure keeps the ride smooth.
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