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Fat Biking the Beaches, Bogs, and Cliffs of Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way

“And you would be surprised at the number of people in these parts who are nearly half people and half bicycles” – Flann O’Brien, Irish novelist and playwright, The Third Policeman

Kona friend Garry Davoren of MBW Bikes has been keeping busy helping out his local tourism board with his enthusiasm for exploring all terrain on his Wo and Wozo fat bikes. Here’s a short video; check out the full story at the Wild Atlantic Way.

Toni Lund and his Kona Wo are Headed to the Iditarod Trail Invitational

New to the Finnish Kona Grassroots team is Toni Lund, an adventure cyclist and endurance athlete who has finished twice on the podium in the Rovaniemi 150 race. He is also the first participant and finisher from Finland in the longest winter ultra race in the world, the 350-mile Iditarod Trail Invitational.

This winter Toni has been riding the 2017 Kona Wo. As you can expect, it’s highly modified by the man himself and in the following pictures it’s equipped with winter bikepacking gear by Porcelain Rocket and BarYak so he can travel long distances without external support.

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“The key changes I made to Wo are Nextie Wild Dragon 90mm carbon rims with DT Swiss 350 Big Ride hubs and 45NRTH Dillinger 5 studded tires, Thomson stem, seatpost and seat collar, Renthal Fat Bar carbon bars and Fizik Gobi XM saddle. The drivetrain is the stock SRAM NX, but the cranks are Race Face Turbine Cinch for 170/177mm rears with AbsoluteBLACK 30t oval chain ring which gives me narrower q-factor.”

Toni has earned himself the nickname “extreme bike mechanic” at his day job at Bikeshop.fi / Ajopyörä, and for good reason.The ultimate test for these skills and for the Wo will be Toni’s next target, the Iditarod Trail Invitational 1000 mile race to Nome in 2018. Follow Toni’s preparation and adventures on Instagram.

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NSMB.com Reviews the Kona Wozo: “This bike was so much fun!”

Interested in reading an in-depth review of Bluto fork and fat bike tire setup as well as three riders’ experiences on the Wozo on dirt and snow? NSMB.com has just published their three-rider review of the Wozo, and they’ve done a great job of encapsulating the Wozo experience during an unusually cold North Shore winter.

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“With some mostly clear trails, I upped the pressure in the tires a few pumps to resist roll over and hit dirt with much more consistent results. It’s actually crazy how far a mere mortal – such as myself – can lean over the Wozo without actually laying it in the dirt. Even in flat corners. Even at slow speeds. Uphill on steep and tight switchbacks! Wheelbase is not an issue when you tip the bike over at a 45 degree angle.” – Andrew Major

“I loved carving lines in snow banks to the side of trails, going through trees off- piste (on top of snow so I was not damaging forest floors) like I was tree-boarding. It was great fun when snow turned to dirt and I was hound-dogging friends on trails ranging from intermediate flowy to advanced gnarly Shore tech.” – Trevor Hansen

Rider: Cam McRae |  Location: Mt Seymour | Bike: Kono Wozo

“There isn’t too much for me to add except to say that the Wozo is a surprisingly fun bike on dirt and snow. Anywhere except perhaps pavement actually. I would even recommend it to friends considering adding a hardtail to their collection – independent of snowy climes. The big tires, with their correspondingly large cushion and grip, encourage aggressive riding, and the geometry and fork play along nicely.” – Cam McRae

Read the full review at NSMB.com.

Rider: Cam McRae |  Location: Mt Seymour | Bike: Kono Wozo

Photos by Dave Smith.

Bicycle Times Reviews the Kona Wo: “As fat bikes continue to evolve, so too does the Wo…”

Bicycle Times has reviewed the Wo in their November 2016 issue. Writer Adam Newman was particularly impressed by the Wo’s massive tire clearance and its sliding dropouts:

“With the sliding dropouts and massive clearance, you should be able to fit any fat bike tire and wheel combo in here.

The sliding dropouts are a great feature, not only because they let you tune the ride as you’d like, but they can save your sandwich if you get into a pickle by letting you set it up as a singlespeed.”

Read the Bicycle Times Wo review in full size PDF here, and check out Bicycle Times’ subscription options here.

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Fat Biking on the Wild Atlantic Way with a Murder of Wo’s

Galway, Ireland Kona dealer Garry Davoren loves fat bikes, specifically our Kona Wo and he recently teamed up with the folks behind the Wild Atlantic Way tourism to produce this epic video. It captures the stunning Irish coastline mostly using drone footage and ensures that if Ireland was a place you were thinking about visiting, well you’ll be booking tickets by the end of the week. Read on to for the full blurb or for more info head to the Wild Atlantic way website here.

“One of the most fantastic features of the Wild Atlantic Way is the variety in topography you’ll encounter as you travel along its craggy nooks and crannies. Around each corner, a hugely diverse range of attractions unfurl from the lofty cliffs at Slieve League to the inimitable karst backdrop of The Burren to the sandy beaches and impressive landscapes of the Ring of Kerry. Among spectacular scenery, shining sunsets and glistening surf, the ground beneath you can change from beach to bog to mountain in moments.

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For these reasons, one of the best and most adventurous ways to traverse the Wild Atlantic Way is astride the top of two fat wheels. A fatbike is an off-road bicycle with over-sized tyres, typically 3.8 inches (97 mm) or larger with rims of 2.6 inches (66 mm) or wider. It is designed for low ground pressure to allow riding on soft unstable terrain, such as snow, sand, bogs and mud. The improved traction when riding through sandy or swampy ground is a result of a set of monster tires that allow a bike to roll where it’s never rolled before.WAW_Fatbike_Slieve_league

All this provides cyclists with a freedom to explore terrains that were never possible on mountain or trail bikes, opening up an array of hamlets, coves and hidden pockets. For example, the beautiful landscapes of Connemara contain a wealth of scenic trails begging to be explored. The Maumturk Mountains and the pewter-tinged peaks of the Twelve Bens are a trove of biking discovery. Further north, among some of the highest maritime crags in Europe, the Slieve League Sea Cliffs will exercise your eyes and legs as you climb towards spectacular views of the Atlantic Ocean, the Sligo Mountains and Donegal Bay. For a Ring of Kerry cycle with a difference, go off-road to explore some of the glassy lakes, rolling hills and stony trails situated along the route. The video above shows just some of the views you can expect to see from the saddle.

If freedom, adrenaline and unique experiences sound like your thing, iFatbike offers fully maintained and serviced fatbikes for rental. Located in Moycullen, County Galway, the surrounding countryside provides a kaleidoscope of beach, bog and mountain. For a more detailed account of conquering wild Atlantic ways by fat bike, you can read iFatbike owner Garry Davoren and his friend Mark Peterson’s account of their adventures in north Donegal. Of course, for those with less of an ‘over, under, through’ mentality, there are plenty of alternative cycling options available all along the route.”