It’s the time of year when winter begins to blend into spring. We start to look at our skis and bikes at the same time and wonder if there’s a way we can enjoy both things at once. Kona Ambassador Colt Fetters has it all figured out and filmed Hannah Birdsong an avid skier and cyclist doing her daily commute—the Colorado Commute—combining skis and bikes to get around town.
“The chassis feels simultaneously unflappable and yet still gets bounced around in the endearing way that hardtails do. And in the end, that’s what makes the Wozo so good for a rider who’s used to modern trail bikes: it feels normal, and that’s how it should be ridden.”
At the beginning of winter, we sent Bike Mag reviewer Jonathan Weber the latest iteration of our Kona Wozo fat bike. Bike describe the Wozo as the “Progeny of a coked-up tour-bus fling between the Wo and the Honzo” and they aren’t wrong (well maybe about the coke). The Wozo’s fun and modern trail bike geometry set it apart from other fat bikes out there and that is not a point that’s lost in this review.
You can check it out in full here on Bike Magazines website.
On February 10, 2018 USA Cycling’s Fatbike Nationals returns to Grand Rapids, Michigan AND to a new venue at Cannonsburg Ski Are
Check out more details at FatbikeNats.com
Celebrate winter fat biking and come check out Fat Bike Nationals, whether you want to give the race(s) a go or just watch, it will be a great time for all! There will be a party atmosphere with a live band and plenty of adult beverages by Founders Brewing on Saturday evening from 7:30-10. This is the second year in a row the USA Cycling Fat Bike National Championships are in G.R.
As if Nationals weren’t enough, there is another race at the same venue on Sunday with Winter Rush
Open to all racers and it’s a fundraiser for West Michigan MTB Alliance.
PLUS you will also have a chance to meet current IMBA Executive Director and mountain bike legend Dave Wiens!
While you’re in the area be sure to swing by Central District Cyclery and check out the latest Kona offerings.
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.
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.
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.”