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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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Ride a Kona Wo Fat Bike on the Arctic Ice Road This April!

You may have considered traveling somewhere to enjoy a bike tour, but have you considered doing so in Canada’s Arctic… in April? Borealis Bike Tours has a fleet of Kona Wo fat bikes and they’ve got a once in a lifetime opportunity to ride the infamous ice road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk in Canada’s North West Territories.

In early April 2017, Borealis will be guiding a fully supported fat bike tour along the Inuvik-Tuktoyaktak ice road, which crosses the Beaufort Sea in Canada’s Arctic. This is the last year that the ice road will be built and maintained as it is scheduled to be replaced by an overland highway. Experience the true wild of the North West Territories while being fully supported to have a safe and successful trip.

The deadline to register is March 17th, so if you’re interested, you’d better get on it! Contact Borealis Bike Tours Unlimited for more information.

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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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