The moment I saw the Fatback at the back of Ryan’s truck, I was amazed. I stopped and cherished the beauty and curves of this beautifully built Ti machine. The 3.8 Surly Knard tires are literally flexing its muscles at any by-stander ogling at the bike. It was a sight to behold.
I called him up and arranged to go ride with him. I want to see this bad-ass at work.
So after going live, we loaded my bike at the back of his truck and hopped on to Heroes Trail.
Born in Alaska, the Fatback’s lineage spawned from the snow. The need for fat tires is a necessity for the riders out there. Here, the Fatbike simply attracts attention and bullies everything at its way.
I took it for a spin and it was like controlling The Hulk on a dirt track. The bike’s mean tires are the only things you notice upon first glance, but if you look closely and know the specs, you would agree that this baby means business. The full carbon Ritchey cockpit shaves off precious pounds off this monster. SRAM X-0 and FSA handle the shifting and drivetrain for The Hulk, so it is agile and responsive. The rigid carbon fork does its duty on holding the fatties just fine. I was longing for a suspension fork but ultimately, I realized and felt that it doesn’t need one.
The Hulk hugged every turn and ascent like a bike on rail. If you want it to climb, it brings you up easily with no slip, nor hint of sliding at the tires. You just beckon it to do stuff and it obeys on command. It is like having the Hulk as a pet. I bombed it downhill on a fast drop and it jumped on its own. (The sequence in Avengers wherein The Hulk jumps from building to building fighting the aliens flashed before my mind.) I rode it over giant cracks and crevices but it rolled over everything like a 4×4.
The Hulk is built with a WTB saddle, Chris King headset and 5051 pedals. Fatback hubs and Fatback”Tron” reflective rims. Pretty neat. Pretty good.
Oh, and did I mention that it is Titanium?
This is how a Fatty should be built. Hulk. Smash.