It's a big week for big tires! Of all the Speed of Light rides we do, Fat Bike Night is the most asked about and most anticipated.
This Thursday, June 9, there's no better place to be than standing 100 feet down the opening section of the Speed of Light course. With the word 'Go!', the sight and sound of 30+ people on fat bikes is goosebump-inducing and a real thrill. Even on sand and dirt, the low hum of so much rubber under so many fast people emits a roar that vibrates through your very bones.
While it's certainly a big day, fat bikes are always on the line at SOL. More and more, people ride them year-round, whether sticking with the stock 26" wheels and 4" tires, or adding a set of 29+ or B+ wheels. For Fat Bike Night, it has to be a 3.8" tire or wider, but on any given Thursday, you'll see a few sets of 3" tires and fat bikes going bar-to-bar with 29ers, 26ers, 'cross bikes and the rest of the rag tag assembly at SOL.
At Ec, we're all about fat, and we've brought in our own carbon rims to get more people on tough, quality and light fat bike wheels. The very cool dudes at Industry Nine make the best hubs we've ever touched, so all of our wheelsets are built up with the TORCH fat bike hub. For your 26", all-winter-and-all-year-if-you're-into-that, we have the 85mm, double-walled Bearclaw Bicycle Co. ricoCHET. This is the go-to rim for the wheels on the Bearclaw Bicycle Co. Balthazar, probably the greatest fat bike of all-time (or at least we think so).
But for those looking for a bit less rubber on the ground all spring, summer and fall, we’ve put together 29+ and B+ options as well. Both the 29” Big Chet and 27.5” Little Chet feature 50mm external rim width, double-wall construction and the perfect balance of strength and weight. The Little Chet weights in at 480 grams per rim, while the Big Chet is 520 grams. Maybe the easiest way to present the weight savings is by comparing the final setups. A front ricoChet wheel, with the same I9 hub, same spokes, a 4” 45NRTH Dillinger tire, is one pound heavier than a Little Chet rim, I9 hub, same spokes and a 3” Schwalbe Rocket Ron tire. Your 25 pound fat bike becomes a 22.5 pound mountain bike with more traction and flotation than a 2.25” tired 29er.
If you want to see fat bikes in action, and simply enjoy a very fun night in the woods with the best people on earth, we’ll see you this Thursday!