One of the most intriguing developments of late has been my love for the fat bike. I've had a Salsa Mukluk for a while now, but aside from some phenomenal riding on snowy singletrack in Colorado's Indian Peaks and some exploration of the many sandy washes central Arizona has to offer, the bike has sat idle in my garage. I've watched as several friends acquired fat bikes and adopted them as their go-to mountain bikes for all kinds of riding.
But my Mukluk kept telling me, "I'm made for the snow. And I'm fun in the sand. But I just don't like much else."
In December, I made a quick trip to Minnesota, visited my parents, did a little skiing, and hung out with some of the guys from Salsa. Over lunch, Tim made a very generous offer that I couldn't pass up, and it's forever changed my outlook on fat bikes.
Two days after returning home, a box arrived. I eagerly tore into it, pulling out an old Lefty fork, a Lefty hub laced to a fat rim, and some custom clamps for making the Lefty work with 4.5" tires. Onto my Mukluk it went, and after a bit of modification inside the fork, I had 70 mm of real squish on the front end of the bike.
All it took was a suspension fork. And amazingly, none of the American suspension manufacturers are making squishy forks for fat bikes.
Come on, guys. How long will you ignore the fastest-growing segment of the bike market?