2 Fat 2 Furious: A Fat Bike Freeride Film

January 29, 2016

We had way too much fun last year shooting our first fat bike freeride video, so we knew we had to do another this year. The goal of 2 Fat 2 Furious was to only ride things that would be harder or impossible on a regular bike. From waist-deep powder to drifty sled tracks to packed down jump lines, the boys achieved just that.

Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, and Noah Brousseau got rad on their Blizzards all winter, and we're excited to show everyone the result.

"We were having fun ripping around on the snowmobile tracks but looking at all the pow chutes surrounding us it was only a matter of time before we were dropping in—we just had to figure out lines that were steep enough to stay afloat!" — Wade Simmons

The whole gang. Our only regret is that Ludacris was too busy to make it out.

Noah Brousseau found out that there are limits to float. Turns out.

Even the Godfather crashes now and then.

This was the first time any of the boys had hit a proper sized drop on a fat bike. Worked out better than expected!

"I was pretty confident on the 3, it was just hard because I was scared to carve off the lip." — Noah Brousseau

Too much fun, now get out there and freeride your fat bike!

Bike: Rocky Mountain Blizzard
Shot at the Coquihalla Lakes Lodge, Kamloops Bike Ranch, and Coastal Mountains, BC
Filmed & Edited by Liam Mullany
Additional Cinematography by Harrison Mendel
Produced by Liam Mullany & Brian Park
Photos by Robb Thompson & Kaz Yamamura
Special Thanks to Cory Leclerc, Bobby Brown at Maxxis, & Eric Simmons
Music: Jet Trash — Baby C'mon

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An Idiot's Guide to Bikepacking on Snow

July 15, 2015


Words and Photos by Skyler Des Roches

I have a confession. Before this trip, I'd never actually ridden a fat bike on snow. I'd played around on some sand, and generally felt the worth of fat rubber, but coastal British Columbia is not exactly a prime location for riding bikes on snow. This area is known for steep, glaciated peaks, and bottomless powder, neither of which mix well with fat bikes. Backcountry skis are the tool of choice for moving around the mountains for much of the year.

Sadly, this season let me and many other backcountry skiers down. Record-breaking warm temps and low precipitation meant for a low-powder, low-excitement ski season for all but the most motivated. When that awkward time of the season arrived in late May, when there's still snow in the alpine, but too much bush between there and the trailhead to encourage much skiing, I hadn't had my fill. Rather than turning my attention downward to the prime riding season underway near sea level, I had the novel idea to just go ride on snow.

Knut is a man who enjoys novelty. He seems to derive a sort of sheepish pleasure from putting strange, impractical handlebars on his mountain bike, sewing quirky patches to his gear, smoking a wizard-length tobacco pipe, or eating monstrously large apples – “novelty hand fruit”. He was evidently prepared to overlook the probable outcome – that we'd bushwhack several kilometres with bikes before pushing them a short ways through knee-deep slush – when we came up with a half-baked plan to attempt a ski tour without skis.

After a long drive to the South Chilcotins, our first day of riding met all of our expectations – bushwhacking, bike pushing, bike carrying, and post-holing in slush. We weren't riding the trails that have made this corner of the Coast Mountains famous. No, those were already, almost entirely snow-free and ready for conventional tire sizes. Instead, we followed a forgotten horse trail up Slim Creek, aiming for a snow-covered alpine plateau west of there, and the mellow glaciers beyond. By mid-afternoon we'd climbed above the trees and any sign of a trail. It was immediately clear that we could not ride on the rapidly melting snow.

We relaxed at an early camp, and set alarms for 1:30AM with low expectations. At 2AM, we rode away under a bright moon on a firm, frozen crust. We'd been hoping for this, but were surprised enough by the easy riding that we made the mistake of stopping for a protracted breakfast before the sun was even up. We wouldn't take full advantage of the crust, which didn't form reliably until after 1AM, and lasted only until 7AM, until the following night.

We'd chosen the expansive alpine area at the headwaters of Slim Creek and the Taseko and Lord Rivers for its relative flatness. While I suspected that we could ride down steep slopes, and that our climbing would depend more on our lungs than on tire traction, I was not expecting much success on side-hills. Yet, as we rattled over kilometers of sun-cupped snow, tires aired-down to a few PSI, we held our elevation tightly around the side of valleys, traversing up to twenty degree slopes. A world of possibility unfolded.

If you're motivated by speed, fat bikes are not the best tool. But progression is not all stop watches and slow-mo whirligiging. I ride because of wanderlust. George W. had it wrong; “freedom and democracy” are not delivered from the end of an M16. The bicycle is the best agent of liberation.

I measure my riding with breadth of my mental map. Our faint tracks on the pre-dawn crust become lines on crinkled pages of my cerebral atlas. I've found there to be an inverse correlation with the number of things I have to think about, and the richness of an experience. Too often, gadgets rob us of real living. Nevertheless, it seems that something as wholly material as tire width has a direct effect on the potential to expand my known universe. That's what fat bikes are all about – potential. Not only are there new trails to be ridden, but places with no trails at all. Even slowly pedaling nowhere can be exciting. And has there ever been a bike at Griswold Pass?

I measure my riding with breadth of my mental map. Our faint tracks on the pre-dawn crust become lines on crinkled pages of my cerebral atlas. I've found there to be an inverse correlation with the number of things I have to think about, and the richness of an experience. Too often, gadgets rob us of real living. Nevertheless, it seems that something as wholly material as tire width has a direct effect on the potential to expand my known universe. That's what fat bikes are all about – potential. Not only are there new trails to be ridden, but places with no trails at all. Even slowly pedaling nowhere can be exciting. And has there ever been a bike at Griswold Pass?

Somehow, despite much post-holing, bike pushing, bushwhacking – an overall terrible ratio of riding to hiking – our frustrated exclamations of “No one does this! There's a reason no one brings a bike here!” were quickly shadowed by an immense excitement for where we were. Our mere 90 kilometers covered over four days were not a failure at all, but rather an eye-opening proof of concept. From our turn-around point at Griswold Pass, a gentle glacier climbed further west – a doorway to one of the world's most expansive sub-polar ice fields. And the key to that door might be so simple: just ride at night.

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Can You Freeride a Fat Bike?

December 22, 2014

We have to admit, we were hesitant about the fat bike trend that's taking the bike industry by storm (pun intended). There were definitely a few raised eyebrows in the office when we started designing and testing one.

Wade Simmons was an instant convert though; "everyone thinks they're so f@#&ing cool and serious, but it's really just about having fun on your bike anyway." And soon enough, the other guys stopped returning their test bikes on time.

FAT FREE came out of a few days of experimenting and shredding the Blizzard in BC's coastal mountains. It opened all our eyes to the spectacular terrain that's available for fat biking, and it proved to us that the only limitations for these bikes are our own preconceived notions.

If it was ever even a question, the answer is yes. You can and should freeride a fat bike.

Riders: Geoff Gulevich, Wade Simmons, & Brett Tippie, with appearances by Andreas Hestler & Fraser Vaage.
Filmed by: Liam Mullany, Connor Macleod, Chris Fisher, Brian Park, Fraser Vaage, & Andreas Hestler
Music (Main): "Outta Mind" by Night Beats, courtesy of The Reverberation Appreciation Society
Thanks to: Black Tusk Snowmobile Club, Tony Cailes, & Dylan Auld
Photography: Fraser Vaage & Brian Park

Visit to check out the Rocky Mountain Blizzard. We built it for aggressive, trail-style riding on snow, sand, and other soft terrain.

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Rocky Mountain Dual at Snow Epic

December 18, 2014

Der renommierte Mountainbike-Hersteller Rocky Mountain Bicycles ist neuer Sponsor des ersten Snow Epic.

Die kanadische Firma hatte als einer der ersten Hersteller das Potential des Snow Epic erkannt und deswegen einen Prototypen seines neuen Fatbikes – das Rocky Mountain Blizzard – nach Engelberg in die Schweiz geschickt, um es bei der Testfahrt im April diesen Jahres einzusetzen.

Nun sponsert die Marke den Rocky Dual, ein Dual Slalom-Rennen unter Flutlicht. Der Dual Slalom wird sicher eines der spannendsten Ereignisse der fünf Rennen beim Winter-Bikefestival Snow Epic, das von 14. bis 18. Januar 2015 stattfindet.

Christoph Noser, der Marketing-Verantwortliche des Schweizer Rocky Mountain Importeurs CHRIS sports, erläutert die Beweggründe für die Partnerschaft: “Rocky Mountain Bicycles baut nicht nur herausragende Bikes, sondern ist auch eine der führenden Firmen, was die Mountainbike-Kultur rund um den Globus betrifft. Dies ist einer der Gründe, warum wir Fatbikes innerhalb der Mountainbikeszene fördern wollen.

Deswegen ist Rocky Mountain ein Partner des Snow Epic geworden. Wir finden, dass es eine innovative Veranstaltung mit Pioniergeist ist, was ausgezeichnet zu unserem Markenverständnis passt. Darüber hinaus bietet es hervorragende Gelegenheit, die exzellenten Fahreigenschaften unseres Rocky Mountain Blizzards auf Schnee oder jedem anderen Terrain zu demonstrieren.”

Der auch für die Zuschauer sehr attraktive Rocky Dual verspricht trotz seines Renncharakters, jede Menge Spaß. Die Rennteilnehmer sollten ihr Training verstärkt auf Techniken wie Powerslides und gedriftete Kurven legen. Der Rocky Dual findet am Freitag Abend, den 16. Januar 2015 statt.

Alle Snow Epic Teilnehmer fahren auf Fatbikes, der neue Supertrend in der Radindustrie mit extra breiten Reifen. Die Rocky Mountain Blizzards stehen für alle zur Verfügung, die ein Fatbike mieten wollen.

Das Blizzard ist eines der ersten Fatbikes, das mit einer Federgabel ausgestattet ist, der Rock Shox Bluto RL.

“Um dem legendären Namen Blizzard auch wirklich gerecht zu werden, war unsere Zielvorgabe hoch gesteckt: das Fatbike sollte sich wie ein “echtes” Mountainbike anfühlen und fahren. Mit dem für die Federgabel optimierten Design, einer progressiven Geometrie und hervorragenden Komponenten, zeigt sich das Blizzard als würdiger Vertreter des typischen Rocky Mountain-Fahrgefühls, auf Schnee, Sand, oder wo immer du es fahren möchtest,” beschreibt Rocky Mountain die Entstehungsgeschichte.

Das Rocky Mountain Team ist bereits auf den Pisten von Engelberg unterwegs, um sich mit umfangreichen Tests auf das große Event vorzubereiten und sicher zu stellen, dass das Fahrerlebnis auf dem “Blizzard” perfekt ausfällt.

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Introducing the 2015 Blizzard

April 09, 2014

Fahrwerk-optimiertes Design, agile Trailbike Geometrie und unglaublich fähige Ausstattung - das Blizzard verspricht Rocky Mountains legendäre Fahreigenschaften auf Schnee, Sand und allem, was sonst noch kommen könnte. Dem nächsten Abenteuer steht nichts im Weg!

Ride Tuned Concept

Die Entwicklung eines Rahmens, der maximale Reifenbreiten ermöglicht und dabei die bekannte verspielte Rocky Mountain Geometrie beibehält, ist nicht gerade eine leichte Aufgabe. Die Geometrie wurde zusätzlich optimiert, um eine Federgabel in das Design zu integrieren und einen agressiven Lenkwinkel von 68,5° zu erreichen.

Der Rohrsatz besteht aus FORM™ Aluminium, das aufgrund seines geringen Gewichts bereits im Vertex zur Anwendung kommt und die bis zu 4,8 Zoll breiten Reifen unterbringen kann. Unser Ziel war klar: ein Fatbike, das echte Mountainbike-Gefühle hervorruft und maximalen Spaßfaktor bei weichen Trailbedingungen schafft – auch dank des vergleichsweise kurzen Oberrohrs haben wir das geschafft.

Key Features

  • Breite 4,7 Zoll Reifen, die optimale Traktion und Stabilität auf Schnee, Sand und weichem Trail vermitteln und dem Rider somit steile Anstiege ermöglichen und ihn quer durch „Mutter Natur“ cruisen lassen.
  • Dank der agilen Geometrie fühlt sich das Blizzard wie ein echtes Mountainbike an und reiht sich somit in die Riege der Bikes mit legendärer Rocky Mountain Fahrqualität ein.
  • Die Rahmentasche (separat erhältlich) wurde speziell für das Blizzard von Porcelain Rocket designed. Das trägerlose System sorgt mit Wasser abweisendem Material und wasserfesten Reisverschlüssen dafür, dass alles, was einem lieb und teuer ist, sicher und trocken bleibt. Das Hauptfach ist groß genug für eine Jacke oder Essen, während die erweiterbaren Fächer genügend Platz für Werkzeug und andere Dinge bieten.
  • Rock Shox Bluto RL 100mm Federgabel mit 15x150mm Steckachse.
  •  2 x Anything Cage™ Befestigungen + zusätzliche Blindnietmuttern ermöglichen die optionale Anbringung von weiteren Rahmentaschen.
  • Eigens entwickeltes Race Face Single Narrow Wide 24T Kettenblatt mit antriebsseitigen Versatz zum optimalen Schalten und für verbesserte Klettereigenschaften
  • Umwerferbefestigung macht die Umstellung auf 2x möglich (optional)
  • 6-Sperrklinken Freilaufnabe verbessert den Drehmoment an steilen Anstiegen
  • Integrierte Zugführung schafft Ordnung und hält sauber.
  • Integrierte Kabelführung für die höhenverstellbare „Stealth“ Sattelstütze

Full specs, geometry, and pricing to come soon.

Available Fall 2014

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