Wildfire said:I don't deserve all the credit, there were others over the years though they never really caught on: Icycle Bicycles of Anchorage made at least a couple, Roger Cowles still has his 6 pack that he rode to Nome in the 80's and Dave Ford has another version from the late 80's.Simon Rakouer was in there with his SnowCat rims. And Hanebrink and Burro had their versions. Mike Curiak had a heavily modified Marin make an appearance around the same time as the FatBikes debuted. But Ray Molina is the man who came up with the first production wide rims that made it all possible.There was nothing else like it on the market when I started playing around in 99 and I think I helped a lot proving the FatBike's snow worthiness to a generally skeptical bike crowd. Thanks for the shoutout.
Though it may make some folks look at me funny, in a former life, I started a company building recumbents. While we never got it farther than Interbike, taken orders, and the market crash of 2001, it was a good time. Had we gone further, I'm sure it would have gotten to crazy ass crap like that My partner was a forward thinking guy, and nothing escaped his eye.Wildfire said:The Realdumbent ca. 1998.
they have some nice light tires for trials bikes nowbyknuts said:i hereby chastise any who didn't mention doug bradbury's early attempt with 19" mx tires on custom CNC'd rims...
(and hurriedly scurry off to avoid being chastised for not having a picture of it myself)
The following is from (admittedly fuzzy) memory;
was the early Manitou linkage fs frame, he made a dh version.
and he popped some 19" mx tires on rims he had to have made, laced them up and apparently they fit regular stays for 26" mtb wheels (well, length-wise anyways)
I DO remember there being more to the stays than standard, think the chainstays had been underbraced?
I can't remember if he mentioned width/chainline problems?
I THINK there were early disc brakes on it, maybe mountain cycle units? and I think the fork was an efc maybe?
tires were 19" pirelli, 3 plies... bradbury said it was giving him ideas for heavier duty tires back when 2.1's were the DH tires to have.
why'm I retaining THAT detail and not the rest?!
Anyways, it was in a magazine, probably MB instead of MBA...
anyone else remember that monster?
I doubt it ever made public appearances and certainly heavy for snow work so it only would've been seen in the area by those in the know (or whatever shmuck kid like me picked up that particular issue of the rag)
Anyways that was for me the first REAL fat bike, just a mountain bike, gears, brakes, everything you normally needed and then motorcycle tires!!
And I thought it was goofy as hell... but I wanted one SO badly... and as all kids do, tried to figure how much allowance I'd have to spend to CNC some one-off rims to do it myself, and whether the LBS would lace them up for me.
That was '93 maybe?