A fat-bike is a bicycle with over-sized tires, typically 3.75” or wider, on wide rims. The frame of the bicycle has been modified to fit these wider tires and rims. They are designed to ride on soft unstable terrain like snow and sand. They were originally designed to ride/race on the snow in Alaska and for touring in the deserts of New Mexico. The history of fat-bikes begins in the late 1980s when regular bikes were modified to allow racers to compete in the Iditabike (later to become Iditasport) race in Alaska. About the same time bikes were being modified in the Southern US to ride the deserts in New Mexico.
A number of mountain resorts in both the US & Canada now permit Fat Biking or are in the process of trialing it. With recent articles about fat-biking have appearing in several mainstream publications in 2013 including the Globe & Mail, the Wall Street Journal, and Wired Magazine the effect on fat bike sales are on the rise. QBP (Quality Bicycle Products), a bicycle manufacturer and fat-bike industry leader, estimates that 10,000 bikes have been sold from 2005 to 2012 and predicts 10,000 more bikes to be sold in 2013/2014.
For further information about fat-biking at Silver Star Mountain Resort, please contact Guy Paulsen, Nordic Manager (250.558.6085 office / 250.503.7758).