Mountain Blog

Snow Bike Fleet Ready to Roll!

Nancy Story - Monday, November 26, 2012


Blog post by Chris Remy, Crystal Mountain's Mountain Bike Specialist

Whatever you’ve heard about fat tire bikes - game changer, great second bike or a great way to continue cycling thru the winter – one thing is for sure. There’s no way you can miss those giant 26x4" tires! Fat tire bikes float thru most any surface with ease, the giant tires offering a fun, stable platform for riding through snow, sand, or rough trails very easily.

Crystal Mountain is embracing Fat bikes as an addition to our winter sports programs, with a Fat bike rental fleet and a dedicated Fat bike groomed trail loop. This winter, you’ll be able to rent a Fat bike and ride over to our two-mile Fat Loop, or just cruise around the Crystal campus. Crystal Mountain's Pineapple Mountain Bike Trail Loops will also be open and maintained for the more adventurous Fat bike rider, for a total of five plus miles of Fat bike trails.

Crystal's 2013 rental fleet will include Fat Sand Cruiser IIs and Surly Pugsleys. The Fat Sand Cruiser II is a cruiser- style bike with a 3-speed internal shifter, coaster brake and front disc brake. Think beach cruiser on steroids! The Surly Pugsley is the benchmark of Fat tire bikes. As the original fat tire bike, the Pugsley is still the most popular among riders. A steel-framed mountain bike with a nine- speed drive train and front and rear disc brakes, the Pugsley is a beast that lives up to its name: big, ugly and impossible not to love!

Come try a Fat bike on your own, or join me for a Saturday tour. No matter what the weather brings this winter, a Fat bike will make it fun!

Anonymous commented on 29-Nov-2012 11:11 PM
can we ride the trail system on our own fat bike? Do you have maps of the groomed bike trails?
Crystal Mountain commented on 03-Dec-2012 02:06 PM
Our mountain bike trails are open all winter for you to enjoy with your own fat bike. But the groomed Fat Loop is similar to a cross-country ski trail - open when there is natural snow to groom. You can pick up a map of the groomed Fat Loop trail and other bike trails at the Park at Water's Edge.
Anonymous commented on 07-Dec-2012 11:16 PM
Do you offer gift certificates for fat bike rentals?
Crystal Mountain commented on 02-Jan-2013 01:56 PM
Yes, our standard gift certificates can be used to purchase fat tire snow bike rentals:
Dave commented on 02-Jan-2013 03:53 PM
Do you really need to trash the only lighted cross country trail at the resort w/ the fat bikes? I was skiing the other night and kept dropping a ski into a wobbly icy rut left behind by a fat bike tire. Can't you have a separate trail on the golf course that doesn't ruin the grooming and make it unsafe and horrible for skate skiing?
Crystal Mountain commented on 09-Jan-2013 09:35 AM
Dave - Thank you for your comment. We have already passed your comment along to our Recreation and Cross-Country management teams. The Fat Tire Snow Bike riders are supposed to ride alongside the groomed portion of our Otter Run cross-country trail.
Kevin commented on 01-Apr-2013 03:43 PM
Will these bikes be available for rent after the 15th of April on a Saturday and can we ride the Besie River trails with these bikes?
Crystal Mountain commented on 10-Apr-2013 10:31 AM
Kevin - Yes on both accounts. Thanks for your question.
Anonymous commented on 29-Aug-2013 12:59 AM
Oh man! I wish we had winter fat tire bike trails on the mountain. Keep up the good work. As to the comment about the rut left...that would be no different than what a snow boarder leaves behind when carving. Just part of sharing the mountain. Give and take.
Ryan commented on 01-Jan-2014 10:40 AM
Your pictures appear to show platform pedals on the bikes. Do you offer clipless pedals (spd?) or can / should I bring my own pedals?
Crystal Mountain commented on 03-Jan-2014 11:52 AM
Hi Ryan - We do not offer clipless pedals. But you are welcome to bring your own.

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