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!