We have been impressed with the Marin Four Corners we’ve been riding (see our review in the next issue) and the new Nicasio model slides in between the Four Corners and the more road-going Gestalt. Designed for commuting or light touring, it has 700×30 tires, a 2×8 Shimano Claris drivetrain and mechanical disc brakes. Best of all it’s a great value at just $770. You don’t need to spend thousands to get a fun, good looking bike.
While the basic Brompton design hasn’t changed in years (decades?), we spied this lovely limited-edition nickel finish bike in the booth, one of only 115 that will be brought to the United States.
Our online editor also took the plunge and participated in the Brompton World Championship race. Read all about it here.
Fuji stepped up its fat bike game by adding a carbon model to its 2017 Wendigo line. The bike features a 197×12 mm rear dropout, which an accept up to a 5-inch tire. The carbon fork has 150×15 mm hub spacing. Build kit is SRAM XO1 (1×11), DT Swiss BR 2250 wheels, Schwalbe Jumbo Jim tubeless-ready tires at 26×4.8 and SRAM Guide RS brakes. The frame also has internal cable routing, plus rear rack mounts and ample bottle cage mounts for all of your bikepacking adventures.
Trek had plans in place to develop a less-expensive fat bike, but sales trends showed huge sell-through in its higher-end carbon models, hence the 9.9. Even with 27×4.7 tires, the Farley 9.9 is claimed to weigh 22 pounds. Twenty-two pounds! With real tires. Pretty amazing.
A host of lightweight Bontrager bits accompany the OCLV carbon frame, but the real star of the show are the HED Big Deal carbon rims, which are one of the lightest, if not the lightest, fat bike rims on the market.
With fat bike races now selling out in most parts of the country, this looks like a serious contender for raciest fat bike ever, even directly out of the box.