Fat Bikes are one of the most fun ways to ride on two wheels. Consequently we have taken this sector very seriously and have applied our knowledge, garnered over 30+ years to create wheels that will enhance your Fat Bike ride allowing you to explore further and higher in to the wilderness.
The Big Fat Deal
Our Big Deal was and is a great success within the fat bike market but bikes kept on getting wider and tyres kept on getting larger. Consequently, to satisfy this movement we have created the B.F.D. (Big Fat Deal). The B.F.D. takes everything that we have discovered with the development of the Big Deal but made it fatter! We have kept the ground breaking light weight, the responsive ride, the bombproof construction, the increased comfort and the ease of tyre installation first realised with the Big Deal but have taken the rim width from 85mm all the way up to 100mm. At this huge width it naturally increases your Fat Bike footprint offering ultimate levels of floatation over soft or powdery surafces, increasing the ride quality of your bike even in these challenging conditions.
Coming in at just 500g per rim the B.F.D. weighs much less than competitors skinnier, aluminium rims. Combined with a tubeless tyre setup you can expect to save up to 900g per wheel when switching to our B.F.D’s leading to a livelier, more responsive ride.
Stronger. Increased comfort. Ease of tyre installation
The Big Fat Deal rim has a full carbon construction and features an irregular cross sectional shape. This enhances strength and enables the wheels to handle big hits from all angles. This twin channel shape then also serves as the basis for our “Inflatobam” technology as it provides a better pre-inflation seal by trapping each tyre bead against the rim. This in turn dramatically reduces the amount of air it takes to get the tyre beads to “bam” in to place (hence the name “Inflatobam”!). In addition to this rim shape our Inflatobam technology also utilises “Inflatobands”. These bands are fitted to the internal rim section before tyre installation and effectively provide a variable rim-channel diameter. This compensates for any discrepancies in tyre bead diameters by minimising the gap between the tyre beads and the rim channels, which is the main culprit of installation problems due to air leaks. Also note that our rim shape does not require the use of tyre levers and that it is fully compatible with the use of inner tubes.
Once the tyre is seated the unique rim shape then comes in to play again as the angled bead shelf prevents the tyre from collapsing back in to the rim at low pressures. This helps to ensure no tyre burping or slipping. With the ability to run even lower pressures the increased comfort part of our initial design brief is then catered for nicely.
To complete, our Fat Bike rims are hand laced and trued to our own super silky and super strong “Brickhouse” hubs with our own bladed steel spokes and brass nipples.