Sunday, 28 August 2016

Volume 4 - 5 Fatbike Videos You MUST Watch



This is fourth installment of the 5 Fabike Videos You MUST Watch series.  

I decided to jump into the Mr. Fusion powered DeLorean and head back to December 5, 2015 . . . Global Fatbike Day.  City, sand, snow or slush fatbikers unite to celebrate fat around the globe.

Just in case you missed the previous installments:

     Volume 1

     Volume 2

     Volume 3

The folks out in Winnipeg, Manitoba had a pretty big turnout.  A little bit of city riding, a little bit of country riding and a little bit of snow.  Nice soundtrack. (6:02)




Heading east we hit Thunder Bay, Ontario where a crew of fatbikers celebrate GFBD on what appears to be an abandoned railway bed.  The tunnel looked spooky and slippery. (2:31)




Next we jump across the pond to Frensham . . . a village in Surrey, England.  A shortage of snow did not hamper this crowd from having fun.  The rest stop in the courtyard looked tasty. (4:35)




Next we head south to Spain where they celebrated on the sand and on some crazy downhill rocky sections.  There are even clips of Spaniards celebrating in different part of the globe.  Cool! (5:24)




And now back across the pond to Crested Butte, Colorado where a large handful of fatbikers take to the snow.  I really love the trail at the three minute mark.  And there is a trail dog along for the fun. (4:43)



What are you and your fat friends gonna do for 2016?

Ride on!


Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Otso Voytek | Changing the face of fat !


Every year fatbikers worldwide anxiously await to see what has been cooked up for the new model year. Oftentimes we see a remixing of current industry components and ideas, splashes of new colours and graphics and sometimes an innovative new flavour profile. And then there are times when we are presented with something that truly awakens our fat pallets, igniting our senses and leaving us wanting more.


So what happens when you have a group of innovative bike crazy engineers, who are less than enthusiastic with current offerings, and want to nudge the envelope? 

You get a new player entering the fatbike marketplace . . . Otso Cycles and their ground shaking Voytek fattie.


The bike savvy folk of Minnesota based Wolf Tooth were looking for bikes that did not exist, and instead of waiting . . . they started a bike company and built their own. The results of their efforts are two groundbreaking new bikes: a fat-capable narrow Q-factor bike and a multi purpose drop-bar bike.

The Voytek

In the midst of WW2, the Polish army discovered a stray bear cub alone in the wild. This bear, named Voytek, grew to become a valiant soldier. Voytek drank beer, smoked (or ate) cigarettes, wrestled with the troops, and even helped carry ammunition into battle. The folks at Osto say that just like the legendary bear, their Voytek bike can be playful or serious . . . always ready for any mission.




The Voytek is a carbon fiber hardtail fattie that can transform into a 27.5+ or 29+ nimble trail bike. In addition to having the narrowest Q-factor of any production fatbike, the Voytek also sports an easily adjustable drop out system called the Tuning Chip. 

Voytek Key Features:



  • Narrowest Q-factor on the market using 83 mm bottom bracket, which is 17% narrower than the 100 mm bottom bracket used in most production fatbikes.
  • Tuning Chip adjustable drop out system that can quickly and easily switch from a nimble 430 mm chainstay to a fast and stable 450 mm. You want both . . . try the 440 mm option.
  • Plus-Fat design delivers great handling as a 27.5+ or 29+ trail bike. Maximum tire sizes are 26 x 4.6, 27.5 x 2.6 and 29 x 3.0.
  • Longer top tube, with shorter chainstays and a slightly slacker head tube angle make it quick and fun.
  • Suspension corrected geometry for up to a 120 mm fork.
  • 177 x 12 rear spacing with 150 x 15 front.
  • EPS molded carbon fiber frame. 100% carbon with no aluminum inserts or fiberglass.




The narrow Q-factor provides benefits in biomechanics as the pedals are spaced about 10 mm wider than a regular mountain bike, whereas other fatbikes are 30-50 mm wider.  Reducing knee and hip strain and improving bike handling are two of the man benefits of a narrower bottom bracket.





Complete Voytek build specifications, frame geometry, and customization upgrades and add-ons can be found at Otsocycles.com.



With the narrowest Q-fatctor of any production fatbike, this customizable carbon cycle is designed to feel more like a mountain bike and less like a fatbike . . . opening up a whole new dimension to winter and summer riding. 

If this is Osto's entree into the fatbike arena . . . I cannot wait to see what exciting things the future holds.  And if your fat pallet also likes an occasional taste of skinny, be sure to take a look at peek at the Osto drop-bar Warakin.

Stay tuned to Fatbike Republic for when we get up close and personal with the Voytek.

Ride on!

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Vee Speedster | City Slickers



To date fatbike tires have allowed riders to traverse snow, ice, mud, rocks, sand and just about anything else mother nature and old man winter can throw at us.  If there is a terrain . . . there is a tire for it.

Those of us who have ventured onto the concrete and asphalt of the urban jungle have done so on the same heavy lugged tires.  While great off-road these tires are not super agile, take a lot of energy to spin and they rumble like heavy machinery.  Not to mention the wear and tear they take on the unforgiving solid surfaces.

The folks over at Vee Tire have a solution for the urban adventurer and it is called the Speedster.  Fatbike Republic was provided a pair of these uber fast, friction fighting tires for review.

THE TIRE

The Speedster is available in two fat size: 26 x 3.5 (reviewed) and 20 x 4.0. The 26 x 3.5 have a folding bead, is tubeless ready with a 120 TPI, and is made from Vee Tire's mid-range Silica compound rubber.

According to the tire experts at Vee Tire . . .

The Speedster was designed for rolling speed and minimal drag on hard pack or paved terrain. The honeycomb center tread provides virtually zero rolling resistance and unbelievable tread life. The honeycomb feature also gives you excellent traction in dry or wet conditions. Large diamond shaped side knobs provide the grip you need in corners, while the tread knobs get smaller towards the center for the ultimate speed and traction. And with its balloon-style structure, you'll feel like you're floating on air.



OVERVIEW

The Speedsters are the least imposing of the entire Vee Tire fatbike tire lineup.  Taking a closer look at the sidewall they are indeed tubeless ready and directional . . . although the tread pattern appears more symmetrical.



The tread pattern on this tire is very subdued when you compare it to other fatbike tires.  Sweeping chevron sipping on the shoulders create a tight rectangular lug pattern that leads to the center of the tire.  And Vee Tire nailed the description of the center "sweet spot" when calling it honeycombed.


The Speedster weighs in at 1106g which is 156g heavier than the claimed 950g.


Tread depth is pretty much non existent, when compared to other off-road specific tires . . . at 1.95mm (0.08") on the shoulders and 1.05mm (0.04") in the center.


Putting the calipers on the tires (80 mm rim @ 30 lbs) the Speedsters measure in at 3.66" which is slightly larger than the claimed 3.5".  The recommended tire pressure for this tire is 8-36 PSI.



FIELD TESTING

This is not an off-road tire.  If you intend to take this tire into areas where you need the traction of an aggressive tire . . . you will be disappointed. This is not an off-road tire . . . did I say that already?


The Speedsters were mounted to a Norco Bigfoot Fatrod . . . a first generation Bigfoot, converted to a 1x9 with a Wolf Tooth elliptical chainring.  The tires fit quite nicely on the 80mm rims, however they may be a bit of a stretch on 100s.  


Before hitting the road there was some tire pressure experimentation.  With anything less than 20psi there was self steer and the tire felt a little odd.  I found that 30psi worked the best allowing the tire to primarily run on the 23mm (0.9") honeycomb sweet spot in the center of the tire.  All cushioning effects were lost at 30psi.



About 250 km were put on the Speedsters on urban streets, city paths and rural roadways.  The Fatrod participated in a Critical Mass, fundraising activity for the Heart & Stroke Foundation, played in a BMX park, did some pavement pounding and general scooting around.




Knowing full well their off-road limitations, the Speedsters were exposed to some loose gravel trails.  Traction was practically non existent as the gravel rolled under the tires.  The extent of the Speedsters off-road capability should be limited to well packed dirt paths.




Needless to say these tires drew a lot of attention from cyclists and non-cyclists with the most common question being "are they hard to pedal?" When carrying 30 psi the tires rolled on the center honeycomb, which had a very small contact patch, and therefore very little friction.  A 20 km road route that I enjoyed in a previous life would take me 55 minutes on a skinny tired roadie . . . with the Speedsters it took 65 minutes.  They roll pretty quickly with minimal effort.


The tires also shed water like a wet dog.  Heavy drizzle/light rain had no impact on the tire's traction as evident during a 20 km road ride fundraising event.

And while riding the road I did not have to scan the bike's path for ruts, crevasses and loose dirt as I would have on the skinny as the Speedsters are very forgiving.  Moving off the pavement to the dirt shoulder could also be done at speed and not have to worry about washing out.



I did get two flats when running these tires.  In both instances I was running ultralight 26 x 2.4 tubes with 30 psi and found nothing puncturing the tire itself.  When I switched to a true fatbike tube (26 x 4) there were no more flats.  I'm guessing the stretched 2.4 with the high pressure killed the tube.



I also spent some time on heavy packed dirt walking trails.  The Speedsters performed very well and were very swift.  They did pick up some tiny rocks in the honeycomb pattern, but they were soon ejected after reentering the pavement zone.




FINAL THOUGHTS

The Speedster is much more at home cruising the blacktop than cutting a backwoods trail.  The non aggressive profile has just enough grip to make packed dirt paths fun.

You have to run them at pretty close to max pressure to get the best performance and tubeless might be an option as high pressures and ultralight tubes do not play well together.

If your riding tends to be more on the urban side with a splash of dirt . . . the Vee Speedsters may be right up your alley.

Ride on !

Friday, 5 August 2016

2016 Rocky Mountain Blizzard -10 | Review


North Vancouver based Rocky Mountain entered the fatbike arena in 2015 with the Blizzard.  The black beauty was indeed a great entrance into the fatbike world.

For 2016 the lineup expanded to three models:
  • The flagship Blizzard -50 now in ghost white and still sporting the Bluto. 
  • The mid-range Blizzard -30 in teal with a 1 x 10 drivetrain, 197 mm rear end and Bluto compatible. 
  • The entry-level Blizzard -10 in metallic gray with 95 mm rims, huge Kenda Juggernauts and 1 x 9 drivetrain. 
With the 2017s on their way, Fatbike Republic was able to secure a Blizzard -10 for some testing.  Big thanks to Cychotic Performance Bike Shoppe for the opportunity.

FRAME & FORK


The Blizzard -10 is available in S-M-L and XL sizes.

The 6061 custom formed alloy frame sports a non-tapererd head tube that is suspension corrected, with the curvy seat and chain stays providing a 190 mm rear end. The seat tube is 30.9 mm and the bottom bracket measures 100 mm. Water bottles can mount on the seat tube and down tube.

The front fork is aluminum (with chromoly steerer) with 135 mm spacing. And coating it all is a love-it-or-hate-it metallic grey with a native inspired decal on the upper section of the sloping top tube.


DRIVETRAIN & BRAKES

Making the Blizzard go is a 1 x 9 drivetrain with a 24T front chainring and a Shimano 12-36T cassette.  What's interesting up front is that a 2x crank is used with the large spider supporting a bash guard and the smaller holding the chainring.  Clever.



An entry level Shimano Altus rear derailleur moves the KMC chain throughout the gears with a corresponding Altus 9spd shifter up on the bars.



Putting the stop on the Blizzard are a pair of Tektro RS360a levers mated to Tektro M280 160mm mechanical disks.




WHEELS & TIRES

The Blizzard -10 runs large 95mm Rocky Mountain "Speedhole" rims that have a very unique cutout pattern.  The front wheel spins on a Rocky Mountain 135 mm QR hub while the rear wheel has a Sunringle 190 mm QR.



Mounted to the wheels are large Kenda Juggernaut Sport (60 TPI) tires. The casing states that the tires are a 4.5" . . . but they are slightly larger at 4.6".  Its also interesting to note that Rocky Mountain has opted to use tubes with "larger" schrader valves. 


BITS & PIECES

A Rocky Mountain 70 mm stem holds the 720mm x 31.8 bars.  Grips are also Rocky Mountain fare.  The seat is actually a WTB Volt emblazoned with what appears to be Rocky Mountain inspired graphics.  And a much appreciated quick release seatpost clamp for tool less seat adjustment.



HITTING THE TRAILS

The Blizzard -10 was taken into the backwoods for some serious scouting of new trails.  Normally my 5'10" frame would fit comfortably on a large size bike, however with the -10 a medium felt a little more natural.

The extra weight of the chromoly fork was not really noticeable and the bike exhibited the expected bounce of any rigid front fattie. Although the head tube is not tapered, mounting of a Bluto is possible with a tapered head adapter.




The grips, while nothing to write home about, were adequate and the WTB saddle did not disappoint.  With a slight adjustment of the brakes and shifter my fingers fell naturally to their respective locations.



Like most who make the leap to a 1x drivetrain the front derailleur was not missed.  I found the low range 24 x 36 combination quite adequate to climb the long steep hill that opened one of the trails.  When comparing it to a SRAM GX1 11spd 26 x 42 . . . the gearing is quite similar.  Shifting the -10 through its 9 speeds was handled quite well by the budget minded Shimano Altus.  Up and down the range without any skipping or dropping.



With a head tube angle of 67.6 it gives the -10 more of a trail bike geometry. While steering may be a little less responsive than with a steeper angle, the slacker head does make descending a little smoother.



The Tektro mechanical brakes were less than impressive.  There are mechanical brakes that do quite a decent job of slowing a fattie down from breakneck speed, but these are not one of them.  There were no worries of locking up the tires, it was almost as if the Tektros were in some sort of weird anti-lock mode.  Additionally, when the brakes were engaged there was random "grabbing" that made controlled stops challenging.



Great choice on the tires.  Floating along on 10lbs of air the open tread pattern of the Kendas cornered well and pulled me up over rocks and a few trees that crossed the Blizzard's path.  Weighing in at a tad over 1300g they are no light weight, but neither would they be considered rolling anchors.  I would anticipate they would do a decedent job in the cold white stuff. 



With most of the industry using presta valve tubes in their tires, using schrader valves is a little peculiar . . . however it does make it super easy to get a digital low pressure tire gauge.  

FINAL THOUGHTS

There is no arguing that the Rocky Mountain Blizzard -10 is an entry level bike best left for those entering the fat arena or the occasional rider.

Pros:
  • Price
  • Wide rims (95mm)
  • 5" tires
  • 1x drivetrain
  • WTB saddle
Cons:
  • Lower end components
  • Sketchy brakes (recommend an upgrade)
With an MSRP of $1299 CAD ($1099 USD) the 2016 Blizzard -10 does offer a decent amount of bike for the buck with the weakest link being the brakes. Granted you are not getting much in the way of high end components, but what is there does work.

So if you are in the market for an entry level fattie that sports 5" tires and a 1x drivetrain . . . take a look at the Rocky Mountain Blizzard -10.

And a big thanks to Cychotic Performance Bike Shoppe for giving Fatbike Republic the opportunity to take a closer look at this bike.

Ride on !

Friday, 29 July 2016

Axiom Barkeep DLX 16 | Easy Access


A short while ago Fatbike Republic had the opportunity to test the Axiom fatbike specific cargo rack called the Fatliner.  Its is a tough and versatile way to carry extra cargo on your fattie.

In addition to bicycle cargo racks Axiom Cycling Gear also carry a multitude of bags and baskets to accentuate your riding experience. Fatbike Republic was given the opportunity to review the Paddywagon EXP 19 and the Barkeep DLX 16.

Click HERE to take a look at the Paddywagon EXP 19.

AXIOM

As mentioned in the Fatliner review, Axiom Cycling Gear not only design and develop cycling gear that works . . . they are also committed to the environment.

Whether the goal is daily commuting, granfondos or weekend recreation, we make bags that cover a lot of ground. Axiom panniers incorporate only the highest quality materials and are assembled using cutting edge manufacturing processes, so they're incredibly lightweight and last a lifetime. Every bag we make reflects the extraordinary attention to detail that is Axiom's hallmark. We sweat the details so riders can relish in the journey.

And Axiom stands behind their products with a guarantee warranted against manufacturing defects for the lifetime of the original purchaser.

BARKEEP DLX 16

The Barkeep DLX 16 is the most feature rich of the Axiom Handlebar Bag lineup. With a retail price of $129.99 this semi-insulated bag has multiple pockets, a clear touch compatible pouch and a quick release mounting system.

Additional details:

 - Constructed of 600D polyester with 3M reflective panels
 - Water resistant
 - Quick release bracket that fits 22.2 – 31.8 mm bars
 - 16L/490 cu in of storage
 - Branded rain cover included
 - Shoulder strap for carrying

Although the Barkeep DLX 16 has a smaller capacity than the Paddywagon EXP 19 it is quite larger, mainly because there are no expandable sections. What is does have is a water bottle bag (or feed bag) on the left, a dual chamber pocket with Velcro closure on the right and a mesh pocket on the front. A clear pouch graces the lid and it is suitable for a phone or gps as it is touch compatible. And finally, there are D-rings to attach the shoulder strap and a carrying strap under the cell phone pouch.


The Barkeep DLX 16 opens away from the rider so that you do not have to dismount to get at your stuff. The inside is insulated to keep things cool\warm with hidden rigid panels helping the bag maintain its shape. Inside the lid there is a zippered mesh pocket and a huge compartment (with Velcro divider) to store your goodies.



The Barkeep DLX 16 weighs in at 758g which is slightly lighter than the 860g as claimed.


The Barkeep DLX 16 gets a matching bright yellow rain cover for when things really get wet. It also has a reflective stripe on the front and four snap closures to secure the elasticized cover to the bag. I’m thinking nothing short of a typhoon will tear off this cover.



I ran into a little difficulty installing the bar mount . . . until I found the instructions on the Axiom site.  I had initially popped the bar mount over my 31.8mm bars and the clamps would not fit. This was quite odd until I discovered that there were two positions for the lower jaw.  Pushing out the pins and relocating the jaw to the hidden lower position, the mount installed as expected.  And with that the bag snapped into place very easily.


IN USE

The Barkeep DLX 16 was strapped to the nose of a street based Norco Bigfoot (Fatrod) and an off-trail Norco Sasquatch 6.1 for testing.

Scooting around on the blacktop and city trails on the Fatrod (with rigid fork) the Barkeep was barely noticeable.  Although it did obstruct the view of the front tire, the higher center of gravity of the packed bag did not have much of an effect on the smooth trails.


Heading off the beaten track the Barkeep DLX 16 became more noticeable on the bluto equipped Sasquatch.  The additional weight on the bars caused the bluto to engage more often when negotiating the humps and bumps.  Adding more air to the fork tempered the bluto’s reaction.  The higher centre of gravity does require a change in riding style when approaching twisty bits in the trail.  The Barkeep did bounce when going over rough sections, however its internal bracing/support allowed it to maintain its shape and the bracket mounted to the bar did not even think about moving or twisting.



Whether running the Barkeep DLX 16 on smooth trails or in the back country, it was super convenient to have the extra storage literally at your fingertips. When riding it was actually more convenient to reach for the water bottle attached to the Barkeep than the one attached to the bike frame.  It was also much easier to access camera gear instead of trying to wrestle it out of a backpack or shorts pocket.  The touch screen friendly pocket on top is great for those who need to be connected.

I did encounter heavy drizzle while testing, and while the outside of the bag did get wet, the contents inside (and the phone in the pouch) stayed dry.  And the quick release bracket allows you to remove the bag from the bar in mere seconds.

While not tested in winter conditions, the insulation in the Barkeep DLX 16 does indeed keep water from freezing.  I placed a bottle of water into the bag and placed it in a chest freezer for three hours.  The water did not freeze . . . it was just cool.  By that token it should also keep other goodies from freezing during winter rides.



When closed the lid of the Barkeep fits snugly over the bag opening, extending down the sides about an inch.  This will keep out any snow during blustery conditions or winter tumbles.

FINAL THOUGHTS

While not a specifically dedicated fatbike product, the Barkeep DLX 16 does have applications in the fat world.

While riding in technical twisty and uneven surfaces, especially with front suspension, the Barkeep DLX 16 will require changes to your normal riding style.  On smoother trails . . . and undoubtedly during the winter months . . . this is not a concern.

Either way the Barkeep DLX 16 does offer fingertip access to a huge amount of storage.  The shoulder strap can be attached while mounted to the bike so it can be easily remove and carried on your person. 

Like its Paddywagon EXP 19 brother, Barkeep DLX 16 is extremely well constructed and the insulating properties of the bag will keep stuff cool during the summer and more importantly . . . from freezing solid during the winter. 

If you want quick access to goodies or gear, head on over to the Axiom site to take a closer look at the Barkeep DLX 16 or visit your favorite on-line retailer or local bike shoppe.

Ride on !

Axiom Paddywagon EXP 19 | Compact Expandable Storage


A short while ago Fatbike Republic had the opportunity to test the Axiom fatbike specific cargo rack called the Fatliner.  Its is a tough and versatile way to carry extra cargo on your fattie.

In addition to bicycle cargo racks Axiom Cycling Gear also carry a multitude of bags and baskets to accentuate your riding experience. Fatbike Republic was given the opportunity to review the Paddywagon EXP 19 and the Barkeep DLX 16.

Click HERE to take a look at the Barkeep DLX 16.

AXIOM

As mentioned in the Fatliner review, Axiom Cycling Gear not only design and develop cycling gear that works . . . they are also committed to the environment.

Whether the goal is daily commuting, granfondos or weekend recreation, we make bags that cover a lot of ground. Axiom panniers incorporate only the highest quality materials and are assembled using cutting edge manufacturing processes, so they're incredibly lightweight and last a lifetime. Every bag we make reflects the extraordinary attention to detail that is Axiom's hallmark. We sweat the details so riders can relish in the journey.

And Axiom stands behind their products with a guarantee warranted against manufacturing defects for the lifetime of the original purchaser.


PADDYWAGON 19 EXP

The Paddywagon EXP 19 is the Cadillac of the Axiom Trunk Bag lineup. At a MSRP of $129.99 CAD this insulated trunk bag is expandable, has multiple organizer pockets, a top-load bungee and a pump mount.

Additional details:

 - Constructed of 600D polyester with 3M reflective panels
 - Water resistant
 - Universal Velcro attachment system
 - 19L/1160 cu in of storage
 - Weighs only 613 g / 1.35 lbs
 - Branded rain cover included
 - Handy shoulder strap for carrying when off bike
 - Expandable: Main compartment and hidden panniers



This is one well though out and well constructed piece of equipment. 

The exterior of the bag contains a zippered pouch on the rear, pump mount (non drive side), embroidered grab strap on the front, and an adjustable bungee net on the top. 

Four velcro straps secure the bag to just about any bike rack, and in this case it’s a Fatliner.

As its difficult to visualize 19L of storage I grabbed a 1L tetra pack of one of my favorite non alcoholic beverages for scale.


Opening the top to the carnivorous interior there is a mesh pouch on the underside of the lid, a small pouch at the rear of the bag and an adjustable divider for the insulated compartment.


A
nd this is where this Paddywagon EXP 19 gets really interesting. In the top there is a second zipper that when opened almost doubles the interior storage capacity.  For additional space there are mini panniers hidden in the side pouches. These zippered bags also have bungee hooks that secure the base to the bike rack. Good thinking.



I decided to weigh the Paddywagon and it actually weighed in 558g which is 55g lighter than the claimed 613g.



To keep things dry when it gets extra wet, just wrap the bright yellow rain cover over the bag. In addition to having a reflective stripe on the rear, there are velcro straps to ensure the elasticized bottom stays put.



The Paddywagon EXP 19 installs to a rear rack with four Velcro strips . . . one in each corner. This is not a proprietary mounting system so it will easily work with just about any rear rack. And it stays put as well. I forgot to remove the bag one day, before the drive home, and after 30 minutes at 100kph it was still strapped to the rack.


IN USE

The Paddywagon EXP 19 was mounted to a street based Norco Bigfoot (Fatrod) and an off-trail Norco Sasquatch 6.1 for testing.


Hitched to an Axiom Fatliner, in both on and off-road conditions, the Paddywagon did not budge from its perch.  The pump did have to be cinched down tight as it tended to migrate slightly (sliding back a forth), but there was no chance of losing it.  The more vibration the more often the pump moved.

Food and beverage items thrown inside the bag did stay cool, and the divider did keep items separated.  If carrying squishable items, like bananas, you may want to add some padding so that the items do not dance around and become mushy.  I used a couple of zip-top sandwich baggies filled with air. The rougher the terrain the greater need for the mush protection. I discovered this the hard way.



The built in panniers did come in quite handy on several occasions.  I headed out wearing a light rain jacket one day and when it cleared the jacket stuffed neatly in the pannier.  Another time after fixing a flat tire, the slightly inflated tube was jammed into the pannier so I could get back to riding more quickly.  The attached hook, when clipped into the frame kept it from flapping around.

I did get caught in some extended duration heavy drizzle, and while I did have the rain cover with me, I never thought to slip it over the bag.  The outside of the bag did get wet and the contents stayed dry.

While not tested in winter conditions, the insulated bag does indeed keep water from freezing.  I popped a bottle of water into the Paddywagon and placed it in a chest freezer for three hours.  The result . . . cool water and nowhere near frozen.  It should also keep your granola bars nice and chewy as well.



The water resistant material and zippers will also prevent the white stuff from getting inside the case and getting the contents damp and soggy.

FINAL THOUGHTS

While not a specifically dedicated fatbike product, the Paddywagon EXP 19 does have applications in the fat world.  

For day trips, heading out exploring, or wanting to get the gear out of your backpack . . . the Paddywagon EXP 19 is a great option. Each pannier can comfortably carry a jacket and a few other small pieces of clothing.  Throw in some food and other necessities in the bag and off you go.

You will not have to scramble to strap on the rain cap as it is relatively waterproof on its own, and the shoulder strap makes carrying the bag a breeze.

The Paddywagon EXP 19 is extremely well constructed and the insulating properties of the bag will keep stuff cool during the summer and more importantly . . . from freezing solid during the winter. 

Head on over to the Axiom site to take a close look at the Paddywagon EXP 19 and the Barkeep DLX 16 or visit your favorite on-line retailer or local bike shoppe.

Ride on!