When I first saw the StaFast suspension stem I thought that it would be the perfect addition to a fatbike. Sure there is front suspension available for fatbikes, but its not a simple bolt on and go. And do you really need 120 mm of front squish riding on a carpet of snow? Not really. What you do need is something that will take the odd jarring bump from hitting ice and hard snow, or dropping into a frozen footprint.
On their site StaFast says “By replacing a standard bicycle stem with Stafast, strain on a rider’s upper body is decreased dramatically; and unlike other dampening components on the market, StaFast lessens impact without sacrificing performance.”
In this video I unbox and install the StaFast stem on my Norco Bigfoot.
Ice is a fatbike nemesis. No matter how fat a tire you are running, if you hit a patch of ice you are going down. There are studded tires on the market, however Grip Studs provide a viable option. They install as easily as the company says and they do not destroy your tire in the process. Grip Studs are very durable and even do double duty as boot studs.
Check out the video of the install and stay tuned for a field test and a couple of very icy trail rides.
We started this ride when there was still some light and it went well into the darkness. There was a certain eeriness about the entire ride with mysterious falls and trails that looked good were not good at all. No blood was shed, but egos were bruised.
This run happened on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The temperature was right, the sky was blue and the snow was good. What more could you want on a perfect fatbiking day? That being said there were a few mishaps along the way. The only thing hurt was pride.