Monday, 9 October 2017

You can't ride THAT here ! | Fatbike on Mountain Bike Trail

I recently went to take a spin on a local mountain bike trail on the Ithaqua 2S.  As I was leaving the parking lot a loud car pulled in with two full-suspension mountain bikes [skinnies] strapped to a trunk rack.  I thought to myself "there are another couple of guys out to enjoy the trails".

A short time later, while stopping to take a few pics of the Ithaqua, I was passed by two "skinny" riders on the bikes I recognized from the loud car.  As they climbed past me I thought I saw one of them give me a "you're here on THAT look".

I caught up with them at the top of the climb and I got the look again.  And they followed up with a few words.

Biker One: You can't ride that here?

Me: Why not?

Biker One: Because its one of those fatbikes?

Biker Two: Yea, they are only good in snow?

Me: They are super in snow actually.  And they are quite capable as any hardtail in the dirt.  I have been up here many times

[I actually heard their eyes roll]

Biker Two: Yea well a buddy of mine borrowed one and rode it in Pippy [another local trail] and said it was a real dog.

Me: Have you guys ever rode a fatbike?


Me: Why don't you guys go ahead.  I'm going to grab a snack out of my backpack. I'll see you later.

[I lied.  I just didn't want them in my sight any longer]

They looked at each other, mounted their bikes and headed down the trail.  I gave them what I though was a sufficient head start and in no time at all I had caught up and passed them.  Was I riding kamikaze to prove a point . . . nope . . . just my normal non-threatening enjoying the scenery pace.  

[Well I did kick it up a notch when I actually passed them.]

That was the last I saw of those guys . . . they never even made it to the scenic portion of the trail.  They did not pass me and when I got back to the parking lot the car was gone.

This video is dedicated to my new riding buddies.

Ride Fat !

Monday, 25 September 2017

First Look | 2018 Norco Ithaqua 2S

In 2017, Canadian based Norco introduced the fatbike world to their carbon fatbike . . . the Ithaqua. There were three flavors available (6.1, 6.2 and 6.3) each one sporting the same carbon frame with differing components. The frame featured the same Power Chassis as Norco's cross country race bikes with the ability to run up to 5" fattie tires.

For 2018 Norco is back with four models of Ithaqua:

Ithaqua 2 - 1 x 11, SRAM Level brakes, Shimano shifting, TranzX dropper post, Mulfut 80 with Juggernaughts and carbon fork.

Source: Norco

Ithaqua 2S - Same components as Ithaqua 2, but with Manitou Mastadon 100 Pro front suspension.

Source: Norco

Ithaqua 1 - 1 x 12 Eagle, SRAM Level TL brakes, SRAM drivetrain, Crank Brothers dropper post, Mulfut 80 with Juggernaughts and carbon fork.

Source: Norco

Ithaqua SL - 1 x 11, SRAM Level Ultimate brakes, Shimano/RF drivetrain, RF Next SL seatpost, HED Big Deal carbon rims with Juggernaughts and a carbon fork.

Source: Norco

After hearing about the new Manitou Mastadon being mounted to the IthaquaFatbike Republic reached out to the folks at Norco and secured a Ithaqua 2S for some real world dirt and snow testing.

And here is a video walk around of this blue beast . . . 

For those not interested in the flavor of carbon, Norco also carries a fine selection of alloy fatties in the Sasquatch and Bigfoot lines.

Source: Norco

I'm looking forward to putting some serious dirt, rocks, snow and ice under the Ithaqua 2S.  It will be interesting to see how Gravity Tune, Power Chassis and other Norco tech meshes with the Mastadon and translates into real world riding.  

I'm also curious to see how this carbon fattie compares to the alloy fatties that I have ridden and currently ride.

Stay tuned and ride fat!

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Giro Montaro MIPS | A Sweet Trail Helmet

A recent crash and resulting trip to the hospital got me thinking about personal fatbike safety and I shared my thoughts in my blog post Fatbiking Safety | The Unexpected Crash.

The most important piece of safety equipment that you can wear while fatbiking is a helmet. You go into any LBS or search on-line and you will find a plethora of skid lids to protect your brain from unintentional impacts. Many helmets spout different types of technology, manufacturing techniques, and improved safety features. And prices can range from quite affordable to crazy expensive.

As a result of my experience I reached out to the good folks at Giro and they sent along a MIPS equipped Montaro for review here on Fatbike Republic.

Buying a Fatbike Helmet

When purchasing a helmet, the main goal is to protect your head and the gray matter inside. Impacts can be from branches infringing on the trail to full on OTB situations. In this respect, helmets are like an insurance policy where you hope you never have to collect.

Many LBS carry a good selection of low-mid priced helmets in a handful of popular colors that will protect your noggin. However, helmets generally get more expensive the nicer they look and the more features they tout. So the balancing of aesthetics, price and features can be an issue at times.

It's highly recommended that you actually try on a helmet before you buy it. This is to ensure sizing and comfort. It seems that each manufacturer has a slightly different sizing chart and method for the perfect placement of the foam padding. It is entirely possibly that a more expensive “flashier” helmet will not fit you as well and not feel as comfortable as a less expensive one. There is nothing more irritating than an uncomfortable helmet on a long ride.

As fatbikes are a four season deal, you should also remember the need for a little extra room for a hat or balaclava to stave off the winter cold.

And if you happen to be looking for more information on bike helmets check out

About the Montaro

This is what the folks at Giro have to say about the Montaro MIPS . . .

From long climbs to rowdy, technical descents, the Montaro™ MIPS helmet inspires your ride no matter where the trail takes you. Its compact shape offers deep, confident coverage, and the Roc Loc® Air fit system boosts ventilation while improving fit. In addition to this helmet’s already impressive cooling power, it’s outfitted with hydrophilic, anti-microbial pads that can absorb up to ten-times their weight in sweat. We designed the Montaro MIPS to have full goggle integration, with strap grippers on the back of the helmet, and a P.O.V. Plus™ visor that allows you to lift the visor and place your goggles on the front of the helmet. Yet another great feature is the full camera mount integration – a clever break-away interface for your favorite light or camera.

Features of the Montaro MIPS include:

  • MIPS equipped
  • P.O.V. Plus visor adjustment
  • Hydrophilic, anti-microbial padding
  • Full camera mount integration
  • Roc Loc® Air fit system
  • Roll-cage reinforcement
MIPS (Multi-directional Impact Protection System) - This helmet technology is designed to reduce rotational forces from certain types of helmet impacts. Learn more about MIPS in this video.

P.O.V. PLUS – Allows you raise the visor and place your goggles (if you wear goggles) on the front of the helmet.

HYDROPHILIC PADDING – This padding helps to manage your sweat while riding by absorbing up to 10 times its weight in water. In addition, the X-Static antimicrobial lining helps to reduce odor.

FULL CAMERA MOUNT INTEGRATION – A plastic helmet insert allows the mounting of “GoPro” style cameras without the need for aftermarket mounts.

ROC LOC AIR FIT SYSTEM – This patented technology actually keeps the helmet suspended slightly above your head and allows for increased airflow. The single knob adjuster allows you to custom fit the helmet in seconds with one hand.

ROLL CAGE REINFORCEMENT – A web, moulded inside the helmet’s EPS foam liner helps the helmet to hold together under impact, and provides an extra measure of strength and integrity.


The Montaro MIPS is a new helmet for 2017 from the folks over at Giro. Reviewing the list of features and MSRP ($150) I would consider it a mid-high range bike helmet.

It arrived in an industry standard two piece box with instruction booklet, action camera attachment and descriptive tags attached to the helmet.

Dropping the Montaro on the sales the size large weighs in at 378g.  This is pretty much in the same ballpark as the other low-mid range helmets in my inventory.  The advanced technology does not appear to add any additional weight.

The color I received is called Matte Titanium/Flame . . . there are actually seven colors to choose from.  The Montaro MIPS is also one sharp looking helmet with its proportionally sized visor, sharp color scheme and plenty of well placed vents . . . 16 to be exact.

Things start to get really interesting when you turn over the helmet and get a peek inside. The suspended "lattice" is the heart of the Roc Loc Air Fit System, which is complimented by strategically placed padding to ensure that your cranium is well protected.

So the moment of truth . . . how does it fit? I used the sizing chart and instructions on the Giro site to select the appropriate size. Dropping the Montaro MIPS on my head, adjusting the “lattice” with the rear button and tightening the chin strap . . . it fit like a glove. The helmet actually felt like it was floating above my head with zero points of contact. 

This was the MOST comfortable helmet that I have ever strapped to my head. Over the years I have tried on many different styles, brands and price points and there has always been something that did not feel right. Not so with the Montaro MIPS.

Before I hit the trail I installed the supplied action camera mount. This plastic insert, formed to fit in the upper rear vent, is designed to fit ‘GoPro” styled camera mounts. 

I did find that the insert was a little finicky when first installing as there was no mating plastic sleeve for the insert to slide into. The insert is held in place by the release catch that rests inside the helmet foam and grips the helmet shell. There were no issues with fitment after the initial install.

On The Trail

So how does the Montaro MIPS feel on the trail . . . one word . . . amazing! It does not matter if you are taking a quick spin down the trail or a full-day excursion, the Montaro MIPS was super comfortable. It felt like I was not even wearing a helmet.

The vents kept my head cool during short and long climbs and while doing extended gravel grinds. And the anti-microbial treatment did seem to work as I did not get any of that funky helmet smell after multiple sweaty uses.

The action camera insert did not move and it held the SJ6 Legend in place during all sorts of vigorous fatbiking activity.  And while not tested in winter mode, there is plenty of room to wear my favorite balaclava when it gets cold. 

Did I have the opportunity to actually test the Montaro MIPS in any crash situations? Thankfully no . . . crashing once is enough for me. But based on the extensive testing that Giro does on its helmets I trust that it will do its intended job when then time arrives.

Final Thoughts

Since receiving this helmet for review, the other helmets in my inventory have been collecting dust.  

The Roc Loc Air Fit System and padding placement make this one comfortable helmet.  I also find the integrated camera mount very convenient.  And the MIPS system is an extra level of protection that I hope I will never have to use.

Giro have certainly brought their A game when designing this helmet.  Be sure to check out the Montaro MIPS next time you are looking for a new bucket to wear on your fatbiking adventures.

Stay tuned as Fatbike Republic also takes a closer look at the convertible Giro Switchblade.

Get Fat !

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

SJ6 Legend | Ultimate Action Camera?

The SJ6 Legend is a new feature packed action camera by Xtreme Sport. The highlights of this camera include the ability to shoot in super high resolution 4K @ 24, a gyro anti-shake that will keep things smooth, distortion correction than reduces fish-eye, a wicked 16MP camera and touch screen navigation.

Fatbike Republic reached out to Xtreme Sport who dispatched a SJ6 Legend and a selection of neat accessories for testing out in the wild.


The SJ6 Legend comes with an impressive list of features crammed in its compact frame. No longer will you need to navigate through a maze of menu options by pressing buttons, the SJ6 has a sweet 2” LCD touch screen on the back that allows you to access all the camera functions. An additional 1” LCD screen on the front provides a reference to the camera’s status: current mode, resolution/frame rate, elapsed time/pictures taken, battery status and current time.

The SJ6 can be controlled through a wireless RF control, can link up to your phone through WIFI (IOS & Android) and can support an external microphone (extra). The 166 degree super-wide angle lens provides an amazing field of view and the rechargeable 1000mAh Li-ion battery provides plenty of time to capture crazy video and pictures. The action is captured on a MicroSD card, with a mini-USB port used for charging and a micro-HDMI that can be used to transfer data.

The nine camera modes of the SJ6 are all accessed through the touch screen. Each one of the modes have several sub-menus where you can adjust, tweak and optimize all manner of things. Camera modes include:

  • Video – to record videos
  • Video Lapse – time-lapse photography stitched together on-camera to make a video
  • Slow Record – record video in slow motion (2X / 4X / 8X)
  • Still – to take photographs
  • Photo Lapse – creates a series of photos
  • Burst – fast multiple succession of photos
  • Video + Photo – records video and takes pictures simultaneously
  • Car – Starts recording when engine is started
  • Underwater – optimizes video and photo for underwater use
I recommend reading the enclosed manual and downloading the User’s Manual to familiarize yourself with all the menu options. Or you can just play with it as the menus are relatively intuitive once you learn the lingo. 

When you purchase some action cameras the only thing you get is the camera, and then you need to shell out more money for the mounts. This is not the case with SJ6 Legend. Included in the box are enough “bits-n-pieces” that will allow you to mount and run the camera in most situations:

  • Waterproof Housing (up to 100’)
  • Quick Release Buckle
  • Handlebar Seat Post Mount
  • 3-Way Pivot Arm Mount
  • Frame Mount + Quick Release Clip
  • Vertical Quick Release J-Hook Buckle
  • Universal 1/4″ Camera Tripod Mount
  • Tripod Mount Adapter
  • Cleaning Cloth
  • USB Cable
  • Curved & Flat Adhesive Mount
  • 3M Adhesive Tape x 2
  • Multi-language Manual
Be sure to check out the unboxing video below for more detail.


The folks over at Xtreme Sport offer a wide range of accessories for the SJ6 Legend. They hand selected several accessories that they believe would maximize the camera's usability and fat fun factor. The accessories include:

Medium Hardcase – A foam padded insert with tear away pieces to fit the SJ6 and other action cameras. Measures 8.5″ x 7″ x 2.5″ and has enough room for the camera (inside the waterproof case), charger and a range of mounts and accessories.

Sport Jaws Flex Clamp - Clamp your action camera to virtually any object ranging in size from 0.25″ to 2″ (0.6cm to 5cm) in diameter. Attach the camera directly to the jaws clamp for low profile mounting, or use the optional 8″ (20.3cm) 6-way adjustable neck to achieve outstanding angles and mounting positions.

Adult Chest Harness - Adjustable elastic banding with a hard plastic mounting buckle, coupled with a 3-way adjustable buckle (included), allows you to capture just about every angle and perspective your looking for!

Anti-Fog Inserts - Just slip one or two anti-fog inserts into the waterproof enclosure and seal. Humidity trapped within the sealed case will be contained in the anti-fog pads. Great when shooting in high humidity environments.

Rotational Arm – This hard plastic 7.5” extension arm mounts to your helmet on a rotational base. 3M adhesive pads securely mount the base to your helmet. 360ยบ of rotation provides a unique perspective.

Wireless Watch Remote - This wireless remote control provides easy, convenient camera control from the comfortable wrist band. Fully weather resistant the wireless watch is able to remotely power off the camera, select video or images modes, enable/disable wifi control and take a series of burst shots.

Check out the detailed unboxing video.


While writing about an action camera can be helpful, seeing it in action gives a much better picture.  So be sure to check out the video below showing the camera and accessories in action.


Charging the camera was a simple matter of plugging the USB cable into the camera and into your computer or USB charge adapter. I read the manual a couple of times to become familiar with the terminology and then started playing with the camera menus and touch screen, which is actually quite intuitive. During countless hours of testing I played with different setting and menu options and discovered that the SJ6 Legend can do a lot of stuff . . . much more than I would need . . . but is still dead simple to use. The 2” rear touch screen being a large chunk of the simplicity.

Syncing the camera up to your phone is as simple as downloading the app and following the instructions. This will allow you to operate your camera, showing a preview of what you are capturing, from a remote location. It’s pretty neat.

The “bits-n-pieces” work as they should and all connections were secure with no camera flopping when the going got rough. These components are also compatible with many other similar action cams. The SJ6 even mates up successfully to the Giro Switchblade and Montaro camera connections.

The 1000mAh Li-ion battery would last between 2 - 2.5 hours of use, and to capture those special moments I used a 32g micro SD. I actually ran out of battery before I ran out of card space. It is recommended that you get a SD card with at least 80mb/s if shooting a lot in 4k.

This camera shoots great video.  Using an extra wide field of view, distortion correction and gyro stabilization allows you to capture some amazing action shots.  The 16 MP camera resolution, combined with the distortion correction feature allows the SJ6 Legend to take some really nice pictures as well.


Medium Hardcase – I did not realize how useful a case could be until I actually used it. All the “bits-n-pieces” as well as the camera and a few accessories fit inside this hard shelled zippered case. When I open the case, the foam insert had kept everything in its place . . . even if I was less than gentle when moving the case around. This is a must have.

Sport Jaws Flex Clamp – Every year I go through several of those “octopus leg” type camera mounts. Their slim design does not hold up to the use that I put it though. When out on the trail I would carry Sport Jaws Flex Clamp on the outside of my backpack. This camera mount is very robust (yet flexible) and super secure when clamped to a tree. 

Adult Chest Harness – This will give you that cool the first person, bars and gloves point of video. The elastic bands are actually quite easy to put on having only one buckle to snap everything in place. It fits snug, but not constricting. Mount the camera to the 3-way adjustable connector, adjust the angle based on your riding position and start pedaling.

Anti-Fog Inserts – These are another must have especially during the winter months when moving from the warm inside to cold outside. A steamy waterproof case does not produce great video or photos. I also found them helpful when shooting underwater shots when the warm waterproof case was placed in the cool stream.

Rotational Arm – This arm will make it appear that a drone is chasing you down the trail hovering just above your head. It can be rotated for a side view and by adding a few “bits-n-pieces” you can truly create some interesting camera angles.

Wireless Watch Remote – By far this is my favourite accessory. This watch allows you to control the SJ6 by tapping one of four buttons on the watch face. No longer do you have to fumble pressing buttons on the camera, only to mess up the field of view. It worked for me up to 30ft from the camera and when inside the waterproof case. The camera’s LCD screen practically walks you through the synching with the watch and I only had to do it once. The watch will allow you to shoot video, pictures, burst pictures and turn off the camera. This is a must have.

So enough of the writing . . . this is what you can do with SJ6 Legend and accessories.  Watch the video!


This camera was simple enough to use right out of the box shooting amazing video and photos. Yet it has options and features that would definitely keep most shutterbugs happy.  With a 4K video shooting option the SJ6 Legend also has you future proofed.

The accessories, well they make the camera more versatile and easier to use.  And with the money you are saving on getting the SJ6 Legend (over more expensive brands) you can load up on the accessories you want.  In my fatbiking camera arsenal . . . the SJ6 Legend is now my go to action camera.

If you have finally realized that you can't capture all your exciting fatbike adventures on your phone . . . be sure to check out Xtreme Sport and the SJ6 Legend.  This is quite possibly the ultimate fatbiking action camera.

Get Fat !

Sunday, 13 August 2017

WREN Upgrades | Losing Weight & Getting Cold

Fatbike Republic has been extensively testing the WREN fatbike fork for some time . . . and it has not disappointed.

The folks over at WREN, in their constant pursuit of fatbike fork perfection, have recently added some options and upgrades to their trend setting fattie front squich

Bolt-on Thru Axle

Now available through Wren is a bolt-on thru axle for their sweet inverted suspension fork. It is available for the 150mm hub spacing . . . in addition to the less fat 100mm, 110mm and 135mm sizes.

Weighing in at 64g it is 33g lighter that the QR15. Installation is no more complicated that using the quick release version of the axle, with the exception of needing two 8mm hex wrenches for tightening it all up.

The advantage of the bolt-on over the QR is that it reduces torsional movement in the hub for heavier riders and for those bikes in the emerging Mountain Tandem category. Therefore, for the less heavy and non tandem riders the increase in torsional stability should allows us to hit the trails with a little more gusto.

I found that with everything bolted up, the absence of the QR lever meant that I did not have to check the front axle from time to time especially after riding through tight brush. 

I did have to add another 8mm hex to my on-bike tool kit in case I had to replace a tube. I'll probably switch back to the QR for the winter as transporting my fattie (inside my vehicle) requires removal of the wheel for each ride and the QR is a little quicker.

You can purchase the bolt-on separately, however it does come as an option with all Wren folks.  MSRP $30.

Extreme Winter Damper

We all know that the Wren inverted fork performs much better in the cold than other fatbike forks. In its continual efforts to attain global fatbike fork dominance, Wren has developed a kit that will
allow you to ride in uber cold environments.

The Extreme Winter Damper is going into full production shortly and should be available in late August 2017.  The dampers had extensive real world winter beta testing testing in Yellowknife, Alaska and NWT prior to consumer production.

A damper equipped Wren fork even participated (placing 2nd) in the Iditarod Trail Invitational 130 mounted to a full-suspension Foes Mutz.

During testing, the coldest winter temperature the folks at Wren could find was -18F (-27.8C). They are confident that the new Extreme Winter Damper will function way down to -30F (-29C).  That's some mighty chilly temperatures.  MSRP $89.

Matte Finishes

And if shiny surfaces are not your thing, Wren will be making some cosmetic changes to their premium line of stems, carbon seatposts and carbon handlebars by offering a new matte finish option.

Stat tuned for new and exciting news from the folks at Wren.

Ride on!

Monday, 31 July 2017

B-RAD | Flexible On-Bike Storage

Thinking outside the box . . . a metaphor that means to think differently, unconventionally, or from a different point of view. The folks over at Wolf Tooth have once again donned their thinking caps, thrown caution to the wind and challenged the status quo with their Bottle Relocation and Accessory Device (B-RAD) on-bike storage system.

This innovative product uses the water bottle mounting points to maximize storage on your fattie. Fatbike Republic was fortunate to get its paws on a selection of goodies from the B-RAD system to see how it fares in the world of fat.

Mounting Bases

The key to the entire B-RAD system are the mounting bases. Made in the USA from 6061-T6 aluminum (also used in aircraft fittings) these bases come in three sizes B-RAD 2, 3 and 4 and are compatible with standard 64mm bottle cage braze-ons.

The B-RAD 2 is the shortest of the rails measuring in at 5.15 inches (131mm) and weighs in at 24g which is a little lighter than the claimed 27g. It is a two slot base with two threaded holes (M5 x 0.8) and comes with four 18-8 stainless steel bolts in two lengths. It primarily claim to fame is to optimize water bottle location in a smaller frame or to mount one of the B-RAD accessories.

The B-RAD 3 is the midsized rail and measures 7.95 inches (202 mm) weighing in at 39g (claimed 41g). This base has three slots and four threaded holes and comes with a closed cell neoprene foam pad and zip ties for secure mounting. Supplied stainless steel bolts mount it to the frame. This base offers additional mounting points over and above the B-RAD 2 and is perfect for mounting a water bottle and B-RAD accessory in tandem. This one is probably the most versatile of the three.

The B-RAD 4 is the supersized rail offering nine threaded holes with four slots. It measures 12.1 inches (307mm) long and weighs 73g. It also comes with the neoprene foam, zip ties and stainless steel bolts. This rail offers the maximum flexibility and storage capacity.

To get a true picture of how these rails will fit your bike, Wolf Tooth has provided printable template so that you can select the right mounting plate(s) for your ride.

Strap and Accessory Mount

The Strap and Accessory Mount simply holds stuff. Mounted to a B-RAD rail, the heavy duty velcroed strap and EVA foam pad can securely hold any number of items up to 80 mm (3.14in) in diameter . . . which is a little bigger than a standard water bottle. It weighs 41g, comes with two 18-8 bolts for mounting and pairs well with the Double Bottle Adapter.

Prior to mounting it to a B-RAD rail you thread the nylon strap through the slots in the mounting base. The nylon strap is textured on the inside to give superior grip.  The base also has two raised ridges (visible in pic) that slip over the edge of the B-RAD rail to ensure that it stays in place.

Double Bottle Adapter

No need to guess what this B-RAD accessory does . . . the Double Bottle Adapter allows you to run two water bottles side by side for those thirsty days on the trail and at 18g it weighs practically nothing. There are two longer stainless steel bolts for mountain to a B-RAD rail (or to the regular water bottle mounting points) and four shorter bolts to mount your two favorite water bottle cages. And like all Wolf Tooth products these are made in the USA.

How to use it

First is to figure out where to mount the rails. Now I'm sure some of the long distance bikepacking rigs have braze-ons every couple of inches, but common areas to find them on fatties include on the top of the downtube (in the frame), under the downtube, on the seat tube (inside the frame) and on the fork blades.

Frame opening sizes vary by manufacturer and the actual frame size itself. The Sasquatch 6.1 has a small frame opening for its large size. Getting a frame bag to fit this bike is a task, and storage would be minimal. But using small and midsize B-RAD rail allows for extra gear to be carried. 

On the other hand, the Gros Louis 2 has a much larger frame opening which can easily accommodate the larger B-RAD 4 rail and subsequently can carry more gear. With all the different frame geometries there will be at least one B-RAD rail that will fit. As mentioned above, the printable template will allow you to test fit before you buy.

While the supplied bolts mount to the water bottle braze-ons, they actually fit inside the B-RAD rail slots.  This allows you to easily fine tune the fit by loosening the bolts and sliding the rail.

The fork blades offer probably the best location for placement of the B-RAD 4 as there are no space restrictions. The only consideration would be the weight limitations on the front fork.

The Double Bottle Adapter was very easy to install on the B-RAD rail. I did notice that depending on the frame geometry and location chosen, sometimes it was easier to install the Double Bottle Adapter on the rail first and then install the rail on the frame. It mostly had to do with getting room to spin the bolts. 

Strap and Accessory Mount can run solo on the B-RAD 2 or will pair up well with the Double Bottle Adapter on the B-RAD 3 and B-RAD 4. The actual length of the item you plan to carry would determine which rail to use and where to mount it on the bike. 

In Use

Mounting the B-RAD rails in different locations with different accessories gives you endless options. 
The Double Bottle Adapter was mounted on the fork, high in the frame, low in the frame and under the downtube . . . on various rails.

With the wide q-factor on the fatbike I did not hit the bottles with any moving body parts while riding, mounting or dismounting.  When mounting up the B-RAD 3 and 4 its important to use the neoprene foam pad and zip ties to further secure the rail to the bike.

I can see a Double Bottle Adapter on each fork (mounted high) would benefit long distance treks with quick access to four water bottles. 

The Strap and Accessory Mount looks lonely on its own and was better paired with the Double Bottle Adapter.  Using an old water bottle (or similar container) to stuff in bike tools gave the Strap and Accessory Mount a unique purpose. If mounting to a fork blade, much longer items could be carried like axes and portable saws and even fishing rod cases for when heading out to your secret fishing hole.  Mounting heavier items lower in the frame does keep the center of gravity lower.

Out of the various combinations I found that for every day trail riding the frame mounted B-RAD 3 with the Double Bottle Adapter mounted mid-bike and the Strap and Accessory Mount below (sporting a spare tube) was the best combination.

Having the extra water bottle at my fingertip was very much appreciated on warm riding days and moving the bike tube made my backpack lighter.

And the system is tough.  I had an OTB experience that ended in a trip to the hospital for me . . . yet both water bottles, the rail and accessory mount escaped without a scratch.

Final Thoughts

As I understand, the Double Bottle Adapter and Strap and Accessory Mount are the tip of the iceberg for Wolf Tooth and their B-RAD system. 

There is practically an endless number of mounting configurations using the B-RAD system, so the end use is really up to you.  As I head out on different adventures I'm sure that I will discover new configurations to suit the ride and my needs.

So if you are looking for new an innovative ways to increase and maximize on-bike storage on your fattie . . . be sure to check of the B-RAD system by Wolf Tooth.

Ride on!