At the after-party and awards ceremony of the Frosty Bottom race, I bumped into Gomez, head correspondent at Fat-Bike.com, the premier forum for fatbike information. Visiting from Wisconsin, Gomez was lucky to find mild weather in Anchorage, while the Midwest and the rest of the country was frozen under an Arctic chill. His aim, while visiting Anchorage, is to catch a glimpse of the Anchorage winter riding scene and to visit local retailers and manufacturers of winter cycling equipment, including Fatback, 9zero7, and Revelate Designs.
At the party, I suggested a ride. The next morning, I jumped aboard Lael’s Mukluk to ride the Coastal Trail to meet at the Kincaid Park. I defogged my memory of some of the older bike trails in the park, and connected a short loop highlighting some of the best-developed winter singletrack in the country. I’ve said it before, but Anchorage really is the fatbike center of the universe. These trails are great!
Gomez was riding the new 9zero7 Whiteout carbon fatbike frame, equipped with SRAM’s XX1 11-speed drivetrain. This frame features clearance for 5″ tires on 100mm rims– the largest combination currently available– but would be equally comfortable in a fatbike paceline on a superlight carbon wheelset. The 9zero7 Whiteout , along with the Borealis Yampa and the upcoming Fatback Corvus, marks a new benchmark in design. Fast, light, and fat is not easy to achieve, but it is happening.
We enjoyed a ride as the sun made a low dance across the horizon. The treetops were drenched in orange sunlight, as the trail under out tires remained crisp from the overnight freeze. Traction was good, underneath a light glaze.
Gomez preaches the gospel of fatbikes. It’s all fatbikes, all the time.
I took a quick spin on the new 9zero7 Whiteout frame. I raced a Salsa Beargrease in the Frosty Bottom this past weekend, for reference.
Huge tire clearance are possible due to 190mm rear dropout spacing. A 1×11 drivetrain and thru-axle hub attachments are becoming standard on top-end fatbikes.
Surly Bud and Lou tires will fit the frame on 100mm Surly Clownshoe rims, both front and rear.
Thanks for the ride, Gomez!