January 13, 2012
On One was terribly upset that it didn’t make it into Chipps’ show roundup from yesterday, so today they gave Matt a run through the range and highlighted a couple of new bikes: a prototype fat bike and a new 29in version of the El Guapo…
On One Fat Bike
Complete bikes from: £999.99
If ever there was a bike that divides opinion, delights owners and confuses the rest, it has to be the fat bike. Originally developed for snow racing in Alaska, Minnesota and other chilly places, the fat bike is now trying to muscle in to the ‘ride anywhere’ world and to give something else to aim for when you’ve finished buying a singlespeed, fixie, ‘cross bike, tourer and tandem.
On one reckons its Fat Bike is “…a mega-tyred unsuspended uber-fun bike for big-grin rock-bashing; riding sand; snow; and flattening small Welsh villages. Small Welsh village not included.”
Developed originally ‘just because’, the proto proved popular with test riders, so On One looked to make a complete bike. And then to make a complete bike for under a grand. The Fat Bike will come complete with monster 4in tyres, wide rims, wide a rigid fork and everything you need to adventure on sand or snow – or alternatively, to annoy, delight and puzzle onlookers. It’ll be out for midsummer…
El Guapo 29:
Available: Mid/Late February
Frame price: £899.99
Complete bikes from: £2199.99
We reviewed the 26in version of the El Guapo back in 2008 and said of it at the time: “Flat out downhill and in the tight and twisty it’s responsive and stable with superb tracking, the suspension coping well with square edged hits. Also impressively good at the slow, steep and nasty. I was happy to take El Guapo anywhere. And it felt lighter to ride than it did to pick up. The rear is laterally stiff for instant acceleration and climbing traction is good standing or seated.” and this is a newly designed 29in version. Featuring 120mm rear travel and capacity for a 140mm fork, that puts it into the realm of the long-travel, all-mountain 29ers. The nouse of new Titus owners Planet-X has helped bring this 29in frame in at half the price of that old one.
We’re not entirely sure about that sort of rasta ano-job, but Planet X has never been one for subtlety. Mind you, neither has the El Guapo. We’ll be interested to see how this one rides, given the rave reviews of the 26in version.