Fatbike E-pocalypse 2015: Xterrain Uber Fat

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Ten inches of electrified riding fun?  That doesn’t sound quite right…


It’s so amazing, so fascinating, and so horrible that it’s hard not to watch.  Yes- it’s a brand new electrified megabike from XTerrain.  You too “will surely get a lot of wide eyes, cool bike and big mama shouts from passer byes [passers-by?]”- if the project reaches its Indiegogo funding goal, that is.

Check out that head angle
So much no.

Available in two electrified (£815-975 plus shipping and duties) and one luddite model, (£455) the highest-trim XTerrain ships with both fatbike 26×4.5in and ATV-derived 20x10in front wheels.  If we had to guess, we’d venture that the frame and fork were designed around the larger-diameter wheel- with the UBER-FAT front installed steering looks as though it might be… responsive.  Perhaps the independent leg movement will serve to attenuate steering inputs.  The lack of a front rotor on UBER-FAT-equipped models may or may not be a concern (the inventors recommend against speeding “on a street full of pedestrians or cars.”)- at least there’s a lever to give your hand something to do.

Forking amazing
Forking amazing

Should you have a bicycle that you’re willing to offer up to the gods of awful, XTerrain’s “triple tree” fork (complete with shock absorbers!) for 1 1/8in head tubes is available separately for under £100- just south of £150 with wheel and tyre.

Great minds think alike
Great minds think alike

Frankly, if you’re still taken by the idea of an ATV-tyre’d fatbike, Fortune Hanebrink is still building versions of Dan Hanebrink’s 1993 Extreme Terrain.  At least they’ve figured out how to connect the front brake.



Singletrack Editor

Chipps wasn’t around for the dawn of mountain biking in the UK, but he likes to claim that he arrived in time for second breakfast (about the time he shows up for work, then…) starting in the bike trade in 1990 and becoming a full time mountain bike journalist at the start of 1994. Over the subsequent quarter century, he has seen mountain bike culture flourish and diversify and bike technology go from rigid steel frames to fully suspended carbon fibre (and sometimes back to rigid steel as well.)

His riding style is best described as ‘medium, wheels on the ground, trail riding’ though he’s been spotted doing everything from endurance downhill racing to 24 hour cross country racing. He favours mid-travel trail bikes and claims to be wheel-size, gear, brake and tyre agnostic. In fact, his garage spans most bicycle flavours, taking in steel hardtails, carbon trail bikes, even a mountain bike tandem, along with road, touring and gravel/cyclocross bikes.

While he’s happy to chat about bikes all day, his real interest is in the people and places that bikes can introduce you to and he talks as fondly about the trails he’s ridden and riders he’s met as the bikes that took him there.

Comments (9)

    An example of “Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”

    This sort of thing needs to stop.


    I quite like the look of her.

    I read none of that article.

    Yet I’m still here.

    That’s so awful it took me a full 30 seconds to notice the scantily clad lady, and once I did I still couldn’t stop looking at the bike and thinking “good god that’s ugly”

    progress and leaping forward is needed to keep our sport fresh – but this just makes me weep….


    Is that a phone holder on the top tube…..for dirty hacking selfies

    Is that a phone holder on the top tube…..for dirty hucking selfies

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