Fat bikes have been a common theme at the North American Hand Made Bike Show. And this year continued that tradition, including a fair number of small framed youth models.
Among those showing up with a fat bike for the kids was the Fort Collins, CO builder Oddity Cycles. While their adult bikes were noteworthy, I’ll have to admit that this single speed fat bike for the kids pretty much dominated my attention at their booth.
Seen above in front of its “older sibling,” the frame geometry provides a reasonably proportioned wheelbase to support the fat tires, while still maintaining a low saddle and stand over height. This is a setup that would seem to last a couple of years at least for a single child. Flexibility to support a wide range of rider sizes is always a challenge in the youth bike market.
The single speed drivetrain lets your younger or less experienced riders focus on what is important – having a blast overcoming challenging terrain – without needing to worry about gear changes. And of course the parent’s don’t have to worry about derailleur adjustments either.
Disc brakes were a common sight at NAHBS, and pair well with the increased gripping power of a true fat tired ride.