Perhaps it’s their over-sized thick tyres, sometimes up to 4.8 inches wide to be precise, that makes fat bikes such attention-grabbers. Or perhaps its the otherwise unusual season for biking. After all, as soon as most people have ‘hibernated’ their bikes for the winter – that’s when the fat bike season starts. And you can see people literally craning their necks to look when you cruise by on a fat bike. Riding enjoyment takes over once you’ve got used to their monstrous appearance. So much so that you’ll find yourself inwardly wishing that the snow would remain lying. Yes, you’ve read it correctly. These bikes ride especially easily on up to 30 centimetres of snow.
Many people are comparing this new on-trend sport to the early days of snowboarding. Who’s forgotten the days when many people thought the boards were more impractical than skis. They totally underestimated the ‘coolness’ factor. And it’s the same with fat bikes. And there's more: Alongside a traditional mountain bike, it’s like comparing a monster truck with a Fiat Panda: not as agile, but in contrast ten times more laid-back and significantly wider. These bikes originally came from Alaska. Today you’re guaranteed to find at least one model in every bike shop. And not just because it looks decorative – because it’s great fun too.
The Davos Bike Academy Davos offers a two-hour introductory tour as part of our winter guest programme.