- HAND CRAFTED BICYCLES -
THE WORLD'S LIGHTEST FAT BIKE
Let's face it: Fat bikes have been around for years and for the most part they really haven't changed that much. Okay, so they've gone from 4" to 5" wide tires, they've evolved from 26" to 27.5" and back. They've even dropped in weight from the high 30s to the high 20 pound range. And maybe they're a little better looking. Sure, they're a lot of fun but they weigh too much to be considered a serious bicycle.
Introducing the Featherweight fat bike -- the world's lightest* production fat bike weighing in at an amazing 7.82 kg (17.25 lbs)!
Not only is it ultra-light, but it is amazingly responsive. Instead of the standard T700 carbon used in today's higher-end bike frames, we use T800 carbon in critical high-stress areas like the fork, the head tube, and the bottom bracket, making our frames stiffer and stronger than many of the best fat bikes in production today.
And we spec all of our bikes with industry leading SRAM Eagle drivetrains, and HED wheels. But the Featherweight riding experience is more than simply the sum of its parts. It's magic. It's fat bike perfection.
*Weight certified medium frame, single speed model. Models and sizes vary in weight.
"Less is more."
- ROBERT BROWNING, POET 1855 -
HAND CRAFTED IN THE USA
Featherweight Bicycles was not only founded by a Veteran, but each Featherweight fat bike is hand built in Wilmington, North Carolina, USA by an American craftsman using components from American companies when they are available.
Every bicycle we build exceeds the Federal "made in the USA" standard by at least 25%. We want each and every customer to be able to buy American!
"Less is still more."
- MATT JONES, FOUNDER OF FEATHERWEIGHT BICYCLES 2019 -
TRAIL SPECIFIC FRAME GEOMETRY
The original fat bikes were made to ride in snow and when you're riding a heavy bike in the snow, traditional "old-school" geometry worked fine. But when fat bikes got light enough to become legit mountain bikes, modern handling mattered. It mattered a lot.
So why does geometry really matter? Having the right geometry is the difference between bouncing off bumps and rolling over them. It's the difference between being able to ride all day or having to quit after an hour because your hands and body hurt too bad to continue. And often it's the difference between crashing and not crashing.
Our standard Featherweight fat bikes boast the slackest head angle of any production fat bike at an amazing 68.2 degrees and our XC models have an astonishing 67.5 degree head angle rivaling that of the fastest cross country mountain bikes in the world!
Not convinced? Come demo one and you'll see what a difference a well-designed, lightweight fat bike can make. You'll be amazed!