Known for their 2 wheel drive systems on vehicles with only two wheels, Christini has been developing 2 wheel drive bicycles since 1995. The company got around to selling complete all wheel drive full suspension bicycles in 2001 which struggled to gain traction (in sales) and eventually turned their attention towards the motocross world. Christini is still building some of the raddest AWD motos around, but after a special project for Kate Leeming in 2013 it looks like 2WD mountain bikes are making a comeback.
Their first production bike? A fat bike, naturally. Honestly it makes a lot of sense as the fat bike probably has the most to gain in the traction department and Christini has already completed most of the R&D with Kate to prepare for her upcoming attempt to cycle across the entire continent of Antartica via the south pole!
Christini says they plan on launching a Kickstarter program in the near future to gauge interest in the 2WD fat bike, then move on to produce a separate hard tail in the future. Who want’s an all wheel drive fat bike?
Curious about Kate’s upcoming Breaking the Cycle: South Pole expedition? Check it out next…
The video above is a number of still photos taken from the first training rides in Spitsbergen, Norway.
Last year was all about cyclists riding to the South Pole. This following winter (Nov-Jan 2015-16), Kate plans to ride across the entire continent of Antarctica in a 45 day epic. At the other extreme, Kate completed her Breaking the Cycle: Africa epic in 2010 which took her on a 10 month, 22,040 km route across Africa which illustrates she is no stranger to arduous tasks. A Christini 2WD fat bike will definitely help, but it won’t make the Antarctica trip easy. Good luck!