First shown as a prototype at Interbike 2013, FatBack was on hand at this year’s show with production versions of their carbon fat bike. But the Corvus wasn’t the only star of their show as the bike above was highlighting a new carbon product from FatBack – the FootPrint rim. It may be hard to keep all the new fat bike rims straight, but the FootPrint is one of the first carbon rims we’ve seen that use a cutout design that has been made popular on aluminum rims.
More than just a cosmetic feature, find out why FatBack is building their wheels with 3M reflective tape as the rim strip after the break…
As Alaskan natives, the FatBack crew is admittedly pretty advanced in their fat bike pursuits. When asked about the reflective rim tape we were told that on certain adventures they will ride to the base of a peak and stash the bike to continue to hike or snowshoe to the summit. When they return it’s usually dark so the reflective strips greatly help in locating the bike when they get back to the bottom. Hey, when you have less than 7 hours of daylight to work with in the Winter, you make it work.
Using a single wall design, the carbon rims are designed to be easily set up tubeless with a floor pump, Stan’s tape, and sealant. Offering a 70mm internal width and 32 spoke symmetrical build, the rims come in right at 588g. Available individually for $600 a piece, the rims will also be sold as complete wheelsets with their FatBack by Hadley hub which are Iditabike proven, or imported hubs for a bit less.
The Corvus is now shipping in both fat and 29+ builds and is geared towards exploration rather than trail riding. The non-suspension corrected frame was designed specifically with adventure riding in mind with a front triangle that is optimized for frame bags providing the most room possible. The frame allows the use of racks as well making it an excellent candidate for your next pack raft/fat bike adventure. Built with clearance for 4.8″ tires, framesets retail for $2,300.