4 inch tires? In the snow? hellayeah!
Since my visit to the Custom Delux bikeshop in Frankfurt and seeing the Kona Wo Fatbikes there – I was fascinated by the idea of riding one of those monsters one day.
Fortunately we had the opportunity 2 weeks ago during a visit to Livigno. In summer the Livigno area is already a well known bike area in the italian alps, but now also in winter many shops offer fatbike rentals.
We did rent 2 bikes from the De Fox 2 Ski & Bike Rental Shop at beautyful weather and snow conditions. The costs of 10 Euro for 2 hours or 15 euros for 4 hours are pretty reasonable. Especially if you keep in mind that in the neighbor valley Engadin in Switzerland you will pax about double that fee.
Well the rentalbikes from the italian Brand Scout are equipped with standard but functional Shimano components. Those are mainly aiming for the average tourist rather than real ambitious Mountainbikers but still the fat 4inch tires were calling for immediate action in the snow.
So we start right away into the white prepared hiking/biking trails of the Livigno Valley. Riding on the hard snow is big fun, even downhill the bikes dont lose traction and they climb slowly but steady. The downhills are awesome fun, as the bikes react and roll pretty good on the hard snow of the prepared trails. So the next thing we have to do is going trough the powder as we have seen it in the Rocky Mountain Fatbike Freeride video! With some speed we leave the track with a big smile just to get stopped abruptly and fly over the handlebar with an even bigger smile right into the snow. So for us the deeper snow is the limit! So we keep on riding the wider tracks until we find a suitable single trail. Riding the single trail is good fun too but hard work and really gets your blood pumping. A suspension fork would have helped here for sure…
After 3 hours of riding in the beautiful, snowy Livigno Valley we returned the Bikes happy and exhausted. For sure thats not an everyday bike for the city but a great alternative for the training in the winter season or on break day in your ski vacation.
Next time I would like to try a better equiped Fatbike like the Kona Wo from the Custom Delux Bikeshop in Frankfurt or the CFAT Fatbike from VPACE in Ravensburg. Or we just save all our pennies for the next five years and join the ultimate fatbike experience in Greenland…