With its huge tyres and chunky frame, the Wazoo is the monster truck of bikes. Most of us see it and immediately want to have a go, but what’s the deal with fat bikes?
Fat bikes (in case you hadn’t guessed) get their names from their enormous tyres. These bikes and tyres were originally designed for racing in areas where other bikes couldn’t go. That meant sand and snow, and these customised bikes were raced across tundra and desert.
Of course, it didn’t take long for people to figure out how much fun a set of giant tyres could be! As well as taking on mud, snow and sand that would stop a normal mountain bike in its tracks, fat bikes can float over bumps and roots and open up new lines in old trails.
Worth the weight
Fat bikes have become really popular in recent years thanks to modern components and materials. Lighter frames and components (as well as better brakes and gears) mean that those fat tyres don’t need to be a drag!
VooDoo’s fat bike – the Wazoo – has lightweight folding tyres which cut down on weight while being supple enough to follow the shape of the trail. The rims are drilled too, to save weight. As you’ve probably noticed, they also look pretty cool!
A proper set of hydraulic disc brakes and a good range of gears make the Wazoo a usable bike, bringing the huge wheels to a stop and letting you get them rolling over any terrain. The light and strong rigid frame can take a beating out on the trail, but is nimble at the same time.
Fat bikes are all about fun, while being much more than just a toy. A good one is a serious bike for the trails and a great way to mix up your riding. Whether you’re hitting the local trail centres or exploring the Arctic, the Wazoo is ready to get up and go!