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The Pacific Northwest's Premiere Mountain Bike Shop

Fat Tire Farm is the premiere mountain bike shop in the Pacific Northwest.

We carry Santa Cruz, Yeti, Ibis, Juliana, Orbea, Devinci, Deity, Specialized, and Rocky Mountain. 

The Farm has expert mechanics who can service and repair any bike, or build the custom bike of your dreams.

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New at the Farm - Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt 790 MSL BC

Rocky's Thunderbolt is all new for 2015 with an oversized main pivot shaft and zerk fittings so you can overhaul your bushings.  It gets the Ride-9 feature that makes the Altitude and Instinct such versatile bikes.  Internal cable routing (including Di2 compatibility), and of course, it's a carbon frame.  The BC moniker means it comes with a bit more travel and has a more slack head tube angle.  Spec is spot-on, there's really nothing to change on this one--put your pedals on and go. 

Kids shred too...

A day on the trail doesn't necessarily have to mean leaving your little grommet at home.  Kids are shredding trails and having fun, starting on pedal-free balance bikes, like the Specialized Hotwalk through their first suspension and disc brakes on the Hotrock XCThe Lumberyard has kid friendly features and trails like the Banks-Vernonia Rails To Trails project serve as a good starting ground to establish skills and fitness.  Check on these awesome kids tearing it up out there and having a great time in the process.



Bike Love: Santa Cruz Solo

Working with bikes all day at the shop I see many Solos, many similar to mine, but I guess its like the Rifleman's Creed: there are many like it, but this one is mine.  I can't believe how quickly this little bike has grown on me and since I built it up its been nothing but smiles and trails. The Solo has a zippy ride feel, is possible to ride up climbs and manages to feel both stable and peppy on descents.  Its inaugural ride was at Sandy Ridge and most recently I ran it through the paces at Storey Burn.  This is my first 650b bike and I have no doubt that I chose correctly in picking wheel size.  The bike has a great build right out of the box, but here are a couple of things that I swapped out to make it fit my preferences: 

ODI Lock On Grips.  I chose the Vans ones, because they are awesome.  I'll also mention that I initially thought I would want to chop down the bars right away to fit my small shoulders, but I've been riding them at the stock size of 730mm and don't feel the need to trim them.  The wide bar and short stem are great for control and handling.



Next is the saddle.  The boys at the shop like the stock saddle, but on a ride around the block I very quickly discovered that it wasn't going to work for me.  At all.  So I threw on the Terry Damselfly that I had on my old bike.  Right now I've got the stock seatpost, but without a doubt I'll add a Reverb Stealth on the next paycheck.



The stock crank at the R-Kit level comes with a triple, but I really couldn't imagine a time in which I would need or use a 42 so I pulled it off and replaced it with an e*thirteen bashguard.  Its practical and I think it looks nice too.



No doubt I will swap out and customize it more as I ride (or do something dumb and break it) but for now I'm about as stoked as can be.  Good fit, good frame, good components, good ride.  What more can a girl ask for?




The first peek...

As a little kid, it was Christmas Eve.  As an adult, its new bike day.  The unassuming brown box showed up this morning, masking the amount of fun packed inside.  The first peek is tantalizing, a bit of a tease until its built up and rideable.  Out of the box or off the shelf, nothing beats the thrill of getting a new bike, except maybe riding it. 


Proposal Bike

Patrick rolled his eyes when I showed him this post, but I thought it was adorable.  Here's the story, via VitalMTB:

As part of a marriage proposal, a local customer wanted to do something really special for his soon to be bride. Being that his special lady wasn't that into jewelry, and loved DH Bikes, he approached us at The Garage about building a fully custom Santa Cruz V10 for her. Nearly every part of this bike is custom, down to the paint by Elbert Uber Lack (note: there are no decals on the frame - ITS ALL PAINT), the pedals and bar end caps by Twenty6 are custom engraved with the phrase: "Forever Loved". To add an element of surprise, this bike was secretly exchanged with her normal bike when they loaded the chairlift at Whistler and at the top he presented her with the bike and a ring. Congrats Marshal & Joy! All Photos by Rich Adams - www.vividnotion.com


Surprising her at the top of the chairlift really makes it for me.  I love the idea.  Why pay all that money for a ring when you can get a super sweet custom bike instead?


More pictures and specs here.

Bike Love: Specialized Fate

On my recent foray to Colorado I had the opportunity to ride the Specialized Fate Comp Carbon, a women's specific hardtail with 29 inch wheels.  After spending a couple of days cruising a variety of terrain on it I can truly say that I loved the bike and want to buy one to add to my quiver.kenosha

The Fate has a zippy feel when riding.  The geometry of the bike was designed to be a performance oriented cross country bike, and the carbon frame makes the pedaling feel efficient and the ride feel smooth.  I'll put it this way: this little bike climbs like a champ and still feels comfortable and stable on descents.  It comes stock with a 2x10 drivetrain, which I really prefer over having 3 chairings in the front.  Not only is it lighter weight and requires less maintenance, but, in my experience, its also much easier to find just the perfect gear.  The fork has 80mm of travel, which I found was enough to make it feel comfy over terrain.  It also has a lockout for climbing or riding on groomed trail.  Our approach to the trailhead was an 11 mile gravel ascent.  I kept the fork locked out during the climb and was glad for the extra efficiency.


I've always been of the opinion that at a mere 5 foot tall, I would never be able to comfortably ride a 29 inch wheel.  Without any real basis, I worried that I would have toe overlap or the geometry would have to be all crazy in order to make the larger wheel work with such a small frame.  This bike completely changed my opinion about that.  Being so short, I always worry about toe overlap, where the front wheel runs into my toes when I try to pedal and corner at the same time.  This can be a real problem when climbing steep switchbacks.  I had absolutely no problems on this bike.  I stayed clipped in for all my climbs and had plenty of clearance to turn the wheel.  I was also pleasantly surprised at the feel of the 29 inch wheel.  The larger size wheel rolls smoothly (and quickly!) over the trail.  I'm not an extremely technical rider and I found that there were times that I could just roll right over the top of roots and rockgardens that I would normally have to pick my way through.

I guess its time again to start saving my pennies, because after spending a couple days on this bike, I know that I've got to have one.  Its lovely to find a women's specific, true cross country bike with nice components that rides well and looks good.  Specialized definitely hit the nail on the head with this one.