Borealis Bikes Crestone X01/Bluto Complete Fat Bike - 2016
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Zenith of fatness.
While Borealis suggests that the carbon fiber frame at the heart of the Crestone X01/Bluto Complete Fat Bike is the efficiency peak of fat bike frame technology, it's the inclusion of a 100mm RockShox Bluto fork that really sets our fat-o-meter spinning for this build. The carbon frame — both stiffer and a claimed 150g lighter than Borealis' Echo — makes for surprisingly steady climbing, sure, but the extra plushness of a suspension fork mated to fat tires makes for even more surprising confidence across terrain.
The Crestone enjoys some other differences from the Echo, especially in the frame geometry. The Crestone has a slightly shorter top tube and stack, which combine with an equally subtle increase in head tube angle to tighten up the bike's steering. It's a more nimble chassis than we're used to seeing with such oversized tires, and its handling only serves to further underscore the frame's stiffness. Though it's the least expensive Crestone/Bluto build, the SRAM X01 drivetrain included here is by no means slop. The combination of simple, one-by efficiency and the Crestone's stiff-yet-plush fatness makes for a bikepacking rig for those who prefer to cover distance, fast.
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Much more than a snowbike
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got this as my race bike for the 2016 Tuscobia Ultra Winter Challenge in Northern Wisconsin. Figured it would be great on the snow but was very pleased to find out how much fun it is on the trail! Having moved to VA from out west last year, I don't have lots of opportunities to ride on snow. Living just 3 miles from the Blue Ridge Parkway, there are lots of places to trail ride. I spend lots of time on my Yeti ARC Enduro bike (also bought at BC). One trail that has always been a challenge for me is the Stony Mtn. Jeep trail. Drops 2,000 over a few miles over big sheets of embedded rock with lots of loose rock on top. Took the Krestone up it last week, still a lung buster, but with the amazing traction of 5" tires at 15 psi, I never got stopped. Coming down was amazing. Leaning through the turns like I was on my BMW F700.
Bike came meticulously prepped and ready to go. I went with the Thompson Covert Dropper, same as on my Yeti. The only change I have made is to put a well broken in Brooks C17 Carved saddle in place of the Ergon SME30 EVO. The Ergon is a fine saddle, for a couple of hours, but my training rides are upwards of 6 hours and sitting comfort ends up being the limiting factor.
I reviewed lots of other bikes before deciding on this one and BC helped me out getting one as soon as they were in production.