Borealis Bikes Echo GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike - 2016
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Get fat for winter.
Put away those skinny-tired, fair weather bikes and get on board the Borealis Echo GX/Bluto Complete Fat Bike for suspension-filled frolicking in the snow. Pairing Rochshox's Bluto suspension fork and SRAM's GX one-by-eleven groupset, this bike is a light, reliable, and versatile bull of a whip ready to tackle any snowy trail adventure. You might want to give those other bikes a heads up that they'll have a few months off this winter.
Borealis built the Echo frame by pairing cutting-edge carbon fiber construction methods with a geometry that’s been optimized for the RockShox Bluto — the world’s first dedicated fat bike suspension fork. Beyond shedding grams, the composite construction has enabled Borealis to finely tune the ride quality, resulting in a strong frame that will hold up to heavy use. That’s particularly important, since the addition of the 100mm travel Bluto invites even more aggressive riding than its predecessor, the already surprisingly capable Yampa.
The seatstay profiling on the Echo enables a degree of bump erasing, while the oversized chainstays keep the pedaling responsive when you stomp on the gas. Like the Yampa, the Echo clears massive 4.8-inch tires on a 100mm wide rim. To achieve that degree of clearance, Borealis has relied on another industry first, namely a 197mm spaced rear hub, which is secured by a Maxle quick-release thru axle. The result is a dishless rear wheel, a surprisingly stiff rear end, and perfect drivetrain alignment with the 100mm threaded bottom bracket shell.
The frame's wide stance also provides enough clearance for a one or two-by drivetrain, regardless of your tire choice. Naturally, there's plenty of extra clearance for mud, snow, or anything else you're likely to find yourself riding through. The head tube is tapered, which takes advantage of the incredible stiffness provided by the Bluto. The frame's three bottle cage mounts keep you hydrated for long hours in the saddle and, at 1,370 grams for a medium frame, it’s far lighter than it appears.
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- Q & A
Borealis echo 1x11
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I bought this bike about 2 months ago and have fallen in love with it. I live in Vermont and my trails are leaf covered and slick in the fall. The climbing is tough and this bike handles it all. It is especially great on slick wet leaves, slimy rocks and mud. It also performed well in wet 3-5 inches of snow. My only complaint is that it comes with wire bead tires. The carbon fiber everything else is amazing. The bike as is (M frame) weighs about 32 lbs. I did upgrade the wheel set to HED Carbon rims to bring the weight down to 27 lbs for racing. I'll use the heavy wheel set to train on. It's so much fun to ride I'll be riding it in dry summer conditions as well
Can the stock wheelset be converted to tubeless?