Borealis Bikes Echo XX1 Complete Fat Bike - 2016
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The cream of the fat bike crop.
Borealis believes that fat bikes are meant to be ridden anywhere and everywhere, and when we see them built like this, we’re inclined to agree. It’s nearly as efficient as your favorite hardtail, but with heaps more traction and confidence over rough trails and chunky downhills. At the heart of the Echo is the 197mm rear spacing and 135mm front spacing that allow for super-strong, dishless wheels. Those wheels are built with Borealis’ own hubset, Surly rims, and 45NRTH tires, and, when paired with RockShox’s groundbreaking Bluto fork, make the Borealis Echo ready for just about anything.
We’re so used to seeing low-end spec on fat bikes at this point that seeing one built up like this Echo takes a second and third glance to make sure we’re not reading it wrong. Everything you’d expect from a top-tier hardtail is here: Race Face carbon cranks, SRAM’s XX1 drivetrain, and Avid hydraulic brakes. And gobs and gobs of traction and flotation.
- Full carbon fiber frame paired with RockShox Bluto suspension fork
- Three water bottle mounts
- 197mm rear spacing and 135mm front spacing allow for super-strong, dishless wheels
- Item #BOR000B
- Q & A
So Much Fun!
I recently had the opportunity of riding this bike in Moab and had an absolute blast! Ive been on fatbikes in the past and found them to be heavy and sluggish-but not this bike. The bike comes in around 28.5 lbs and was extremely agile on the trail and the more traditional mtn bike geometry made the bike feel very balanced and at times I forgot i was on a fatbike. The frame is just stiff enough to allow impressive handling in spite of the big tires. The nicest feature of the bike is the Rockshox Bluto fork. its lightweight, simple to use and really expands the abilities of the bike allowing you to take it places you have only dreamed about on a fatbike. It actually feels like it has 5-6 inches of travel allowing you to maneuver over the trickest terrain with ease. Probably the coolest feature of the bike is its ability to run a 29+ wheelset (available through Borealis). it makes the bike very versatile allowing you to swap out the wheels for a skinnier version for the hot,dry summer months and swap back to the fat wheels for the mud and snow season. It like having 2 bikes! so to sum it up this bike is an absolute blast to ride and highly recommended. It sure kept a smile on my face :)
If you have any questions about the bike feel free to contact me direct. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-736-6396 x 4074.
I can order the 29+ wheels as well.
Amazing Bike bad wheels
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The bike is just amazing, light, stiff, handles well, great shock absorption from the carbon frame. The only beef I have with Borealis is their use of their in house branded wheels as you will see online from other professional reviewers. The Turnagain wheels are heavy, outdated technology and will not run tubeless no matter what I have tried. I do like the hubs. I had built up a set of 29+ wheels and ride that set most of the time due to the fear of pinch flatting the Fat Tires out in the desert where I mostly ride. I guess if you mainly ride snow the Turnagain wheels would be fine since tubes in the snow wont matter. Other than that I think this is one of the best mountain bikes I have owned. I am in the process of buying a carbon set of 26 Fat rims for tubeless set up. Seriously consider your terrain and whether you want to use tubeless or not because the factory wheels just plain suck. The bike with Velocity Dually 29+ mid fat tires just screams and eats everything. The ride feels exactly like my Santa Cruz 5010 cc. Very expensive bike and worth it but for god sake figure out the tubeless issues or contract with HED for the carbon tubeless Fat Bike rims.
True one bike quiver...Seriously
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I sold a Nomad Carbon to get a fatty and it was the best decision I've made. Long story short, yes you can do anything that your friends can do... Except when their tires sink in, you can keep on going. I've ridden places in Southern Utah randomly following washes that I'm certain no human as ever been before. And I owe it all to this little gem. If you have any questions or want to hear me go off on the best bike ever, email me at email@example.com.
Just in: Fat is Fast!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
Wow, that was New and unexpected. Just slayed a night ride on our demo rig, umm wow. I am blessed to be able to try and ride the best of the best. I currently rock a Pivot Mach 6 27.5 and am pretty enthusiastic about it. However this brought back that first feeling of aww I had when I first started working in shops. It was New, different , and inspiring. Who needs suspension , it takes a lot of maintenance. This feels like that, has better traction, is laterally responsive for the climbs, and you just point and shoot and it delivers.
Crazy fun, totally want one, with some minor additions. A dropper post is a must, and it would be nice having larger rotors, 180 would do the trick. As mentioned already it is worth getting the 29+ wheels for faster rides. But the enjoyment of the super cushy big fat tires is just rad, so depends on your riding style.
Feel free to contact me directly should you want to make any of these changes and get one on order! 801.736.6396 x 4769 Or firstname.lastname@example.org
See ya out there!