The fat front is a front end concept that first saw light locally when in 2010 Salsa Cycles released it's Enabler fork which allowed the geometry of a suspension corrected 29er frame to not be affected by the installation of a fat fork. Or a fork that allows the used of the 135mm spaced rear hub up front. The previously available Surly Pugsley fork dropped the front end to much to make it viable on the trails. So despite early iterations of the now popular fat front, using a Surly Pugsley fork it never really took off. Shortly after the 2010 release of the fork as an aftermarket option the ability to maintain the same axle to crown height while "enabling" the rider to run some serious meat up front, became available to the masses.
Some people ride full suspension, some hard tails, others rigid, some with gears, some without, and the fat front just like all those options is simply that, another option.
Why not ride a full fat? Well I could say they are slow and cumbersome but that's not really the case. A fat front with a 29" rear allows the rider to still spin up to speed and maintain a somewhat lightweight set-up. As a fat front end can be within a quarter pound of nearly any other monetarily comparable front end set-up.
|photo cred: laura ashley photography|
Throw a leg over one next time your sitting in the parking lot and you see one pull in. Or stop by the shop Rothrock Outfitters
You will soon be dreaming about riding on clouds