Our pro-shooter friend, Rafal from Seville Media, and I met up with local dirt jump wunderkind, Aristotle Peters, for a fat-bike photo shoot at Ray’s Indoor Mountain Bike Park recently. (If you are a fat-bike.com reader you may have noticed this story over there!) Anyway, Aris had been wondering how a fat-bike would fare at the park so we hooked him up with a Schlick Tatanka to test. He noted that the only other time he’d ridden a fat-bike was a brief test to see how they wheelie out in front of a local pub so this was an all new experience. I think from the shots you can see that he got comfortable with flying a fat-bike pretty quickly! (Yeah, I shot a few of the pix as well!)
After the session Aris was so excited about the potential for a purpose-built fat-bike for Ray’s, dirt jumping and other aggressive riding that he and I started talking about the APe, our new fat-bike developed specifically for this type of rising. With larger diameter and increased wall thickness the main triangle is built to withstand repeated flight, the super short 16.9″ chain stays are beefed up while a slightly slacker head tube angle than the Tatanka lend stability while landing but still allow the APe to carve the berms like it is on rails. look for more on the APe very soon as we work to update our website!
Aris is an avid biker and just about any excuse to ride will get him going! He not only works at Ray’s part time but also works at the Milwaukee Dreambikes store and attends the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.