Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

Fat tyre bikes have been enjoying a renaissance recently. While more road cyclists discover the joys of upping a tire size and grinding some gravel, adventure cyclists, fat bikers and ‘bike packers’ astound us with epic overland journeys through sand and snow. Not to mention the onslaught of cyclocross season in the northern hemisphere. Here’s a genre-defying knobbly newcomer from Scotland’s Shand Cycles: their Fat Tyre Stoater.

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

Steven Shand stablished his workshop in 2003 and Russell Stout came on board in 2011 to help further build the business. They’ve been well received, too: one of their Stoater models won the 2013 Bespoked Bristol Award for Best Off Road Bicycle.

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

The Urban Dictionary definition of ‘Stoater’ reveals much about this bike’s character: a bigger, better version of the award-winning model, in that it can now accept up to 2.2″ 29er tyres for more versatility, comfort and traction over challenging terrain.

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

‘Liquid Frog’ is the nickname Russell gave to this Fat Tyre Stoater — an easy call — which he matched with Brooks‘ new vegan-friendly saddle, the Cambium. So far, reports have testified to the Cambium’s straight-out-of-the-box comfort and waterproof qualities.

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

Middleburn is a British manufacturer of high-quality components, established in the 90s, and is a familiar name to any old-school mountainbiker. The indestructible Rohloff hub sits at the other end of the chain, activated by a Co-Motion shifter — the preferred choice thanks to a wider diameter which offers improved grip in cold or wet weather.

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

Both Russell and Steven are passionate adventure cyclists, regularly riding the rugged Scottish hills that surround Livingston, experience which they then feed back into their frames. Considering the current surge of two-wheeled off-road adventuring, it’ll be interesting to watch what comes forth from the Shand Cycles workshop this year.

Shand Cycles Fat Tyre Stoater

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  • http://spinynorman.tumblr.com Spiny Norman

    Ooooh. I may have to convert my old handbuilt hardtail mtn bike to something like that…

  • jeremynorth

    The messy cabling kills it for me. Other than that it is immaculate

  • curl of the burl

    I’ve built a very similar bike for my wife. Light and quick but very stable. Great around town and even better off road. Love it.