Now you can buy your own Antarctica-worthy fat trike

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The ICE Full Fat is all set for your next

The ICE Full Fat is all set for your next "big expedition" . View gallery (12 images)

Last December, British adventurer Maria Leijerstam became the first person to cycle from the edge of the Antarctic continent to the South Pole. She did so on a custom-built recumbent fat-tired tricycle, made by UK-based Inspired Cycle Engineering (ICE). Well, although there probably aren't many other people who want to do what Maria did, there no doubt are quite a few who'd like a trike like hers. That's why ICE is now offering the ready-for-anything Full Fat.

Maria's trike was based on ICE's existing non-fat-tired Sprint model. The Full Fat is in turn based on her trike, retaining elements such as a heat-treated 4130 chromoly frame, oversized rims and tires, and a variety of off-road components.

The specific components will vary according to individual customers' wishes, as the Full Fat is currently only being made to order. A model displayed last weekend at a recumbent bike trade show in Chicago, however, featured things like ...

  • Front and rear elastomer suspension with 4 inches (100 mm) of travel
  • Rohloff XL 14-speed rear hub transmission
  • Hope FatSno front hubs
  • Tektro hydraulic and Avid BB7 disc brakes (front and rear, respectively)
  • Parking brake
  • Ergo-Flow mesh seat
  • 26-inch Surly Clown Shoe rims
  • Surly Big Fat Larry 4.7-inch front tires, and a Surly Lou 4.8-inch rear tire

Additionally the frame folds, making the trike easier to transport and store. There's no word on complete trike weight.

ICE co-founder Neil Selwood told us that trade show version of the Full Fat would sell for about US$7,200. If potential buyers were OK with no front suspension and a 27-speed derailleur-based drivetrain, they could get away with paying around $5,400.

Should anyone be more interested in getting an upright tadpole-style fat trike, they might want to check out Standard Bearer Machines' Rungu.

Source: ICE

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