We all know 'winter is coming'. Instead of watching a show about dragons and medieval conquest all winter while thrashing away on your trainer, try something different...
The Yukon 2 is Giant's take on winter-ready fat bikes. They didn't overthink it, and developed a classic and practical design that may never need upgrading. Built around an ALUXX SL-Grade Aluminum frame and Advanced-grade Composite carbon fiber fork, the Yukon 2 is a rugged and nimble machine that helps chase the winter blahs. Giant also looked closely at the bike's Q-factor: How far apart the pedals are. Most fat bikes require a wide distance between the pedals due to the chain needing to clear the wide tires on the way back to the rear hub, but the single-ring crankset and narrower bottom bracket (despite the 27.5x4.5" tires) allow for a more comfortable pedaling position. Heavy winter boots could be problematic, so they reshaped the Yukon's chainstays for better pedaling clearance. Even the wheelbase is adjustable by 15mm with a sliding rear dropout. Internal cable routing keeps the Yukon 2 looking clean and sleek, too. A Composite carbon fiber fork is installed into a tapered OverDrive head tube/steerer tube, adding an extra dose of razor-sharpness in fast turns. 12mm thru-axle hub installation front and rear adds another layer of chassis stiffness for better handling and trail feel, snow-covered or otherwise.
When snow and ice are your playground, everything you ride needs to be simple and robust. The Yukon 2 is equipped with Shimano Deore 12-speed single-ring drivetrain, boasting light weight, robust construction and a shifter that can even be used with mittens. A 10-51T Shimano cassette is paired with an alloy crankset with a direct-mount 28T chainring, bringing a huge gearing range to roller-coaster trails. Massive Maxxis Colossus 27.5x4.5" tubeless-ready tires are wrapped around a tubeless-ready alloy FB27.5 wheelset for incredible traction in all conditions. The Yukon 2's SRAM Level hydraulic disc brakes are equally up to the task, adding confident stopping power, even in freezing temperatures.
Winter is coming... Are you ready to ride in it?!
The Felt DD30 is a fun and versatile machine for having fun in the white stuff! The DD30 boasts meaty, aggressively-treaded 26x4.8" Schwalbe Jumbo Jim EVO tires that grab snow as well as gravel, dirt and mud. The DD30's hydroformed aluminum frame and fork ensure excellent handling in technical trails as well as instant power transfer when hammering on the pedals. A tapered head tube and thru-axle hubs add to the DD30's handling precision. If commuting is more your style in the dead of winter, the DD30 features rack and bottle mounts on the frame, while the alloy fork has rack mounts as well. Cool, huh?
Shimano's 11-speed SLX shifter and SLX Shadow+ long-cage rear derailleur do gear change duty for the DD30, providing lightning-quick operation and long service life. The 11-46T Shimano SLX cassette offers a massive gearing range for challenging trails and steep ascents while loaded down. A 32T single-ring RaceFace Aeffect crankset commands flex-free power delivery at the DD30's bottom bracket. The aformentioned Schwalbe Jumbo Jim EVO tires are wrapped around a set of 80mm-wide tubeless-ready alloy wheels that keep rotating mass low for easy acceleration out of tight corners. Shimano hydraulic disc brakes handle speed control duties in all conditions from snow to mud to sand. A WTB Volt Race saddle sits atop an alloy Felt seatpost, while an alloy Felt stem and carbon fiber Devox Flat Top handlebar complete this winter challenger.l