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Fear The Bear: Otso Cycles Hits City Bike Shop
January 15, 2019, 12:00 am

We live in the heart of fat bike country, so it only makes sense that we take a lot of pride in stocking the best fat bikes around. For years we’ve proudly kept a fleet of Borealis Fat Bikes on the floor, as well as options from Scott Bikes and REID Bikes, too. This winter, we’re really excited to welcome another brand to City Bike Shop. Otso Cycles is a cyclist engineer’s dream, and whether or not you get into head tube angles and rake, you’re going to love how this bike rides.

Otso Cycles was born when the engineers from Wolf Tooth Components turned their attention from making other bikes better and looked at making the best bike they could on their own. They quickly came up with two models that filled in the gaps between bikes other companies were making, the gravel-ready, all-road Warrakin and the fat bike, go-anywhere Voytek.

The Voytek’s chief engineering accomplishment is doing what nearly every fat bike company has tried to do since the bikes grew into such a big part of the industry. In order to accommodate wider tires, the width of the cranks, and where your feet find the pedals, was inched wider and wider. That measurement, called your Q-Factor, can feel unnaturally wide on traditional fat bike frames. Otso fixed it, bringing that width back to something closer to a normal mountain bike. That pairs well with the general geometry of the rest of the frame, a geometry that you can tweak to suit your style, too. Using a patent-pending Tuning Chip, you can adjust the chainstays and shorten up the wheelbase for snappier handling, or lengthen things out for a more stable winter or touring platform.

In short, it’s a fat bike that is really a mountain bike, covering all four seasons and nearly every tire width you would want to run. From a normal 29er wheelset in spring, 27.5”+ or 29”+ for our sandy trails in late summer, to race wheels all fall and back to fat when the snow flies, you can invest more on one bike that you love, just by swapping out wheels!

We have an Otso on the floor here at the shop and we’d love to show you more of the cool features, spec’s and capabilities of the Voytek. We don’t bring in bikes we’re not excited about, so you know we’re confident that if you swing a leg over an Otso, you’re going to have some fun.


Get Studded: More Grip For An Icy Season In TC
January 7, 2019, 12:00 am

If you made it out to the Northern Michigan Mountain Bike Association Annual Meeting’s ride this weekend, you know just how icy trails can get. With plenty of freeze and thaw in the forecast, we take a quick look at how studded tires can make the marginal days more fun.

Keep Your Biscuit Warm with 45NRTH
December 18, 2018, 12:00 am

No one stays inside because of the snow and ice. In fact, the more snow, the better! The real challenge for winter riding, whether it’s commuting around town, hitting the fat bike trails, or hitting some pavement, it’s the cold that keeps us inside.

Zwift: Group Rides From the Basement
December 10, 2018, 1:12 pm

Zwift just launched a whole slew of cool updates just in time for winter, but there’s one new feature that you may have missed. Virtual group rides just got a lot more interesting!

City Bike Shop Holiday Gift Guide
December 3, 2018, 12:00 am

​The holidays don’t have to be hard, especially when you’re buying for a cyclist. Whether you’re a diehard rider yourself or think you have no idea what to get, there are a few safe bets when it comes to grabbing them something for under the tree.

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