The Fat Bike Company out of Colorado Springs has certainly nestled it’s way into the industry with a bang in the last year. Is it  To be honest, we’ve all been there twiddling our fingers and wondering. The Fat Bike Company owns which is a combination site showcasing their sub-companies: Borealis Bikes and Turnagain Components.  We had the pleasure of visiting with owners Adam Miller and Steve Kaczmarek and receiving a tour of their shop earlier this spring.  The young company was founded in January 2013 after Alaskan native, college student, and mountain biker, Adam Miller, let his professor, Steve Kaczmarek, take his fat bike out for a ride. The two cycling enthusiasts put their heads together to devise a way to share their love of fat bikes with others. Thus, the Fat Bike Company was born. Borealis Bikes is essentially their “baby” being that it was their first major project. The Borealis Yampa was in the prototype stages this time last year, and it made it’s grand entrance into the fat bike world at Interbike in September 2013. Since then, Borealis Bikes has released a new fat bike, The Echo, which is a suspension fat bike designed around the RockShox BLUTO fork. Borealis Bikes is currently making their own Borealis carbon fat bike forks and hubs which can be sold separately.
Borealis frames ready to be built
Turnagain Components is the other side to the Fat Bike Company. They are currently making their own fat bike rims and rims strips. More exciting news… it  does not stop there, as they have plans to expand their component list. Stay tuned to their site for news on their latest products. We asked if they had any interest in sticking their foot in the MTB industry, and they said they were comfortable with fat bikes for now – not a bad idea considering they are extremely good at it. 
Borealis hub on the new Echo
Since last winter, the Fat Bike Company has significantly increased their employees, they knocked down a wall and doubled their work space. They have also made numerous trips to Asia to oversee new carbon products, and have their calendar scheduled full with events, races, and trade shows this summer. Stepping into their shop, every employee greeted us with so much energy – you could tell they were excited and eager to be working for such a great brand. It is always interesting to see how the bike industry responds to a new company. Between Turnagain Components, the Carbondale rims, and the new Echo, I think its safe to say that the Fat Bike Company has gained a lot of traction making them players in the indusrty for years to come. 
Fat bike wheels!

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