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Now you can buy your own Antarctica-worthy fat trike

Now you can buy your own Antar...
The ICE Full Fat is all set for your next "big expedition"
The ICE Full Fat is all set for your next "big expedition"
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The ICE Full Fat is all set for your next "big expedition"
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The ICE Full Fat is all set for your next "big expedition"
This version features Surly Big Fat Larry 4.7-inch front tires and a Surly Lou 4.8-inch rear tire
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This version features Surly Big Fat Larry 4.7-inch front tires and a Surly Lou 4.8-inch rear tire
They're mounted on 26-inch Surly Clown Shoe rims
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They're mounted on 26-inch Surly Clown Shoe rims
The frame folds, making the trike easier to transport and store
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The frame folds, making the trike easier to transport and store
A close-up view of the steering mechanism
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A close-up view of the steering mechanism
Grip-spiked platform pedals
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Grip-spiked platform pedals
Elastomer suspension
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Elastomer suspension
Rohloff XL 14-speed rear hub transmission
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Rohloff XL 14-speed rear hub transmission
ICE custom pulleys and chain tubes
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ICE custom pulleys and chain tubes
Stainless steel cables with braided housings
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Stainless steel cables with braided housings
Custom drop-outs
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Custom drop-outs
Hope FatSno front hubs
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Hope FatSno front hubs

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.

They're mounted on 26-inch Surly Clown Shoe rims
They're mounted on 26-inch Surly Clown Shoe rims

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

4 comments
Seth Miesters
Want!
Michael Flower
I think it would be better of equipped with Low-Pressure Tunda Tires then Fat Tires.
unklmurray
You can buy a "Fat cat Crawler"Trike from "Utah Trikes.com"for about $2000.00 and a "full"suspension trike for about $2900.00 and have a better machine that you don't have to pay $2500.00shipping and federal excise tax!!......LOL
unklmurray
I agree with me....I have since checked out the ''Rungu''It is a really cool design,Mine differs only in that it started out as a ''Univega Tandem''and then had a 36in wide front end, You could sit on the low bar just above the rear peddles and peddle on the front peddles in a semi-recumbent position or if you needed more power you could move up to first tandem position for a more upright power position,I had matching ''Rock Shock'' forks B4 they were stolen,it was a beast,but it was my beast and it only cost about $1500.00 [ they didn't have fat tires in those days!!......LOL :_)