NOTE: This is NOT a review, this is NOT a recommendation, this company is NOT an advertiser, it’s just a pretty cool bike I recently saw. To some it may be old news, but I was going to post the video anyway, so I am adding some additional comments. – Thanks.
Today I was checking out some videos while working on the 2013 Endurance Race Calendar. While watching the video below from the 150 km Rovaniemi winter race in Finland I noticed some comments about Sandman bikes.
Sandman is a bike company out of Belgium. They make fat bikes…. but not really. They actually (claim) to make sort of a “do it all” bike. Now I don’t know, but to me that reeks of the whole “jack of all trades, master of none,” saying. I do have to admit though, their bikes look like they could surely do it all with the right part swaps. I also have to admit they actually seem to be doing a WIDE variety of racing and utilizing one frame to do it all: In the snow at the Rovaniemi 150, in the sands of the Titan Desert Classic, at the B.C. Bike Race, marathon racing at the Salzakammergut Trophy, stage racing in Spain, enduro racing and more (check out their 2012 race recaps on their site).
Yes, I know that you can make your fat bike a 29er (see Guitar Ted’s By-Tor posts) and that you can put a Lefty on a fat bike, but Sandman is the first company that I have seen to say “This is the only mountain bike you need” and make it available with a (fat bike) suspension fork: the German Answer Flame “Wide” with 90 mm of travel.
Back in July, unbeknownst to me, I used a photo of a Sandman rider in the graphic for the Titan Desert Classic, NOW I know who the rider was (6th place finisher Milton Ramos) and what bike he was on (Sandman Hoggar Ti). Looking back, I wish I would have had the photo below for the post! AWESOME pic. (Pic stolen from Sandman website).
As I mentioned, really don’t know anything about Sandman bikes other then the video and race reports, but I do know that I like reading about and seeing videos of the adventures they go on with their bikes!
If you have a Sandman or have some feedback on the bikes, feel free to comment.
Now I need to go ride my bike, then work on the 2013 calendar.