Origin of the Species

Fatback Bikes is the legendary Fat Bike Brand from Anchorage, Alaska.

We didn't invent the fatbike, we reinvented it. The 2007 titanium Fatback revolutionized the industry. Using ingenuity, and a bit of alchemy, founder Greg Matyas developed the holy grail of rear hubs, the symmetrical 170mm (we got your Boost)! In earlier designs, the back end of the bike was bent outward to provide more chain clearance (along with a wider spindle for the chain rings), which necessitated the need for offset drilled rims, where all the spokes were on one side to re-center the wheel. Our hub design solved the problems associated with offset designs, and was soon adopted by all other frame manufacturers, and would remain the standard until 2012, when we developed a new symmetrical standard to allow the use of 5” wide tires, the mighty Fatback 197mm hub, which the entire industry recognized as the best design to do it all. Symmetrically designed hub flanges keep all spoke lengths and tension equal, building the ultimate wheel set. Our cutting edge stable, yet playful geometry (competitors are now just catching up to what we designed 13 years ago), better stand over, yet  more tire clearance, …just some of the reasons we catapulted the fat bike into the future.

In 2006, only the Surly Pugsley was commercially available (there were also a couple of custom steel builders doing one-off frames using the 135mm offset rear hub design, such as Wildfire Designs and John Evingson , both local Alaskans), and great as it was, we had other ideas on design and geometry, and produced the first symmetrically designed fatbike, years ahead of our nearest competitors. Our Ti frames had more stand over clearance, more tire clearance, better cable routing, slacker and taller head tubes, longer top tubes, lower bottom brackets, and shorter chain stays, all working in sync to provide the best handling, most confidence inspiring fat bike on the market to this day. Our bikes have more winter endurance wins than ALL other brands combined!

We developed more than just frames, forks, and industry drive train standards. We made the first fat, single wall aluminum rims, and, working with Stan’s Notubes, we introduced tubeless fat to the world in 2009 with our Uma II rims, capable of running pressures as low as 2psi. Our carbon rims set the standard for lightweight tubeless performance, and are capable of year-round use. Not the lightest, nor the least expensive, but no other rim comes close to weight, price, and durability. 

Our original bikes were made of titanium. We loved the ride quality, they are expensive, so we started producing aluminum frames in 2009, and steel frames made of True Temper OX Platinum in 2010. Our first carbon bike, the award winning, record setting Corvus came along in 2014 and once again took the world by storm with it’s fantastic handling, lightweight, and beautiful lines. The Corvus holds the records in virtually every winter endurance event.

In 2015 we developed our first “trail” inspired fat bike, the Skookum, with long, low, and slack geometry, suspension corrected for 5” travel fork. This bike brought fat to an entirely new crowd, the shredders! Longtime industry guru FuzzyJohn, who helped develop the frame says it’s the funnest bike he’s ever ridden. We hear this comment quite often these days.

For 2016, using input from the toughest riders in the toughest events around the world, we introduced an all new suspension corrected Corvus with a few geometry tweaks to even further our lead in frame design, and offered the first XS size 14” carbon fat bike, and an XL 22” as well. Fatback owner and founder, Greg Matyas says it’s the finest bike we’ve ever made, a culmination of a decade of industry leading design. Find out for yourself why racers and adventurers alike chose Fatback.

The Team

Fatback Bikes is run by a handful of shop guys

Bikes have been in our blood from Day One.  We are explorers, bikepackers, racers, and commuters. If we can’t do it by bike, we try and figure out a way that we can. 

Greg Matyas
Owner

Greg Matyas was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska where he has a long history of racings skis, bikes and wrestling wolves. In 2007 he opened Speedway Cycles, which caters to all aspects of the cycling community including entry level and kids bikes to top of the line mountain and road bikes. He is the mastermind behind the Fatback bike line and continues to use his vast cycling knowledge and enthusiasm for the sport to improve on the Fatback design and bring new and innovative products to the market.

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2007 Fatback Sunset

2007

Fatbacks first Titanium frame is made and sold, utilizing symmetrical 165 rear hubs and Phil Wood square taper bb's

Timeline 2008

2008

  • Fatback introduced the world to the 170mm symmetrical hub for the correct chain line and improved tire clearance.
  • Uma - first light weight, single wall fat bike rims with bead locks.
Timeline 2007

2009

  • Aluminum Fatback frames debut
  • First tubeless fat rims using Uma II rims, Stan's tape and sealant.
  • Worked with FifteenG(E13) to develop the first lightweight 2 piece cranks
  • First carbon 135 fat fork
Timeline 2010

2010

  • Fatback has FSA produce a 2 piece lightweight Afterburner cranks to increase tire clearance.
  • Uma 90 tubeless rims are introduced.
  • We introduced the US made (Waterford) True Temper OX Platinum steel frames.
Timeline 2011

2011

Fatback introduces tapered head tube frames and tapered steer tube carbon forks, as well as direct mount front derailleurs

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2012

Introduced the new industry standard 190(197) hubs and 190 frames with clearance for 5” tires.

Timeline 2013

2013

  • Fatback introduces the first fat, singlewall, tubeless carbon rims
  • Fatback introduces the Corvus carbon frameset and sets new records in the Iditarod Trail Invitational.
Timeline 2014

2014

  • Fatback tweaks the layup on the Corvus frames to create the most comfortable, best handling fat bike on the market.
Timeline 2015

2015

  • Rhino and Skookum models were introduced to broaden the use of fat bikes, and make them year round bikes
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2016

  • We released our Premium level products - FLT continuing to push advance the technology and capabilities of what is possible on a fat bike.
  • Complete redesign of the Corvus to make it the best balanced and most capable bike in the line.


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