Singletracks.com Reviews the Corvus both on the trail and in the snow
March 15, 2018
I'm not surprised by much of any of this, I haven't met a sole that hasn't liked the Corvus. Here are a few quotes, with a link to the full article below.
Based in Alaska, venerable fat bike manufacturer Fatback has a record of Iditarod successes. The origional Fatback Corvus is part of that lineage, with the newest Corvus looking to improve on that already impressive success rate. However, it’s doubtful anyone reading this review will actually enter the Iditarod Trail Invitational, so when I got the opportunity to test Fatback’s new race machine, I intended to do so with an eye toward broader use, including dryland riding. I can honestly and confidently say that, even if you never plan to venture thatfar north, the Corvus is still worth a look.
Getting to Know the Corvus on the Dirt.
Given our historically dry winter, I was able to log plenty of dirt miles on the Corvus. I put the ultralight carbon wunderfatty through its paces on every imaginable type of trail this side of a legit downhill run. As fat bikes go, the Corvus is an incredible dry land performer. The Corvus is actually a great dirt bike regardless of fat status.
The ultra-responsive steering was particularly sensitive when trying to maneuver the super stiff, fully rigid bike through technical rock gardens. However, the very precise steering of the Corvus was of huge benefit when maneuvering tight switchbacks, where it was easy and intuitive to round the tightest of corners. Eventually, I adapted to the quick steering in all conditions and it became an asset in every case.
Another surprising, yet welcome, attribute of the Corvus was its stability at speed. Ripping down rough dirt in excess of 30mph was no cause for concern, provided the ruggedness didn’t exceed the limits of any fully rigid bike. Probably the most impressive aspect of the Corvus’s trail performance was how the aforementioned steering got more comfortable as speed increased. When bobbing and weaving through the tight and twisty, on smooth to moderately-chunky surfaces, I just couldn’t keep a huge goofy grin off my face.
The Corvus allowed me to rack up massive mileage, especially on groomed trails, without fatigue. I never despaired at any climb in the snow, and loved laying the bike into snowy corners where the confidence-inspiring frame and aggressive side knobs on the Cake Eaters combined to allow cornering with minimal loss of momentum. True to its Iditarod roots, the Corvus invites the rider to just go and go and go and never want to stop.