2015 Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival Review

The 2015 Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival took place at Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY Jan. 23 through Jan. 25th. The Summit and Festival Host Committee included Quality Bicycle Products, Wyoming Pathways, Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, and Hoback Sports, with support also provided by IMBA, Mountain Bike the Tetons, and Teton Mountain Bike Tours. The Host Committee would also like to thank the event’s great sponsors who attended and/or supported the event.

Friday’s Opening Summit was attended by 150+ land managers, state park managers, ski associations, chamber of commerce and convention and visitor’s bureau personnel. Presentations given during Friday can be found here. Overall attendance for the Festival was 240+ attendees.

The Host Committee also presented a Land Manager Award to the Bridger-Teton Unit of the National Forest Service for their exemplary work with trails, including fat bike trails. Surly also presented the Bridger-Teton National Forest Unit with a Surly Pugsley fat bike for their use patrolling trails during the winter.

Friday and Saturday’s Festival kicked off with a Friday night opening reception at the Grandview Lodge, followed by a night ride with lights provided by Light and Motion.

Saturday’s demo provided fat bikes for demo rides from Salsa, Surly, Trek, Specialized, Borealis, Felt (including their e-fat bike LEBOWSKe), and Rocky Mountain. Saturday evening included a night ride sponsored by The Hub Bicycles, followed by a pub crawl.

Sunday’s fat bike demo ran until Noon. Attendees also had an opportunity to participate in a Guided Tour in Grand Teton National Park, thank to Teton Mountain Bike Tours. The Summit and Festival ended with an Industry Fat Bike Ride, a 3+ hour ride on the groomed fat bike singletrack trails accessible from Cache Creek in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.

Update on Fat Bike Sales
According to a January report in Bicycle Retailer and Industry News, the Bicycle Products and Supplier’s Association reported fat bike sales grew 44% from 2013 to 2014, to reach 36,865 units. This totals $14 in additional revenue for fat bike manufacturers from 2013. Estimated annual revenue from fat bike sales is estimated at $30+ million.

Summaries of the Land Manager Summit, Fat Bikes, and Fat Bike Gear are available from Summit and Festival Sponsor Fat-Bike.com, as well as from Mtbr.com