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



Fat bikes are perfect for rolling through the sand, riding through the woods on a snowy afternoon, or for turning heads while cruising the boardwalk. The perfect weight distribution of the Bosch eDrive provides no-sink traction and control in deep sand or snow. No matter what time of year or what type of weather, the LEBWOSKe is the perfect bike for all conditions.

Felt Electric LEBOWSKe from Felt Bicycles TV on Vimeo.

Global Fat Bike Summit Weekend is Here

The Global Fat Bike Summit kicks off Friday and we’re looking forward to great discussions, great networking and of course lots of fat bike riding. The Summit is bringing together a broad cross section of land managers, advocates, manufacturers and enthusiasts.

Festival registration will open Friday at 4:30 at Snow King!

Thank you to all of our sponsors and check out some of the other Summit events:

Friday Fat Reception, sponsored by The Hub in Jackson, 5 to 8 pm. Vendors, locals, and out of town friends/industry people are invited to swing by the shop to enjoy FREE beer and chat fatbikes! The Hub is at 1160 Alpine Lane, #1F, Jackson, WY (307) 200-6144.

Saturday Night Ride/Pub Crawl, sponsored by The Hub in Jackson. Night ride starts at 4:30, with demo light clinic and checkout by Light and Motion. Pub Crawl starts at 7 pm.

Fat Bike Demo, Raffle & Early Registration

Specialized and Felt Now Bringing Fat Bikes for Demo Rides! Will Specialized bring their new kid fat bikes? If you don’t attend, you won’t know. Also, Felt is bringing fat bikes including an e-fat bike. And added to the raffle list for those who register at the $35 Event Fee level are some of the new Beaver Guard Fat Bike Fenders in either the Bluto or rigid fork models. Paul Components will also have some cool fat bike products for the raffle.

Early registration, including the heavily discounted day ski tickets to either Snow King or Jackson Hole, ends midnight Jan. 10th. After Jan. 10th, registration goes from $35 to $50 for the Event Fee access to the short track race, pub crawl and raffle, and the ski discount will no longer be available. Sign up now for what will be the most unique fat bike event of the winter – Jackson currently has more than 200″ of snow with groomed fat bike trails!

Fat Bike Festival to Offer Short Track Race, Pub Crawl, Night Rides

Night Rides
Thanks to Festival sponsor Light and Motion, attendees can check out demo lights and ride groomed singletrack Friday and Saturday nights right from Snow King Resort. (If you’ve registered already and want lights, email Gary Sjoquist)

Short Track Race
For the $35 Event Fee, attendees can also race fat bikes on a short track course with bermed corners. “Our short track race will be cool,” said Summit and Festival Coordinator Gary Sjoquist. “It’s an opportunity to race head to head against your buddies in 3 lap heats. We’ll do a Last Chance Qualifier, too, then under the lights we’ll do Finals.”

Jackson Pub Crawl
The $35 fee also includes raffle tickets and entry into the Saturday night Fat Bike Pub Crawl, sponsored by The Hub Bicycles. “We’d like to thank Aaron and the guys at The Hub in Jackson for sponsoring the Pub Crawl,” said Sjoquist. “After visiting the Snake River Brewpub, which has a fat bike shrine thing going on upstairs, we’ll head to The Local for drink specials and raffle off some juicy Raceface and SRAM fat bike stuff.”

Killer Ski Discounts Too
The $35 Event Fee also get you a killer discount on day ski tickets at either Snow King or Jackson Hole ski areas if attendees register before midnight, Dec. 22nd. Ski ticket vouchers will be good through April, 2015 or the end of the ski season.

Guided Fat Bike Tours: Grand Teton National Park

A select 30 fat bike riders can participate in a guided fat bike tour in Grand Teton National Park as part of the Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival held at the Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY January 23 – 25.

Done in conjunction with Jackson-based Teton Mountain Bike Tours, this is the only opportunity to ride a fat bike in Grand Teton National Park. Currently, fat bikes are banned from national parks like GTNP and Yellowstone.

“This is one of the reasons for this Summit,” said Scott Fitzgerald of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles. “We’re trying to show public land managers that fat bikes should be an allowable use in National Parks. These tours will show how safely fat bikes can coexist with other winter recreation in our National Parks.”

Registration Now Live

Welcome to the 4th Annual Fat Bike Summit and Festival. Join us in Jackson, WY at the Snow King Resort for what will be the most unique fat bike event of the winter. Note that attendance at Friday’s Advocacy Summit is complimentary for land managers, park personnel, and economic development folks. Enthusiasts may also register for the Advocacy Summit for a $35 fee. All attendees must be registered.

Register now for early registration discount

Register for the Summit and Festival Before Dec. 22 for Discounted Ski Tickets
Register online at fatbikesummit.com for the Summit and Festival Event Fee ($35) or for the Guided Tour Fee ($75) before midnight, Dec. 22, 2014, and get a discount for Jackson Hole Mountain Resort and Snow King Mountain lift tickets to Fat Bike Summit and Festival participants who wish to ski or snowboard.

Save $50 for a day of skiing or snowboarding at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, that’s $71 instead of the normal $121 AND receive a 30% discount on lift tickets for Snow King Resort. Vouchers are good through April 5th, 2015 or the end of the ski season. Summit and Festival attendees will also receive a Hoback Sports voucher at check-in for 30% off ski and snowboard rentals.

Wyoming State Parks Sponsors Global Fat Bike Summit

Wyoming State Parks has announced that it will sponsor the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival at Snow King Resort in Jackson, WY, January 23-25, 2015. Their involvement marks a shift toward land managers’ increasing awareness of the recreational and economic potential of fat bikes. Additionally, Wyoming State Parks has announced it will groom singletrack fat bike trails in Curt Gowdy State Park this winter, from December 15 through March 15. Says QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist, “When public land managers step up to learn what fat bike riders want for trails, it’s a win/win for both.”

2015 Summit Dates & Info

4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival Takes Place Jan. 23 – 25 at Snow King Resort, Jackson, WY

QBP, along with Fitzgerald’s Bicycles, Hoback Sports, Wyoming Pathways, and Mountain Bike the Tetons/IMBA, are excited to announce the 4th annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival will be at the Snow King Resort in Jackson Hole, Wyoming January 23-25, 2015.

This unique event combines a fat bike summit training conference for land managers and advocates, along with a fun fat bike festival over the weekend that features fat bike demos, clinics, latest product displays, and fat bike races.

The Friday summit will focus on training sessions and panel discussions featuring the latest in the evolving world of best management practices for fat bike use on public lands. Management practices will be discussed with a focus on winter use since the majority of access issues fall in the winter months. This interactive training day will include land managers from the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service, and state and local governments, along with bike advocates and industry representatives.

The festival portion of the event begins Friday night with a fat bike night ride and evening banquet, and continues through Saturday and Sunday with a variety of demo rides, product clinics, and riding events that include an optional guided fat bike tour of Grand Teton National Park.

“Our goal with the Summit/Festival is twofold,” said QBP’s Advocacy Director Gary Sjoquist. “First, we seek to spread best practices in terms of where fat bikes are ridden, how technology continues to shape fat bikes, the latest snow grooming techniques for fat bike singletrack, and just plain have fun with these big tire bikes. Second, we continue to seek winter access for fat bikes to national parks where they are largely prohibited, and to help all land managers with the latest tools that will help them offer more fat bike access to the public.”

While QBP’s brands Salsa, Surly, Whisky Parts, and 45Nrth will be title sponsors, the event will seek additional brand sponsors to allow attendees to try different products and talk with product reps. Trek will have fat bikes on hand, and Specialized, 907, Borealis and other manufacturers are being solicited to attend. Parts and apparel companies are invited to attend and display product as well.

“For the 4th year in a row, The Fat Bike Summit will bring together bicycle industry experts, key land managers and advocates to talk about the importance of fat bikes to local communities and public lands,” said Scott Fitzgerald, owner of Fitzgerald’s Bicycles. “Now that fat bikes have grown from what many people thought was a fad to a significant summer and winter user group, it is more important than ever to communicate current land management best practices as they relate to fat bike use.”

“Our approach here is a ‘big tent’ for all,” said Sjoquist. “Fat bikes are not a fad – nearly every manufacturer at the recent Interbike trade show featured fat bikes. Growth will continue and access issues will develop, particularly in the Nordic and snow machine trail networks, so we want to address this head-on and help land managers proactively adapt to this new use. We’d like to offer the opportunity for all manufacturers to participate in our Summit and Festival,” he said.

The Fat Bike Summit and Festival registration will also include discounted lodging options at Snow King Resort in Jackson and special skiing discounts at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort.

“This is an exceptional venue for land managers to gather the latest information on Fat Bikes and to meet with advocates and fat bike users,” said Tim Young, Executive Director of Wyoming Pathways.

Updates regarding the 4th Annual Global Fat Bike Summit and Festival agenda and riding events will be found at http://www.fatbikesummit.com. Manufacturers or companies wishing for more information about the Summit and Festival should contact Gary Sjoquist (gsjoquis@qbp.com).

Race Registration is Live

The Global Fat Bike Summit fat bike race is set to take place at Mt. Ogden Golf Course nestled in the foothills of the Wasatch range. Choose from Advanced/Elite or Novice/Beginner categories.  The Novice/Beginner course is roughly 15K and will begin at 11am.  The 25K Advanced/Elite flight will start at 1pm.  Riders will make 4 passes through the Expo and Festival area where they will be cheered on by local spectators and heckled by their favorite pals.  Stick around afterwards for raffles, liquid recovery and local fare.

The first 150 participants to register will receive this commemorative bottle opener so be sure to register early and save your place at the starting line!

Register Now

Commemorative Bottle Opener


This site will be updated with race and festival information as it develops, so please keep checking back.