Fat bikes have come a long way from the original 'two rims welded together' steel beasts lumbering along snowy trails in Alaska and this sleek carbon framed offering is a testament to that development. Who would have thought fat bikes could be described as light and fast?
Of course it is all relative as those enormous 4 inch Schwalbe Jumbo Jims buzz along with a huge drag compared to your average bike, but they do take you just about anywhere and a lightweight and responsive carbon frame and fork go a long way to reducing that burden. Canyon have also specced lightweight DT Swiss wheels to promote a more lively sprint, if sprinting a fat bike is possible, and it all adds up to a very fun and spritely machine - all things considered.
The frame and fork come without the usual rack mounts associated with fat bikes designed for bikepacking duties, so it clearly has been pitched at the fun-fatty market - blasting out in the snow and mud for a day having a caper. 11 speed SRAM NX keeps the whole rig rolling, and it is pulled to a halt by the capable Shimano BR-M500 hydraulic discs.
If fatter tyres than the stock 4 inchers are needed, the dropouts shift to make room or anything up to 4.8 inches. And if that isn't big enough you need to take a long hard look at yourself.