If you’ve been following this YouTube channel you’ve seen swing bikes, tall bikes, and even bikes that are hard to call bikes. Today we’ll look at what is easily the most belligerent bike I’ve ever seen—The SE Fat Ripper.
With 26 by 3 and a half inch tires, it’s definitely fat bike, but clearly it’s also a BMX. The Fat Ripper was designed and tested by BMX legend Todd Lyons, who is brand manager for SE Bikes. In his video, you’ll see that the fat tires turn bumps in the pavement into straight up ramps.
It is Todd who sent over this bike for testing, so today we’re going to do that Miami style.
The first thing I noticed about the Fat Ripper was how dope it looked. From the old school BMX adornments to the SE Logo shaped cutouts in the rims, this thing turns heads.
Another thing I noticed was that the massive tires chirp every time the bike lands as the mass of the wheels adjust to their ground speed. That’s the only thing you’ll hear when the Fat Ripper lands, as these parts are battle ready.
The Fat Ripper weighed in at 36 pounds, and to be honest, I was surprised it wasn’t heavier. After all, this bike isn’t just for show, it can handle the abuse you would expect from a BMX. Because of the weight, you need to be heavy handed with the Fat Ripper if you want it to obey your commands.
Staircases feel like nothing. Curbs are like kicker ramps. Ramps, are like—ramps. If you’ve jumped on a BMX, you’ll be able to jump the Fat Ripper.
I’ve ridden a BMX on mountain bike trails before, and it’s a pretty rough ride on the chunkier sections. The Fat Ripper feels more like a fat bike, but with BMX geometry that beckons you to take to the air. The rigid frame and bouncy tires make this pig fly off everything.
Like the other novelty bikes we’ve tested on this channel, I can already smell the comments about how it’s just for attention, or that it’s totally impractical. This vocal minority is kind of a sad bunch. The Fat Ripper is unapologetically flamboyant and impractical, and that’s what makes it so awesome. It’s the perfect bike for the beach, social rides, bar crawls, or even getting around town in an unruly manner. It weighs less than most cruisers, and is more comfortable than most fat bikes. The Fat Ripper is the ultimate smile delivery device, and I can’t stop riding it. I hope it put a smile on your face, because we’ll be seeing a lot more of this bike around here.
Thanks for riding with me today, and I’ll see you next time.
If you want to see the full assembly video of the Fat Ripper plus other behind the scenes content, follow the link in the description to support me on Patreon. Also, check out the video that Todd Lyons made on this bike to see what it can really do.
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Thanks to my friend, Zach for getting all those great shots. We did this all yesterday morning starting at 7AM! Check out his videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uIYpJNuK2Ik&feature=youtu.be
Here’s some more info on the Fat Ripper, along with some more riding
2017 Fat Ripper https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LcwVdQYl4P4
And here are some examples of what this thing can really do, in a video featuring Todd Lyons on last year’s model https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GvHMD6St74k