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About this project

CHRISTINI AWD mountain bikes were first introduced back in 2001 with production AWD hardtail and full suspension models.  The company partnered with a few small builders and some of the big guys too to make a unique, all purpose, trail bike that could go through just about anything.  The company grew and then moved into AWD motorcycle production which put the bikes on the back burner while AWD motos went into production.

Fast forward to 2013 and Kate Leeming entered the picture.  Kate called me to see if it was possible to build her a custom All Wheel Drive Fat Bike to help her with an expedition across Antarctica via the South Pole.  We decided to jump right in and build her a custom bike using some of the parts we still had around from the bike days.  So we came up with a 4" Fat version with a split frame design.  And sure enough.... the bike was a hit!

CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame Design
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame Design

 

 

 

The test of the first 4" AWD Fat Bike was so successful that we decided to build Kate the ultimate bike to make it across Antarctica.  Thus the 5" AWD Fat Bike came to life, taking some tricks from our full suspension bikes to get the wide rear tire to work with the drive shaft.  Add some creative engineering with top of the line components and you have a 'traction-packed' AWD Fat Bike that weighs in at an incredible 32lbs!.

CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat - Kate's South Pole bike
CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat - Kate's South Pole bike

 

Our goal with this campaign is not only to get some of the Fat Bike lovers on one of the coolest bikes around, but to get Kate across the Antarctic continent via the South Pole!  As you can imagine, that takes a pile of snowy money, so anything you can spare to help her, will be awesome!

Thanks to everyone from Steve Christini and Kate Leeming!

Bike Specs:

CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Spec
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Spec

 

CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Sizing Chart
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Sizing Chart

 

CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat Spec
CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat Spec

 

CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat Sizing chart
CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat Sizing chart
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame KL Edition spec
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame KL Edition spec

 

                  

 

CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat Spec - Kate's South Pole bike
CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat Spec - Kate's South Pole bike

 

         
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Power Assist with Bafang 1000W Mid Drive Kit and 48V 13.5ah battery
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Power Assist with Bafang 1000W Mid Drive Kit and 48V 13.5ah battery

 

         

 

         
Christini Hat
Christini Hat

 

Breaking the Cycle Hat by 'Winning Spirit'
Breaking the Cycle Hat by 'Winning Spirit'

 

Breaking the Cycle T-Shirt by 'Winning Spirit', women's and men's styles available
Breaking the Cycle T-Shirt by 'Winning Spirit', women's and men's styles available

 

Breaking the Cycle Jersey by 'Winning Spirit'
Breaking the Cycle Jersey by 'Winning Spirit'

 

NJINGA, Breaking the Cycle in Africa
NJINGA, Breaking the Cycle in Africa

 

Out There and Back
Out There and Back

 

AWD Fat 4 KL Edition Spec
AWD Fat 4 KL Edition Spec

 

CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame KL Edition spec
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame KL Edition spec

 

CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame KL Edition spec
CHRISTINI AWD 4" Fat Split Frame KL Edition spec

 

 

Risks and challenges

The CHRISTINI AWD Fat Bikes are not the first bikes we've made. In fact, the first mountain bike we ever made was back in 1999. We collaborated with many other companies and have worked with and tested with some of the industry leaders like Geoff Ringle and Gary Fisher (who loves our bikes!). We've been building weird/cool stuff for over 15 years.

Our goal with this kickstarter is to help Kate get succeed in one of the most ambitious biking expeditions of all time and making it across Antarctica via the South Pole!

With that said, we will complete each and every order that we receive. We promise to stick to the initial limited special edition delivery timeline and will roll out the remaining bikes in a first ordered, first out the door delivery schedule.

If you have any questions about our ability to deliver and customer service, just search the web for what other customers have to say. We pride ourselves in being honest and fair and never letting anyone down.

Thanks for your support!

Steve Christini

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    Breaking the Cycle South Pole Sticker

    Get a cool Sticker and help support Kate Leeming in her journey across Antarctica via the South Pole + keep updated with a subscription to Kate's Breaking the Cycle Newsletter.

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    Out There And Back (eBook)

    OUT THERE AND BACK
    The story of the 25,000-km Great Australian Cycle Expedition

    In 1993, Kate Leeming became the first woman in history to cycle across the ‘New Russia’, when she organized, led and completed the five-month, 13 400-kilometre Trans-Siberian Cycle Expedition in aid of the children of Chernobyl. Ten years later, she conceived and organized the Great Australian Cycle Expedition (GRACE), a 25,000-kilometre journey through her own country, 7000 kilometers of which were to be ‘off road’ on isolated tracks in remote regions.

    This quality publication, with foreword by Robert Swan, OBE, is illustrated by over 300 full-colour photographs and will appeal to a wide readership around the world.

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    Njinga (book) + BTC South Pole cap

    The story of Kate Leeming’s astonishing 22,000-kilometre trek by bicycle across Africa – dodging rebels, insurgents and Somali pirates and exotic and dangerous wildlife while battling extreme conditions from desert to jungled terrain on non-existent roads and faint tracks, is more than a story of mental grit and physical endurance.

    Above all, it is a story of hope.

    Njinga, the story of Kate Leeming’s journey, continuously reveals the truth of Africa and its diverse people and cultures. It is a perspective that could only be gained on a bicycle, by an explorer who has cycled the equivalent of twice around the world at the Equator.

    This 346-page print version of Njinga has approximately 400 images, weighs 1.2kg

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    Out There and Back (book) + BTC-SP cap

    OUT THERE AND BACK
    The story of the 25,000-km Great Australian Cycle Expedition

    In 1993, Kate Leeming became the first woman in history to cycle across the ‘New Russia’, when she organized, led and completed the five-month, 13 400-kilometre Trans-Siberian Cycle Expedition in aid of the children of Chernobyl. Ten years later, she conceived and organized the Great Australian Cycle Expedition (GRACE), a 25,000-kilometre journey through her own country, 7000 kilometers of which were to be ‘off road’ on isolated tracks in remote regions.

    This quality publication, with foreword by Robert Swan, OBE, is illustrated by over 300 full-colour photographs and will appeal to a wide readership around the world. (348 pages, weighs 1.17kg)

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    Signed hats, t-shirts + cycle jerseys!

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    - Presentation to your school or charity organization;
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    - Class set of Njinga (up to 24 copies, $960 USD worth);
    - Up to 24 BTC South Pole caps.
    (travel expenses not included; presentation can be arranged to be done before or after the Antarctic expedition)

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    CHRISTINI AWD 4” Fat

    CHRISTINI AWD 4” Fat Split frame bike. First deliveries begin in March of 2017.
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    Sizing: 16", 18", 20"

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    CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat

    CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat Bike.
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    CHRISTINI AWD 4” Fat Electric Assist

    Make it Fast! CHRISTINI AWD Fatty Split with 1000W Electric Mid Drive and 13.5 ah battery.
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    CHRISTINI AWD 5” Fat Electric Assist

    Make it Fast! CHRISTINI AWD 5" Fat with 1000W Electric Mid Drive and 13.5 ah battery.
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    CHRISTINI AWD 4” KL Edition

    CHRISTINI AWD 4” KL Edition Fatty Split bike. Exact spec of Kate’s first AWD Fat. Only 5 to be made with shipping by mid December 2016.
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    CHRISTINI AWD 5” KL Edition

    CHRISTINI AWD 5” KL Edition Fat bike. Exact spec of Kate’s AWD Fat bike that will reach the South Pole! Only 20 to be made with the first 5 committed to ship by mid December 2016 and remaining 15 by end of January.
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