It was in 2015 that we first heard about the Sno-Go Bike, a seatless snow âbikeâ with three skis that allows its rider to make turns. Well, it’s now in its fourth incarnation, which is said to be a lot lighter, more agile, and more secure than the original.
Like that first model (which was the subject of a successful Kickstarter campaign), the 4th generation Sno-Go sports a unique steerable ski fitted with a front suspension fork and an articulated mechanism that allows both rear skis to tilt sideways when in turns and to climb and descend independently depending on the terrain – Where in response to the movements of the rider’s legs.
Known as the SLAT (Synchronized Lateral Articulating Technology) system, this patented mechanism is now made from an exclusive blend of carbon fibers under the name Hexed Carbon. As a result, the entire aluminum frame bike would be 12 lbs (5.4 kg) lighter than the original – its total weight is 27 lbs (12 kg).
The new and improved SLAT setup has also been revised for better handling on the trails, and its shoe bindings now offer better foot retention and are customizable for different shoe types and sizes. Additionally, the bike’s standard wood-core composite skis can now be replaced with an optional powder-specific ski set.
If you’d like to purchase one for yourself, the new Sno-Go bike can be pre-ordered through the company’s website – we’re told a bike ordered now is expected to be delivered in the second week of January. It is available in four frame colors and priced at US $ 2,499.