How About A Dream BIKE to Go Along With Your Dream TRIP?

05.16.2012 | 8:14 pm

In yesterday’s post, I told you about the contest I’m starting to raise money for LiveStrong: a trip to Utah, where I’d take you on some awesome riding. Road or mountain biking, your choice.

I also told you that before going on this riding binge, I’d have you professionally fitted by the good folks at SLC Bicycle for the bike you’d be riding.

What I didn’t tell you, however, was that the bike you’d be getting fitted for would be your bike. And I don’t mean that you are going to have to fly your old and busted bike out here to ride.


I mean that when you get here, you’re going to be riding on a brand newIbis bike of your choosing, outfitted to the nines and beyond with ultra high-zoot Shimano components: Dura-Ace (if you pick a road bike) or XTR (if you pick a mountain bike).

Yeah, really.

And here’s the thing. There are a ton of different kinds of riders, with a ton of different riding styles. And the rides you choose to go on when you are out here — road, mountain, or something with a bit of both — should have the right kind of bike.

So you get to choose what bike you want from Ibis.

And when you get here, it’ll be built and ready to go by the gurus at SLC Bicycle, who will make it fit you so great that you’ll wonder whether this bike was made with dark magicks.

So let’s recap in brief what you win, because I suspect that you may have a short attention span:

  • An awesome couple days (with me) of riding in an awesome place in Utah
  • On your brand new Ibis bike
  • With super high-end Shimano components
  • All built and professionally fitted for you at SLC Bicycle.

In other words, I am giving away the Cyclist Fantasy Vacation. Of course, to win it, you’ve got to help me raise money for the fight against cancer by donating to my LiveStrong Challenge page (or getting others to donate to your own Team Fatty LiveStrong Challenge page).

So that’s the short version. Now let’s get specific.

What You Can Win

Check Part I of this contest description for information about how we’ll choose places to ride, how we’ll get you on a plane, stuff you to the gills with bratwurst, and so forth and so on.

Today, we’re talking about the hardware you can win.

Here are the choices you have, bike-wise:

Silk SL

The Ibis Silk SL is the Ibis go-fast, weigh-nearly-nothing, drop-dead-sexy road machine. Just look at it:


Oh mercy. That looks as elegant as it does fast as it does sexy.

You have lots of color choices, too, which should give you something to consider when you make your choice.

You should know: I have one of these, built up as my single-speed road bike. It weighs less than thirteen pounds. I have to tether it to the bike rack to keep it from wafting about in ambient air currents in the garage.

Mojo SL

I remember the dark days. When the first iteration of Ibis disappeared, and I thought I’d never see another brand-new Ibis bike again.

Those were bad times.

And then I heard Chuck Ibis was back, and there was going to be a new Mojo.

And then I saw that new Mojo. And it was good. And then came the Mojo SL, and it wasn’t good. It was spectrafantacular:


Ibis was back. No, it was more than back. It was backity-back, with a side order of back. With extra fry sauce and a hint of lime.

This is about as close to being a perfect mountain bike as you can get without having other bike companies complain that you cheated on the exam.

Plus it’s made of carbon, making it freaky-light. So if money’s tight, you could make a diamond out of your Mojo SL [Note: I do not think this would actually work and do not recommend you try].


Full suspension not your thing? Maybe you travel around and want to bring your bike with you? Or maybe you want to set up a mountain bike singlespeed?

Then the Ibis Tranny is the bike for you:


Thanks to its “slot machine” adjustable length chain stay, the Tranny breaks down small for packing, or tensions up easy for single speeding. Or just rides awesome if you want a light, strong carbon hard tail for mountain biking.


Pronounced “Hock a loogey,” the name of this bike is reason enough to own one, just so you can say “Ibis Hakkalugi” whenever you feel like it.


But that’s not the only reason you might want this bike. No, far from it. Race it in cyclocross. Or ride it on single track and gravel roads and the pavement. Turn your commute into an adventure with this bike.

What’s Going On That Bike of Yours

So you’ve got yourself an almost unendurably beautiful Ibis frame. Now what? Well, you outfit it with the sweetest components on planet earth, that’s what.

If you’re setting up a road (Silk SL) or cross (Hakkalugi) machine, Shimano is going to hook you up with Dura-Ace 7900 components, across the board. Along with PRO carbon stem and bars.

You are going to be luxuriating in the smoothest, most wonderful drivetrain you could ever imagine, my friend.

As for wheels, you’ll have your choice of Dura-Ace wheel sets: WH-7900-C24-CL, WH-7900-C50-CL, or WH-7900-C35-CL.

And if you choose a bike that’s more at home on the dirt, Shimano will set you up with XTR M980 components. You want to know something about XTR, simple and direct? There’s nothing better. It’s wonderful.

What’s awesome about Ibis, Shimano, and SLC Bicycle

I’m a lucky person. I get to meet a lot of very cool, interesting people. And sometimes, I get to meet cool, interesting people who are also just genuinely great people.

That’s how it is with the friends I have at Shimano, Ibis, and SLC Bike.

None of these companies have any particular affiliation with LiveStrong. None of the companies have any evidence that their helping me out raises their profile or sells more stuff.

But these companies have helped me. Time after time. Willingly. Cheerfully. They don’t make me beg.

They just do the right thing. No, let’s be more specific: they both do the kind thing.

Plus, they make (or build, sell, and maintain) top-notch bike stuff.

Keep that in mind when you go shopping, OK?

Here’s Whatcha Gotta Do

Let’s wrap this up now with a quick recap (i.e., a copy-paste) of the instructions on how you enter this contest to win this mind-boggling clutch of prizes:

For every $5.00 you donate at my LiveStrong Davis Challenge page, you’ll get a row on my magically deluxe spreadsheet.

The more you donate, the more rows you get on the spreadsheet.

Once the contest ends (on June 22 at midnight, MST), I’ll randomly (using, natch) choose a row on that spreadsheet. Then I’ll contact you.

[A note for my international friends: I only have so much money. If you win the contest, it's your responsibility to get to the U.S., and I'll fly you the rest of the way, OK?]

And what if you’re already a member of Team Fatty and are raising money for your own LiveStrong Challenge? Well, just keep on raising money — and maybe donate some more into your own account — because the money you’ve raised as part of Team Fatty counts toward your entry in this contest, too.

So, please donate. You might just win an awesome trip, and an awesome bike — custom-fitted to you — to ride during that trip.

PS: See, I told you this would be a prize worth waiting for!


  1. Comment by Mark J. in Dallas | 05.16.2012 | 8:25 pm

    Great contest Fatty. I’m in.

  2. Comment by AKChick55 | 05.16.2012 | 8:38 pm

    Holy schnikeys! I was wondering if you’d throw in a bike. Wow do I want to be picked! What an awesome contest! Best one yet! Can the kids ride with us if I win? :) That would be fun! I’d ask to run with the Hammer but I hate running and I am about a 10-11 min miler. SLOW. Huge thanks to you, Ibis, and Shimano, and the Hammer! I can’t afford to buy anything new but could you get addresses so we can send them thank you cards?

  3. Comment by DC in DC | 05.16.2012 | 8:43 pm

    Thank you Fatty, SLC Bicycle, Ibis, and Shimano for offering so much. What great people, and what a great community.

  4. Comment by Redbird74 | 05.16.2012 | 9:23 pm

    Wow. Seriously. Wow.

  5. Comment by Nurse Betsy | 05.16.2012 | 9:49 pm

    I would love to win a really cool bike and ride with Fatty and Hammer. But, afraid I would slow both of you down. I really love Moab……..

    Sorry, thinking out loud. I’ll stop now.

  6. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 05.16.2012 | 10:28 pm

    Typical Friends of Fatty!!! Can there be a better group than Chuck Ibis, Shimano, and your LBC???

    Seriously, Elden, how many Ibis bikes have you been able to give away???

    So I plan to be in Davis, I plan to host Brats (friday night) and PIE (sunday) so I guess I better sign up soon.

    Fingers crossed!!!!

  7. Comment by Yannb | 05.16.2012 | 10:37 pm

    Simply awesome!!! I can vouch for the great Shimano DuraAce components that were part of my Sycip bike win 2 years ago (already?). I’m still loving my bike, riding it practically every day to and from work, 10-40+ miles depending on how much extra time I have before or after work and weekend rides.

  8. Comment by Scott R | 05.16.2012 | 10:41 pm

    While I guessed correctly on what part 2 would be – still, wow. :-) Fantastic.

    I’ll have to look out for my 100MoN package and live vicariously, as traveling is still out of the question for our family.

    (Just putting a link so it doesn’t take up a huge chunk of webpage for everyone)

  9. Comment by kellene | 05.16.2012 | 10:53 pm

    The Ibis Mojo IS amazing! I rented one for a ride in St. George last weekend…Gooseberry and Guacamole were 2 of the rides on the menu! I hadn’t planned to rent the luxury mobile, but my bike fell off the bike rack and was drug all the way down the dirt road to Gooseberry! Slightly messed up!
    Good luck and congratulations to the new Ibis owner…thing of beauty!

  10. Comment by SaddleAmericana | 05.16.2012 | 10:55 pm

    what the what?!

  11. Comment by Wife#1 | 05.16.2012 | 11:27 pm

    Nice! You sure know how to out do yourself!

    Hey side note… I added a note to my modest donation about meeting 2 amazing girls at a Girl Scout event this last weekend – they are 7 or 8 year old twins that are Camp Kesem “alum” and they just went on and on about how wonderful it was. Their mom was battling breast cancer and it sounds like Camp Kesem gave them something extraordinary. I told them about you and that you were raising big bucks for CK and they were so happy that other kids like them would be able to go because of people like you (and everyone supporting it!).

  12. Comment by Susie H | 05.16.2012 | 11:31 pm

    I can’t even imagine owning bikes so awesome! i have a really good feeling about this contest! :)

  13. Comment by Cookster | 05.17.2012 | 3:51 am

    Sounds awesome, our own little cycling holiday with Elden “Fatty” Nelson. I’am so in.
    I am hoping it will be very similar to Fatty and Hammers trip to France with Andy “Freaking” Hampsten.

    Now I have 1 month to save to get to state side.

  14. Comment by D | 05.17.2012 | 4:14 am

    So what about locals:) ?

    That is an excellent question. Maybe a trip to CO? – FC

  15. Comment by keith | 05.17.2012 | 5:43 am

    Great contest.Im in.

  16. Comment by Nancy_in_MN | 05.17.2012 | 6:03 am

    I almost want to write a poem about
    the awesomeness of
    Fatty and The Hammer,
    Chuck Ibis and Shimano,
    and SLC bikes.
    But not today.

    Thank you

  17. Comment by cyclingjimbo | 05.17.2012 | 6:16 am

    An extra level of awesomeness that stretches the imagination. Really, fatty – you have outdone yourself. the weekend rides with you and perhaps The Hammer as well would have been awesome enough in their own rights, but the bike has raised the bar to mind-blowing proportions. Some lucky winner is going to be very lucky indeed.

    I am in, for sure, and I hope you are able to raise beauceaux bucks.

    Awesome, indeed. Awesome. Indeed.

  18. Comment by Jenni | 05.17.2012 | 6:45 am

    I just donated $150 to my page. I want an Ibis. Really really really want an Ibis. Can Chuck come for the riding? If I’m slowing 2 people down, it might as well be 3.


  19. Comment by Ginger-Schminger | 05.17.2012 | 7:05 am

    You’ve really just muddied the water for me, Fatty! I really need a new road bike. I bought a new mountain bike just last summer. However, I REALLY want to go mountain biking in Utah. THEN there’s the possibility of owning a Hakkalugi. GAH! How on earth does one choose? I know! Rock, Paper, Scissors…that’s the key.

  20. Comment by Brian in VA | 05.17.2012 | 7:17 am

    I’m so impressed by the willingness of sponsors to donate gear for the fund raising, and even more so by the willingness of all your fans to pony up in the fight against the big C.

    I’m in. Wish it could have been more. I promise that if I were to win the bike, I’ll sell my old road bike and donate the proceeds.

    Ride on, Fatty!

  21. Comment by Kyle | 05.17.2012 | 7:22 am

    I won the mojo sl from Fatty a few years ago. Take it from me, it’s the most fun you’ll ever have on a bike. My Moots Ybb only gets out a few times a year now, and I really love it too. But that Ibis just eats up trails. Good luck to you all. Fatty and Scott from ibis and I were never able to hook up for a ride after I won, so you go rip up Utah, one of the most underrated states. The Wasatch Crest trail is my favorite ride ever and I live in Colorado.

  22. Comment by Geo | 05.17.2012 | 8:40 am

    Now you’ve made it tough.

    When I win (I’ll be a little overconfident if you don’t mind) I have no clue which bike to pick. I have a nice road bike and am envious of a really, really nice MTB, but I rarely ride off road so I would probably lean towards the Silk, but then, when am I ever going to be able to afford such a sweet MTB?

    Decisions, decisions.

  23. Comment by Kukui | 05.17.2012 | 9:55 am

    I’m so excited to come and ride with Fatty and The Hammer! ;) Now to decide… another road bike, or jump into MTB land?

    Thank you, Fatty, and everyone else involved with the amazing prizes! I’ll always donate to a good cause… and this is a good cause PLUS awesomeness! =)

  24. Comment by davidh-marin, ca | 05.17.2012 | 10:30 am


    Team Fatty has jumped to number 2 at Davis/Livestrong. Looks like another year for the Team to Rock the Show!

    Yep, we’re on the move now. We’ve got some catching up to do, but I think this — plus your pie and brats — will be good incentive. – FC

  25. Comment by chad goddard | 05.17.2012 | 11:33 am

    did it for my grandma. perfect health to funeral in 3 months. piss off cancer.

  26. Comment by Betsy T | 05.17.2012 | 12:38 pm

    I wonder if we can mention who we would donate in honor of… after Chad Goddard’s remark, I think I’d love to do a donation in honor of a sweet parishioner of mine who died recently of lung cancer (dx in Dec, died in early March, no warning at all). I agree, piss off, cancer!

  27. Comment by Joel H | 05.17.2012 | 2:25 pm

    Amazing generosity of the sponsors. Truly amazing.

    However, I was CONVINCED the grand prize was going to be Fatty traveling TO the winner’s locale for some cycling. Just think, Fatty couch surfing on your very own couch!

    Maybe next contest…

  28. Comment by Roses | 05.17.2012 | 2:38 pm

    I said I just wanted to run with The Hammer but I think I’ve changed my mind now.
    - From Not A Dude

    You could run with her one of the days, since you’re not a dude, and bike the other day. – FC

  29. Comment by Laura S | 05.17.2012 | 4:26 pm

    Wow! Ok I already donated but I might need to kick it up a notch. Laura needs a new mountain bike…

  30. Comment by MattC (yes, that one) | 05.17.2012 | 9:11 pm

    Fatty, last night when I read your post I thought “this is the greatest contest/prize you’ve ever done”, and I was speechless (typeless?)…and as totally NOT my style, wanted to think about it before commenting.

    And tonight… I’m totally blown away…I just don’t have the words.

    I’m truly sad that I’ve been on business travel almost this entire year (thus far) and sadly, due to that, it’s far and away my absolute WORST fundraising year since the start of Team Fatty (and I’m NOT just sad because I’ll have so few lines in your contest…though that is part of it I must admit).

    I bow to your awesomeness!

  31. Comment by SloJoeRecumbo | 05.18.2012 | 4:24 am

    Having lost a bro-in-law to cancer and now a cancer survivor along with some friends, I’d be donating to LiveStrong one way or another…to think I might have a chance to ride in Utah and win a bike….more the betterer.

    Just finished the book. Great grins as expected.

    Even if we contributors don’t win the prize….we win by giving.

  32. Comment by cyclingjimbo | 05.18.2012 | 8:52 am

    I am in, way in.

    Note – the company where I work will match my donation 2 for 1, so Livestrong will realize 3 times my donation.

    As an aside, does that give me three times as many lines in your magic spreadsheet? (Bottom line – it doesn’t matter, one way or the other. I am in. The credit card has been charged, asnd hte matching gift request has been submitted. I figure the more chances I have at your awesome plan the better, so I had to ask. Others may be interested, too.)

  33. Comment by davidh,marin | 05.18.2012 | 11:13 am



    20K and rising

  34. Comment by KM | 05.18.2012 | 1:37 pm


    Wow!!! If I win I get to help fight cancer, get a brand new chi-chi Ibis AND get to ride with Kenny….er, uh I mean YOU, you are definitely the high point of this whole contest. I’m in!!

  35. Comment by berry | 05.18.2012 | 1:49 pm

    Today is Friday.
    The last day of the workweek.
    I had no idea
    that I might miss the free verse
    if it were not here.

    Turns out, I did.

    Thank you.

  36. Comment by AKChick55 | 05.18.2012 | 2:16 pm

    Just checked out the Silk. Had to check out the Hakkalugi too. If I win, it’s going to be a hard decision. I have already have a super sweet cross, but it’s alloy…the Lugi is carbon…but the Silk…I really hope that I get to make this decision. :) And YAY! We are no. 1 in fundraising!!! Woot!

  37. Comment by Kari | 05.18.2012 | 8:32 pm

    I probably should be ashamed to admit this but the package arrived containing my 100MoN stuff just before dinner today and resulted in having to explain to my family why I was sitting there eating”sports food” as they called it when dinner was about to be put on the table within the next few minutes. You had talked both of them up so much that I just couldn’t resist taking a taste of the two little taste treats that came in the swag box and “just a taste” turned into immediately consuming both of them in their entirety. Considering how much time you spend on a bike I think you can probably understand better than most people out there how easily this can happen! lol

  38. Comment by Jeremy | 05.18.2012 | 11:53 pm

    Someday, when I save up enough money, I’m going to buy one of those Ibis frames, hopefully, one of the ones I don’t win, just because Ibis has gone above and beyond in supporting Team Fatty. I’ll even outfit with Shimano, but mostly because I like Shimano anyway.

  39. Comment by Bragi Freyr | 05.19.2012 | 6:45 am

    Holy Bratwurst Fatty!! This is the awesomest contest ever! I’ll go for the mojo if I win.

  40. Comment by Turn The Damn Cranks | 05.19.2012 | 9:13 am

    On an unrelated note, but consistent with Kari’s, I just have to say that my 100 MON package just showed up and (a) the bottles look awesome, (b) the T-shirt looks at least as good, and (c) the apology from Honey Stinger may be the funniest apology I’ve ever read!

  41. Comment by cece | 05.19.2012 | 3:15 pm

    Count me in! It’s pay day.

    I had an awesome experience this am…talking about cancer and hope with a woman I met in the veggie aisle. Wore a T-shirt, I guess she needed to see and that opened up a conversation with a stranger…about cancer and hope.

  42. Comment by Lonster | 05.19.2012 | 10:03 pm

    The package arrived yesterday. Broke in the bottles today on the Hungry Buzzard Century. Lots of comments on filling the bottles at the rest stops. The tasty treats went down well. Now to order more! What a hilarious apology letter.

  43. Comment by Jon C. | 05.20.2012 | 12:29 pm

    I’m hesitant to enter this contest. If I won, it would deprive someone of seeing the awesomeness of Utah cycling since I already live here and know all about it. On the other hand, I’ve been lusting after new bikes that I cannot afford for a long time. Decisions!


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