$799 Aluminum Fat Bike

Just as the snow is beginning to fly, a St. Paul company is rolling out a new fat bike. Aptly named “The Minnesota,” it comes in two models and starts at $799.

The Minnesota-based distributor is not Quality Bicycle Products, which readers may know sells multiple fat bike models from names like Surly and Salsa. The new fat bikes, which are among the least expensive on the market, come from The House Outdoor Gear.

The House is one of the largest online retailers of snowsports gear in the country. The brand has giant warehouse buildings in the Twin Cities and each year sells hundreds of thousands of snowboards, skis, and other winter gear items.

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The Minnesota 1.0 is a budget-friendly fatty

But the company also has an in-house bike line, Framed. The fat bikes are the newest addition to the Framed stock.

The Minnesota 1.0 model is an entry-level fat bike that costs $799. This nine-speed aluminum fatty has disc brakes, 100mm bottom bracket, and SRAM X5 components.

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The Minnesota 2.0 is ready to roll over just about anything

For $100 more you can upgrade to the Minnesota 2.0, which offers a few upgraded specs, like lighter tires and 18 speeds.

Both come with 4-inch-wide Mission tires from Vee Rubber. The 1.0 comes with the wire bead model, and the 2.0 gets the more lightweight folding bead. The brand states that this upgrade takes about one pound off the total weight of the bike.

They will be available for pre-order online within the next couple of days. Shipping will start in late January. The House will sell them online and in its retail store in St. Paul.

We’re looking forward to testing these two budget fat bikes this winter. Fat bikes are trending, and it’s great to see some more affordable options in the genre coming to market to give more people a chance to hop on a fatty and ride.

—Amy Oberbroeckling

Posted by Mrs. Crabapple - 11/08/2013 01:27 PM

“distributor”

Posted by Bill Palladino - 11/08/2013 01:47 PM

Nice article, but cannot find any mention of “fat bike” or “the Minnesotan” on The House website. ???

Posted by Editor - 11/08/2013 04:49 PM
Posted by Scott - 11/19/2013 11:34 AM

My question is whether anyone has any idea about the quality of “Framed” bikes? Are they decent or WallyWorld crap?

Posted by brian - 01/22/2014 05:09 PM

Does anyone have insights on the quality or reputation of the rest of the Framed line of bikes. Sounds great but is it too good to be true???

Posted by Bill Rider - 02/26/2014 05:14 PM

I am amazed that this bike has been out for awhile and I cannot find enough reviews on it…..

Apparently, the writer of this article has not tested them and/or reported the results of the testing of these bikes yet….hopefully very soon..:)

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