Fat Bike trend Dead? Walmart sells ‘Beast’ bike for $199

UPDATE: See our review of the Mongoose Beast bike here: “We bought a Fat-bike from Walmart and took it for a test ride.”

First, Walmart introduced affordable single-speed bikes and fixies. Now, fat bikes? The retail elephant calls its new Mongoose model an “oversized, all-terrain bike.”

With 4.25-in.-wide knobby tires supported on extra wide rims, it looks like a fat bike to us.

Granted, the Mongoose Beast model has coaster brakes and a chain guard. It takes as much design inspiration from a beach cruiser as a Pugsley.

26” Mongoose Beast Men’s Oversized All Terrain Bike

Walmart sales copy cites it is “an agile, resilient bike that can be ridden easily on a wide variety of terrain thanks to oversized tires for stability and traction.” Snow, sand, and mud included.

The bike — official name: 26” Mongoose Beast Men’s Oversized All Terrain Bike — has a steel frame, single-speed gearing, coaster brakes, ATB handlebar, and flat pedals.

At $199, the whole bike costs less than a couple fat tires from an industry brand. This price and wide availability at Walmart might make fat-biking more mainstream.

Lowest-cost “fat bike” ever built

Shipping weight is 46 pounds, though we’re not sure how much less the bike weighs alone. Final detail: The bike comes with a kickstand that, Walmart says, is “extra strong to hold up the Beast” when you stop.

—Stephen Regenold is the editor of GearJunkie.

UPDATE: We review the Mongoose Beast bike here: “We bought a Fat-bike from Walmart and took it for a test ride.”

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Stephen Regenold is Founder and Editor-In-Chief of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for nearly two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of four small kids, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.