Occasionally we get a good scoop. Today is one of those days, and while we’re not yet allowed to say what company is making it, staffers at GearJunkie test rode a fat bike this morning that will make waves in the market.
It’s a carbon-frame fatty with the RockShox Bluto suspension fork — all coming to market this fall for $2,495. That price is a couple thousand less than comparable carbon models.
Although not pocket change, the price would barely (if at all) buy a standalone carbon frame and the Bluto fork from any other bike brand.
The new “top secret” fat bike is certain to shake up the market. We tested it this morning on a 12-mile ride. It was a blast on some rolling, rutted singletrack outside of Minneapolis.
We can report that the frame looks boss, is super stiff and strong, features front and rear through-axles, and has a great stand-over height. Its nimble geometry is oriented toward ripping singletrack.
The 4-inch fat tires (frame clears up to 5-inchers), made by Vee Rubber, absorbed trail bumps and provided copious traction.
The bike was stiff and fast, though the company has not let us put it on a scale — we estimate around 30 pounds, depending on frame size, wheels and components.
Very soon we’ll offer more on this to-be-announced fat bike. The company is finalizing specs and sales details. But at less than $2,500 for a suspended carbon fat bike this model might be the most fun you can have for the money. —Tom Puzak