Fat Bike Buyer’s Guide: High-End Models

Squatch Fatbikes Complete $4,000

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Made in Ohio, the Squatch Complete features a chromoly steel frame with 170mm hub spacing, a White Brothers Snowpack carbon fork, SLX brakes, an XT drivetrain, and 4.7″ tires.

9:zero:7 Whiteout Carbon $4,199-$5,199

Not to be outdone by Salsa, 9:Zero:7 has also jumped on the carbon fiber bandwagon. Offered in either X9 or X01, the Whiteout has been a heavily-anticipated bike, and it appears to be a solid choice for a carbon frame.

Fatback Titanium Slider $4,400-$5,299

Fatback also offers their Deluxe and SL builds on a titanium frame. Additionally, the sliding dropouts allow this bike to be set up with or without gears. These frames are welded in the US by Lynskey.

Fatback Corvus $2,300 (frameset)

Fatback is also pulling up a chair at the carbon fiber table with their brand-new Corvus model. It features a full carbon frame and carbon fork, integrated rack mounts, thru-axles, 190mm rear hub spacing, and a removeable, fixed front derailleur mount. There is plenty of room for 4.8″ tires. While only currently available as a frame-only, the Corvus is finally for sale, so get in line now!

Sandman Gobi ~$4,430

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The Gobi is Sandman’s mid-level fat bike, which features an aluminum frame and the German Answer Flame inverted 90mm fork, 3.8″ tires, a SRAM X0 drivetrain, and Hope brakes.

Salted Bikes Sandfly $4,449-$4,795

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Salted Bikes is based in Australia, and they offer two complete builds of their Sandfly carbon fat bike. Both frames are full-carbon and can accommodate up to 4.8″ tires and 80mm rims. The X01 build retails for $4,449 and ships with a rigid carbon fork and an X01 drivetrain. The X01 Bluto build features the same X01 drivetrain and–you guessed it–a Bluto suspension fork, retailing for $4,795.

Durango Bike Company Hooey $4,495

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Handmade in Durango, Colorado, the Hooey features a lightweight aluminum frame, DBC’s very own inverted front suspension fork from the days before the RockShox Bluto (featuring an adjustable 80-115mm of travel), tubeless 4″ tires, an X0 drivetrain, and XT brakes.

11nine Epicyon $4,599

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The Epicyon is 11nine’s full suspension trail fat bike, with 110mm of travel front and back. The Epicyon features the same SLX build kit and 4.25″ tires as the Simus, and the same 110mm LuLu inverted suspension fork. The Cane Creek DBInline takes care of suspension duties for the fixed pivot rear end.

Sandman Hoggar Ti ~$5,058

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The Hoggar Ti is Sandman’s highest-end fatty, with a full titanium frame, Hope brakes, a SRAM X0 drivetrain, 3.8″ tires, a German Answer Flame “wide” upside down 90mm-travel fork, and a Crankbrothers Joplin dropper post.

RSD Bikes Mayor Ti $5,699-$5,999

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The RSD Bikes Ti Mayor is available in a  variety of frame and fork combinations, but is only available in two complete build kits: 1×11 with a carbon fork for $5,999 and 1×11 with an 80mm Bluto for $5,699. Both of these complete bikes are spec’ed with 4.8″ tires, a SRAM X01 drivetrain, X0 brakes, and other goodies.

11nine Hemicyon $5,799

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The Hemicyon is the world’s first downhill-specific full suspension fat bike! The Hemicyon is built with a Shimano Zee group, the dual-crown MRP Groove DH fork up front, and the MRP Raze coil over rear shock. This chairlift-worthy rig features 4.25″ fat bike tires, and remarkably the tire/wheel combo fits in the Groove fork without any aftermarket modifications to the crown.

Lynskey Stratus $6,114

The Stratus is a titanium frame fatty with a chromoly steel fork. It uses a RaceFace Turbine 100mm crank and XT for the remainder of the drivetrain and brakes. With a 170mm rear hub, it ships with a Surly Nate 3.8″ rear tire but has a 4.5″ Big Fat Larry up front. Cockpit bits are from FSA

Moots FrosTi and Frosthammer $ (if you have to ask)

Moots started out building these for friends and family, and then they became a thing. They release a limited number each fall, so if you want one, give ’em a call for the deets. The Frosti rocks 4″ tires, and the Frosthammer is built to accommodate 5″ tires.

Even More

Even more bikes in this price point, which were mentioned in other articles, include:

Conclusion

We’ve tried to make this list as comprehensive as possible, but we decided to stick to mostly production manufacturers who sell complete bikes. There are a number of custom shops doing fat bike frames, as well as foreign fat bike companies. For an exhaustive list, go to fat-bike.com, scroll down a bit, and look for the list on the right.

So what are you waiting for? It’s time to snap up your first–or your next–fat bike and get ready for the snowy winter months!

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