We hope you enjoy our 12 Incredible Fatbikes for 2015 Gift Guide. We have thrown in 6 extra bikes for good measure. Fatbikes are built for the adventurers among us. Here are some of the Best mountain bikes in this Category.
One look at the iRide Rocker’s super-fat tires and you can’t help but smile! Roll down rough city streets, through the park, on the beach, or even out through the snow. This light aluminum frame is built around massive 4-inch wide tires for a fun, cushy ride. The wide-range 7-speed Shimano drivetrain lets you spin up hilly terrain, while the powerful mechanical disc brakes give you excellent stopping power in all conditions. The comfortable saddle and handlebars put you in a heads-up, ride-for-hours position, while a built-in cup holder sets the laid-back tone for your ride.
ICYMI, fat bikes have exploded on the mountain bike scene. While many brands are pushing into the realm of front and rear suspension, which adds an enormous amount of cost, something great can be said of keeping things simple. The Access Chinook Bravo Fat Bike is a classic hardtail mountain bike, a bike style now over 30 years old, and its rich tradition of trail-slaying is realized in our very own Access Chinook Bravo. We’ve taken an aluminum frame and designed it with a comfortable geometry, which means plenty of standover height, so you can spend hours upon hours in the saddle. Then, we added a high-functioning SRAM X5 2×10 drivetrain and rock-solid alloy components to deliver the goods with every berm, rock and root you clean.
- Steel frame and fork are solid, durable and soak up bounce (though the tires mostly take care of that)
- DB El Oso Custom rigid fork with 15mm thru-axle adds stiffness and nimble maneuverability
- 3×9 Shimano Alivio drivetrain offers a multitude of gearing options plus solid dependability
- Hydraulic brakes let you decelerate smoothly and powerfully
- Massive 26 x 4 in. tires float over sand, snow or crazy-loose trail
- Specs are subject to change
SE has only been in the fat bike game for two years, but they have been in the bike industry and putting out solid offerings for 35+. No one should take the amount of experience lightly. The 2015 SE F@E Fat Bike comes with some substantial upgrades this year and makes an easy to bank on choice for an entry level bike into the WIDE world of FAT.
Why shouldn’t you be able to ride a bike in sand or snow and everything in between? Now you can with the SE F@E 26″ (say “fatty”) Sherman tank of bikes. With its oversized seat tube and sturdy 190mm Thru-Axle, along with 27 gears to choose from, you’re ready to storm the beaches at Normandy or just conquer the gravel trails at the local park, summer or winter. Nothing stops the 26 x4″ tires except the Tektro Auriga hydraulic disc brakes, and the full length cable housing ensures friction free braking and shifting. With a bike this sturdy, you’re sure to spend more time outside than in the shop, and isn’t that what you want?
It’s not fat. It’s big boned. I mean, really, really big boned. The Access Chinook Charlie Fat Bike and its massive trail footprint is a classic hardtail mountain bike, a bike style now over 30 years old, and its rich tradition of trail-slaying is realized in our very own Access Chinook Charlie. We’ve taken an aluminum frame and designed it with a comfortable geometry, which means plenty of standover height, so you can spend hours upon hours in the saddle. Then, we added a high performance Shimano SLX 2×10 drivetrain, Race Face Turbine cranks and rock-solid alloy components to deliver the goods with every berm, rock and root you clean.
Sometimes oversized is the only size. The Fuji Wendigo 1.3 fat bike follows in the same vein as Fuji’s other innovative and high-quality hardtail mountain bikes, save one glaring difference — it’s absolutely massive, and legitimately earns the name Wendigo (meaning half-man, which is your part, and half-beast, which is the bike). Made from Fuji’s proprietary aluminum and featuring PowerCurve bike geometry, the Fuji Wendigo is meant to be comfortable, powerful and an animal on the trail.
The Wendigo is tough enough to withstand the most adverse environments, whether it’s a technical mountain trail or a cush fire road. It’s constructed of A2-SL alloy with an over-sized seat tube, S-bend chain stays for better vibration displacement, and Fuji’s PowerCurve down tube. The PowerCurve places you in the best position for comfort, control and pedaling performance. A rigid and tapered fork and frame rear triangle are equipped with Tektro mechanical disc brakes for maximum stopping power in virtually any condition.
Most notable is the symmetrical 190mm rear triangle. The spacing allows for the widest tire set up available while still allowing room enough for a 2 x 10 drivetrain. Also, take notice that it is held together with by a 197mm thru axle. It gives the rear triangle some serious rigidity and minimal frame flex translates to maximum power transfer from the pedals to where the rubber hits the road. Or in this case, where the rubber hits the whatever you decide to roll over that day.
The SE F@R 26 will not only change the way you look at off road bikes, it will most definitely change the way you ride one. That’s because to the long list of reasons for going off-road, like the challenge, or competition, or a personal best, or to get off-the-more-beaten-path, you can now add this: outrageous fun. This is the SE F@R 26 fat tire. Smile-til-your-mouth-hurts fun. And despite its less-than-svelte appearance which, let’s face it is part of its appeal, this fat tire is surprisingly agile, exceptionally comfortable and daring you to unleash your inner fat-tire animal on trail, sand or snow.
One look at those big, beefy tires and you’d expect the Charge Cooker Maxi 1 Fat Bike to be rugged, and you’d be right. But what may surprise you is how versatile it is. No other off-road ride can go the places a Maxi 1 can, which is what makes it so much fun.
The Maxi 1rolls a seriously fat footprint with its 4-inch wide Vee Rubber tires, lightweight yet stiff alloy frame and 10-speed SRAM and FSA drivetrain. This is a bike built to navigate heretofore non-negotiable off-road terrain.
The Cooker Maxi 2 features a Tange Infinity double butted cro-mo frame with a trail-tuned geometry. The Cooker Maxi frame is covered with three layers of paint and coated with two coats of lacquer. Charge paired the Maxi 1 with SRAM X5 componentry featuring X-Glide shifting precision. An FSA Comet 36/22 teeth crankset and Sram PG 1030 11-36 cassette offers 20 gears for the varying terrain ahead. The Maxi 2 rolls on Shield 135mm rims laced up front and Shield 170mm rims in the rear, laced to Shield disc hubs wrapped with Maxxis Mammoth tires. An FSA headset and Shield Plus handlebar and stem round out the Maxi 2 build and call for a comfortable and lively ride ready for the adventure ahead.
It’s fat. It’s fun. It’s the Charge Cooker Maxi 2. And it will tackle more than the usual off-road trails. Much more. That’s because the Charge Cooker Maxi 2 Fat Bike rolls a seriously fat footprint with its 4-inch wide Vee Rubber tires, Tange chromoly steel frame and 10-speed SRAM and FSA drivetrain. Vast tracts of snow and sand will disappear under the Maxi 2, terrain all those “skinny” tire mountain bikes can only regard with envy.
In the past couple of years, mountain bikes have gone fat. Really fat. Like, 4+” wide tire fat. Never one to let some skinny tires stand in the way of adventure, Diamondback has debuted the El Oso Grande fat bike. For those of you who don’t speak Spanish, El Oso Grande means “The Big Bear”, and this particular bike more than lives up to its name.
I have spent a lot of time at the Jersey Shore and Cape Cod looking at the long, empty, flat beach that stretches farther than you can see. I’ve always thought about exploring the beaches but never had the desire to walk miles and miles and then walk back. Enter the Pugsley. It was so good I bought a second to invite others to come along. I ride the tide line as the tide goes out and it performs very well. It’s a workout but what a kick pedaling along the ocean. What a conversation starter when people see it. Get one (or two) you won’t be sorry. – Jim – Newtown, CT
- SmartFormed frame of the Fat CAAD is incredibly light, stiff and smooth, a testament to Cannondale’s decades of aluminum crafting expertise
- Lefty Olaf fork has unmatched stiffness and control plus it has wider clamps and inset axle offers the largest tire clearance of any fork
- System Integrated components combine elements together for increased strength and lighter weight
- Thanks to System Integrated components, the Fat CAAD has the lowest Q-Factor in the game (198mm for 1x, 204mm for 2x), up to 2.5cm narrower than other comparable bikes
- Super short chainstays offer a more nimble, agile, high performance approach to fat biking.
- A relatively slack head angle for high speed stability, paired with a fork that has up to 15mm more rake (offset) than other forks, to allows exceptional slow-speed agility
One of the most common misconceptions of fat bikes is that they’re slow. Well, we suppose they’re slow relative to a time-trial road rig with 23mm tires at 140psi, but we’d like to see those pencil-neck rims ride across sand and snow where there’s no tarmac or even established trails. Still, it’s nice to have the stiff efficiency of carbon fiber between your engine and the terrain, and Borealis’ Crestone X01 Complete Fat Bike adapts all the carbon technology of high-end road frames for efficient, stiff pedaling across the land that begins where the trail ends.
SNOWY ADVENTURES AWAIT.
When the snow piles up and dreams of frolicking on fat wheels start dancing in your head, it’s time to pack away the road bike and break out the fatties. The 2015 Pivot LES Fat X01 Complete Mountain Bike lets you dive into the snow for epic adventures and scamper deftly through the winter wonderland alongside moose, pallas cats, and any number of other cold-weather-conditioned wildlife.