Specialized Fatboy - 2016

Skinny tires are for the road; Specialized’s Fatboy is for everything else. This lightweight aluminum frame is mated to a FACT carbon fork on 4.6-inch Ground Control tires that devour everything in your path. The super-wide aluminum rims gi ...(Read More)

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Skinny tires are for the road; Specialized’s Fatboy is for everything else. This lightweight aluminum frame is mated to a FACT carbon fork on 4.6-inch Ground Control tires that devour everything in your path. The super-wide aluminum rims give you stability and durability to roll through the most root-filled trail like it’s butter. With SRAM X7 drivetrain components providing slick shifting on all-day adventures or snowy cruises, you’ll be sure you get the push you need when speed’s what you’re after. And, you can bring it all back down to earthly limits thanks to the Tektro Gemini hydraulic disc brakes. Trail? Sand? Snow? The Fatboy owns it all.

Specs

Frame Specialized M4 aluminum
Fork FACT carbon monocoque, tapered steerer, 135mm hub spacing, open QR dropouts
Rims/Wheels Specialized Stout XC 90, aluminum
Hubs See rims/wheels
Spokes 14g stainless-steel
Tires Specialized Ground Control Fat, 26 x 4.6
Crankset Specialized Stout XC Pro, aluminum
Chainrings 28t
Rear Derailleur SRAM X7
Rear Cogs Custom Sunrace, 10-speed: 11-40
Shifters SRAM X7
Handlebars Specialized Stout, aluminum
Tape/Grips Specialized Sip Grip
Stem Specialized Stout XC, aluminum
Brake Levers Tektro Gemini
Brakes Tektro Gemini, hydraulic-disc
Saddle Body Geometry Henge Sport
Seatpost aluminum

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3.5

(based on 8 reviews)

75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Stylish  (3)
  • Lightweight  (2)
  • Great Components  (2)
  • Comfortable Ride 
  • Comfortable 

Cons

  • Handles Poorly  (2)
  • Poor handlebars 
  • Too small 
  • Heavy 
  • Brakes 

Best Uses

  • Casual Riding  (2)
  • Fat Biking 
  • Trail 
  • Shorter Rides 
  • Sand 
  • Sand Mud And Snow 
  • Comfort 
  • Room decoration 
  • Snow 

REVIEWS

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4

Opens up new horizons

By 

from Brooklyn, NY

About Me Advanced

Pros

  • Stylish
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Comfortable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sand Mud And Snow
    • Comfort

    Comments:

    This is a really, really well designed fatbike. The handlebars are perfect, and the ride confidence inspiring. I've ridden this in the sand, mud and snow. What a blast. I love my Merlin road bike but when I'm on my Fatboy I'm grinning from ear to ear.

     
    5

    Fast, nimble, light, unstoppable.

    By 

    from Owen Sound Ontario

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Incredible Grip
    • Light Weight
    • Comfortable Ride
    • Stylish
    • Easy Hill Climbs

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Shorter Rides
      • Trail
      • Snow
      • Sand

      Comments:

      I have a Salsa Mukluk 2, as well, that is my long distance bike. It has a more comfortable riding prosition, the Fatboy has a very aggressive cockpit. The control is incredible in corners and all hills. The tires have a grip that is twice that of their Surly counterparts. The bike is so light, I can keep pace with anyone on trail (and even on road, which I ride often) I packed this bike up and rode it both up and down the mountains in Iceland, where normal tires couldn't take you. The low scores given are not what I've experienced from my 4 years riding fat bikes. I'm quite willing to let anyone not only try them on the trail while I wait, but many people have borrowed them for the week. Everyone I've loaned the bike to either comes back on the trail laughing and smiling at the ridiculously fun ride, or brings my bike back after a week with a Fatty of their own. These bikes are an absolute blast to ride. No one whose actually ridden on has had a bad thing to say about them. I have a feeling these bad reviews are simply traditionalists hating anything new. I mean, saying the bike is child size? That doesn't even make sense... The handlebars on a Fatbike are typcially a few inches longer to account for the extra forces from the tires and the sizes are standard bike sizes.

       
      5

      Excellent Handling

      By 

      from Port Washington, WI

      About Me Intermediate

      Pros

      • Stylish
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Brakes

      Best Uses

      • Fat Biking

      Comments:

      The first time I rode this bike, I was blown away by how much better it handled than the Surly Pugsley. Yeah, I know there are differences in the geometry but I prefered the Fat Boy because it handled so much like my MTB so I didn't have to worry about the wierd turning/leaning feel you get with the Pugs. It just felt predictable. The price is over $2k but with the light weight wheels, carbonfiber fork, wide tires, this bike rocked on dirt and in th ebitterly cold conditions of last Winter on the shores of Lake Michigan.

       
      4

      Fatboy

      By 

      from Denver

      About Me

      Comments:

      I've put on 250 miles so far and this bike climbs well. The negative reviews are inexperienced users. Ofcourse it will be noisy with tires that size. Love the bounce and workout you get. It's a great all road bike, not too fast but it's not a race. Sand, snow or mud, fantastic traction.

       
      5

      Nice fatty

      By 

      from winnipeg MB

      About Me

      Comments:

      I have owned and ridden many fat bikes this one is a light weight nibble bike the next generation of fat bike IMHO

       
      3

      high price

      By 

      from Fontana, CA

      About Me

      Comments:

      I am writing this for the comments above yes this bike is not the greatest handling bike but it is also not a road race bike. Know what you want before buying any bike this is a cruiser, it is not designed for long climbs fast raceing or offroad crosscountry. For what it is it is a good CRUISING bike, however it is very expensive.

       
      1

      don't waste your money

      By 

      from ohio

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Great Components

      Cons

      • Child size
      • Handles Poorly
      • Heavy
      • Too small
      • Poor handlebars

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding
      • Room decoration

      Comments:

      [...]bike came with no reflectors.is too small for an adult without changing handlebars.for the price paid,why have to spend more?bike is very noisey,does not ride like the best cruiser available.my friends are too big to ride this.

       
      1

      not worth the price

      By 

      from ohio

      About Me Casual/ Recreational

      Pros

      • Great Components

      Cons

      • Not easy to pedal
      • Handles Poorly

      Best Uses

      • Casual Riding

      Comments:

      this is a child size bike,aimed for sale at the adult market.an adult cannot ride this bike without changing handlebars.the bike does not pedal easy.the bike is very noisey when pedaling.the seat is too wide.since it is special order only there is no way to test ride one of these.buyer beware.

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