Fat bikes are essentially just hardtail mountain bikes with very wide (i.e., fat) tires. However, in order to accommodate such wide tires, the frames and forks are also wider than other mountain bikes. Fat bikes are a relatively new type of mountain bike and, due to the enormous amount of float provided by the wide tires, they excel on loose material such as sand and even on certain types of snow.
Below are some great fat bikes. Go big or go home. 😉
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The Best Fat Bikes ($ – $$$ Cheap to Moderately Cheap Bikes)
|Product Name||Wheel Size & Tire Width||Front Suspension Travel||Price||Comments|
|Diamondback El Oso Grande Fat Bike||26" x 4.9"||zero (rigid fork)||$1399||aluminum frame, 2x10 drivetrain, mechanical disc brakes|
|Salsa Beargrease X5 Fat Bike||26" x 4"||zero (rigid fork)||$1399||aluminum frame, 2x10 drivetrain, mechanical disc brakes|
|Cannondale Fat CAAD 3 Bike||26" x 4.8"||zero (rigid fork)||$1599||aluminum frame, 2x10 drivetrain, mechanical disc brakes|
|Cannondale Fat CAAD 2 Bike||26" x 4.8"||zero (rigid fork)||$1999||aluminum frame, 2x10 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes|
|Cannondale Fat CAAD 1 Bike||26" x 4.8"||100 mm||$3499||aluminum frame, 1x11 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes|
|Salsa Mukluk Carbon X1 Fat Bike||26" x 5"||zero (rigid carbon fork)||$3499||carbon frame & fork, 1x11 drivetrain, hydraulic disc brakes|