2016 Top Fat bikes

With a new season coming soon and fat bikes gaining more and more popularity, we have compiled a list with some of the best fat bikes you can buy for the 2016 season.

Keep in mind that these bikes aren’t listed in any ranked order.

2016 Trek Farley (from $2099 to $6200)

Trek Farley 6

Trek Farley 6

  • Alpha Platinum Aluminum, E2 tapered head tube, internal derailleur and dropper post routing, 100mm threaded BB, low-direct front derailleur mount, 170mm Closed Convert dropouts
  • Alpha Platinum Aluminum, 135mm spacing
  • Bontrager alloy, 135×5
  • SUNringlé Mulefüt 80mm 32-hole w/cutouts
  • Bontrager Hodag, aramid bead, 26 x 3.8″
  • Shifters: Shimano Deore, 10 speed
  • Front Derraileur: SRAM X5, low direct mount
  • Rear Derraileur: Shimano Deore XT, Shadow Plus
  • Crank Race Face Ride, 36/22
  • Brakeset Avid DB 1 hydraulic disc

2016 Specialized Fatboy Fat Bike (~$1500 to ~$7500)

Specialized Fatboy

Specialized Fatboy

The Fatboy comes in many models, raging from $1500 tup to $7500. The entry level will come with mechanical brakes, as well as an aluminum fork. In the mid-level spec you will find a carbon or suspension fork, hydraulic brakes and better drivetrain. They even offer an S-Works version that fully carbon, ready to race.

On the entry level you will find:

  • Aluminum frame and fork
  • Trail design.
  • Tektro Aries Brakeset with Tektro SPL-01 levers
  • Front Derraileur: SRAM X5, 2×10, low direct mount
  • Rear Derraileur: SRAM X5, 10-speed, long cage
  • Crankset: Custom Samox, 2×10, alloy
  • Tires: Specialized Ground Control Fat, 60TPI, wire bead, 26 x 4.6″

2016 Rocky Mountain Blizzard (from $1999 to $2849)

Rocky Mountain Blizzard

Rocky Mountain Blizzard

The Rocky Mountain Blizzard offers two models: Blizzard and the Blizzard Deore. The (Deore) sacrifices the front suspension for an aluminum fork.

The specs you can find in the entry level Blizzard are still good.

  • Shifters: Shimano Deore Rapid Fire
  • Crankset: RACE FACE 170-175MM BASH/24T 1X10SPD
  • Bottom Braket: RACE FACE 100MM TEAM XC
  • Cassette: SHIMANO HG50 11-36T 10SPD
  • Tires: Vee Rubber Bulldozer Folding 26″ x 4.7″


2016 Borealis Echo (from $3999 to $5999)

Borealis Echo

Borealis Echo

With the Borealis you are paying premium. Still, that shouldn’t count it out as an option as all versions are full carbon and come with suspension fork. The entry level bike has a mix of X9 and X0 parts that should perform really well on trail riding.

Some of the specs you can find in the X0X9 version are:

  • Frame: Borealis Echo
  • Fork: RockShox Bluto RL 100mm
  • Headset: Cane Creek 40
  • Hubs: Borealis FH150
  • Rim Strips Turnagain RS80
  • Tires: Surly Knard 27TPI 3.8″
  • Tubes: Turnagain MagnumFAT
  • Bar: RaceFace Evolve 31.8×720
  • Stem: RaceFace Evolve 70mm
  • Post RaceFace Evolve
  • Crankset RaceFace Ride 22-36
  • Front Derailleur Sram X9
  • Rear Derailleur Sram X0
  • Chain Sram 1031
  • Cassette Sram 1071 11-36
  • Shifters Sram X9
  • Brake Levers Avid SD7
  • Brakes Avid BB7

2016 Norco Bigfoot ($945 to $1785)


Norco Bigfoot

An entry level fat bike. For about $1000 you can enjoy a well built bike that will get you started on fat biking.

  • Frame Bigfoot aluminum fat bike frame
  • Fork Fat bike chromoly fork
  • Rims Aluminum 80mm, single wall rim w/holes
  • Tires CY 26×4.0 fat bike tire
  • Front Hub KT alloy 32Hx135mm disc w/ QR
  • Rear Hub KT alloy 170mm disc w/QR sealed bearing
  • Shifter: Shimano EZ-Fire EF 51 3 sp
  • Shifter Rear Shimano EZ-Fire EF 51 9 sp
  • Front Derailleur Shimano SLX M660-E E-Type
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano Alivio RDM 4000 SGS 9 sp
  • Cassette Shimano HG-20 11-34T 9 sp
  • Crankset Prowheel alloy forged w 32/22T 10 Sp
  • Bottom Bracket Prowheel 100 mm X-type external
  • Pedals Wellgo alloy body / alloy cage MTB pedal
  • Chain Shimano / KMC HG53 9sp

2016 Norco Sasquash Suspension Fat Bike ($2475)

Norco Sasquatch

Norco Sasquatch

The big brother of the Norco Bigfoot

  • Sasquatch alloy frame w/ taper HT /suspension corrected geometry
  • Fork Rockshox Bluto RL 100mm solo air 15mm
  • Aluminum 80mm, single wall rim w/holes
  • Vee Snow Shoe 26×4.5 folding bead (120 TPI)
  • Novatec alloy 15x 150mm disc sealed bearing
  • KT alloy 170mm disc w/QR sealed bearing
  • Black stainless 2.0 spokes w/brass nipples
  • Shifters: Shimano SLX M670 rapid fire
  • Front Derailleur Shimano SLX M660-E 10 speed E-Type
  • Rear Derailleur Shimano XT RD-M 786 SGS 10 sp
  • Cassette Shimano Deore HG62 11-36T 10 sp

2016 Felt Double Double (from $1399 to  $1999)

Felt Double Double 30

Felt Double Double 30

On the Double Double 30 model you can find good specs and a reasonable weight (for a fat bike)

  • Felt Fat Series hydroformed integrated 6061 aluminum fat fork
  • Shimano Deore Rapid-Fire 2 x 10-speed shifters
  • Shimano Deore Front Derraileur
  • Shimano XT Rear Derraileur
  • Weight: 31lb
  • Wheels: Alum
  • Felt MTB carbon handlebar
  • Shimano Deore hydraulic disc brakes

2016 Salsa Bucksaw (from $3999 to $6499)

Salsa Bucksaw

Salsa Bucksaw

A full suspension fat bike that will perform to compete.

  • Mechanically formed AL-6066 frame
  • High-modulus carbon fiber seatstay,
  • Split Pivot suspension technology
  • RockShox Bluto front suspension
  • Monarch RT3 rear shock
  • Surly Marge Lite rims with holes
  • Surly Nate tires

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