Having some fun with the name, 9:ZERO:7’s new fatbike is named the Tusken. As in the Tusken Raiders, or Sand People from that famous movie where Luke is looking for that droid in the desert. How does that have anything to do with their new fatbike? Well, thanks to the Tusken being the first fatbike offered withFallbrook’s continuously variable NuVinci N360 interal hub and a Gates Carbon Drive CenterTrack belt drive, the Tusken is perfect for adventures through the sand in deserts or beaches everywhere. Without external gears to worry about, sand in the drive train is a non-issue though, it’s equally as good in snow and other loose conditions – after all, it’s still a fatbike.
Joining the Origin-8 Crawler in the fatbikes-with-NuVinci N360 hubs category, the Tusken takes it a step further with the addition of the belt drive thanks to 9:ZERO:7’s 135mm spaced sliding rear dropout frame. The wheel is built into an offset design similar to that found on a Surly Pugsley for the necessary fatbike clearance. The Tusken gets built with cutout Rolling Darryl rims, Truvativ carbon handlebars, and a Race Face Turbine Crankset, BB7 mechanical brakes, Surly Knard Tires, and 9:ZERO:7’s aluminum fork.
Tuskens will retail for $2,950 in S(15), M(17), and L(19) frames in either anodized black or painted grey.