Judging by what we saw at Eurobike, and now Interbike – Salsa’s Bucksaw may soon have some competition. In addition to a number of new colors and details for their hardtail frames, 9:zero:7 had a surprising new addition. Still in the prototype phase, the full suspension fat bike concept may hit the market as early as this Spring.
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Using a Horst Link suspension system, what’s most intriguing about the 9:zero:7 design is the tire clearance. Currently offering full clearance for 4.8 tires on 100mm rims, the bike would have the biggest clearance if it makes it to production. using a 197x12mm rear axle and 100mm bottom bracket the frame will require the use of 190mm specific cranks to clear the chainstays. Babe the Blue Ox as this prototype is playfully named supposedly tips the scale around 31 lbs.
If you can look past the awesome polished finish, you’ll notice 9:zero:7’s aluminum frames now boast 197×12 rear and 150×15 front thru axles for Bluto compatibility. The frames also feature a new fluted down tube and their Extra Small frame will return. 9:zero:7 also mentions they will have a new 170mm slider frame that will be compatible with the new 170mm Rohloff hub along with a belt drive.
While the polished frame will be extremely limited, 9:zero:7 introduced a number of other new colors including purple above. The bike above is shown with their new complete wheels offered through their wheel program. The drilled 80mm rims with 32 spokes and rim strip will retail for $600 per pair and will be a solid option for retailers who need an additional option for complete wheelsets.