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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.

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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.

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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.

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CeeJay
CeeJay
7 years ago

Can someone explain what is all the fuss about fatbikes?

Michael
Michael
7 years ago

@CeeJay the fuss about fatbikes is that they make riding season last year-round , & fatbikes are the best as loaded offroad touring bikes.

Ryan
Ryan
7 years ago

I understand fat bikes; I don’t understand full suspension fat bikes.

Tad Dickman
Tad Dickman
7 years ago

Full suspension fat bikes = when you are barreling through the woods where there are no paths, over fallen trees, through tons of mud = a lot smoother ride. When you are on snow and there are the usual drop offs or other obstacles, or you go ice chunk hopping = a smoother ride.

Tad Dickman
Tad Dickman
7 years ago

Some people forget there are big parts of the country and world that are covered in snow for the majority of the year, then that snow melts and turns into mud that a normal mountain bike can’t handle. Not all of us ride trails that are dry year round, or built trails at all for that matter.

Do you need a fat bike for the Arizona desert, or places like that? No. But plenty of places do. Just another tool for a different job.

Brian
Brian
7 years ago

…or how about why not? Can someone explain to me what all the fuss is with rigid single speed bikes (tounge in cheek – I have one).

Ydnar
Ydnar
7 years ago

Same with all types of bikes— Don’t knock em until you try them.
It’s always fun to change things up and have new challenges or experiences. This goes for electric assist bikes too. Try it and see if it’s for you. If not then you can say no thanks but can at least say why you don’t like or want it.

TDW
TDW
7 years ago

@Tad Dickman, fatbikes work in the desert as well: https://www.facebook.com/FromSnowToSand. Riding in the Namib Sand Sea, World Heritage Site.

Mr. P
7 years ago

That thing has monster truck tires and a monster truck bottom bracket height to go with it!

TDW
TDW
7 years ago

A few weekends ago I borrowed fatbike to see what the fuss was about. Used it in thick sandy, semi-desert bush conditions. I was bowled over! It opens up areas for riding that would not have been possible on anything else. Tubeless conversion makes it thorn-proof as well. Definitely going to get me one.

Bigfoot
Bigfoot
7 years ago

I don’t get why there is a need for dual suspension fatbikes.
I own a Norco Bigfoot and winter riding is mega smooth. Even Spring riding is quite smooth on most single track. Once roots and rocks start popping up, I switch to regular All-mountain bike.
Not ready to make the full swap anytime soon!

bsimon
bsimon
7 years ago

i wondered what the fuss – or point – of full-suspension fatbikes was, then demoed one on a singletrack trail a couple weeks ago. It was an absolute blast & far more fun than the full-suspension 29er or my rigid fatty. But hey, ride whatever floats your boat.

Tennessee
Tennessee
7 years ago

@Tad
I currently live in Arizona and could take you places on my moonlander that a regular mountain bike couldn’t be ridden on. When the brush and cactus are too thick sometimes all you can ride on is the deep, sandy washes where even walking is laborious.

Tad Dickman
Tad Dickman
7 years ago

I understand they can be used anywhere and are awesome, wasn’t knockin AZ 🙂
Just trying to explain to some that they are good for harsh or difficult conditions that a normal mountain bike can’t make it in. But all of us in the “know” understand they are just damn fun anywhere.

Greg
Greg
7 years ago

@TDW
Hanging out in Namibia, I for one am jealous.

Ray
Ray
7 years ago

I live in Slc, UT. and am a second year fat bike owner. Its one of three bikes I own, it’s not a primary bike but a must have!
I own a 9 zero 7 with a Bluto 100mm and its just fun to ride the regular day to day trails with a very abnormal bike add sand, snow, Rain and you have a something special. This Isn’t a bike you simply crank, steer and hope, you must relearn everything about riding a bike, they are different in every way. enjoy!

future
future
7 years ago

I predict that full suspension fat bikes will be the next big thing. What’s not to love? They ride through and over everything. 4-5″ of travel ripping down a mountain!?! Hells ya! Think of the traction and balls-out fun. Time will tweak the suspension and geometry set up but they will take over the mtn bike market . . . minus the racing crowd.

beerwillie
beerwillie
7 years ago

I have a new 907 alum. 3.8 tires. It fly’s. So smooth on fast downhills. The tire doesn’t bounce off rocks, doesn’t spin out on climbs. Less vibration. My old eyes work better. Its like how a single speed teaches not to shift, fatbike teach how to plow over rocky sections. Bought for snow downhill shuttling at My Spokane. They closed do to no snow. If you live in rocky areas, this works. Tire suspension reacts faster than teliscoping suspensions. I have been using 10psi front. 11psi rear.m