It seems that no matter where I go with a fat bike, people still look at it and say,”man, that must be heavy!” Only for them to pick it up and go on to exclaim that they can’t believe how light it is. Imagine my surprise when I was that person after picking up the 9:zero:7 Team Edition built up for co-owner James Stull.
It wasn’t just the build that was light, however. The frame sees a number of updates that find their way across the Whiteout range. But it also gets a few improvements of its own…
In order to get the weight down, way down, 9:zero:7 made a number of changes for all Whiteout frames, but the Team Build sees the addition of T1000 carbon fiber in addition to the standard T700. That, combined with redesigned dropouts, and a new head tube result in a frame that is impressive 1.25lbs lighter. While the weight is a fun feature, we are most excited about the new dropouts that no longer have a threaded nut, but more importantly have what looks to be a drastically improved rear derailleur hanger for improved shifting performance.
Jamey’s bike was built-up for racing with a lightweight parts group, but without anything too crazy. Which is why the weight seems incredible at 18lbs 150z (8.59kg). To get to that weight though, first you’ll have to drop $3,200 on the new Team frame.
If that’s still too rich for your blood, the standard Whiteout sees all of the same improvements without the upgrade in carbon fiber. It does get new colors with a UD carbon finish showing through underneath though. Pricing for the standard frame remains the same with complete GX1 builds starting at $3699.
Over on the aluminum side, well, the Slider side, their belt drive compatible frame receives a substantial overhaul. Now using a 170mm rear spacing thanks to the wider Rohloff hub availability, the frame has a beefed up rear end, new chain stay yoke to clear 5″ tires on 100mm rims, and new hydroformed tubing on the upper half of the bike. Also, while the Whiteout frame and fork remain non-suspension corrected, this one is (and 15×150), making it Bluto compatible. And all of this is delivered for $999 for the frames.
The bike was also secretly rolling on their prototype carbon 100mm rims. Few details were available other than they are soon them.