Ever since its launch in 2016, the Otso Voytek fat bike has been leading the way over any terrain. Winning over riders (including myself) with a blend of low q-factor, versatile geometry, and race-worthy performance, the Voytek was already one of the best fat bikes out there. So for their first major update for the Votek, Otso asked themselves, ‘how can we make it better?’ That answer starts with a new fork…
The Voytek is unique in that it can be configured in a number of different ways – including set ups for bikepacking. The narrow q-factor makes all-day pedaling a lot more comfortable, which lends itself to loading up with bags and bugging out. Now, a new fork with the addition of 3-pack mounts on each leg makes it even easier to carry extra gear.
In addition to the new mounts, the updated fork also gains more tire clearance. Now, you can fit up to a 26 x 5.4″ tire up front. The rear tire clearance is still limited by the narrow q-factor to 26 x 4.6″, but the addition of a fatter front tire should help when floatation is a must.
While the new updated Voytek models receive the new forks, the frame itself remains unchanged. Thanks to the Tuning Chip drop out system, you’ll still be able to make changes to the wheelbase by up to 20mm and bottom bracket height up to 4mm. That keeps the handling consistent when swapping between wheel and tire sizes, and makes the Voytek an excellent candidate for plus tire conversions for warmer months.
Again, this makes the Voytek a great option for a summer bike packing rig with a set of custom built wheels to match the 150x15mm and 177x12mm hub spacing front and rear.
Even though the specifications of the frame remain unchanged, there will be four new color options – Scarlet & Berry, Chartreuse & Olive, Black & Charcoal, and Aquamarine & Orange.
Frames will be offered in four sizes from Small to Extra Large.
The new Voytek will start with a Base Build at $3,770, though almost all of the components can be customized through the Otso Bike Builder. Bikes are available now as a complete or as a frankset (frame, fork, cranks). It may be early in the year for a lot of fat bikers, but if you’re looking for a new bike this winter, don’t wait. Like everything in the industry right now, supplies are limited.