We’ve already spotted it on new bikes from Borealis and Rocky Mountain, and now Rockshox has formally introduced the Bluto fat bike suspension fork.
Fat bikes may very well be the only reason we see new 26″ forks this year, but that doesn’t mean the wheel size isn’t bringing a bit of fresh design. Especially since more people are finding non-snow uses for their porky pedalers. Built using Rockshox’s existing technologies -Rapid Recovery Rebound, Solo Air, Fast Black stanchions and their 15mm Maxle Light- the body of the fork was tweaked to handle the girth and forces of 4.8″ tires. Travel options are 80mm, 100mm and 120mm, controlled with external rebound and lockout controls. The latter is available with the crown topping blue lever or their PushLoc handlebar remote.
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As suspected, it introduces a 15×150 front axle standard with this wider version of their Maxle Lite. Steerer is tapered only, and it has a 51mm offset.
Aftermarket color is black. OEM customers will be able to get White or “Diffusion Black”.
Stanchions are 32mm, so it’ll work with their Bottomless Tokens to tune the progression of the spring rate. Up to three tokens can thread into the top cap, reducing air volume for a steeper ramp up during compression.
Target weight is a very respectable 1796g (3.96lb), and MSRP is $643 / €572 for the base model, and $711 / €632 with the PushLoc remote.
Your rigid fat bike friends may be eatin’ their spinach, but Bluto will help you pound ’em on the trail.