Specialized Launches 20″ & 24″ Kid’s Fatbikes With Lots Of Color Options

Fatboy front image

Specialized Canada has inadvertently pre-released the Fatboy 20″ and 24″. Posted on Facebook, there are not a lot of details, but there are a lot of pictures.

From Specialized Canada: All the fun of a fat bike with the performance of a Specialized for youngsters. The Fatboy 20″ and 24″ combine a lightweight frame and fork with 4.0″ Ground Control tires to tackle any terrain in all conditions. Contact your local dealer to order one today!

We can see they all offer 1x drive trains and disc brakes, but the most interesting thing is that there is now existence of a high-quality 20″x4″ and 24″x4″ set of tires. The rest of the bikes look pretty straightforward, so price can be estimated around $1,000. We will update this post when Specialized releases official information.

Jump after the break to see 7 more colors and in both wheel sizes…

Specialized Fatboy 7 Specialized Fatboy 6 Specialized Fatboy 5

Specialized Fatboy 4 Specialized Fatboy 1

Specialized Fatboy 2 Specialized Fatboy 3

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wako29
wako29
8 years ago

Does this mean that fat bikes have officially jumped the shark?

shane
shane
8 years ago

Why don’t they make that kids bike in a non-fat version too? Looks much better than the current Hotrocks.

Luiggi
Luiggi
8 years ago

A bad answer to child’s obesity problem in USA?

SumSkillz
SumSkillz
8 years ago

In terms of jumping the shark, the fixie crowd is now going to coffee shops on Fat Bikes in Toronto, in the middle of summer no less. They are fun and maybe that is the point Specialized is tapping into.

Alb
Alb
8 years ago

Small, growing kids, 100mm BB’s and enormous q-factors. What could possibly go wrong?!

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

How long before there are Wal-Mart versions of these that weigh about 60 lbs?

james
james
8 years ago

Please tell me they’re called Specialized Fat Kids

Jim
Jim
8 years ago

30 pound kids fat bike + 60 pound kid + 1x drivetrain = FAIL. Good on them for trying though, just don’t try to ride uphill. Who knows, maybe Specialized made sub 500 gram tires somehow.

Jim Mac
Jim Mac
8 years ago
Bluefire
Bluefire
8 years ago

@Jim: There’s a full-sized one already. http://www.walmart.com/ip/26-Mongoose-Dolomite-Men-s-7-speed-Fat-Tire-Mountain-Bike-Navy-Blue-Red/29741123

(Shipping Weight: 105 lbs)

Oderus
Oderus
8 years ago

@Jim, Wal-Mart has had 20″ fat bikes for a while now. Mongoose has had one for some time. The big guys are just now getting on board.

reverend dick
8 years ago

I’m amazed to see a reaction to this other than “HELL YES.”

My son knows how to have fun, and he is getting one of these asap. Riding bikes is fun!

Raidthefridgeguy
Raidthefridgeguy
8 years ago

I would like to see the 20″ have 3″ tires. A kid that small doesn’t really need 4″ and might benefit more from less weight. I get that nothing about this bike is about need. These are very interesting.

Canon Dale
Canon Dale
8 years ago

Be the first on this forum to post a fresh and exciting Specialized lawsuit joke/reference! Why follow when you can lead–post now!

Tad Dickman
Tad Dickman
8 years ago

Oderus what are you talking about the “big guys” are just getting on board? Because Wally World isn’t a big guy right? Pff. And they’ve only had 20″ for not even a year, not really “some time”. On-One came out with them first, but who friggin cares?

Doug B
Doug B
8 years ago

Big kid fat BMX

Les
Les
8 years ago

Gotta have it. I’m in the process of ordering my first fat bike for me and it appears our 5 year old now how his christmas gift.

AlanM
AlanM
8 years ago

You folks here on BR just can’t stand a big company like Specialized having fun. If this was something from a small frame builder you’d be all over it. Lighten up, it’s a bike. Way better than getting your kid a game console.

Jtree
Jtree
8 years ago

If I never heard the phrase “jumping the shark” again, it would be a pleasure.
Please get over dismissing every development in this industry that doesn’t fit your self-imposed parameters.

Tom
Tom
8 years ago

@alanM….its just funny. Specialized is a marketing company more than they are a bike company. That’s why people think its funny.

It is!

AlanM
AlanM
8 years ago

@Tom, so explain how Specialized is more of a marketing company than a bike company.

Mike T.
Mike T.
8 years ago

Very cool, plan to get one for my son but where’s the climbing gear! Maybe this wasn’t intended for “real” fat biking???

greg
greg
8 years ago

specialized has designers and engineers and a test lab. they are a more complete bike company than a lot of others. the thing is, Specialized’s marketing department is very strong and, most of the time, very, very good. that makes it easy to dismiss everything else they do well.
some people also believe cervelo is all marketing, even though not-too-long ago they barely even had a marketing department. wouldnt surprise me if it’s just one guy.
people will believe what they want to believe.

ColinM
ColinM
8 years ago

@Jtree, the truth hurts a little doesn’t it.

Fat bikes are the next iteration of safety bikes. Safe = fun = profits

J.
J.
8 years ago

I just put money down on one here in the States for mid-December delivery. Limited colors and quantities for December, the rest of the colors available in January, but probably still not enough stock available until February. I got all this info about 4th hand. The only thing I know for sure is they took my money and sent me a receipt and said I should have a 24′ fat bike sometime next month.

alex
alex
8 years ago

I wish I had one of these when I was a kid!

pfs
pfs
8 years ago

The coolest bike you can actually ride up and down hills would be the new Trailcraft 24″ with 1280 gram wheels http://bikerumor.com/?s=trailcraft+ shown a couple of days ago. If you ride on the beach or flat terrain, these kids fat bikes would indeed be cool.

Eric
Eric
8 years ago

Planet X has had one for like 2 years already.
http://www.planet-x-usa.com/product-p/cboobbyfat.htm
Talk to Vince, he’ll set you up with one.

Jplsn
Jplsn
8 years ago

This actually makes sense for a couple reasons:

1) wider tires make balance a little easier for groms to balance.

2) fat bikes have a more natural squish. Full suspension 20″ and 24″ bikes are rare and twice as much money. This is a good compromise for parents looking to get their kids out on dirt or any bump surface

3) if you are trying to get your kid stoked on riding you want them to have every advantage possible when learning. I’m talking about traction here. Would you rather have your kid make his first corner and be stoked for the next one or eat it and decide he hates this.

I think these are a great idea for any kid (and their parents) really excited about riding further than pavement goes. You can call it marketing, but I think it shows real commitment from the brand to introduce more than paper routes or trips to corner stores to kids.

James
James
8 years ago

You can have all the traction in the world, but kids do not have the “legs” to pedal what looks like a 28-30 pound bike uphill when children this is aimed for are 50-70 pounds. Especially when this bike is 1x only. Great concept, needs to have more gears though. I could be totally wrong here but reducing rotating weight seems to be the direction most kids bikes are going.

Rok
Rok
6 years ago

You’re right James. Kids bikes usually lack gears. They should go for 10 speed 40-10 cassette probably. With this kind of money it shouldn’t be a problem.