Rocky Mountain Bicycles has just announced their brand-new Blizzard fat bike, coming in the fall of 2014. The all-new Blizzard features a “suspension-specific design, agile trail-bike geometry, and a truly capable parts spec,” according to Rocky Mountain.
Before we continue, let’s hold the horse just one minute. Yes, this 68.5-degree head tube angle is suspension corrected for the new Rock Shox Bluto RL fat bike fork! Take a good, hard look, folks: this will be the first mass-produced fat bike fork in existence! According to Rocky Mountain, the Bluto features 100mm of suspension with a 15x150mm thru axle. If and when we find out more information about this fork, we’ll be sure to keep you posted.
Back to the bike…
The Blizzard will feature 4.7″ tires for maximum traction and flotation, a 6061 aluminum frame, 12x197mm rear axle, 100mm bottom bracket, plenty of cage mounts and bosses, internally routed full length housing, stealth dropper post compatibility, and an optional front derailleur mount.
Proprietary partnerships include a “custom designed Race Face 24T narrow wide single ring, featuring drive-side offset for optimal shifting performance while maximizing climbing ability, custom designed Race Face bashguard mounted to outboard, [providing] ultimate protection while allowing for easy 2x conversions, [and a] frame bag (sold separately) designed specifically for the Blizzard by Porcelain Rocket, Strapless system helps keep all your gear safe and dry with water resistant fabric and waterproof zippers,” according to Rocky Mountain.
In addition to the RockShox fork and Race Face crankset, the part spec will include Shimano SLX hydraulic brakes and a Shimano SLX/XT 1×10 drivetrain (with XT Shadow Plus rear derailleur). This beast rolls on SUNringle Mulefut 80 tubeless compatible rims, Wheeltech Fatso hubs, DT Swiss Competition spokes, and Vee Rubber Bulldozer tires.
If you’re looking for a new fat bike for the 2014/2015 season, you might want to hold out for the Rocky Mountain Blizzard. It looks like it’s going to be a sweet bike!