Today has been the day for fat biking news! Hot on the heels of the announcement of the first-ever fat bike suspension fork comes–you probably guessed it–the announcement of the first-ever production full suspension fat bike!
Salsa is naturally leading the charge in this category, with their new Bucksaw FS fat bike.
The Bucksaw features an aluminum frame with carbon seat stays and 100mm of front and rear suspension (although if you upgrade the Bluto to the 120 model, I’d wager it’d give the Bucksaw a much more aggressive trail/AM ride to it, if that’s what you’re looking for).
The frame features a “177mm symmetrical thru-axle rear spacing standard for optimal shifting, [and] maximum rear tire clearance is 3.8″ fat bike tires mounted on 82mm rims,” according to Salsa. While it looks like the stock tires will be 3.8″ front and rear, since the Bluto fork can accommodate up to a 4.8″ tire, presumably you could swap in a fatter front tire for even more bump absorption and flotation.
The Bucksaw 1 build kit pictured above, and retailing for $5k, will sport the Bluto fork, RockShox Monarch RT3 LL3 S 320 rear shock, a SRAM X01 1×11 drivetrain, a Salsa cockpit with carbon bars, SRAM Guide RS brakes, RockShox Reverb Stealth dropper post, Salsa Fat Conversion hubs, Surly Marge Lite rims with holes, and Surly Nate 26 x 3.8″ 120 tpi folding tires.
The more affordable $4k Bucksaw 2 build kit is quite similar, but instead features a combination SRAM X5/X7/X9 2×10 drivetrain with a clutch-style Type 2 rear derailleur, alloy bars, SRAM Guide R brakes, and a Truvativ T20 seatpost.
This rig will be available in 16″-22″ sizes (S, M, L, and XL) in the fall of 2014.
For more information on the development of Bucksaw, check out the back story on the Salsa blog.