7. Salsa Mukluk
Tied for 7th place is yet another one of the earliest fat bike models: the Salsa Mukluk. Surly and Salsa are now both owned by QBP, yet these individual fat bikes and brands both still live on individually and have loyal followings.
While Surly clings tightly to their steel-framed roots, the Mukluk model has seen much more transformation over the years, and is now offered in either aluminum or carbon rigid models.
- Travel: 0mm front / 0mm rear
- Tire Size: 26″x4.33″, but can accommodate up to 4.8″
- Headtube Angle: 69 degrees
- Chainstay Length: 432-449mm
- Frame Material: Aluminum and Carbon
- Pricing: $1,799-$4,499
The name of the game is “versatility” when it comes to the Pivot LES Fat. This fat bike is specifically designed to be compatible with every single plus-size or fat-tire wheel+tire size on the market, thanks to the “patented Swinger II dropout system.” This dropout system “[enables] you to run almost any available plus or fat bike wheelsize, easily switch between singlespeed and geared drivetrains, and choose your chainstay length based on conditions and desired handling characteristics,” according to Pivot.
As for suspension, the LES Fat is available with both rigid and suspension fork options.
- Travel: 100mm or 0mm front / 0mm rear
- Tire Size: All plus or fat tire sizes, up to 26″x4.8″
- Headtube Angle: 69-69.75 degrees, depending on tire size.
- Chainstay Length: 437mm-451mm, depending on tire size.
- Frame Material: Carbon
- Pricing: $3,499-$5,499