Newcomer Otso Cycles Launches Versatile Voytek Hard Tail: Fat, 27.5+, and 29+

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Otso Cycles may be a new brand, but the crew behind the company is the same that founded Wolf Tooth Components. Otso is launching their brand with two bikes. The Warakin is a stainless steel-framed drop bar gravel bike, but the one we’re really interested in is the Voytek.

The Otso Warakin gravel bike
The Otso Warakin gravel bike
The Voytek in fat mode
The Voytek in fat mode

The Voytek features a carbon frame that can accommodate three distinct wheel sizes: 26″ fat; 27.5″+; and 29″+. Otso calls their design “Plus-Fat.” Otso claims “the narrowest Q-factor of any production fat-tire-capable bike” which should make the Voytek handle like a traditional mountain bike, not a fat bike. The 183mm Q-factor was achieved by designing the bike for 1x drivetrains only, in addition to a custom offset chainring – supplied by Wolf Tooth, of course.

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The Voytek in plus mode
A look at the Tuning Chip adjustable chainstays
A look at the Tuning Chip adjustable chainstays

Otso also uses what they call the “Tuning Chip” which allows a rider to adjust the chainstay length between 430-450mm. Moving the chip will have a slight effect on the geometry in terms of the head tube angle (+/- 0.2 deg), BB drop (58-62mm), as well as the wheelbase. The Voytek can run a suspension-corrected rigid fork or squishy forks up to 120mm. With 100mm of travel, the headtube angle sits at 69 deg – bumping up to 120mm of travel will slacken things out to 68.5.

Voytek frame geometry

A bare, medium-sized frame weighs 1350g, and a complete Voytek with a rigid fork and 27.5+ wheels comes in at 22.8lbs. Complete bikes with an XT drivetrain, start at $3,900. Adding a 120mm RockShox Reba ups the price to $4,200, while a Fox 34 takes it to $4,600.

The bikes are available for pre-sale now through the Otso website. Medium and large sized frames will begin shipping in mid-September with the remaining sizes coming in October.

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