Fat bikes are no longer the hot button topic that they were back in 2014, but as the discussion and controversy has died down to a low simmer, only revived by articles like my recent Over a Beer column, fat bikes have quietly cemented a position in the lineups of almost every major bike brand.
This summer we surveyed you, the readers of Singletracks.com, to learn about your favorite bikes and products of 2016. According to your votes, here are the top 10 fat bikes for 2016.
For my analysis of this list, be sure to click to the final page of this report.
With the introduction of the Blizzard, Rocky Mountain focused on bringing trail bike geometry and handling to the fat bike market, and if the high praise this bike receives is any indication, they’ve succeeded! Rocky Mountain has definitely played on their freeride heritage with the marketing of the Blizzard, with films such as “2 Fat and 2 Furious.” However, they’ve expanded their fat bike line for 2017 with the addition of the race-oriented Suzi Q 27.5″x4″ fat bikes.
In addition to the trail bike geometry, you can find a RockShox Bluto suspension fork on the top-tier Blizzard, along with a 1×10 drivetrain and an alloy frame. More affordable versions of this bike come with a rigid alumnium fork up front.
- Travel: 120mm or 0mm front / 0mm rear
- Tire Size: 26″x4.8″
- Headtube Angle: 67.6 degrees
- Chainstay Length: 455mm
- Frame Material: Aluminum
- Pricing: $1,099-$2,599