The 10 Best Fat Bikes of 2016 – Readers’ Choice Awards

9. Surly Moonlander

Photo: Surly

When it comes to the history of the fat bike, if you need to know one name, it’s Surly. Surly is the godfather of the first mass-produced fat bike, the Pugsley (more on that bike below). The Moonlander was one of Surly’s next bikes and eventually, the Moonlander was one of the very first 5-inch-tire fat bikes on the market. For most fat bikes that aren’t race-oriented, the 5-inch tire is now the gold standard, thanks to maximum traction and flotation.

Not much has changed about the Moonlander over the years, and it retains the same classic geometry, big tires, rigid steel frame, and singlespeed-compatible sliding dropouts. As with all Surly bikes, expect to find plenty of bosses for racks and accessory mounts.

Key Specs:

  • Travel: 0mm front / 0mm rear
  • Tire Size: 26″x4.8″
  • Headtube Angle: 70.5″
  • Chainstay Length: 450mm
  • Frame Material: Steel
  • Pricing: $2,350