We’ve all met them. We’ve all answered their questions. The big eyed gawkers that stare at you as you ride by on your fat bike. “WOW, LOOK AT THOSE TIRES!” “Where did you get that?” “Is it hard to pedal?”
And inevitably, “How much did it cost?” After I answer that question, there’s usually only one more question: “What?!?!”
Curiosity didn’t kill that fat-cat, the price point did. There’s something to be said for a low cost option for the fat bike market. Recently as the fat options have evolved into wider tyres and internal hubs and …(Eww) carbon frames…the costs climb just as fast as the options. It’s even tough to find a good used fat steed for a reasonable price because demand is high, and I don’t blame… the demanders? That being said, Framed Bikes out of Minneapolis has thrown down what appears to be a respectable entry level fat bike option in the Minnesota 2.0. Rumor has it, the cost was just under a grand, after shipping.
Here’s the set up:
- Oversized 6160 alloy tubing
- SRAM 2×9
- Avid BB5 brakes
- Alloy pedals w/removable pins.
- Drilled out Framed Alloy Single Wall rims
- Tyres Vee Rubber Mission 120 TPI Lightweight Folding tires.
- And included is a set of 29″ rims and tires – which I have not seen
Framed advertises that the geometry on the Minnesota 2.0 has a shorter cockpit than the Minnesota 1.0 and it was pretty obvious. It feels more upright than I was used to. There is no flex in the frame and despite the low pressure in the tires, it feels very rigid. The tires are much less knobby than my Bud n Lou setup so climbing can be a bit of a challenge, but overall they aren’t bad. Other than that, I had no major issues. It’s a decent bike for the price. And before you go all elitist on me, there is a market for people who are “Fat Curious” but unable or unwilling to make the investment that it has taken in the past to test the fat bike waters. You know, your co-worker who always wants to talk to you about it but won’t pull the trigger. Or your girlfriend who complains that you ride too much and wants to do things together. Or your college buddy who can’t afford a commuter and a mountain bike and a fat bike. Or that couple that always asks you to go snowshoeing and you always turn them down because that’s just walking around in Eskimo Clown Shoes and why the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks would you want to just walk around in the woods when you can ride a freaking bike? Those people are probably fun people, and they probably drink cheap beer (like I do) and I want to ride with those people. This ride will hopefully get them one step closer to throwing a leg over a chubby and pedaling through the snow covered pines with me. If it’s true that once you go fat you never go back; consider this – the Gateway Bike.
For more information about Framed Bikes visit – http://www.framedbikes.com/