Editor’s Note : Please welcome Buttcrackjenny to the site! Jenny is one of this year’s new Bike Black Ribbon Test Pilots and she’s going to be testing the new Women’s Minnesota 2.0 from Framed Bikes! ~gomez~
I was super excited to find out that I would be the lucky boobed boob that got to test ride Framed Bikes Women’s Specific FatBike, the Minnesota 2.0!
Out of the box, the 17″ model was super easy to assemble: mostly involved just drinking a beer while putting the seat and wheels and handlebars on. The sassy wheels definitely do stand out and are attention grabbers and also receivers of many compliments, but they’re also not trying to be divas. Normally I’m not a girly girl that likes when things are labeled as lady-specific just because they’re pink or purple or have girly flowers or whatever people think we like on our stuff, but the purple anodized rims, hubs and seat post collar look super sharp in contrast with the all-black matte frame, It’s not the kind of purple that makes you want to wear a tutu and twirl and do a pirouette, but the kind of purple that makes you want to roll off some log piles with your tongue sticking out kinda purple
The build quality and component level seem to be on par for the price range, equipped with robust components. You can buy this little beauty for $899 on-line.
Riding it I felt super stable and despite being a “fat bike” weighing in at 33 lbs, I found it to be nimble and surprisingly quick, like a lil rumbling ninja climbing well up the hills, handling the gravel perfectly and accelerating quickly, with a good range of gearing for various conditions, and a bash guard to protect the front chainrings.
The plush saddle soaks up the rough terrain that a Fatbike is intended to tackle. Since we don’t have snow yet in Michigan and this fall is treating us to 70 degree sunny days to enjoy the fall leaves and donuts and cider and all that lovely crap, my boyfriend and I took the Minnesota 2.0 for about 30 miles on an old rail trail with big gravel rocks, somewhere we definitely couldn’t have gone on simple old mountain bikes, and even after that my lady bits felt great on the sweet velo plush saddle and big tires.
I’m looking forward to doing a couple races and long rides and taking advantage of being a lady on this sweet purple candy -coated ride, like a gal on a buffalo…
Stay tuned for my full review of the Minnesota 2.0 in about six weeks – give or take a week.
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Great mini review. Thinking about getting one of these for my special lady friend. Looking forward to the full review later. That purple looks pretty damn nice. Maybe it’s a Prince/Minnesota thing.
What is it that actually makes it lady specific? Just colours, or is there some cunning design in there that is not obvious?
I think the next article will delve into it more but the gist is it’s Purple…just kidding.
The frame has a different geo based on the 2.0 so it will still have the shorter cockpit but most notably the stand over will be significantly lower. Bars are shorter for better alignment, crank arms are shorter (170mm), and it’s got a legit women’s saddle for those “lady bits”.
Hi, would you mind sharing your height? This bike comes in two sizes and I am not sure which size to purchase. Thanks
I’m 5’6″ and test rode the 17″
Do you folks have an updated review? Thanks!
Nevermind. I’m dumb. Used search 😀