Editor’s Note : David glover has been a steady contributor of fat photography over the last couple of years and this is his introduction of the Fatback Rhino! Please give a warm welcome to our amigo and BBR Test Pilot, Mr. David Glover!
I was very much stoked when the “Do it all” deemed Rhino showed up on the same day some snow hit the Moab valley. Just added to the lineup of off road fun machines from Fatback, the Rhino is the more affordable alloy comrade of the carbon Corvus and the new Skookum.
The Rhino starts at $1999 with many build options for your mix and match pleasure. There are 3 choices for forks, a rigid alloy, Rockshox Bluto RL, or the Lauf fork. Take your pick from two colors, four drivetrain/brake options, and four wheelset choices. The frame rocks some sliding dropouts making a singlespeed conversion mostly painless.
Some numbers on the frame for you here:
The Rhino frame has some beautiful curves, welds and paint job to match. I received the matte Aleutian green frame with yellow accents; glossy pacific blue is your other option. Fatback hooked it up with this build. From the ground up, Kenda Juggernaut 4.5” tires wrapped tubelessly around 81mm DT Swiss BR710 rims which are laced to Fatback hubs (197mm rear, 150mm front). A 100mm Bluto fork will be handling some bumps up front. The drivetrain looks sharp with Raceface Turbine cranks, Shimano XT 1×11 derailleur and shifter. Going up from there it has a carbon seat post, carbon bars with ESI grips and the new Shimano XT brakes (finned pads and Ice-tech rotors to boot). All built up she weighed in at 32.6lbs which is considerably lighter than your average 1800-3100lbs Rhinoceros.
I have had the Rhino out and about in Moab and will be reporting back soon to comment on how this beast fares.
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