Our amigos at Otso just announced four new colors for the (plus+fat) Voytek with new graphics and new drive train options that feature Shimano and Sram 12-speed propulsion systems. The Voytek hasn’t changed from the bike that we loved both times that we published reviews in 2017 and 2018. We’ve tested the Voytek with both plus and fat-bike wheels and both of our product testers gave it their full-throated approval! Read Otso’s News Release below.
When describing a fat bike, you wouldn’t typically describe it as agile. That’s where Voytek is different. We paired a narrow pedal stance with aggressive XC race geometry to build a fat bike that can intuitively handle snowy trails like your mountain bike can handle summer singletrack.
There are three main qualities that differentiate the Voytek from other fat bikes:
- With a narrow Q factor, your weight is closer to the centerline of the bike. This is especially important when cornering because it allows for tight, responsive control—the wider Q factor found on most fat bikes spreads out your pedals and creates a floppy, unstable feel. With the Voytek, you don’t need to compromise agile handling to ride up to 4.6” tires.
- Our Tuning Chip rear dropout is at the heart of the versatile Voytek. With a quick change in positions, the wheelbase of the Voytek can be extended or shortened by up to 20mm, which also changes bottom bracket height by up to 4mm. In the forward position, you’ve got an aggressive, responsive Voytek for your next race. In the rear position, you’ve got that same intuitive handling but with added stability to make it easier to ride in deep snow or adverse terrain. In the middle, well, that’s the best of both worlds. All Otso bikes are equipped with the versatile Tuning Chip.
- We’re internally divided here as to whether the Voytek is a plus bike that can handle fat tires or if the Voytek is a fat bike that has the handling worthy of a plus bike. When the trails are packed with snow, we’re riding 4.6” tires. When spring comes and the trails turn to dirt, we swap out tires and ride plus until winter returns. The versatility of the Voytek blends the lines of plus and fat, keeping the party going all year long.
The Voytek product page has all of the additional specs you’d need. Where previous years of Voytek featured a base build of Shimano 11-speed, we’re equipping this year’s base build with Shimano SLX 12-speed, with options for XT, XTR, or SRAM 12-speed drivetrains.
Check out the new Voytek at – https://otsocycles.com/collections/voytek-bikes