I decided to take a ride the other morning with the purpose of comparing a Framed Montana full-suspension fat bike and the Wyatt maverick front suspension fat bike. I basically wanted to see which one was faster. I have a local loop that I like to call the Bandido that consists of chip and seal asphalt, paved roads, dirt double track, super chunk gravel, and some gentleman’s gravel. It’s about 5 miles long and it has about 500 feet of climbing. So I set out on one of the first really hot mornings of the summer on the Framed for the first lap. The Framed has a lockout for both the front and rear suspension and on road climbs, I had no problem locking things out and standing on the pedals. When I hit the rough spots and the trail went downhill, I unlocked all the suspension and rolled like a backcountry Cadillac El Dorado on the Montana. I climbed back up to the start-finish and changed out to a dry helmet.
I took a long cold drink and then headed out on the Wyatt maverick. The Wyatt currently has a Manitou mastodon fork installed and it also has a lockout. It was a pretty windy day and I was getting déjà vu especially in the hard parts that were against the wind. On my second lap about halfway through I could tell it was going to be pretty close between the Montana and the Maverick. A major difference between these two bikes (other than the suspension) is the dropper on the Maverick. I really have to make sure to put a dropper on the Montana and take it out to Rip and Ride at Camrock for some fat bike fun.
When I hit the home stretch on the second lap I could see that I had a chance to beat the first lap. The Bandido loop ends with a tall grassy doubletrack climb and then a long grassy bumpy double-track descent. Maverick was better on the climb and the Montana was better on the Downhill. I took a look at the data from my wahoo and it showed that the Wyatt Maverick was 1/2 of a mile an hour faster than the Framed Montana. I took the Montana out on the first lap and the Maverick out on the second lap. I guess I should reverse the order and see if the data remains the same but this result is similar to Strava segments that I’ve ridden. I did a blue loop at Kettle on the Framed a couple of weeks ago and the result was super fun. But when I came back and looked at the Strava time it was one of the slower blue loops that I had ridden in the last 18 months. It sure felt great though. So if you’re less inclined to worry about how fast you’re going and want to maximize the fun level of riding singletrack…..well…..either one of these bikes is going to put a huge grin on your face. I like both of these bikes. But my regular bike is fully rigid and that’s not going to change for a while. That’s a quick report from the front lines of fat bike fun here at the fat-bike.com research bunker thanks for reading and I will see you out there on the trail somewhere along the pollen path amigos.