Niner supplies the 150-millimeter-travel Hole 9 in an excessive array of framework as well as complete bike offerings, including some with a Push coil-sprung rear shock. They vary in price from the $3,500 base alloy version to a $10,200 carbon option with an even wordier name than the $8,800 Slit 9 RDO 4-Star XT 29 Enve version checked right here. Niner places its Split 9 builds from 2 to 5 star, and also the more one aims for the stars, the much more budget fuel they're mosting likely to require.
Specialized didn't keep back when fattening up its Fatboy, embellishing it with 4.6-inch tires, however still leaving a lot of frame clearance for extra meat. The stock tires are Specialized's Ground Control Fat, and also are among the very best carrying out treads I've ever ridden on the snow. They catch naturally, provide lots of floatation in soft problems, provide an excellent amount of bite on steep climbs and roll surprisingly well thinking about how much hold they supply. To attain such sufficient tire clearance calls for a little additional chainstay size at simply timid of 18 inches, the Fatboy's are a bit on the lengthy end.
Our Hole 9 examination bike showcases top-shelf Fox Manufacturing facility suspension in the form of a 36 Float Fit HSC/LSC fork as well as a Float X DPS Evol shock. My only beef with my Niner's spec was its rear blades. Big-wheeled bikes with such lengthy suspension could carry a lots of momentum, so I would certainly recommend swapping from 160 millimeters to 180.
It's right away noticeable that Felt paid a great deal of focus on information with the Dual Dual. The wonderfully large, 760-millimeter handlebars give great take advantage of and dealing with control. And also, they're carbon, which is a welcome function: It might appear initially like that cash spent on benches would have been much better alloted in other places, yet carbon is far more comfy compared to aluminum when the temperature dips listed below 15-degrees Fahrenheit and also metal handlebars end up being wind-chilled icicles.
The Blizzard trips precisely just how I would certainly expect a Rocky Mountain fatbike to ride: It's secure, and does not keep back on rapid or steep sections of route. While snow usually doesn't use the exact same technological difficulties or, typically, speeds that completely dry trails do, the lack of great grip makes anything around or above 20 miles per hr really feel downright exhilarating. This is where the Blizzard sets itself in addition to a lot of the other fatbikes on the market: As opposed to really feeling twitchy and also out of hand, the Rocky fits at speed, pleading to be wandered through corners and lofted off even the tiniest route features.
We selected the complete XT build, which goes with $6,500, plus our upgrade to the Float X2 shock. And also right now, the only 12-speed choice chooses $8,000. Ellsworths have actually never been cheap, yet they never ever been in a race to the bottom. They have actually always been out to use something nobody else does, and also the Development is no exception.