The large number of fatbike offerings at this year's Interbike and Outdoor Demo proves that fatbikes are not a fad. Many new things were seen including new lightweight carbon frames, multiple wheel size options and new fatbike tech. There was something here for every size, budget and ability. Some of these bikes are now available while others are coming to your local bike shop in the near future.
Origin8's Amarok XLT was introduced at Interbike and according to their Facebook page, it will retail for under $1000 but no further information could be found on the web or J&B Imports' website regarding details of the build and when it would be available.
The Scout XLT comes with SRAM X7 shifters, a 2X10 drivetrain with a SRAM X5 crankset and Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes with 6 bolt 180mm rotors. Sizes are 15.5", 17.5", 19.5" and 21" and retails for around $1600.
Borealis premiered their new carbon fiber model, the Crestone which they claim is the "lightest and toughest carbon fatbike on the market". It comes in two color choices and two builds, SRAM XO1 or XX1 components. The SRAM XO1 build lists for $5150 and the XX1 build lists for $6050.
The Borealis Flume "capitalizes on all the sweetness of the Crestone, but does so in lightweight, 6000-series aluminum". It comes with SRAM GX components, a Bluto suspension fork, two color choices and hand-built wheels for $2399.
9:Zero:7 debuted their new carbon race model, the Whiteout Team Edition fatbike. The build they had at the Outdoor Demo weighed in at an incredibly light 18 lbs. 15 ounces. No word yet on when it will be available but I was told that the frameset would list at $3100.
KHS was at the Outdoor Demo and the show with several models from their 4 Season line. The 4 Season 3000 (shown above) comes with a 2X10 drivetrain with SRAM X9 Type 2 rear derailleur and SRAM X7 front derailleur with SRAM X7 shifters. This model also sports Hayes Prime Sport hydraulic disc brakes and Vee Rubber Snowshoe XL 4.8" folding bead tires. Retail price is $2199.
For the more budget-minded rider there is the 4 Season 1000 which also comes with a 2X10 drivetrain but with a SRAM X7 rear derailleur and SRAM X5 front derailleur with SRAM X5 shifters. Hayes Dyno hydraulic disc brakes and knobby 4" folding bead tires round off this build which lists for $1399.
Fatback introduced their new carbon Skookum trail-ready fatbike at the Outdoor Demo. This bike optimized for 1X drivetrains comes with a 197mm rear axle, Bluto suspension fork and 4.8" tires but can also accommodate 27.5+ and 29+ tires. Pricing and availability are not available yet but Fatback is expected to release that information soon.
Canadian bike company Devinci enters the fatbike market with their 2016 Minus RS. This is an aluminum frame build with a 1X10 drivetrain, Avid BB5 mechanical disc brakes and Vee Bulldozer 4.7" tires. This bike will be available in small, medium and large. No information yet on availability but the list price is $1599.
Surly introduced their new "OmniTerra" bike, Wednesday to riders at the Outdoor Demo. With Surly's proprietary 4130 CroMoly steel frame, this new offering boasts a centered 170/177 mm rear end, is Bluto-ready, comes with the new My Other Brother Darryl 80mm-wide tubeless compatible rims and 3.8" Surly Nate tires. Wednesday's new one-piece cast Surly Dropout allows for more clearance that will fit 4.6 ̋ tires. The fork will accommodate tires up to 5.25". Comes in Robins Egg Blue for only $1499.