Salsa FS Fatbike Prototype…

11 01 2012

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Salsa is working on a full suspension fatbike frame. It’s just a concept as of this time and without a decent production suspension fork it’s not likely to see the light of day. Having said that it’s a great idea and the fact Salsa is working on a frame at all means it has some chance of becoming reality. That’s very cool.

Click on the image above to read more over on the Salsa site and leave the a comment if you are stoked so they can see there is lots of enthusiasm for the idea.

My own personal wish list would be:

  • 75-100mm travel front and back
  • quality adjustable production fork from a major brand [RS/Fox/etc…]
  • clearance for 3.7″ knobby tires on 82mm rims
  • rear end 135mm hub with 17mm offset for IGH compatibility
  • frame/shock + fork cost ~$2K



9 responses

11 01 2012

i dunno, is 100mm of travel useful with those big puffy tires at low pressure already? i have never ridden a fit bike but what lures me is how soft on the body they would be without the potential hassles suspension can cause while out and about.

11 01 2012

@Barry – 3″-4″ would be very useful for a fat bike used on hard ground. On sand and snow I’d ride rigid probably. There is no shortage of rigid fat bike options if that’s what you want.

@John – I doubt there are any plans at all at this point beyond trying out some prototypes. Until there is a viable production suspension fork option that doesn’t suck they can’t really sell a FS bike anyways. I would expect it would be 2013-14 before you would see anything for sale – if it all goes well.

11 01 2012
John Campbell

This would be the bee”s knees on my pug…!!!
do you know if they have plans for a frame kit?

11 01 2012

Does Xzibit work at QBP? This has “yo dawg…” written all over it.

11 01 2012

I find it curious that Salsa is throwing this prototype out there for public comment. What’s the rational for this. Why not develop the product and then put it out there. I know the auto industry has used this tactic for decades. Put a concept car in the public eye to test the interest in it.

Maybe Salsa is trying to demonstrate there is a market for a FS fat bike to the big names in suspension forks to show it’s worth their time to develop a suspension fork? Maybe they want to see how much buzz this creates?

12 01 2012
Greg Weber (@onespeedgreg)

I was kinda meh about it , until I read igh compatible.. but still that is ” a lot of bike” not sure its something I would need….Neat engineering though.

13 01 2012
Steve Fuller

Doug – I personally like the fact that they threw this out there. Salsa knows that their core audience are bike enthusiasts and they also know that audience has a wide breadth of skills and experiences. They may have an idea of how they might use this, but opening it up to a wider audience gives them a lot more to work with. I do think there is some truth to your comment about convincing other vendors that there is a market for this so that they can get the requisite partners on board. I’m excited to see where this leads and what it means for future product development.

6 02 2012

Turns out that there is a solution out there for a suspension “fork”; check out this post from the DrunkCyclist:

The idea is to modify a Cannondale Lefty by using custom crowns to accommodate a wider tire. I’m guessing that the dish on the wheel is a bit odd, but it might just be crazy enough to work!

6 02 2012

Malcom – people are using Lefty’s on their Fatbikes, but that’s not a production solution. It’s a custom setup that doesn’t solve the problem of needing a reasonably priced suspension fork for fat bikes.

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