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9: Zero: 7- a company based out of Alaska which make aluminum frames in Taiwan.
616 Fabrication- A company stationed right around the corner in Grand Rapids MI, which makes their steel frames inhouse!
And of course, the alluring, seductive, indestructible MOOTS fat bike sensibly dubbed the “FrosTi”. MOOTS is a company based out of, and made in Steamboat Springs, CO which specializes in building titanium frames.
The FrosTi is a very limited frame, MOOTS only makes about 20 per year, and if you can find yourself on that FrosTi list, congratulations! We were lucky enough to get our hands on one this year. After closely working with the customer, we concluded on a 1X10 Shimano XTR Drive train, a Hope Race EVO M4 brake set, Surly Marge Lite rims with a Hope Fatsno 170mm rear hub and a Paul W front hub which is compatible with the White Brothers Snowpack fork we used. This was a dream build to say the least.
Most of the 9: Zero: 7 bikes we build are for stock, which means they are built with affordability and versatility in mind. We typically use a 2x10 or 3x10 drive train, Surly Marge Lite rims with 9: Zero: 7 hubs, and Avid BB7 brake sets. All fat bikes come with rigid forks.
Due to the fact that this is still a fairly new concept, getting component choices that are compatible with fat bike frames are slightly limited. For the most part the bottom bracket shell spacing is 100mm, the rear drop out spacing is 170mm, and the fork spacing is 135mm. They do this to accommodate wide tires, which can be up to four inches wide. Limited component manufacturers are making 100mm bottom brackets and crank sets that are compatible. The same applies for hubs- limited choices when you run a 170mm rear drop out.
From our point of view fat bikes are growing in popularity, hopefully voiding limited component choices. Keep in mind, fat bikes aren't just for riding in the snow, they can be enjoyable in almost every weather condition. If you've got any questions or concerns on fat bikes feel free to stop by the shop, give us a call, or shoot us an e-mail. Ask for Nikki, our fat bike expert.
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