They may not be the most useful bikes, especially given the huge amount of alternative mountain bicycles, but they’re so, so fun. Even if you can choose a mountain bike for virtually any type of terrain, the fatbike’s big wheels can get you anywhere, and in a way that will make some heads turn after you.
Of course, pricing isn’t exactly its strong point, a quality fatbike setting you back a considerable amount. For instance, Nicolai’s Argon Fat frame has a price of 1.350 euros, to which you must add the rest of components you’ll have to mount on it. Also, big manufacturers like Trek or Specialized have such bicycles in their ranges, with the according price of a famous brand, so we looked around the web to scout for some more down-to-earth prices. And we found them, but (there’s always a “but”, isn’t there?) the low price is something mostly North-Americans can enjoy. Furthermore, specifications aren’t exactly cream of the crop. So, let’s see what you can buy without breaking the bank.
Mongoose Beast – 200$
By far the most affordable fatbike out there, Mongoose’s Beast offers a steel frame of questionable quality, singlespeed drivetrain, and 21 kilograms (46.2 lbs) of bike. And the questions comes up not only due to its asphalt orientation rather than an off-road one, but also due to the fact that you can buy it only by visiting Walmart.
Motobecane Fantom FB4 Pro – 695.95$
A bit closer to the concept of a true fatbike is the Fantom, with off-road tires, 3×9 drivetrain, and Tektro hydraulic disc brakes. The aluminum frame allows it to reach an 18 kilogram (39.6 lbs) weight, and you can purchase it from bikesdirect.com.
On One Fatty Rolling Chassis – 725$
For 30$ more than Motobecane Fantom’s price you can buy the On One fatbike kit, which includes an aluminum fork and frame. But you’ll still have to buy the rest of the parts.
Framed Minnesota 1.0 – 799$
A budget of about 800$ will get you Framed Bikes’s Minnesota, a decently-specified fatbike with a 9-speed cassette, mechanical Avid BB5 brakes, and SRAM X5 shifters and derailleurs.
Break out another 100$, and you’ll get your hands the Minnesota 2.0, that has a double crankset, and SRAM X7 and X5 components. Also the weight figure drops down to 16 kilograms (35.2 lbs).
The models presented here were the cheapest fatbikes available for this moment, and we consider Framed’s Minnesota to be the best compromise between low price and quality specifications. However, you’ll have to add to your invoice the shipment if you live outside the US.
But, if you’re really looking to buy an expensive bike, we’d recommend the million dollar fatbike, gold-plated and diamond encrusted!