July 14, 2013
At the Specialized Global Product launch, Specialized revealed a staggering amount of bikes, advanced materials and lab equipment. But the product that got the most cheers and celebration was the the Specialized Fatboy. This is Specialized’s entry in the fast-growing fat bike category. Long considered by many as a special purpose bike for snow or sand, the fat bike has surprised many riders with its versatility in any terrain and its ability to put a smile on the face of any rider.
Some basic specs of the Fatboy are:
- Two Models called the Fatboy and Fatboy Expert
- Aluminum Frame
- Tapered Head Tube with Carbon Fork
- 5” Tire Clearance
- 26 X 4.8” TIRE – Ground Control Tread
- 90mm Wide Rim – 795 Grams Per Rim
- 135mm Front Hub
- 190mm Rear Hub
- Hydraulic Disc Brakes
- 100mm wide PF30 bottom bracket
- Weight is 29.9 lbs without pedals
- Price is To Be Announced
Interview with Product Manager Todd Cannatelli
We interviewed Todd Cannatelli, Product Manager for the Fatboy and he answered our burning questions about the bike.
1) What is the difference between the Fatboy and Fatboy Expert. What are the weights, projected prices?
Both bikes feature the same frame, fork, rims, hubs, tires, tubes, and shifters. Here are the main differences between the two models:
- SRAM X0 rear derailleur
- e.thirteen crankset/BB (36/22)
- Shimano Deore brakes
- Butted spokes
- Alloy nipples
- Specialized Bennie pedals
- Weight: TBD (current show bike is approx. 30 lbs with Surly tires)
- Pricing: TBD (targeting $2,500-2,750)
- SRAM X7 carbon cage rear derailleur
- Custom Samox crankset/BB (36/22)
- Tektro Draco 2 hydraulic brakes
- Plain gauge spokes
- Brass nipples
- Metal cage pedals
- Weight: TBD
- Pricing: TBD (targeting sub-$2,000)
2) What are the stock tires and what tire options will be available? Are the demo bikes equipped with Surly tires just temporary?
Yes, demo bikes with Surly tires are just temporary, which is one reason I can’t give final bike weights. We’re developing our own tire based on our Ground Control tread. It will be one tire, 26×4.8”, identical tread front and rear, 120 tpi.
3) The valve stem seems to be sticking out of the rim tape. Is that the final design or just temporary?
Yes, this is temporary as well. Some of the demo bikes had earlier rim designs. The show bikes have the accurate rim with a dedicated valve stem hole in the rim extrusion.
4) What are the details? Spec, Geometry
Geometry is essentially the same as our Crave 29, since the outside diameter of the 26×4.8” tire is almost exactly the same as a 29er. The Specialized Crave Geometry is available HERE.
5) What is the seatpost size? Is there dropper post routing?
Seatpost size is 30.9 on all models. We made this size for Command Post compatibility. No “dedicated” routing for Command Post is available at this time however.
6) Who is the customer for this bike?
This bike (and fatbikes in general) have broad appeal. The fatbike category is one of the fastest growing segments right now, and it’s a very approachable bike. For us, it’s really about having fun. But we didn’t want the performance attitude of our brand to be lost on this rider, so the focus was really on light weight and handling. If you rode the bike, you likely noticed how agile it was. We wanted to make sure this would be accessible and approachable to the general public, while still delivering the performance Specialized is known for, so the chassis, carbon fork, and light weight wheelset are just as at home on a race course as they are on a multi-day bike packing trip.
7) When can a customer buy it?
We’re hoping to have the bikes available to purchase late-2013.