While the rest of the mountain bike world abandoned 26” wheels years ago, fat bikes continue to roll on the smaller wheel size. Equipped with oversized tires, these bikes are a blast in the snow and sand, but handling is sluggish elsewhere.
For riders with a cross country background or those looking for a more versatile performance, the burgeoning 27.5+ standard may offer a better experience. The larger diameter wheels paired with high volume 3.8” tires provide similar benefits to standard plus set-ups (traction, low pressure, improved rollover), while also adding more go fast to the fat bike mix.
The new Suzi Q from Rocky Mountain follows this formula. It comes stock with 27.5×3.8” tires but can clear up to a 4.2” rubber. Since the stays don’t have to clear the massive 5” tires you’ll find on some fat bikes, Rocky was able to perform a nip tuck on the q-factor. The 192mm width is about 20mm narrower than standard fat rigs, which helps improves pedaling efficiency and comfort.
The geometry, according to Rocky Mountain, offers a “stable and balanced ride that still feels agile thanks to super short chainstays and a lengthened reach.” It’s hard to comment without riding the bike, but the 68-degree head angle, longish top tube, and 17” (434mm) chainstays likely deliver lively handling characteristics.
Other finishing details include Di2 compatibility, 1x specific, internal and stealth cable routing, and Rivnuts for bolt-on frame bags.
The Suzie Q ships in S/M/L/XL frame sizes. Prices start at just under $2000 for a full aluminum build with a SRAM NX drivetrain and Level brakes. For $2,600, you get bumped to carbon fork and a mix of Shimano SLX and XT bits.
For $3,300 you get a full carbon build, full XT kit, and some finishing bits from Raceface.
The top tier built kit will set you back $4,300 and comes with XTR stoppers and drivetrain (paired with the wider range 11-46T XT cassette). It also includes a carbon handlebar and seat post, and titanium railed saddle. Claimed weight is 25.3 pounds.
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