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This is a buying guide for women’s fat bikes. While fat bikes specifically designed for women are not as widespread as non gender-specific fat bikes, Framed Bikes has been offering women’s fat bikes for the past few years–all in an affordable price range under $1,000.  This year, Specialized debuted its Hellga fat bike for women, with three different component levels ranging from $1,500 to $3,000.   For more complete specifications on these bikes, click the links to the manufacturer’s page. 

For more fat bikes under $1k, see Budget Fat Bikes Buying Guide

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Framed Minnesota Fat Bikes for Women

Some of the first women-specific fat bikes on the market, the affordable Framed Minnesota fat bikes for women were designed with the input of female riders.  The Minnesota Women’s fat bikes feature lower standover height and shorter handlebar length than their non gender-specific counterparts, as well as a women-specific Velo Plush saddle.  All of the women’s models come in 15” and 17” sizes.  To compare sizes, see the geometry charts for the Minnesota 1.0, Minnesota 2.0, and Minnesota 2.2 women’s fat bikes.

Minnesota 1.0 Women’s: $749.95  

 

minnesota 1.0 women's fat bikeThe Framed Minnesota 1.0 Women’s fat bike is an entry-level women’s fat bike made by Framed Bikes. The Minnesota 1.0 Women’s features a lightweight aluminum frame and fork, and 1 x 9 drivetrain using SRAM X4 components.  The Minnesota 1.0 Women’s comes in Purple/White, Black/Pink, and White/Purple.   

Weight: 32 lbs 11 oz

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Fork: 6061 Aluminum Alloy (135mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8” Neco Headset

Brakes: Avid BB5 Mechanical 160mm Disc

Component Group: SRAM X4

Drivetrain: 1 x 9 (Front 32t  Rear 11-32t)

Rear Spacing: 170mm QR

Rims: 80mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Framed Minnesota Fat Tire 26 x 4 inch 72TPI Wire Bead

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Minnesota 2.0 Women’s: $899.95

minnesota 2.0 women's fat bike

The Framed Minnesota 2.0 Women’s fat bike has the same frameset as the Minnesota 1.0 Women’s fat bike, with upgrades to the drivetrain, components, and tires.  The drivetrain features a 2 x 9 system using SRAM X5/X7 Components.  The 72TPI tires have also been switched out for lighter 120TPI tires.  The Minnesota 2.0 Women’s comes in Black/Purple and White/Blue.

Weight: 34.4 lbs (17″)

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Fork: 6061 Aluminum Alloy (135mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8” Neco Headset

Brakes: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc

Component Group: SRAM X5/X7

Drivetrain: 2 x 9 (Front 28/38t  Rear 11-34t)

Rear Spacing: 170mm QR

Rims: 80mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Framed Minnesota Fat Tire 26 x 4 inch 120TPI Folding

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Minnesota 2.2 Women’s: $999.95

minnesota 2.2 women

The Framed Minnesota 2.2 Women’s fat bike has many of the same features as the Minnesota 2.0, with upgrades to the drivetrain, components, and headset.  The drivetrain features a 2 x 10 system using SRAM x7 components.  Also, new for the 2.2 is a 1 ⅛  – 1 ½ inch tapered head tube.  The Minnesota 2.2 Women’s  comes in Black/Purple.

Weight:  34.4 lbs (17″)

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Fork: 6061 Aluminum Alloy (150mm w/15mm thru axle)

Headset: 1-1/8″ – 1-1/2”  Neco Tapered

Brakes: Avid BB5 Mechanical Disc

Component Group: SRAM X7

Drivetrain: 2 x 10 (Front 28/38t  Rear 11-36t)

Rear Spacing: 170mm QR

Rims: 80mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: 26 x 4 inch 120TPI Folding

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Specialized Hellga Fat Bikes for Women

Hellga is the new women’s fat bike by Specialized for 2016.  Like the Framed women’s bikes, the women-specific Hellga fat bikes feature a lower standover height compared to non gender-specific models.   All Hellga models come in 3 sizes: small, medium, and large.   To compare sizes, see this Specialized Hellga geometry chart.

Specialized 2016 Hellga – $1,500.00

Specialized Hellga Base women's fat bike

The entry-level Hellga from Specialized features a lightweight aluminum frame, alloy fork, and tapered headset. Hellga also features 2 x 10 drivetrain using SRAM X5 Components.  The Hellga comes in Coral/Fuschia/Turquoise, Gray/Coral/Turquoise, and White.

Weight: ??

Frame: Specialized M4 Aluminum  

Fork: Specialized Alloy (135mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8″ – 1-1/2″ Tapered

Brakes: Tektro Aries Mechanical Disc

Component Group: SRAM X5

Drivetrain: 2 x 10 (Front 22/36t  Rear 11-36t)

Rear Spacing: 190mm QR

Rims: Specialized Stout XC 90mm

Tires: Specialized Ground Control Fat 26 x 4.6 inch 60TPI Wire Bead

 

Specialized 2016 Hellga Comp – $1,950.00

Specialized Hellga Comp women's fat bike

The Specialized Hellga Comp has the same frame and tapered headset as the base model, with an upgraded lightweight carbon fork, hydraulic disc brakes, upgraded SRAM X5/X7 components, and lighter 120TPI tires. The Hellga Comp women’s fat bike comes in Blue/Fuschia/Turquoise and Black.

Weight: ??

Frame: Specialized M4 Aluminum

Fork: Specialized FACT Carbon

Headset: 1-1/8″ – 1-1/2″ Tapered

Brakes: Tektro Gemini Hydraulic Disc

Component Group: SRAM X5 / X7

Drivetrain: 2 x 10

Rear Spacing: 190mm QR

Rims: Specialized Stout XC 90mm Alloy

Tires: Specialized Ground Control Fat 26 x 4.6 inch 120TPI Folding

 

Specialized 2016 Hellga Expert – $3,000.00

Specialized Hellga Expert women's fat bike

With many of the same features as the Comp level, Hellga Expert also features a lightweight carbon fork and 120TPI tires.  In addition, the Expert level components are upgraded to SRAM X01/X1, and the brakes are upgraded to Shimano Deore XT hydraulic brakes.  The Hellga Expert women’s fat bike comes in Navy/Teal and Navy/Green/Pink.

Weight: ??

Frame: Specialized M4 Aluminum  

Fork: Specialized FACT Carbon (135mm QR)  

Headset: 1-1/8″ – 1-1/2″ Tapered

Brakes: Shimano Deore XT Hydraulic 180/160mm Disc

Component Group: SRAM X01/X1

Drivetrain: 1 x 11 (Front 28t  Rear 10-42t)

Rear Spacing: 190mm QR

Rims: Specialized Stout XC 90mm Alloy

Tires: Specialized Ground Control Fat 26 x 4.6 inch 120TPI Folding  

 

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Santi

Hi I'm Santi, and I'm a content marketing manager in the tech industry by day and grad student and writing instructor by night. I’ve always loved biking, ever since I got my first bike on my fourth birthday. As a kid, my siblings and I would go on biking “adventures” around the neighborhood, pedaling our way to nearby schools and lakes. Naturally, those adventures have only increased over the years! In addition to biking, I also love telling stories and traveling around the US. I write about our biking adventures and about fat bikes for women and kids.
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