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For fat bikes under $500, see the Walmart Fat Bike Buying Guide.

For women-specific fat bikes in a variety of price ranges, see Women’s Fat Bike Buying Guide.

This is a buying guide for budget fat bikes priced from $500 to $1,100. These fat bikes should be ride-ready, but small upgrades can be made to make these bikes more functional.   If you would like to see complete specifications on these bikes, click the links and they will guide you to the manufacturer’s page.

State Bicycle Co Monolith:  $499.00

State Bicycle Co Fat Bike Monolith

The Monolith is the entry-level singlespeed fat bike offered by State Bicycle Co.  It is available in two colors: Army/Khaki and Chartreuse/Black.  If you want to read about the Monolith’s performance in a MN winter, check out Chewey’s review on the State Bicycle Co’s blog.

Weight: ??

Frame: Tig-Welded Hi-Tensile Steel

Fork: Tig-Welded Hi-Tensile Steel

Headset: 1-1/8” Straight Threadless

Brakes: Coaster Hub Brakes

Drivetrain: Singlespeed

Rims: 80mm Undrilled Rims

Tires: 26 x 4 inch

Momentum iRide Rocker: $590.00 
momentum irider rocker

Momentum is an all-new brand founded by Giant that prides itself on making innovative bikes at reasonable prices.  The Momentum iRide Rocker is Momentum’s only fat bike.  It features an unique “ALUXX-grade” aluminum frame with a dual top tube that features a cup holder near the handlebars.  It is offered in three colors: Khaki/Army Green, Black/Green, White/Orange.

Weight: ??

Frame: ALUXX-grade aluminum

Fork: Alloy

Headset: 1-1/8″ Straight

Brakes: Giant DA8, Mechanical disc, 160mm

Component Group: Shimano Acera

Drivetrain: 1 x 7 (Front 38t  Rear 14-34t)

Rear Spacing: ??

Rims: Alloy

Tires: Momentum Rocker 26 x 4 inch

State Bicycle Co Megalith:  $699.00

State Bicycle Fat Bike Megalith

State Bicycle Co’s deluxe model is their singlespeed Megalith.  Unlike the Monolith, the Megalith features a free hub body for easy conversion to geared drivetrain.  The graphics drawn by Create Folly are offered in two colors: Asphalt/White and Multi-Colored.  If you want to see it in action check out Jeff Olsen’s post on the State Bicycle Co’s Blog.

Weight: ??

Frame: 4130 Chromoly Steel

Fork: 4130 Chromoly Steel

Headset: 1-1/8” Threadless

Brakes: Avid BB5 Disc 160mm Disc

Drivetrain: Singlespeed

Rims: 100mm Drilled Rims

Tires: 26 x 4 inch

Framed Minnesota 1.0:  $749.95

Framed Minnesota 1.0

The Minnesota 1.0 is an entry level geared fat bike made by Framed Bikes.  The Men’s model is offered in two colors: Black/Red and Black/White.  There is a Woman’s model that features a Women’s specific saddle, a lower standover height, and 680mm handlebars for a more comfortable reach.  The Women’s model is offered in three colors: Purple/White, Black/Pink, and White/Purple.

Weight: 32lbs 11oz

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Fork: 6061 Aluminum Alloy (135mm x 9mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8” Neco Threadless

Brakes: Avid BB5 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 26 x 4 inch 72TPI Wire Bead

Framed Minnesota 1.2:  $849.95

framed minnesota 1.2

The Framed Minnesota 1.2 has many of the same features as the Minnesota 1.0, but with two important improvements: a tapered head tube and upgraded SRAM X5 components.  The tapered head tube allows you to upgrade to either a carbon fork or a suspension fork.  The Minnesota 1.2 is offered in two colors: White/Orange and Black/Red.

Weight: 32lbs 2oz

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 160mm Disc

Component Group: SRAM X5

Drivetrain: 1 x 10 (Front 32t  Rear 11-36t)

Rear Spacing: 170mm QR

Rims: 80mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Framed 26 x 4 inch 72TPI Wire Bead

KHS 4 Season 300: $869.00

KHS 4 Season 300

The KHS 4 Season 300 is KHS’s entry-level adult fat bike.  It features a 6061 Aluminum Alloy frame with entry-level Shimano Alivio and Tourney Components.  The 4 Season 300 is offered in two colors: Matte Gray and Red.

Weight: ??

Frame: Alloy 6061 w/Custom Formed TT, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger

Fork: Full CrMo Straight Blade (135mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8″ Straight

Brakes: Bengal MB606 Mechanical 180/160mm Disc

Component Group: Shimano Alivio/Tourney

Drivetrain: 3 x 8 (Front 42/32/22t  Rear 11-34t)

Rear Spacing: 170mm QR

Rims: 80mm Alloy Triangle Drilled Rims

Tires: Knobby 26 x 4 inch 60TPI Wire Bead

Framed Minnesota 2.0:  $899.95framed minnesota 2.0

The Framed Minnesota 2.0 has the same frameset as the MN 1.0 with upgrades to the drivetrain and tires.  The drivetrain features a 2 x 9 system using SRAM X5/X7 components.  The 72tpi tires have been switched out for lighter 120 tpi tires.  The Men’s model is offered in 4 colors: Black/Green, White/Red, Silver/Blue, Blue/White.  The Women’s Model is offered in Black/Purple and White/Blue.

Weight: 34lbs 6oz

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Fork: 6061 Aluminum Alloy (135mm x 9mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8” Neco Straight

Brakes: Avid BB5 160mm 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 26 x 4 inch 120TPI Folding

Norco Bigfoot 6.3:  $915.00

Norco Bigfoot 6.3

The Bigfoot 6.3 is Norco’s entry level fat bike.  It features a 6061 aluminum frame with Shimano components.  The Bigfoot 6.3 is only offered in Black with Grey lettering.

Weight: ??

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Fork: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

Headset: 1-1/8” – 1-1/2” FSA Tapered

Brakes: Tektro Aires 160mm Disc

Component Group: Shimano Altus/SLX

Drivetrain: 2 x 9 (Front 22/32t  Rear 12-36t)

Rims: 80mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Chaoyang 26 x 4 inch

Mongoose Argus:  $934.15

Mongoose Argus

The Mongoose Argus is not like the popular $200 Walmart fat bikes, the Beast and Dolomite. The Argus features an aluminum alloy frame and fork, with quality Shimano components.  The Argus is only offered in Blue.

Weight: ??

Frame: Aluminum Alloy

Fork: Aluminum Alloy

Headset: 1-1/8” Threadless Straight

Brakes: Tektro Mechanical 160mm Disc

Component Group: Shimano SLX/Deore

Drivetrain: 2 x 10 (Front 24/38t  Rear 11-34t)

Rims: 93mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Vee Mission 26 x 4 inch

Framed Minnesota 2.2:  $999.95

 

framed minnesota 2.2The Framed Minnesota 2.2 has many of the same features as the MN 2.0, but with upgraded 2 x 10  X7 drivetrain and tapered head tube.  The Men’s model is offered in White/Blue and Black Green and the Women’s model is offered in Black/Purple.

Weight: 34lbs 6oz

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 160mm 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: Framed 26 x 4 inch 120TPI Folding

Nashbar Fat Bike:  $999.99

The Nashbar Fat Bike is the only fat bike that Nashbar makes.  The black aluminum frame features SRAM X5 components.

Weight: 33lbs 6oz

Frame: Aluminum

Fork: Aluminum (135mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8” – 1-1/2″ Tapered

Brakes: Tektro Aries Mechanical 160mm Disc

Component Group: SRAM X5

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

Rear Spacing: 170mm QR

Rims: 75mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Duro Big D 26 x 4 inch 60TPI Wire Bead

KHS 4 Season 500: $1009

KHS 4 Season 500

The KHS 4 Season 500 is KHS’s next step up from the KHS 4 Season 300.  It also features a 6061 Aluminum Alloy frame with upgrades such as a Shimano FD661 SLX front derailleur and Shimano Altus BR-M366 hydraulic disc brakes.  The 4 Season 500 is offered in two colors: Matte Orange and Black.

Weight: ??

Frame: Alloy 6061 w/Custom Formed TT, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger

Fork: Full CrMo Straight Blade (135mm QR)

Headset: 1-1/8″ Straight

Brakes: Shimano Altus BR-M366 Hydraulic 180/160mm Disc

Component Group: Shimano SLX/Acera

Drivetrain: 3 x 9 (Front 42/32/22t  Rear 11-34t)

Rear Spacing: 12 x 170mm Thru Axle

Rims: 80mm Alloy Triangle Drilled Rims

Tires: Knobby 26 x 4 inch 60TPI Wire Bead

Framed Wolftrax Alloy:  $1,099.00

Framed Wolftrax Alloy

The Framed Wolftrax Alloy is an all new fat bike with a unique Hydroformed 6061 Alloy frame.  The all new straight blade alloy fork features triple braze-ons.  It is offered in 4 colors: Black/Yellow, Black/Red, Black/Black, and White/Black.

Weight: 33lbs 8oz

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

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

Headset: 1-1/8” – 1-1/2″ Neco Tapered

Brakes: SRAM BB5 160mm Disc

Component Group: SRAM X5/X7

Drivetrain: 1 x 10 (Front 32t  Rear 11-36t)

Rear Spacing: 190mm QR

Rims: 80mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Framed Wolftrax 26 x 4 inch 72TPI Wire Bead

Framed Minnesota 3.0:  $1,099.95

Framed Minnesota 3.0

The Framed Minnesota 3.0 is the premier bike in the Minnesota line.  It features an aluminum alloy frame with tapered head tube and 190mm spacing in the rear.  It features SRAM X7 components and Avid BB7 brakes.  The MN 3.0 is offered in Black/Red, Black/Blue, and White/Blue.

Weight: 32lbs 5oz

Frame: 6061 Aluminum Alloy

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

Headset: 1-1/8” – 1-1/2″ Neco Tapered

Brakes: SRAM BB7 160mm Disc

Component Group: SRAM X7

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

Rear Spacing: 190mm QR

Rims: 80mm Aluminum Alloy Drilled Rims

Tires: Framed 26 x 4 inch 120TPI Folding

 

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Josh

Hi I’m Josh. I grew up in the Twins Cities and as a kid I rode my bike all over the west metro area, in addition to fixing up bikes for myself and others. Through these experiences, I developed a life-long passion for biking. Since then, I received a B.S. in Physics from Bethel University and met my wife Santi. When I was in college, I spent a lot of time building and collecting bikes in our tiny one-bedroom apartment in St. Paul. At one point, we had at least 6 bikes stuffed into the apartment. I’d have a bike build in progress on the floor of the living room and the rest of the bikes hanging on DIY storage racks. I built my first fat bike, a Salsa Mukluk 2, in that apartment. I’m currently working on an Alubooyah Fat Bike build.

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    Mickloco

    Done well matey,…sounds alot like my place, lifestyle,..keep on rockin😉👍

    • Josh

      Glad to hear you liked the post!

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