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We're really excited to introduce the Minnesota 2.0, the new top-of-the line model in the Fat Bike series from Framed Bikes. It's a fully-featured Fat Bike that solves two problems that face people wanting to get a Fat Bike… high price and lack of versatility.
The Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike is priced under $900 but it's not short on quality. The frameset is oversized 6160 alloy tubing. The drivetrain is SRAM commanding all 18 gears. Framed went with Avid BB5 brakes for reliable stopping power in all temperatures. It even comes stock with sealed alloy pedals w/removable pins. The rims are Framed Alloy Single Wall and drilled out for an excellent strength to weight ratio. The Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike also comes stock with the Vee Rubber Mission 120TPI Lightweight Folding tires. The geometry on the Minnesota 2.0 has a shorter cockpit than the Minnesota 1.0 giving it a more trail and free ride feel.
Now let's talk versatility. Framed Bikes developed the Fattie Slims wheel set packages to maximize use of the Minnesota Fat Bike series. The additional wheel set options (Pat.Pending) allow switching from a "fat setup" to an even lighter, even faster "29 Fattie Slims wheel set" with no tools or mechanical skills. We're so excited about the design and versatility of this wheel set package that for a limited time, we're more or less ($99) giving away a Fattie Slims wheel set with every Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0.
NOTE: All complete bikes are sold and delivered partially assembled. Final assembly should be done by a qualified BMX technician. Failure to have the bike assembled by a qualified technician may void the warranty and could result in damage and/or injury if not assembled correctly. As an industry standard, some bikes might have minor cosmetic blemishes due to the nature of shipping.
First off I'd like to give a couple missing specs
standover (to center of toptube) 31 inches
bottom bracket height 13 inches
fork offset 4.5 cm (seems like the spec sheet has a typo)
I found the bottom bracket to be a bit higher than I'm used to making me feel like I'm on the bike rather than in it when the seat is adjusted for optimal pedaling. It also makes it a little more of a hassle to mount the bike in deep snow. The flipside of course is increased clearance which I do appreciate. On a related note, I wish the standover was a bit lower to help make unplanned dismounts less hazardous especially when your feet might sink into the snow. Those looking for more standover might consider the motobocane boris, nashbar's fatbike, or the motobocane fantom.
I do not consider the effective top tube to be short, in fact it is almost the same as my previous trek hardtail 18 inch frame. I think the weird thing is that the top tube doesn't get much larger for the larger sizes.
The 16 inch frame has a LOT of mechanical trail compared to other fatbikes (larger frames will be different since they have a steeper headtube angle). My fork having more offset than listed in the spec sheet makes this less dramatic, but it is still more than most other mountain bikes. I've found that this translates to slow (as in not twitchy) steering which I think is a good thing for riding on snow, but I might not appreciate it as much for riding on dirt. The tires also self steer dramatically at low pressures on pavement (if you lean or turn to the left, the bike will pull hard to the left). This makes the bike very difficult to ride no handed if you care about that, but I've found it isn't really a big deal if both hands are on the bars and you're ready for it. It isn't noticeable at all on snow. Not sure how much of this is inherent to low pressure tires and how much is related to the tire shape and increased mechanical trail.
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