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Framed Minnesota 3.0 XWT Fat Bike w/ Bluto Fork



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Description: Framed Minnesota 3.0 XWT Fat Bike w/ Bluto Fork

The Framed Minnesota 3.0 symbolizes the pinnacle of evolution of the Minnesota fat bike series.  Adopting the best features from its earlier brethren, the Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0, the 3.0 combines the affordability Framed Bikes is known for with the most desirable fat bike attributes. The Minnesota 3.0 is the most capable and advanced bike in the Minnesota line.  This bike utilizes a cross country mountain biking geometry to put the rider in a position to achieve the most leverage and power over the bike while keeping a comfortable position.  Front 150mm and rear 190mm hub spacing offers the versatility to run up to 4.8" tires while also providing a strong and stable platform to increase power transfer and control.

The Minnesota 3.0 frame has a tapered headtube, which serves multiple purposes.  First and foremost, the tapered head tube provides a wider steering base which improves control, cornering ability, and overall power transfer. Pressure and force is more evenly distributed using a larger base for the head tube-fork interface.  Second, the tapered head tube allows the rider to upgrade to the latest and greatest forks on the market, including the Framed Carbon fork, Lauf Carbonara, RST Renegade, and Rockshox Bluto.  The control aspects combined with the ability to run multiple fork options makes this Minnesota the obvious trail-slaying fat bike choice.      

This ground pounder starts with a 6061 oversized Aluminum alloy frame set for high intensity riding, but yet light enough to maintain pin-point maneuverability.  The Minnesota 3.0 has an upgraded SRAM X7 2x10 drivetrain for even more range and climbing ability as well as stopping power from Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors.  The hubs and bottom bracket are sealed for a clean dependable roll.  Traction is brought to you by the Framed Minnesota 4" 120 tpi folding bead tires with lightweight tubes.  The result of this great combo is a true, take-it-anywhere, do-anything fat bike that won't break your piggy bank!

XWT - Extra Wide Tires: Super-size your Minnesota by adding this wide tire upgrade for minimal cost.  This version features massive 26 x 4.7" Vee Rubber BULLDOZER tires. Ride these XL skins at low pressure for insane traction and unsurpassed float over snow and sand. The XWT is designed to go far deeper into the unknown than standard fat bikes. Pedal through prehistoric-like environments with a Minnesota 3.0 XWT. 

MN 3.0 XWT with Rockshox Bluto fork:  RockShox started with the features you've come to love: fast black aluminum upper tubes, stout 15mm Maxle or crown adjustable damping, tapered steerer tube, and the infinitely tunable Solo Air spring. The chassis received the fat treatment by re-engineering it to meet the unique needs of fat tires and wheels. Everything from crown to axle has been optimized to tackle the increased torsional loads of its wide stance. With more traction and control than ever before, you'll never be happier you went fat.

Key Features of Framed Minnesota 3.0 XWT Fat Bike w/ Bluto Fork:
Frame: FRAMED Exclusive Oversized 6061 Aluminum Alloy frame. BLUTO READY; TIG Welded Oversized 6061 Aluminum Alloy, Tapered Headtube, Integrated Headset, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger, Cage Brazeons, Sealed 100mm Bottom Bracket. 16" 18" 20" 22. Please see sizing chart for correct stand over
Fork: RockShox Bluto Suspension fork; 100mm Solo Air Spring, turn key damping tapered steerer, disc mount, 150 mm spacing. Fits wheels from 26" x 4.8" to 29" x 2" (150mm w/15mm thru axle)
Headset: Neco Headset 1 1/8" - 1 1/2"
Gear: 2X10, Front 28/38t Rear 11-32
Crank Set: Truvativ 28/38t, 175mm alloy cranks with Square taper fully-replaceable, durable heat-treated steel chainrings.
Bottom Bracket: Neco 100mm Sealed
Cassette: Sram 10 Speed Cassette 11-32t
Shifters: Sram X7 1 x 10 Speed Trigger Shifters
Front Derailleur: Sram X7 Front Derailleur; Smooth Shifting X-Glide Drive.
Rear Derailleur: Sram X7 Rear Derailleur Exact Actuation for precise and dependable 10 speed performance
Chain: KMC X10EPT Stretch-resistant ECO- ProteQ for superior rust resistance
Brakes: Avid BB7 mechanical disc with 160 mm rotors, Dual Knob Pad Adjustment, Tri-Align Caliper Positioning
Brake Levers: Avid FR-5; Aluminum, Reversible, Flat Rate Pull Reach Adjustment, Qwik-Adjust Barrel Adjuster
Handlebar: FRAMED Lightweight Alluminum Alloy 710mm, 12 degree sweep 1/2 inch rise
Grips: FRAMED lightweight low profile lock on
Bar Stem: FRAMED Aluminum Alloy 100mm Threadless 6 degree rise, 4 bolt
Saddle: WTB Volt Saddle 135mm Enough padding for all day riding comfort yet scant enough weights for XC competition gaining it endless acclaim and popularity among riders.
Seat Clamp: Promax Seatpost Clamp MX-86 35mm 8NM
Seat Post: FRAMED Lightweight Alluminum Alloy 400mm X 31.6mm
Front Hub: Quanta Alloy 14G x 32H x 150mm Sealed, 15mm Thru Axle
Rear Hub: Quanta Alloy 14G x 32H x 190mm Sealed Quick Release Axle
Rims: FRAMED Aluminum Alloy Single Wall Rim, 80mm wide, 32h, Weight Reducing Cut Outs, Double pinned for weight savings/max strength
Spokes: 14Ga. Stainless Steel with Brass Nipple
Tires: Vee Rubber Bulldozer 26"X 4.7" Silica, 120TPI, Folding Bead
Tubes: Innova 0.8MM Lightweight Tubes
Pedals: Not included; Please check out our Framed brand Pedals
Weight: 34 lbs 10oz: Framed bases the weight of their MN 3.0 XWT bikes on an average 18" Frame. The exact weight may vary slightly from what is posted.

Minnesota 3.0 Geometry Specs
Features of the Rock Shox Bluto RL 100mm Bike Fork:
  • TRAVEL: 100MM
  • WEIGHT: 1,796g (3.96lb)
  • ADJUSTMENTS: Reboun, crown or remote lockout
  • CROWN: Forged, AL66 TV aluminum
  • UPPER TUBES: 32mm aluminum, Fast Black
  • LOWERS: Magnesium
  • COLOR OPTIONS: Black, White (OEM only), Diffusion Black (OEM only)
  • Axle: 15x150mm Maxle Lite
  • Offset: 51mm
  • Brake Type: Disc
    Every Framed Fat Bike frame comes with a (3) year warranty. All components have a (1) year warranty, tires are excluded. The warranty covers defects in materials and craftsmanship, including manufacturing defects. The warranty does not cover any damages or defects caused by abuse, accidents or other incidents that are not the result of normal use of the product. See manufacturer warranty for more information. Warranty is valid for original purchaser only.

Minnesota 3.0 XWT w/ Bluto Fork

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NOTE: All bikes are sold and delivered partially assembled. Final assembly should be done by a certified bike technician. Failure to have the bike assembled by a certified bike technician may void the warranty and could result in damage and/or injury if not assembled correctly.

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one. I got the S4 damper fluid in so I can go Bluto in winter too (if your region has freezing winter, you'll need one for your Bluto too). If you are getting Framed 3.0 GO WITH BLUTO! It's really fun and adds an expert bike appearance to this intermediate fat bike.

About XWT: Get one. You'll luv the feeling on mud and snow. It's an all-round tire with superb performance, and the traction on snowy roads / singletrack are indescribable. It grips and floats well - maybe not as much as off-road snow riding specialized tires like Surly Bud and Lou, but I needed one because I bike on roads more often. Must say, Bulldozer is smooth on-road as well as off-road.

About the bike: Much lighter, much faster, much snazzier than I expected! I definitely feel like it's got more value than what I paid for. Bike parts aren't the best in the market, but it's definitely above average; I'd say intermediate. If you are a fat bike beginner like me, you might not have to go through all the hassle of changing the groupset, brakes (to hydraulic) and other parts for a while. Know maintenance is key.

Living at downtown Halifax, Canada, this item arrived with quite a few hidden shipping costs and taxes which kind of left my bank account a deep cut. Yet, I have zero regrets. Riding every day, in ANY weather, on any terrain and for all sorts of purposes I know no vehicle would treat me better than this fat bike. The best part yet is that I started enjoying snowstorms and extreme weathers to test my Framed MN 3.0... and to look out for people who stand in awe with their eyes fixated to my bike... and give them a smile.

Like any bike, you need to maintain this one well. After each plunging on dirty roads or trails, I take tires and fenders off the frame and wash all of them and spray bike grease on drivetrain and other parts within 30 minutes after riding it. Then I dry it in my room. I heard Sram X7 wears out quickly so I treat them with respect. Bluto, I treat it with even more respect... Let's say, if you are too lazy to shower you will smell eventually. If you are too lazy to shower and grease your bike your bike will rust eventually. I live by this rule, and because it became a habit this bike will live long with me.

I think I wrote a blog article here. My final verdict has three points: 1. Get one. 2. Get one - with XWT and Bluto. and 3. Get one, and you will see a new world.

Absolutely recommended. There is nothing to criticize about, especially at this price point. If you have more dollars, get maintenance tools, carbon rims and then a Lauf. Keep on pedaling.
Took it out to the snowy road and streets downtown, everyone passed by said something about my bike.
Took it out to the snowy road and streets downtown, everyone passed by said something about my bike.
December 20, 2016
Halifax, NS, CA
Age: 25-44

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This is just about is much bike as you can get for this price. Most fatties at this price do not come with a suspension fork. This one comes with a great fork and great components.
james d on Mar 8, 2016
Because fat bikes are rad.
Joseph W on Jun 3, 2015
This is just about is much bike as you can get for this price. Most fatties at this price do not come with a suspension fork. This one comes with a great fork and great components.
james d on Mar 8, 2016
I've been looking for a fat bike now for some time, and after doing the research and weighing the pros/cons, I decided that this bike has fantastic reviews and isn't going to break my budget. Had I all the money in the world, maybe I'd have gone with a Surly ICT, but this has suspension and is 2/3 the cost. Seems like a good deal.
Erich B on Jul 31, 2015
Because fat bikes are rad.
Joseph W on Jun 3, 2015
I've been looking for a fat bike now for some time, and after doing the research and weighing the pros/cons, I decided that this bike has fantastic reviews and isn't going to break my budget. Had I all the money in the world, maybe I'd have gone with a Surly ICT, but this has suspension and is 2/3 the cost. Seems like a good deal.
Erich B on Jul 31, 2015
Is the alloy fork thrown in for salty road conditions?
Josh J on Nov 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The alloy fork is considerably lighter, and much cheaper, than the suspension fork. And the suspension fork is not really needed when riding on snowy trails. Snow fills in holes and ruts, covers rocks, so snowy trails are often quite smooth. So, cheap alloy fork is included for riders that prefer it for winter use.

Yes - salt will destroy the the suspension fork, and lots of other parts on this, or any other, bike.

If you really need to ride on salty roads I would get a beater bike, not this nice $1600 bike.
What is the best way to size the bike? I'm 5'8 with a 28" inseam.
A shopper on Mar 27, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Not sure what the right way to size a bike is, but this bike was for my BF - he's 5'8-9 with a 29 inch inseam. We got him the medium. He's happy with the standover - any taller would be a problem, but the reach was long for him. We got a shorter stem for him and now it's perfect - it comes with a very long stem - I'd imagine shortening the stem also helped the handling. I'd go for the small, if I had to give advice, but keep in mind it's harder to make a bike feel bigger than it is to make a bike feel smaller.
is the bluto fork able to have changes made for heavier riders as I am a clydesdale ?
tc rider on Apr 9, 2015
You can make adjustments to the Bluto Fork (air adjustable), it also has full lock out ability. Note that the max rider weight for the 3.0 XWT is right around 300lbs.
Since this keeps getting more and more delayed (which I totally understand), is there any chance that the price can come back down to where it was before? I'm referring to the recent $100 price increase. Thanks.
Angelo R on Feb 13, 2015
I am going to forward your question to Customer Service... but also feel free to give them a shout: 1 (800) 409-7669.
Would this bike stand up to daily beach riding with the salt water and sand or would it be better to have coaster brakes with internal gears?
A shopper on Jun 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Any bike ridden daily in sand and salt water is going to deteriorate very quickly. Rinsing with fresh water and relubricating is a must, but it is difficult to remove all traces of salt and sand... Internal gears would be even harder to clean and probably wouldn't be sealed well enough to keep the water out. My experience from many years of surfing and using bikes as transportation led me to the point of just buying old beaters at yard sales, riding them till they died and getting another one saved my good bikes from getting destroyed... That being said, I love the way the bike rides in sand, it just floats over stuff that would bog down any other bike. And use "slime" in your tires! Where there is sand, there are usually stickers!
can you run tubeless?
peter on Apr 26, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The XWT bulldozer tires that came on my Minnesota 3.0 say" tubless ready" on the side. Had a bike shop do the conversion and they said it was tough to get a seal. The rear lost it's seal third time out. To be fair I was basically rock crawling in an aggressive manner. That's what this bike will make you want to do. So fun.
What is wxt ?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2016
BEST ANSWER: XWT:Extra Wide Tires
I am a 5'4'' female with 30 inseam with shoes. looking at the 16 inch with bluto shock, what does this bike weigh? is there any womans model close to this model? have any guys bought this for their gals? and did she love it?
adele w on Nov 28, 2016
From Framed: The bluto does raise the standover height of the bike by roughly 1 inch. Based on the information you provided I do believe this would be a safe size for you.
What's the bottom bracket height from the ground?
Jason D on Sep 26, 2016
The 18" 3.0 XWT will be like 12.5" from the ground.
Can I get this bike in the white black color ?
A shopper on Jul 4, 2016

unfortunately, we do not have that color option. We do have a Minnesota 3.0 that comes white/white and white/blue. Check it out here:
11/09/2015 Do you have the Minnesota 3.0 XWT Fat Bike with Bluto fork in stock? If not what is an average wait time. Also I'm not sure by your went if you still offer Alaskan alloy or carbon in 19"
A shopper on Nov 9, 2015
Currently, at this moment, they are in stock. They are moving quickly however. We, do still offer the Ak bikes in a 19" frame. There may be some limited color options at the moment.
When might you be carrying the new white/blue color option?
Jason A on Oct 5, 2015
Framed currently is not offering the White and blue version of the 3.0 in an XWT. Here is the regular version: What is odd is that the blue and white version is completely compatible to the XWT. Here are the standard Bulldozers: Let me know if this does not make sense.
I understand that there has been some talk regarding making 27.5 or 29ers slims for the 3.0. Any concrete action?
A shopper on Sep 1, 2015
I checked with Framed, and this month there is going to be both a 29er slick or trail option and a 27.5 wheel-set available for the 3.0. Chat with our Bike Shop for more details: 1 (800) 409-7669.
Why is this bike being continuously back ordered?
A shopper on May 7, 2015
You have a fair question.... we ran out of Bluto forks!! Framed attempted to rush us some, and they will be here this afternoon. If you order the bike it WILL ship by the middle of next week (they have continued to build the bikes and were waiting for the final parts.
Are any Sales Taxes applied to purchases from Texas?
Stan M on Jan 12, 2015
There will be no sales taxes applied to your purchase in Texas.... only in our home state of Minnesota.