Ned Overend Spotted with Specialized Fat Bike Prototype

Ned Overend Spotted with Specialized Fat Bike Prototype

At a recent fatbike race, MTBR user akt42 spotted Ned Overend with what appears to be a prototype Specialized fat bike. We’ve heard rumors of the big brands looking to jump on the fat bike wagon, and after seeing this, it can’t be far off. According to akt42, the hydroformed aluminum frame was running Big Fat Larrys on Clown Shoe rims built symmetrically and had a rear end wider than 170mm. So far we’ve heard rumors of 186.5 to 190mm rear fatbike hub width in the works and it looks like Specialized may jump right in with the new standard on their first go.

Check out a close up of the bike after the break.

Ned Overend Spotted with Specialized Fat Bike Prototype

The offset double e*thirteen crankset provides the necessary clearance for the BFLs. The frame looks pretty tasty with all of the hydroforming – I wonder what it weighs? Check out the thread on MTBR for more details.

 

Comments

Rob - 03/31/13 - 3:19pm

Points awarded to whomever for the branding of “Clown Shoe” rims.
Well done.

Androo - 03/31/13 - 3:27pm

It would be really nice if there was something in between a Pugsley and that Walmart fatbike on the market. Even if it was super basic, a $500-600 aluminum fatbike (Rigid fork. 1×8. Mechanical disks) would be excellent to broaden the market appeal.

Quinn - 03/31/13 - 3:45pm

the weight is appealing, glad they are going with the wider hub, meaning no off set rear wheel or crank, though I am kind of surprised they are going with the wider Clown Shoe/BFL, that means you Have to get new/rebuilt wheels if you want to go with the narrower tires, especially if they go with the 170+ proprietary hub.

WV Cycling - 03/31/13 - 4:03pm

I’d love to cut an inch off of those stanchions in order to have a more “leaned over” geometry on the bike. The risks of OTB’ing be damned!

Xris - 03/31/13 - 4:17pm

^^ Totally agreed. Would look like a race bike rather than a Fatbryd.

Wes - 03/31/13 - 6:43pm

WV Cycling and Xris, have you ridden through soft snow or sand very much? How has the “leaned over…OTB’ing be damned” approach worked for you? Just curious.

I hope this rumor comes true!

Jackie - 03/31/13 - 11:15pm

And the race continues to find a way to sell yet another bike to the same customer that already has one of everything else this industry has come up with. The only brands attracting new customers to bicycling are the internet direct sellers that exist by scalping pricing. I kinda hope Mongoose just guts this fatbike thing quickly so the subject changes soon.

Topmounter - 04/01/13 - 12:01am

Not bad for $7,500 list.

Dave - 04/01/13 - 2:48am

And soon they will tell their dealers that after this bike comes out that they cannot be Salsa or Surly dealers anymore. Just as was done if you were are Giro or Giant dealer.

Instead of trying to get the same customers to buy more bikeshow about if all of the bike companies actually tried to get more new people on bikes by really lobbying for safer cycling routes for new cyclists.

Fathead - 04/01/13 - 5:19am

I saw this bike as well, I think the frame weight was under 4lbs, has a 190mm rear end, and a PF30bb.
Looks pretty sick if you ask me! Competition drives innovation!

Bike Cycles - 04/01/13 - 7:37am

This is not their design for sure, but rather a “project black” bike that Ned rode for that event.
I think fat tires may attract new cyclists to the market.

off-roadie - 04/01/13 - 9:41am

Interesting bar-end placement.

SmooveP - 04/01/13 - 10:03am

@WV: The White Bros. Snowpack fatbike fork comes in 450 and 468mm A-to-C sizes. Not sure which one this is.

SmooveP - 04/01/13 - 10:09am

@Jackie: Everything you said is wrong.

Denny - 04/01/13 - 11:54am

Stop being whiner! More fatbike on market = good thing no where you slice it.

Alan - 04/01/13 - 12:50pm

@Topmounter, where are you getting your $7,500 price tag from?

Surly Shawn - 04/01/13 - 1:08pm

First Trek, then Mal-Wart, now Specialized. Let’s make bets on who is next. I say Giant.

bleek - 04/01/13 - 2:45pm

The new Specialized Stump-plumper?

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