First Look: Rocky Mountain Blizzard Storms back as RockShox Bluto Suspension Equipped Fat Bike!

BPP_5970 Wade Simmons

Rather than bringing the Rocky Mountain Blizzard back as another 27.5″ or 29″ hardtail, Rocky Mountain is doing something much more appropriate with the name. The new Blizzard is…. yes, a fat bike. And not just any fat bike, but an agile, trail oriented fat bike that is built to take advantage of the all new RockShox Bluto suspension fat bike fork. The options for fat bikes keep growing literally and figuratively, and the new Rocky Mountain Blizzard includes all of the current buzz worthy features, plus a few more…

Rocky Mountain Blizzard Fat Bike Bluto Suspension Fork RockShox (1)

Rocky Mountain Blizzard Fat Bike Bluto Suspension Fork RockShox (3) Rocky Mountain Blizzard Fat Bike Bluto Suspension Fork RockShox (2)

As their first entry into the fat bike world, Rocky has spliced their North Shore mountain roots into the fat bike DNA for what they call a true “mountain bike feeling” fat bike. The frame features a suspension corrected 68.5° head tube angle, 455mm chainstays, and a “shorter than average top tube” (590mm for M). Unlike the new Borealis, the Blizzard is constructed from Rocky’s FORM aluminum for a lightweight ride, and likely a more attainable price point.

Other details on the Blizzard include the use of a 197x12mm rear thru axle, and the new 100mm travel RockShox Bluto’s 150x15mm front axle standard, with clearance for 4.7″ tires on 100mm rims. Thanks to Rocky’s relationship with Race Face, the component manufacturer cooked up a custom 24t narrow-wide single ring and bash guard for the Blizzard that is offset to the drive side to clear the tires and offer the proper chainline. Shipped as a 1x, the crank is also compatible with 2x drivetrains and the frame features a front derailleur mount. The 197×12 rear Wheeltech fatso hub is equipped with a sealed bearing 6-pawl heavy duty freehub, and both hubs are laced to….. “SUNringle Mulefut 80 Tubeless Compatible rims.” Obviously, we haven’t had word of these rims from SUNringle yet, but it appears as though the company will be offering 80mm tubeless compatible fatbike rims in the near future.

The frame itself uses internally routed full length housing for shifting, brakes, and an internal dropper post, and includes two Anything Cage mounts with extra bosses for traditional frame bags. Those who want something a bit more trick than your standard frame bag, the Blizzard is compatible with their new strapless frame bag which is sold separately and manufactured by Porcelain Rocket. The bag mounts to the bottom of the top tube and uses water resistant fabric and zippers and is divided into a main compartment and an expandable pocket.

Rocky Mountain Blizzard geometry fat bike

The Blizzard is offered in S-XL, price is TBA and will be available this fall.

Rocky Mountain Blizzard Fat Bike Bluto Suspension Fork RockShox (4) BPP_5659 Brandon Crichton

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BPP_5917 Wade Simmons

You  may not get as rad as Wade Simmons or Brandon Crichton on the Blizzard, but like most fat bikes it’s guaranteed to be a good time.

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Comments

sark - 04/10/14 - 4:26am

As a long time (!) Rocky Mountain bicycles Blizzard fan (yes..a mouth full) I can only frown upon this thing.

Ok.. I am disappointed.. not because of the Fat bike concept.. Well, maybe because of the Fat bike concept…
I dislike Fat bikes…a Industry pushed fashion statement…

not to mention the hydro formed generic frames

the Blizzard has a pedigree and history of being an agile and sturdy STEEL trail bike…
What’s this? Nor flesh..nor fish..Just the name that has been used to justify this “thang”

What had Rocky actually had to offer the last 5 years in honest bikes with identity?? not much…

What sark said - 04/10/14 - 5:26am

This retrogrouch agrees. I love my 98 Blizzard, and my commuter is a Rocky I have owned since it was new in 1988. This new stuff is so meh. Sad to see the Blizz name pimped this way.

martin - 04/10/14 - 5:36am

Rock shox for fat bikes?? wow

Craig - 04/10/14 - 6:02am

@sark. Mate, what a grizzler you are.

How is a category of bike that allows more people to ride bikes over a more diverse range of environments and conditions a fashion statement? I’m guessing you have never ridden a fat bike, at least not in conditions that they are designed for.

Sure, some people are buying them to look cool, but being able to ride on snow through winter is awesome, not to mention good for the industry in many parts of the world. Then of course the ability to ride in sand for people in those environments. I agree the Blizzard is an iconic bike for Rocky, I too am well aware of its history. Okay so R.Mountain have taken the model name in a different direction but at least its a name well suited for this new bike.

And how is using high-tec tube forming generic? I’m a fan of steel bikes and round tubes but using any modern technology does not just not deem something generic.

Well Rocky Mountain I think this new Blizzard is awesome and I will definitely be considering your brand when I get around to buying a fat bike.

Disclaimer: I don’t work for RM but did own a RM Oxygen Race back in 1997 and really like it.

haromania - 04/10/14 - 6:38am

“An industry pushed fashion statement”? What?

Consumers are the one’s pushing the industry to give fat bike riders more options, you have it completely backwards.

Dave - 04/10/14 - 7:01am

sark = So ignorant! Fat bikes have their place for sure. I was able to ride mine (several times a week) through a long hard Northeast winter this year. Fat bikers are able to get out and ride while the skinny tires hang in the basement. As a extra bonus, they’re a blast on dirt too. :)

John Spartan - 04/10/14 - 7:55am

Riding fat bikes in deep snow is cool.. but lately I see a lot of riders using them when it’s 70f out and the trails are dry as a bone.. they look really silly, but then again.. I look like robin hood in my lycra on my race bike. The universe balances it out.

Phil - 04/10/14 - 8:19am

I have two Fatties, so I must be High Fashion. OH YEA!

Fattylocks - 04/10/14 - 8:23am

Fat tire bike are not going away. They have been creeeping around in the background for a long time and now they have gone viral. I see a lot of them on my local trails. Year round.
Just thinking, isn’t a 24T front ring kind of small ? New front axle standard? Why a front suspension fork? Don’t the tires run about 8-12 psi? Is it made in Canada, think I know the answer to that one. And It’s Rockys name kind of fits.

Ricky - 04/10/14 - 8:42am

Agree, Fat Bikes = consumer pushed

650b = Industry pushed

Chader09 - 04/10/14 - 8:42am

“and the new 10mm travel RockShox Bluto’s ”

10mm travel???

Can you fix this Zach?

alex - 04/10/14 - 8:44am

The big story here is the Rockshox fork. It’s about time. Awesome job Rockshox!

Daniel Gibson - 04/10/14 - 8:57am

I have a 2001 Blizzard that I absolutely love and is still getting all kinds of love and abuse. I think this version is exactly appropriate. I just don’t get all these people that resist progress. Who cares that the Blizzard used to be steel, or this or that. They stopped making it. It is an iconic name for RM and they can do what they want with it and they made a killer fat bike. I will be saving my money for this and it will have a spot right next to my 2001 Blizzard.

J - 04/10/14 - 8:57am

Seeing fatbikes plow through the powder is tempting me to get one for myself….

Honest question though… Is an oil damped suspension fork going to be any use at -20 C? That oil is going to get awful thick no?

Brendan - 04/10/14 - 9:03am

I don’t know which is more fashionable, fat bikes or bitching about them on the Internet…

I can’t wait to see one of these in person. A trail oriented fat bike already exists in the Surly Krampus, but for those wanting wider tires and quicker handling this RM looks awesome. (Full disclosure I sell Rockys. Or as Sark would call them, dishonest bikes with no sense of self…).

dgww - 04/10/14 - 9:11am

@ Brendan- “I don’t know which is more fashionable, fat bikes or bitching about them on the Internet…”

Touche. My Friend.

k - 04/10/14 - 9:15am

Run thinner (lower oil weight) oil in the damper & lowers if you’re going way under freezing.

Sean R - 04/10/14 - 9:20am

If you think the fat bike thing is a fad just roll up to Kingdom Trails in VT any time next winter and watch some of those folks ride, big miles, singletrack, jumps, and everyone is in mid-season fitness. If you’re ok with taking a few months off riding or sitting on the trainer that’s awesome for you….I’m kinda into the endless riding season myself.

BTW that old steel 26″ blizzard was rad…so was the first stumpjumper, should that bike remain a clunker? You people are seriously killing me.

ChadQuest - 04/10/14 - 9:26am

Dang, first comment is silly.

Fat bikes enable us in many parts of the country to ride, when otherwise our only option would be the trainer. Now, I am a 365 bike commuter, and rode through all of this last winters -48f temps. There were days where my 29er with 400 carbide studs couldn’t go anywhere, and I was all over town on my fat bike. They are practically a necessity.

Do you realize how many people are getting into cycling for the first time, because of fat bikes? A shit ton.
Everyone who spends time on one of these things can’t help but smile as they go places thought impossible, and run over everything they find. Me, you, and the future riders we are creating. How do I know this? Because I am selling fat bikes and creating these riders. People that go from walking by our store on their way to McDonalds, being awestruck, and then riding bikes and commuting and living a small part of their life by bike.

More people riding bikes, more people supporting a healthy lifestyle, more people helping the industry grow. Only good things as far as I can see.

Aaron - 04/10/14 - 10:45am

Regardless if it’s “An industry pushed fashion statement” or consumer driven. This Blizzard looks a hell of a lot of fun.

Jesse Edwards - 04/10/14 - 11:44am

What a waste of glorious untouched powder…

James S - 04/10/14 - 12:04pm

Two things:

1. Why did they make the top tube shorter than average?
2. Where’s the detailed article about the RockShox Bluto?

eric - 04/10/14 - 12:23pm

best part of this story was the shredding… might have to trade my skis out on my next backcountry trip…

Fattylocks - 04/10/14 - 12:33pm

@eric Not bagging on fat bikes, but my guess is the pics are all photo shopped.

@j Oil in the Bluto fork , probably best to use Olive Oil.

J - 04/10/14 - 12:35pm

@k – Fair enough, I get that you can swap out the oil but with our winters we get everything from 0 C through to -40C. Seems like a bit of a hassle to swap oil with the frequent changes in temperatures. I like the concept of the bike but I’d sooner go for a rigid fork I guess.

bsimon - 04/10/14 - 12:49pm

That tubeless compatible rim is worth noting as well. Personally I don’t get the need for suspension on a fatbike, but then I’m a rigid bigot for mountain bikes too.

Mindless - 04/10/14 - 1:06pm

Awesome. Now we are getting there.

alexvpaq - 04/10/14 - 2:19pm

I dunno about the fad but when I’ll have the $$$, as a canadian living in quebec, I’ll definitely try to get a fatbike. I’m really considering getting something mtb with snow tires and everything, maybe even commuting with something like that eventually. I just have a hard time figuring out where to start and funding that project lol.

RMB Brian - 04/10/14 - 5:36pm

@Fattylocks — I promise you that none of the photos are digitally altered to show any action that didn’t happen. Wade Simmons is a master of blasting steep-n-deep anything, and our Brand Manager Brandon Crichton carving the corner is on a hard layer of West Coast freeze-thaw crust. We wouldn’t have designed a fat bike that wasn’t capable of having a blast on our winter trails and terrain, and we certainly wouldn’t misrepresent our riding.

Re: the Blizzard name, it’s near and dear to our heart too! We thought long and hard about the naming process (Glacier and Avalanche were also potential historical names, but not available for other reasons), and concluded that it would be criminal to create a kick-ass fat bike and NOT reintroduce the Blizzard name with it.

Thanks everyone!

Andrew Cunningham - 04/10/14 - 11:39pm

Anyone who thinks fat bikes are a fad or fashion statement is either jealous, or ignorant. Where I live (Alaska) winter is sometimes over half of the year! Who wants to stick to sidewalks or stay on a trainer for 6-7 months? It keeps me fit and gets me to work daily. Just got done with an epic crust riding day with perfect spring conditions riding where no other bike with less than 4″ tires would be able to go today! Long live fat bikes!

Jeff B - 04/11/14 - 8:45am

Fat bikes are fun and definitely not a fad. Fat bikes have their place in cycling. That place however is not riding on blissful singletrack in 70 degree weather. Its laughable seeing fat bikes on the trails in the middle of summer.

Jeff B - 04/11/14 - 9:34am

Fat biking is fun and definitely not a fad. They have their place in cycling and serve a specific niche. There place however is not riding blissful singletrack in 70 degree temperatures. Its laughable seeing people on the trails on fat bikes in the middle of the summer. People who ride fat bikes in the summer are like people who refer to themselves in the 3rd person. They can’t be trusted.

SDS - 04/11/14 - 3:47pm

I can’t wait to get my hands on one. I have a 97 Blizzard hanging in my garage right now because it is snowing again. I just got back from a ride on my Moonlander. Looks like I’ll be selling the Surly. Would like to see the Classic White paint back though too. I think it would great with the graphics of the new bike.

Fat bikes in the summer are fun! Definitely not fast but fun. I had a blast on mine last year. Truly a bike that you can use all year round.

Rider X - 04/11/14 - 9:32pm

Looks like Rocky Mountain did a very good job. Sure I could change a thing or two but it looks to be very refined. I am not surprised by the negative comments, I do find many of them to be quite humorous. I ride mine year round and have been laughed at many times before the start of the ride. Maybe if they tried one they would not be so narrowed minded.

demi - 04/13/14 - 12:59pm

Don’t knock fat bikes on summer trails until tried. Mine climbs up over stuff that is often unridable on my 29er. A local racer bought a fat bike last fall and made same comment cleaned several ledges he never cleared on his 26 and 29 trail/xc bikes.

Guys were complianing wet leaves dangerous over certain rooty trails – rangers not allowing leaf blowers on trails. 3.8 inch tire fat bike hooks up real quick when breaks loose really fun.

Seriously, I bought my fatbike for snow riding. It’s so fun on trails, builds confience climbing places skinny tires spin out on. My expensive 29inch bike spent a lot of time at home while less expensive fat bike was a hoot to ride most of fall.

Try one they are addicting and way more fun than anyone would ever imagine. :-) Fatbike demo days would sell any army of fat bikes – and I’m talking summer trail demos – winter sled (snowmobile) trails is like a ride into heaven. I’m not a bike shop employee – just someone who wished she’d tried a fatbike a few years earlier :-)

Pete Basinger - 05/02/14 - 9:33am

Nice job Rocky Mtn. Geometry looks really good. This goes to the top of my list.

RaffyD - 05/27/14 - 6:34pm

I purchase a Minesota 2.0 fatbike to extend my riding season. A little different in the snow but fun to ride. I tried it on the trail in spring and fell in love with the bike, they roll over everything, roots, rocks, float over sand and climbs extremely well. I can’t wait to get into a carbon suspension fatty. Once a fattie bikes you theres almost no turning back. Love my fatty!

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