At one end of the spectrum, fat bikes prices are climbing to new heights as carbon fiber, bigger tires, and even suspension get thrown into the mix. On the other end, more and more manufacturers are coming out with smartly equipped fat bikes that many more riders can afford – especially if they’re just testing the fat bike waters.
As one of the last companies we expected to be offering fat bikes, SE Bikes has stepped in with not one, but two fatties that look good – and that’s before you see the price…
Admittedly, SE isn’t the first company to sell fat bikes at the $899 price point, but at that price point they have managed to build a pretty sweet bike. Called the F@E (get it? Fattie?), SE jumps into fat bikes with a SE 1 Double butted alloy frame and alloy fork which is also the same frame used for the higher spec F@R (Fatter). Both frames use a 135mm symmetrical front hub with a 135mm offset rear hub and quick releases all around. Bottom brackets is the standard 100mm threaded affair, with a semi-integrated headset.
In addition to some upgraded componentry for $1299, the F@R also runs wider rims, though both bikes are equipped with a wider rim in front than in the rear (likely for chain/tire clearance for the triple). The F@E has a 93/73mm combo while the F@R bumps things up to 101/80mm front and rear with all of the rims drilled out for weight savings. Each frame has clearance for 4.0″ tires and runs either the 72tpi wire bead or 120tpi folding bead Vee Tire Co. Mission tires.
Just how do you offer fat bikes with a quality spec and hydraulic disc brakes at these prices? 9 speed triples. We’re assuming the market for 9 speed triples isn’t what it used to be, which definitely helped keep the prices down. Even with the lower spec, both bikes are still lighter than my first Pugsley at 34.4 and 35.5lbs (claimed).