Yes, there has been quite a bit of talk around here lately regarding fatbikes, and for good reason – they’re quickly gaining popularity. While more companies are thinking about introducing new hardtail fatbikes like the On-One Askja, it seems Salsa is looking to take it to the next level with the possibility of a full suspension fatbike.
Revealed on Salsa’s Blog, the prototype frame looks to be similar to a modified Spearfish or HorseThief frame. The biggest design challenges around a full suspension fatbike would obviously be fitting the massive tires in the rear triangle, but also accommodating for the tire when the suspension is compressed. Also, while there are a few forks on the market that will accommodate a fatbike wheel (Maverick and Flame to name a few), if Salsa plans to sell these in the future, who knows, it might bring out a new fatbike compatible fork from a major manufacturer.
Salsa stresses that this is currently just a prototype, with no solid plans for production. However, if you are interested, you should probably head over to their blog and let them know.