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.
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.