Globalization is coming full circle and production is coming back home. For the new Corvus from Fatback home is the big wild state of Alaska. Fatback has been pioneering innovations in fat bikes since 2007 with a whole host of them implemented in their first carbon creation. Rock past the break to see more of the goods…


The first carbon steed in the Fatback corral, the Corvus is implementing a 190mm symmetrical rear hub spacing that Fatback has recently developed and tested. The frame itself is made with a unidirectional carbon fiber layup. The front triangle is fully monocoque and the chainstays and seatstays are bonded.


Fatback says the new carbon Corvus is “made for snow treks and shoreline tours, long hauls and short joy rides, week long excursions and weekend races; it’s ready for any adventure.” And with a laundry list of well thought-out specs it appears they may just be right. Specs include four integrated rear rack mounts, three water-bottle cage mounts, tapered headtube, removable rear derailleur hanger, rear 12mm thru axle, removable front derailleur spacer (enabling the use of either single or double setups), standard BSA threaded external BB, and tire clearance for up to 4.8 inches of terrain shredding tread.


The Corvus fork also rocks unidirectional carbon fiber monocoque construction. Featuring the standard 15mm thru axle, it boasts a molded cable channel, post mounts for 160mm rotors, 135mm spacing, and its own 4.8 inch gobbling clearance.


Available in 16, 18 and 20 inch models the Corvus in being offered for pre-order at a temporarily discounted price (frame: $1,750; frameset: $2,000; fork: $400). Hit the offer here.


  1. l am truly shocked on how not as expensive as l thought that would be.
    Made in the Usa… carbon made in the Usa…. Made in Alaska.

  2. Can we get some clarification here… is this frame/fork truly manufactured in the USA? I highly doubt it. Their website says all their current (aluminum/steel) bikes are “Alaska Built Bicycles. Made in the USA.” “Built”, of course, meaning assembled in Alaska, since Gunnar had produced their steel frame, and Sapa, then Zen, produced the aluminum frames. The carbon forks were sourced overseas. To my knowledge there is no carbon manufacturer in North America that could produce decent quantities of frames at a reasonable price. And nowhere I’ve seen in the Corvus promo material is there an actual claim of US manufacturing.

    Looks like a fine frame (or a fine rendering of one, really) if you’re into plastic – but let’s be realistic about its origin. If I’m wrong, someone let me know and I will be the first to say kudos for making it happen!

  3. If they can make a carbon frame in the USA for that price, all of the other brands are lying about the cost of manufacturing in the USA.

  4. No, it’s not a US-made frame. From Fatback’s Facebook post last week:

    “Still made in USA?”
    September 12 at 5:40pm

    Fatback Bikes: “No. I would love to use one of the great US builders such as Craig Calfee, Bob Parlee, or Nick Crumpton, but it would price it right out of the market.”
    September 12 at 7:15pm

  5. No, as soon as you talk about Carbon, you’re talking China or Taiwan. The only thing about Fatback is they have in big huge letters on their website “ALASKA BUILT BICYCLES • MADE IN THE USA”. But then, when you get in to it, it’s like… wait, of all the parts and frames they offer *only* the AL frame is made in the US and it’s made in Seattle. They are also kinda defensive about it, in my experience.

What do you think?