– The Specialized Fuse is a new hardtail mountain bike that is not merely a delicate XC climber. In fact, the design of this rig indicates a decent-loving, speed-craving machine that will take a beating and come back for more… all without sacrificing uphill efficiency. The emerging category of 650b+ (that’s right, 650b PLUS) is defying logic and proving that more volume can actually equate to more speed and enhanced control.
6Fattie, as Specialized refers to it, builds upon the 650b (27.5”) wheel size and wraps it in a super wide 3” tire resulting in increased floatation, traction, and improved handling. Fitting extra wide tires into a frame while still maintaining a reasonable chainstay length requires a healthy dose of ingenuity, and with that in mind, the Fuse uses a diamond shaped split just before the chainstay meets the bottom bracket. This design, along with the use of the 3mm offset of the Boost chainring that accompanies the 12x148mm rear end provides enough clearance to run a true 3.0” tire with room to spare. The front of the bike uses the Boost standard as well, with 15×110 measurements to fit fatter tires.
Let’s face it, the 6Fattie wheel system is the inevitable culmination of the successes of both larger diameter wheels and the growing popularity of “Fat Bikes.” With the new Fuse from Specialized, you get what is arguably the most capable hardtail to date. Oh, and they make a version for the ladies as well! Each will be offered with three different parts packages with prices ranging from $1,600 to $3,100. Both the Fuse and the women’s Ruze are expected to be available this June… See ya at the ‘Haus!