Framed Minnesota 3.0 Fat Bike

The first winter storm hit Michigan and dropped about 9″ on us.  I took the Santa Cruz out for a quick spin and had a blast, although it didn’t really handle turns well at all, airing down the 27.5 helped with straight line riding.

This of course got me thinking about all the fat tire bikes out there.  What is the big deal, how do they work in the snow?  I decided I needed to find out, so after a little research I found this inexpensive mid-level bike.  Below are the specs on the Framed Minnesota 3.o with aluminum frame and 4″ wide tires.

I purchased this from which offers a lot of different models of the Framed fat bikes.  As of this writing I am awaiting UPS to drop it off at my door any minute so I’ll have a follow up on the packaging and un-packaging of the bike!


Key Features of Framed Minnesota 3.0 Fat Bike w/ Bluto Fork:
Frame: FRAMED Exclusive Oversized 6061 Aluminum Alloy frame. BLUTO READY; TIG Welded Oversized 6061 Aluminum Alloy, Tapered Headtube, Integrated Headset, Replaceable Derailleur Hanger, Cage Brazeons, Sealed 100mm Bottom Bracket. 16″ 18″ 20″ 22. Please see sizing chart for correct stand over
Fork: RockShox Bluto Suspension fork; 100mm Solo Air Spring, turn key damping, disc mount, 150 mm spacing. Fits wheels from 26″ x 4.8″ to 29″ x 2″ (150mm w/15mm thru axle)
Headset: Neco Headset 1 1/8″ – 1 1/2″
Gear: 2X10, Front 28/38t Rear 11-32
Crank Set: Truvativ 28/38t, 175mm alloy cranks with Square taper fully-replaceable, durable heat-treated steel chainrings.
Bottom Bracket: Neco 100mm Sealed
Cassette: Sram 10 Speed Cassette 11-32t
Shifters: Sram X7 2 x 10 Speed Trigger Shifters
Front Derailleur: Sram X7 Front Derailleur; Smooth Shifting X-Glide Drive.
Rear Derailleur: Sram X7 Rear Derailleur Exact Actuation for precise and dependable 10 speed performance
Chain: KMC X10EPT Stretch-resistant ECO- ProteQ for superior rust resistance
Brakes: Avid BB7 mechanical disc with 160 mm rotors, Dual Knob Pad Adjustment, Tri-Align Caliper Positioning
Brake Levers: Avid FR-5; Aluminum, Reversible, Flat Rate Pull Reach Adjustment, Qwik-Adjust Barrel Adjuster
Handlebar: FRAMED Lightweight Alluminum Alloy 710mm, 12 degree sweep 1/2 inch rise
Grips: FRAMED lightweight low profile lock on
Bar Stem: FRAMED Aluminum Alloy 100mm Threadless 6 degree rise, 4 bolt
Saddle: WTB Volt Saddle 135mm Enough padding for all day riding comfort yet scant enough weights for XC competition gaining it endless acclaim and popularity among riders.
Seat Clamp: Promax Seatpost Clamp MX-86 35mm 8NM
Seat Post: FRAMED Lightweight Alluminum Alloy 400mm X 31.6mm
Front Hub: Quanta Alloy 14G x 32H x 150mm Sealed, 15mm Thru Axle
Rear Hub: Quanta Alloy 14G x 32H x 190mm Sealed Quick Release Axle
Rims: FRAMED Aluminum Alloy Single Wall Rim, 80mm wide, 32h, Weight Reducing Cut Outs, Double pinned for weight savings/max strength
Spokes: 14Ga. Stainless Steel with Brass Nipple
Tires: FRAMED Minnesota Fat Tire 26″ x 4″ 120 TPI Folding All weather tread ultralite casting
Tubes: Innova 0.8MM Lightweight Tubes
Pedals: Not included; Please check out our Framed brand Pedals
Weight: 34 lbs 3oz: Framed bases the weight of their MN 3.0 bikes on an average 18″ Frame. The exact weight may vary slightly from what is posted.

Key Features of the Rock Shox Bluto RL 100mm Bike Fork:

  • TRAVEL: 100MM
  • WEIGHT: 1,796g (3.96lb)
  • ADJUSTMENTS: Reboun, crown or remote lockout
  • CROWN: Forged, AL66 TV aluminum
  • UPPER TUBES: 32mm aluminum, Fast Black
  • LOWERS: Magnesium
  • COLOR OPTIONS: Black, White (OEM only), Diffusion Black (OEM only)
  • Axle: 15x150mm Maxle Lite
  • Offset: 51mm
  • Brake Type: Disc

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