Okay, so fat bikes have gone crazy and everyone's doing it. Kind of. Fat tyres mean extra grip and extra fun but if the idea of snow riding epics on full blown fat bikes is a little extreme, there is an in between style that is gaining in popularity. The Specialized Fuse is one of this new breed capitalising on fat bike fun. Essentially a trail hardtail, the Specialized Fuse is a 27.5+ bike that can be run as a 29er. This makes it an enjoyable, versatile bike, and a dream for those who love to tweak with their bike setup. Off the shelf, the Fuse comes with 27.5" wheels and a 3.0" tyre which translates to monster grip out on the trail. What you’ll love about the fattie platform is that you’ve never had so much grip in your life but you won't feel like you’re slogging up hills in the same way you do on a red blooded 4.0" fat bike. The Specialized Fuse offers the best of both worlds.
The Specialized Fuse has several frame and spec level options that are less straight forward than you might first think. Firstly, the Fuse offers two different geometries, an unusual feature for a single bike model. The A1 Aluminum frame of the lower end models has longer chainstays and a higher bottom bracket. This is largely due to the simpler frame design around the bottom bracket, which can prove challenging when fitting larger volume tyres. The M4 Aluminum and carbon frame models have shorter stays and a lower bottom bracket, which delivers a marginally more stable and responsive ride. The carbon models are made from Specialized FACT 10m carbon fibre, and all have the SWAT™ Door for spares storage in the frame down-tube, one of our favourite Specialized features. Rounding out the line up there is, of course, an S-Works model that just goes to show the popularity of this trail platform.
Selecting the right model will come down to budget in most cases. Having said that, if you can push your spend to the Fuse Comp 6, with the M4 Aluminum frame geometry, we are sure you will appreciate the ride quality long after the extra cost is forgotten. Overall, the Specialized Fuse is a great value trail hardtail that will stand up to some serious abuse. If you want a capable trail hardtail on a budget with a little injection of fat bike fun, this is your bike.
Drive trainSRAM NX
Gear ratios1x11 Mountain
Frame buildAlloy Pro