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Specialized Fuse

  • Model2018 Fuse Comp 6Fattie
  • Star Rating (4)
  • RRP $2200
  • Model2018 Fuse 6Fattie
  • Star Rating (3.5)
  • RRP $1400

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. 




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At a glance

  • Trail.png

    Riding typeTrail

  • SRAM_NX.png

    Drive trainSRAM NX

  • 1x11_Mountain.png

    Gear ratios1x11 Mountain

  • AlPro.png

    Frame buildAlloy Pro

At a glance

  • Trail.png

    Riding typeTrail

  • Sram_GX.png

    Drive trainSRAM GX

  • 1x10_Mountain.png

    Gear ratios1x10 Mountain

  • AlMid.png

    Frame buildAlloy Mid


SPECIFICATIONS


  • Frame Specialized M4 Aluminum w/ Smooth Welds, tapered head tube and seat tube, forged post mount 160mm disc, 148mm thru-axle dropout, alloy replaceable derailleur hanger
  • Fork Manitou Machete 29/6Fattie, Absolute Plus damper, air spring, adjustable rebound and compression/lockout, 110x15mm thru-axle, 100/120mm of travel

  • Wheels Stout Trail SL 27.5, 19mm rim depth, 38mm internal width, tubeless ready, 24/28h
  • Tyres Purgatory, GRID casing, Gripton compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 3.0"

  • Shifters SRAM NX, trigger, 11-speed
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM NX, long cage, 11-speed
  • Crank Stout direct mount, forged alloy, 30mm alloy spindle
  • Cassette SRAM PG-1130, 11-speed, 11-42t
  • Chain KMC X11, 11-speed w/ Missing Link™
  • Bottom Bracket PF30 BB, 73mm shell

  • Saddle Body Geometry Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost Forged, 2-Bolt, 30.9mm, Offset 0mm, 120mm of travel, Internal Routing, 400mm
  • Handlebar Stout Pro Riser, double-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 5-degree upsweep, 15mm rise, 700mm width, 31.8mm
  • Stem Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
  • Brakeset Tektro HD-M735, hydraulic disc, 4-piston caliper, 203/180mm rotor
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness
  • Frame A1 Premium Aluminum w/ smooth welding, Zero Stack 44 head tube, forged post mount 160mm disc, 141mm QR dropout, alloy replaceable derailleur hanger
  • Fork SR Suntour XCM32, 6Fattie, 1-/18" steerer, 47mm offset, 32mm stanchion, post mount disc, 160mm brake, 15mm thru-axle, 80/100mm of travel

  • Wheels Stout 38 27.5, 19mm rim depth, 38mm internal width, 24/28h
  • Tyres Ground Control, GRID casing, Gripton compound, 2Bliss Ready, 27.5 x 3.0"

  • Shifters SRAM X5, trigger, 10-speed
  • Rear Derailleur SRAM GX, Type 2.1, long cage, 10-speed
  • Crank Stout, 76mm BCD spider
  • Cassette Sunrace, 10-speed, 11-42t
  • Chain KMC X10, 10-speed w/ Missing Link™
  • Bottom Bracket Square taper, 73mm, internal bearings

  • Saddle Body Geometry Henge Comp, hollow Cr-Mo rails, 143mm
  • Seatpost Alloy, 12mm offset, 2-bolt clamp, 30.9mm
  • Handlebar Stout Pro Riser, double-butted alloy, 9-degree backsweep, 5-degree upsweep, 15mm rise, 700mm width, 31.8mm
  • Stem Specialized, 3D forged alloy, 4-bolt, 7-degree rise
  • Brakeset Tektro Auriga, hydraulic disc, organic pads, 160mm rotor
  • Grips Specialized Sip Grip, half-waffle, S/M: regular thickness, L/XL: XL thickness

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