Fat bikes are often pitched as one-trick ponies. They’re mar- keted as bikes that have advantages when ridden on soft surfaces, like snow or sand, but are otherwise irrelevant
compared to conventional 27.5- and 29-inch-wheeled options.
Enter the Mutz, a bike that draws on Foes’ many years of race
bike building and offers huge tires and enough travel to be called
a highly modified enduro bike. Brent Foes is making his opinion
clear: fat bikes can be more than utilitarian snow-ride bikes. The
Mutz is designed to plow through any type of terrain (whether or
not it’s covered with a blanket of white) with confidence. We simply
had to see if what Foes was telling us was true, so we wrangled
a Mutz and put it through its paces in the dry and dusty desert of
Southern California to see if it could hold its own.
WHO IS IT MADE FOR?
The Mutz is for the rider who bucks convention in search of
WHAT IS IT MADE FROM?
performance. This bike will definitely draw attention on the trail. Its
lunar-lander-sized tires are so noteworthy that we couldn’t head out
for a ride without hearing, “Whoa! Check out that bike.”
The Mutz is as close to a standard trailbike as a fat bike will ever
get. The bike features enough travel and a light enough build to
make it a viable option for more than just snow and sand riding.
Foes builds the Mutz in-house at its Pasadena, California,
facility using hydroformed aluminum tubes. The bike can be built
many ways, but our test bike came with a single-ring SRAM XX1
drivetrain, RockShox Bluto fork and Whiskey carbon wheels to keep
the overall weight down and the fun factor high.
WHICH COMPONENTS STAND OUT?
The massive tires. These things will stop hikers in their tracks,
asking why in the world you need a monstrosity like this to handle
typical mountain bike trails. These tires will make other riders question your sanity, as they crush squirrels and snails. This bike has a
lot of traction, and it’s all because of the really, really big tires. Nuff
Full-suspension fatty from Foes