Winter riding can open up a whole new world for otherwise fair-weather cyclists! The Forager is Moots' high performance entry into the winter fatbike category. With a handbuilt titanium frame, carbon fiber HED wheels and a 12-speed Shimano XT drivetrain, the Forager is an effective winter steed for exploring, racing and off-season adventuring.
Moots fabricates their frames in Steamboat Springs, Colorado delivering unparalleled quality control. The build quality of Moots frames are legendary in the industry, with incredibly precise welds and finishes that last a lifetime. By using oversized 3Al/2.5V butted titanium tubing, Moots is able to build incredible torsional strength into the Forager's frame; perfect for attacking hilly groomed trails! The Forager's oversized 44mm head tube anchors the fork for precision handling on twisty descents. The hooded thru-axle rear dropouts allow the builders to use oversized tubing in the chainstays. This improves pedaling response when charging out of tight corners, even for heavy or powerful riders. Up front, an ENVE carbon fiber fatbike fork features a reversible "flip chip" 15mm thru-axle dropout. With that feature, the rider can choose to install 26" or 27.5" wheels and still benefit from the Forager's brilliant handling and geometry. Flat-mount front brake installation and internal hose routing keeps the Forager looking clean and sleek. With room for 27.5x4.5" tires, the Forager is ready for any winter challenge!
The Forager's components needed to be ready for all conditions as well. Shimano's latest 12-speed Deore XT component group boasts long service life, ease of adjustment, high performance and very light weight. The clutch-equipped Deore XT rear derailleur helps keep the chain from derailing over rough and bumpy terrain while shifting with precision. A Shimano XT 10-51T cassette is paired with a RaceFace Turbine alloy crankset with a 30T narrow-wide chainring. This combination delivers a massive gearing range for tackling challenging terrain. HED supplies the 27.5" tubeless carbon fiber wheels. Yes, you read that right. Carbon fiber fatbike wheels. The HED Big Half Deal wheelset weighs in at about 2000 grams; that's 1300 grams less than many stock wheelsets built with Sun Ringle's MuleFut 80 SL alloy rims. Thru-axle hubs add to the whole bike's torsional strength, adding an extra dash of razor-sharpness to the handling. Shod with 45NRTH's 27.5x4.5" tubeless Dillinger 5 tires, the Forager will charge through (and float over) snow, ice, sand and mud. Each tire is studdable, with 252 pockets for ice-conquering carbide studs (sold separately). When faced with mixed snow and ice conditions, the Dillinger 5's are brilliant. Changing tire pressures can allow the tires to work in a wider variety of surfaces and environments.
The Forager's Shimano Deore XT hydraulic disc brakes are the 4-piston variety, delivering excellent lever feedback in snow and rough ungroomed trails as well as supreme stopping power. Ergon supplies the SMC saddle, while a Bike Yoke dropper post with a bar-mounted remote gets that saddle out of the way on steep descents. A carbon fiber ENVE M6 stem and carbon fiber M6 riser handlebar completes the cockpit of this winter warrior.
|Frame||Large Diameter 3Al/2.5V titanium, double butted top and down tube, 44mm headtube, hooded rear dropouts|
|Fork||ENVE carbon fiber Fat Fork, 15x185 thru-axle, reverseable dropout chip, internal hose routing|
|Headset||Chris King I7|
|Rims/Wheels||HED Big Half Deal Carbon, 27.5", 85mm width, tubeless|
|Hubs||HED Carbon, Centerlock Disc|
|Tires||45NRTH Dillinger 5, 27.5x4.5", 120tpi casing, tubeless, studdable|
|Crankset||RaceFace Turbine Fat, alloy|
|Chainwheel||30T RaceFace, direct mount, narrow-wide tooth profile|
|Chain||Shimano Deore XT, 12-speed, CN-M8100|
|Rear Derailleur||Shimano Deore XT, RD-M8100-SGS|
|Rear Cogs||Shimano Deore XT, CS-M8100-12, 10-51T|
|Shifters||Shimano Deore XT, 12-speed, SL-M8100-R|
|Handlebars||ENVE M6 Carbon Riser, 25mm rise, 31.8 dia.|
|Tape/Grips||Ergon GA2 lock-on|
|Stem||ENVE M6 Carbon Trail Stem, 31.8|
|Brake Levers||Shimano Deore XT, hydraulic BL-M8100|
|Brakes||Shimano Deore XT, hydraulic disc, BR-M8120|
|Seat Post||BIKE YOKE Revive Dropper with bar-mounted remote lever, 30.9 dia.|
* Subject to change without notice.