FitTrip is an Indian Bicycle brand which entered the market recently. FitTrip have multiple models in their portfolio for different types of terrains and riders. We got the opportunity to test ride the FitTrip Mutant Fat Tire Bicycle and here is what we thought.
Weight: 21.6 kgs
The Mutant is built on a strong and bulky Steel frame. Fat Bikes need lot of weight and material on the frame to handle the bulky tires and the rough terrains it has to go through. The frame geometry on the Mutant made sure the riding posture was comfortable and not aggressive.
The suspension fork on the Mutant is functional over larger curbs and bumps. The tall suspension fork also makes for an upright riding position.
This Fat Bike from FitTrip comes in a full camouflage coloured frame with white, green, black and brown as the commonly used colours for the decals and graphics. A Camouflage design is rarely used and this is a bold and aesthetic attempt by FitTrip. The seat tube has a unique dual tube design and it joins the bottom bracket which looks good and makes the bicycle look big. The fat tires have an artistic tread pattern.
The Mutant comes equipped with Microshift at the front and rear as derailleurs with a 3x9-Speed gear combination. These derailleurs are entry-level MTB components and performed well during the test ride. There were no evident lags experienced during the shifting of gears on the test ride. This 27-Speed range is more than sufficient for riding on slopes, long distances and also for quick acceleration. The 27-Speed Microshift trigger shifters were easy to use.
The Mechanical Disc brakes from Bolids on the Mutant are a great component for braking on the roughest of surfaces. Even though the wheelset is heavy, these brakes are quick to react and felt balanced as well.
The lengthy handlebar was perfect in length and made sure the rider is comfortable and finds it easy to turn the heavy wheels on both roads, sand and flat trails.
Tires on a Fat Bike make them unique as they are twice or sometimes thrice the size of an average Adult Bicycle tire. The Mutant rolls on a pair of 26” x 4.0” Fat Tires. These monster tires rolled nicely on flat urban roads and had uniform tread design for traction. To ride on the sand is the fun element on a Fat Bike and to do it comfortably one must reduce the tire pressure a bit to make sure the tires roll on the surface of the sand smoothly without going in. The stock saddle was ergonomic in design to keep the rider comfortable.
The comfortable riding posture along with powerful brakes and fat tires make it comfortable to ride it on road, trail and sand. Priced at Rs.21,500 (as on 17th March 2021) the FitTrip Mutant is an ideal choice for anyone looking to buy a Fat Bike for fun and leisure riding on urban roads, flat trails and on the beach.
Prices and Specifications/Components are subject to change by the brand, without due notice.