Otso Voytek Fat Bike in Stock & Ready for Snow

Written by Cathryn Haberman, on December 07, 2021

There are flakes in the forecast and if a fat bike had feelings, it’d be excited. Here at Contender Bicycles, we’re getting into the mood as well, and we’re excited to have a fresh supply of Otso Voyteks ready to get you rolling through the fluffy stuff in style and comfort, available as both a frameset or complete fat bike.

The Otso Voytek is a relatively new player in the fat bike market, but Otso has made a big impact since their bikes rolled out in 2016 and already a favorite among fat bikers. There’s ample reason for that. Much of Voytek’s ability to adapt to a variety of surfaces from snow, to sand, to being a chunky mountain bike with a suspension fork and less ‘fat’ tires. Swap out wheels and tires for a robust hardtail mountain bike experience on a surprisingly light bike. The Otso fat bike also accommodates internally routed dropper post, to make for happier descents and putting a foot down in deep snow.

Orange/watermelon Otso Voytek

Fat bikes are, well, they’re fat by design. The wide tires, fork, and chainstays create a supple platform for riding snowy or sandy trails with plenty of traction and responsive steering. But it comes with a bit of a downside - namely, a Q factor that sometimes leads to discomfort or even injury on the bike.

Fork mounts - Orange/watermelon Otso Voytek
Otso Tuning chip - Orange/watermelon Otso Voytek

Q factor is the term used to describe the distance between crank arms and pedals on a bike. Naturally, a wider bottom bracket needed to accommodate the wider chainstays on a fat bike is going to require a Q factor much wider than a traditional mountain or road bike. If you’re logging hundreds of miles on a fat bike, your knees, hips, and ankles are going to notice the subtle difference in the angles between hips and pedals.

A typical fat bike will have a Q factor 20-40mm wider than the average mountain bike. Otso engineers paid special attention to this in their design to incorporate a narrow Q factor design only 10mm wider than the average mountain bike. The Voytek's narrow Q factor equals a more enjoyable ride and a more frequent return to the powder. Otso uses an 83mm bottom bracket standard to create a Q Factor of just 183mm.

Orange/watermelon Otso Voytek - front angle

The Voytek features Otso's tuneable rear dropout which allows riders to shorten (or lengthen) the wheelbase by 20mm. With the Tuning Chip and wheelbase at its shortest, the bottom bracket height is raised by 4mm, creating a little bit more clearance as you slog through deeper snow. In the forward position, geometry is tuned toward responsiveness and snappiness. The rear position creates more stability for an easier ride. Put the Tuning Chip in the middle and enjoy what Otso calls the ‘Goldilocks’ position that’s just right.

Not sure which set of wheels or tires to ride with? No worries; the Otso Voytek is built to be the most versatile fat bike on the planet. 26, 27.5 or 29-inch wheels are perfectly compatible, and depending on how you set the Tuning Chip, you can ride up to a 4.8-inch tire up front and a 4.6-inch tire in the back. The Voytek comes with tubeless ready 70mm Lithic Rhyolite aluminum wheels.

Orange/watermelon Otso Voytek - rear seat cluster

This season we have two builds of the Otso fat bike. We are offering a Shimano XT build with an alloy Race Face Aeffect crankset and another Shimano XT build with a carbon Race Face Next crankset. Differing only in weight, stiffness, and a small performance jump, grab the Voytek that is most conducive to your riding style whether it be fat bike racing or just having fun in the snow.

Otso Voytek - green/orange

Otso Voytek XT Kit in Aquamarine/Orange

Otso Voytek XT kit / Scarlet/Berry

Otso Voytek XT Kit in Scarlet/Berry

Contender Bicycles has a range of Otso fat bike sizes and colors in stock and ready to make your winter riding season the best ever. The complete XT builds are in the shop and ready to go. Come by the shop, give us a call, or send us an email to info@contenderbicycles.com with any questions.

SPECIFICATIONS

Frame: Voytek Patented Carbon frame
Wheel Size: 26"
Fat Fork: Voytek Rigid Carbon fork, 15x150mm
Wheelset: Fat - Lithic 26" Rhyolite 70mm with Lithic Hubs - lithic sealed cartridge bearing
Tires: Terrene Cake Eater 26x4.0 Light Folding tires
Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8100 12spd with 10-51T cassette
Crankset: Race Face Aeffect with Wolf Tooth CAMO system
CAMO Chainring
Bolt Color: Black
Chainring: Wolf Tooth CAMO system 32t chainring
Brakes: Magura MT-4
Headset: Wolf Tooth Performance Headset - black Ano
Accent Color: Black
Stem: Race Face Ride 70mm +/- 6 deg
Handlebar: Race Face Ride 740mm - 31.8 - 1" Rise
Grips: Wolf Tooth Fat Paw - Black
Seatpost: Race Face Ride, 30.9 x 375mm
Saddle: WTB Volt Comp with Otso graphics, 142mm width, 316g
Tubes or Tubeless: Tubes with rim strips

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