Fuji Bighorn HT Plus bikes


Fuji’s Bighorn is a hardtail plus bike with a Fox 34 Float fork, XT 1x drivetrain and KS LEV Integra dropper post.


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[Jan 02, 2017]
Nick Adams
Weekend Warrior


With Boost spaced frame and hubs, 1x11 gearing, dropper seat post, 27.5+ tire size, and tubeless-ready wheels and tires, this bike has a very cutting edge spec list. High end components, including Fox's lightweight but tough 34mm fork, great wheel set, and Shimano XT drivetrain and brakes. Lightweight and durable. Climbs well, corners amazing, and handles any jumps, descents, and mud holes I can find. I love the color scheme, too.


There are a couple small things I wish this bike had. First, I wish the rims were a tad wider to take full advantage of the 27.5+ traction. At 35mm wide (inner), they are a bit on the narrow side. If they were 40+mm, which is what many competing brands are running, the contact patch would be a bit larger and theoretically provide more traction. With that said, the bike handles and corners exceptionally well. So no complaints, just wonder if a little extra width would be better. And secondly, I wish the chain stays were a bit shorter. They sit at ~440mm, whereas some competitors are getting them as short as 410 - 420mm. Shorter chain stays would help the bike manual a little more easily and make it a bit more spunky.

I love this bike. Because of my limited budget, I was looking for a well-rounded bike that could do any type of riding: trials, climbs, descents, drops, jumps, roots, rocks, whatever. I researched many models, and went with the Bighorn 1.1, because of the excellent components for the price. This bike handles 90% of my riding (single track with lots of click roots, hills, and corners) much better than any full suspension bike I've used. While it handles descents exceptional well with the dropper post, semi-slack head tube angle, and forgiving tires, it's weakness might be big drops because it lacks a rear shock. I've been told by a local bike shop mechanic that the fork dampener can be inexpensively replaced to extend the 120mm travel fork to 130mm. Besides extending the travel of the fork, this will set the bike up to be a little taller in the front and a little more slack for improved downhill handling. I'm planning to do this soon.
Also, going tubeless was very easy. I just pulled out the tubes, added tubeless valve stems ($10) and sealant ($6), and filled them with air. I did not need to use rim tape--the stock rims strips are wide enough to sit under the tire bead (no exposed rim).

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