You know how it happens. A friend invites you to do off-road mountain biking and you get a low-cost two-wheeler to keep active on the weekends. But, then, you enjoy it. So you start joining them every weekend, tweaking your ride in your downtime and shopping for new gear every time you have a couple bucks to spare. Oh yeah, you also spend a lot of time in mountain bike forums now. You’re officially a recreational off-roader starting to get serious with the sport, so you need your first serious bike. The Heller Bloodhound is built for guys in your situation.
No, it’s hardly the best off-road mountain steed you can find today. If you want a solid fat bike at a good value, though, this sure fits the bill, with specs that should deliver, whether you’re riding on hardpack, mud, or an ugly mess of sand, dirt, and animal carcasses.
The Heller Bloodhound is a carbon hardtail fat bike with a dialed geometry (68.5-degree head tube angle) clad in a glossy red finish to ensure mud, crud, and snow can easily slide off the surface. It comes with either a rigid carbon fork or a RockShoxBluto suspension fork, along with SRAM X5 drivetrain components, internal cable routing, Avid BB7 mechanical disc brakes, a 31.6mm seat tube, 26-inch wheels, and Kenda Juggernaut 4.5-inch tires. Three sizes are available.
Competitively priced, the Heller Bloodhound retails at $2,200 for the rigid fork version and $2,600 for the Bluto-equipped model.