In ancient Greek mythology, the Chimera was a hybrid creature that was part lion, part goat, and part snake. It’s also the name of our expedition ready fat bike. When we set out to make a fat bike, we wanted something we could ride all year round. The Chimera has a stable and buoyant ride on snow while also being an extremely capable trail shredder. With a full compliment of rack braze-ons and triple bottle mounts, loading up for a week of touring in the desert is no problem. Sliding dropouts make running singlespeed a breeze while also giving you the option of changing your chainstay length. And like all our frames, it’s proudly made right here in Durango, Colorado.
The Chimera is built with Vari-Wall seamless tubing. Vari-Wall has been manufacturing bike frame tubes for more than 20 years out of their Columbiana, Ohio location. Their commitment to American manufacturing and high quality products make them a perfect source for our frame tubes. Most of the frame components such as dropouts and head tubes are sourced from another American manufacturer, Paragon Machine Works in Richmond, CA.
One of the best features of the Chimera is it’s ability to run certain specific narrower Q-factor cranks and still have good chainline. Our favorite is the Raceface Aeffect crankset with a flipped Cinch chainring. This is a great option for smaller riders or anyone who doesn’t want the wider stance of cranks usually found on a 5in tire fat bike. All this is done with a 100mm bottom bracket, so you can also run the wider cranks if you want to. At Myth Cycles, we’re all about options.
- Clearance for 26 x 4.8 inch tires on a 80mm rim
- 190×10 QR or 197×12 Thru-axle rear end
- Paragon rocker dropouts
- Rear rack mounts
- 31.6 seatpost
- 100mm BSA threaded bottom bracket
- 44mm head tube
- Can come paired with our Chimera fork
- Triple bottle bosses below downtube for cargo carrying
- Full length cable housing
- Ability to run narrower Q-factor cranks
Choose a Color
Part of ordering a Myth bike frame is ordering it in the color of your choice. When you order a Chimera, you get to choose from any of our custom powder coat colors, and your frame is coated for you right here in house.
- Check out our Colors page to see what’s currently in stock!
The Chimera is a product of riding fat bikes in the mountains. The slack head angle keeps things stable when the going gets steep, and the small fork offset helps prevent oversteer. The Chimera is true to it’s name as a hybrid creature. The frame will fit 26 x 4.8 fat or 29+ wheels.
Chimera frame: $1299.00
Chimera frame and fork: $1599.00
Chimera fork only: $349.00
Stealth dropper routing: 100.00
Bolt-in frame bag bosses: 100.00
Double color powder coat: 150.00
Chimera complete bike builds start at $2799.00 and go up from there.
If you’re interested in ordering a Chimera frame or complete bike, use the Contact page to get in touch and place an order! For information about submitting a deposit or lead times, visit our Frame Deposit & Lead Times page.