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    Specialized Fat Boy and AWOL ideas for a big guy

    I kive in NorCal and need to replace some lost bikes so I am starting from scratch. I'm tall and heavy 6'6 220-250 avg 238 and most riding around here involves at least some trail or gravel so I want a 90% go anywhere bike and a fat bike for the rest. Should be a fun combo.

    I like the XXL geometry and the base group black bike is just fine... would put 50 buck tires on it and save the originals for showing off times. Would like more sweep on the bars and not crazy about the twist shifters. Ye ol early 90s XT thumbs are baseline for comparing any shifter. That said I want the brakes flipped. Maybe swapped out for XTs down the road but not for year one... just maybe flip the brake controls and bar comfort.

    I also want to get an AWOL XL frame a build it up. Thoughts are 29x2 Schwalbe urban tires BB7 mechanical disks for cost and flex 3x9 44/33-32/22 x 11x34... if possible since the climbing here is tough and tough on chains and brakes.

    My brifter pref was always Campagnolo just don't know what combos of mixing mountain cranks and front derrs maybe rear too with road shifters. Open to trigger ideas or even bar ends. Tend to stay in gears long here or on the brakes long. I think hydraulic road is too pricey right now as sweet as Rival 22 might be I don't think it covers a wide enough range. Does anyone know for sure what type of BB it needs for the AWOL Comp frameset? And if a 22 inner crankring or 180mm cranks would cause clearance issues on that frame? - very very long chainstays.

    Anyway the AWOL goal would be 30 pounds with lighting and drinks from stump puller to a tailwind flat gear using stronger cheaper if possible, especially for chains cassettes brakes. All ideas welcome.

    Would also plan on getting the 44 AWOL bar and one of their higher end seats that gets great reviews.

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    Senior Member Uncle Randy's Avatar
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    I rode one this afternoon. Rolling resistance was surprisingly low. The bike was easy to pedal and cornered well on pavement. I also rode the Turbo S, a $6,000 electric assist bike. The Fat Boy with an electric motor would be very cool.
    Last edited by Uncle Randy; 08-29-14 at 01:02 AM.
    I'm not in a hurry. 24 speeds are enough for me.

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