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Old 07-18-16, 07:29 PM
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advice on fat bike

I'm 6'9 290lbs and I'm looking for fat bike. I narrowed down to these

Fuse Comp 6Fattie
Ice Cream Truck
Mukluk Salsa
Mayor aluminum

If anyone has experience with any of these please let me know.
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Old 07-18-16, 11:05 PM
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No experience with any of those, but you might get a better response over in the clyde section of the mtbr forums.

On another note, I would say the one with the largest frame and the longest wheelbase. I'm 6'5" with long arms and legs. I have found that the saddle height I need puts me too far back and so once the trail heads up I have to really lean over the bars. With the ground I ride, standing up gets too much slippage of the rear wheel.

If I had the money, I'd go straight to a dirty sixer
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I have the Fuse Comp 6Fattie... despite the name it's technically isn't a "fat bike" since it only has 3" tires. I believe the minimum tire for most "fat bike" classes is 3.75". That being said... i really like my Fuse! I feel the 3" tire is the perfect size for me!
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Originally Posted by brawlo
If I had the money, I'd go straight to a dirty sixer
I know what a sixty-niner is, what's a "dirty-sixer"?

OP, I would take a look at fatbikes from bikesdirect.com, at least to make sure I know everything that's out there -- although at your height their largest sizes still might not be big enough. Do the bikes you listed come in XXL or XXXL frame sizes?
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Originally Posted by RubeRad
I know what a sixty-niner is, what's a "dirty-sixer"?
Maybe it's a disappointment to learn, but it's just a bike with big 36" wheels.

There's a few 36" makers around, but these guys are working on a suspension fork with a view to a genuine XC 36" MTB. There's a guy doing some XC racing on it at 6'10"
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cool! I saw a bike with oversize wheels once at Walmart, I can't remember if it was 32 or 36, but it looked pretty fun. Just a beach cruiser though. It's cool that there are some bigger-than-29er options out there for the NBA-size riders!
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I have friends with the Surly Ice Cream truck and the Salsa Mukluk. They both seem like solid machines.I believe the ICT has a longer wheelbase and is possibly a little heavier duty.

I ride a Framed Wolftrax, but I have heard that higher weights can cause frame breakage, so that may not be the best idea for you.
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One possibly helpful piece of info I might put in is I was positively going to get a fatbike, but ended up with a 29er due to cost. Definitely (assuming your budget allows as some of the bikes you list have it) get a suspension fork model. I did a lot of reading about fatties and was set on a suspended one. But hardly any were coming into Australia and the costs were pretty high so I defaulted back to a XXL Scott 29er. Having the suspended fatbike allows you to be flexible and get some 29er rims laced up to run skinny tyres when the situations warrant them. Not a necessity, but a number of people were doing that instead of having 2 separate bikes, so it sounded like a great idea to me!
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6' 9" and 290 - you are more tall than big. I'm 6' 3" 250-260 rangebound. I have no problems on road bikes. I'd just encourage you to seek a bit more advice as to whether you really need a "fat bike".

You are a few situps away from being lean.
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N+1

Fat bikes are loads of fun to ride. I have ridden off road without suspension and very much enjoyed it. I also enjoy riding my road bike. I still want a mountain bike though with suspension.
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