Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fatbikes
Reload this Page >

Bike to start with to upgrade later with a 25-30# upgrade weight?

Notices
Fatbikes Designed for use in sand, mud or snow, Fat bikes are the right choice for true all-terrain riding. Check here for the latest on these fun, adventurous two-wheeled machines.

Bike to start with to upgrade later with a 25-30# upgrade weight?

Old 05-25-20, 11:11 AM
  #1  
tammons
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Bike to start with to upgrade later with a 25-30# upgrade weight?

Bike to start with to upgrade later to a 25-30# upgrade weight?
Dont want to spend a fortune right now.
Would prefer to upgrade as I go.

Or I should build it from scratch = expensive?

How about a steel frame?
Would that work into 30#? I know it would be heavier.
Or should I start with an Aluminum or Carbon fiber frame?
tammons is offline  
Old 05-25-20, 08:58 PM
  #2  
HerrKaLeun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,733

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR1 and Motobecane Sturgis NX

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 814 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 135 Times in 113 Posts
Light fatbike will be expensive.
Steel isn't the best material if you want low weight.
HerrKaLeun is offline  
Old 05-26-20, 07:49 AM
  #3  
qclabrat
Senior Member
 
qclabrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,353
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 252 Post(s)
Liked 67 Times in 60 Posts
Light, Quality, Cheap... pick two as they say.
Your best choice is to pick up a used Fatboy or Farley in aluminum. Wheels will make the biggest weight difference and most expensive as well..
qclabrat is offline  
Old 05-26-20, 08:53 AM
  #4  
tammons
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
I have no problem with used. And I am in no big hurry.
Now, after finishing 2 (rat type bikes) and having a fair amount of sand around here, I think I would like a fat bike.

How about 30#? What type of $ am I looking at there to do a build from a used frame?

Looking around the internet, I had no clue you could drop $1k on a lightweight decent set of wheels.
tammons is offline  
Old 05-26-20, 04:52 PM
  #5  
qclabrat
Senior Member
 
qclabrat's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Posts: 1,353
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 252 Post(s)
Liked 67 Times in 60 Posts
Originally Posted by tammons View Post
I have no problem with used. And I am in no big hurry.
Now, after finishing 2 (rat type bikes) and having a fair amount of sand around here, I think I would like a fat bike.

How about 30#? What type of $ am I looking at there to do a build from a used frame?

Looking around the internet, I had no clue you could drop $1k on a lightweight decent set of wheels.
That was for 30 lbs option. To go 25, you're looking at carbon. Decent fat wheels are starting at 1k. Btw, it's a fat bike, if you don't race 30 is just fine. It gets expensive dropping each pound after you get the first 3-4 off.
qclabrat is offline  
Old 05-26-20, 05:09 PM
  #6  
tammons
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 121
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 41 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 2 Times in 2 Posts
So, how much would a 30# fatbike build cost, roughly.
tammons is offline  
Old 05-26-20, 08:48 PM
  #7  
HerrKaLeun
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Madison, WI
Posts: 1,733

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR1 and Motobecane Sturgis NX

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 814 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 135 Times in 113 Posts
Originally Posted by tammons View Post
So, how much would a 30# fatbike build cost, roughly.
$2000 would give you a really decent fatbike if you build it yourself with CF fork and rims.

The Canyon Dude used to be available here. That was a bit over $2000 and weighed 13kg or so. But only had 4" tires (one way manufacturers save cost and weight)
HerrKaLeun is offline  
Old 05-27-20, 12:44 AM
  #8  
Happy Feet
Senior Member
 
Happy Feet's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2015
Location: Left Coast, Canada
Posts: 4,112
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1658 Post(s)
Liked 612 Times in 357 Posts
My older Aluminum Spesh fatboy comes in stock at about 34lbs. To drop some weight easily one could go with lightweight, tubeless tires and carbon seat post/bars and add lighter saddle/pedals.. That should get you roughly to 30lbs but I don't think it will make a huge difference overall. The tubeless light tires probably will though.

After that it's only expensive wheelsets.and CF frames left to work with.

To get really creative, one could drop the whole drivetrain and go fixed gear fatbike! The cassette, shifters and derailers have to account for something.

Last edited by Happy Feet; 05-27-20 at 08:41 AM.
Happy Feet is offline  
Old 06-08-20, 09:58 AM
  #9  
c_m_shooter
Senior Member
 
c_m_shooter's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Paradise, TX
Posts: 1,648

Bikes: Surly Cross Check, Redline Monocog 29er, Generic Track bike, Surly Pugsley, Salsa Fargo, Schwinn Klunker

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 32 Post(s)
Liked 31 Times in 24 Posts
Weight doesn't matter that much. Go ride more.
c_m_shooter is offline  
Old 07-11-20, 04:51 PM
  #10  
Kapusta
Cyclochondriac
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 3,188
Mentioned: 23 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1365 Post(s)
Liked 525 Times in 329 Posts
IMO, If your wishlist starts with - and revolves around - weight, your doing it wrong.

Start with:
4 or 5 tires?
26 or 27.5 wheels?
Rigid or suspension fork?
Tires for mud/snow or smooth trails?
Dropper post?

Then see where the weight ends up.
Kapusta is online now  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.