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

Old 05-25-20, 11:11 AM
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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?
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Old 05-25-20, 08:58 PM
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Light fatbike will be expensive.
Steel isn't the best material if you want low weight.
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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..
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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.
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Originally Posted by tammons
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.
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So, how much would a 30# fatbike build cost, roughly.
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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)
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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.

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Weight doesn't matter that much. Go ride more.
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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.
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Look used. Last Sunday I picked up a 2017 carbon Beargrease ridden twice for $950. Even with stock wheelset--My Other Brother Darryl aluminum--with tubes, it's about 28 pounds. Unless you race, a carbon wheelset for a fat bike is expensive bling.
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Trek 9.6 Farley.
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If it’s your first fat bike, consider an alumnim frame for lower cost while being light enough.
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Upgrading to make it light will always cost you more in the long run.

Just spend the money right away. Sheesh.
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