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: 124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 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: 1,923

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR1 and Motobecane Sturgis NX

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 900 Post(s)
Liked 230 Times in 167 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: 1,373
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 257 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 63 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: 124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 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: 1,373
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 257 Post(s)
Liked 70 Times in 63 Posts
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.
qclabrat is offline  
Old 05-26-20, 05:09 PM
  #6  
tammons
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2020
Posts: 124
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 46 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 3 Times in 3 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: 1,923

Bikes: Giant Toughroad SLR1 and Motobecane Sturgis NX

Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 900 Post(s)
Liked 230 Times in 167 Posts
Originally Posted by tammons
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: 5,126
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2235 Post(s)
Liked 1,313 Times in 706 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: 2,087

Bikes: Soma Pescadero, Surly Pugsley, Salsa Fargo, Schwinn Klunker, Gravity SS 27.5, Monocog 29er

Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 186 Post(s)
Liked 234 Times in 166 Posts
Weight doesn't matter that much. Go ride more.
c_m_shooter is offline  
Likes For c_m_shooter:
Old 07-11-20, 04:51 PM
  #10  
Kapusta
Advanced Slacker
 
Kapusta's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 6,036

Bikes: Soma Fog Cutter, Surly Wednesday, Canfielld Tilt

Mentioned: 26 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2681 Post(s)
Liked 2,421 Times in 1,365 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 offline  
Old 07-23-20, 01:02 PM
  #11  
revcp 
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Posts: 1,294

Bikes: 2017 Salsa Carbon Mukluk frame built with XT, 2018 Kona Rove NRB build with Sram Apex 1,2008 Salsa El Mariachi, 1986 Centurion Ironman

Mentioned: 11 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 284 Post(s)
Liked 97 Times in 62 Posts
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.
__________________
Don't complain about the weather and cower in fear. It's all good weather. Just different.
revcp is offline  
Old 10-06-20, 06:56 PM
  #12  
xseal
Junior Member
 
xseal's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Posts: 93
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 34 Post(s)
Liked 46 Times in 25 Posts
Trek 9.6 Farley.
xseal is offline  
Old 10-12-20, 05:47 PM
  #13  
Toadmeister
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2019
Location: Iowa
Posts: 666

Bikes: 2021 Salsa Fargo 1x12, 2019 Jamis Renegade Exploit 1x11. Motobacne NX Fat Tire

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 195 Post(s)
Liked 324 Times in 165 Posts
If it’s your first fat bike, consider an alumnim frame for lower cost while being light enough.
Toadmeister is offline  
Old 10-14-20, 10:17 AM
  #14  
prj71
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2015
Location: North Central Wisconsin
Posts: 4,458
Mentioned: 14 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2871 Post(s)
Liked 1,067 Times in 701 Posts
Upgrading to make it light will always cost you more in the long run.

Just spend the money right away. Sheesh.
prj71 is offline  

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 or Share My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2023 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.