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Fat bike or not ??

Old 10-19-17, 12:27 PM
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Fat bike or not ??

Hi Guys,
I'm thinking of buying a Fat bike, for fun. In addition to my daily ride (Specialised Hybrid)

Any comments appreciated?

Cheers JR
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Old 10-19-17, 12:52 PM
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Last year I bought a Trek Farley 5 and it is awesome. I used to dread winter and now I kind of look forward to it. It is a blast riding in the snow. It has amazing stability and works great on trails whether there is snow or not.
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Old 10-19-17, 12:55 PM
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I don't even have a mountain bike. I use fat bike on singletrack trails and it's a lot of fun. Winter trails are a blast. For a while I used it to bike local beaches, after the tourist season ended - that was fun too.
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Old 10-19-17, 01:25 PM
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I don't have one but vote yes get one!
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Old 10-19-17, 02:13 PM
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I went and rented one about a month ago for a few hours, you could always do that to see. I thought it was a blast, but if I'm spending the bucks I'd go full suspension electric assist....once one of the 'big' manufacturers makes one, I'd buy

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Old 10-19-17, 04:01 PM
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Did someone say "new bike"? Duh, yes!
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Old 10-19-17, 04:04 PM
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Old 10-20-17, 11:50 AM
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A guy walks into a Cadillac dealer and he's looking at some Cadillacs. A salesman comes over and asks the man "Are you thinking about buying a Cadillac?" The man responds: "No. I'm buying a Cadillac. I'm thinking about 'sex'."


I say go for it!
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Old 10-20-17, 12:18 PM
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Old 10-20-17, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by PedalingWalrus View Post
I don't even have a mountain bike. I use fat bike on singletrack trails and it's a lot of fun. Winter trails are a blast. For a while I used it to bike local beaches, after the tourist season ended - that was fun too.
Same here. I don't do technical jumps on MTB trails, so the fatbike is more than adequate. We also have a quarry and some housing developments nearby and it is a blast to ride where only tracked vehicles go (after hours when workers left, or they chase you away with frontloaders....).

For regular riding on paths and long distances i use my hybrid. I wanted to do some winter sport and thought of buying ski. but snow here is less and less frequent and i thought a fatbike can be my "ski" that also work in summer and as MTB replacement. And yes, a fatbike works as an MTB if you don't expect professional MTB riding. you get more traction than with any "real" MTB.
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Old 10-22-17, 08:59 AM
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Depends on what your expectations are. I've got one and wouldn't buy again. I bought when the only game in town was the Pugsley and they were very expensive.
I was expecting an ATV, go anywhere bike. Turns out, it won't handle more than 2-3 inches of fresh snow. Around here we get a lot of freeze thaw cycles so you just get a nice layer of snow, a day or 2 later everything melts a bit and then freezes and you get this churned up frozen mess that you can't ride on.
They don't handle ice any better than a normal bike and studded tires are $200-$300 each. You need excellent bike handling skills as you end up riding on a trail in the snow about 8 inches wide.
They are deadly heavy and slow rolling under normal conditions.
One guy I talked to had 29er wheels built for his for summer riding - a great idea but the custom wheels would cost almost as much as a second bike.

I've had more fun with my snowshoes and Altai skis.



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Old 10-22-17, 09:29 AM
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Don't listen to outdated information. Yes fatbikes are a bit heavier and more expensive than, say, a hybrid. Yes an off-road bike with 5" tires will weigh more than a road bike. No kidding...

They now also have 5" tires, which should help in snow. I have the Sturgis NX for $1,100 and it has all the new features (197mm axle, 5" tires, 1x11 etc.). It weighs 35#. This may sound heavy, but doesn't fell like it. you also can get carbon fatbikes for $2,000. But honestly, the weight doesn't bother me. They are tubeless ready.

you also can get $500 fatbike, which limits you to 4" tires and 2x8 drivetrain etc. Yes this also is more than a bottomline hybrid. duh.

Studded tires cost a bit over $100. Sometimes you may fetch them for under $100 (probably not now right before winter).
Yes everything for a fatbike cost a bit more, same way a truck cost more than a car.

Riding on pavement is a chore, not much coasting and the tires sound like a 4-engine WWII bomber coming on. Obviously it is a good workout, like being on a trainer. But off-road they just float over everything.

The choice is getting bigger, and prices are coming down.

I wrote a review of my Sturgis NX on MTBR if you want to see more about my specific bike and experience.

Edit: about the cost you need to decide yourself. For me the $1,100 fatbike substitutes ski equipment and hardtail MTB..... both at decent quality would have been at least twice. And I don't see a reason it not to last for decades with replacement of wear items.

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Old 10-22-17, 02:36 PM
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I've been asking myself the same question, will follow this thread with interest
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Old 10-22-17, 03:44 PM
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Go for it! You only live once. A fat bike is next on my list.
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Old 10-22-17, 04:18 PM
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Why not if you have the terrain that is suited to that kind of riding.
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Old 10-22-17, 07:11 PM
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Fat bike light. I just got a 27.5 plus and it's pretty good.
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