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Old 03-13-17, 06:49 PM
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N+1 Time: Plus or Fat Bike?

So I've been contemplating this for the past few months but I think I might be interested in getting a dedicated mountain bike in the future. Just a brief background:

- I'm 5'11" / ~360lbs
- I'm a graduating college student
- My current bike is a cyclocross bike running 27.5 x 2.0 tires
- I currently don't live near trails in my hometown

My main use for either a plus or a fat bike would be winter riding (I would say commuting but I probably won't be commuting by bike once i graduate), primarily when the snow/ice is too much for my cross bike. I also want a bike that is trail-ready so if I move somewhere with trails I can ride trails that my cross bike can't handle.

For the plus bike, the wider tires that are still narrow compared to full fat tires strikes a compromise between speed and grip, however they probably wouldn't be as good in snow compared to fat tires.

The fat bike could potentially run both Normal fat tires and 27.5+ tires, however that would require an expensive wheel build which would add on to the cost (I'll get to budget in a second). I could stick with the fat tires for trails, but i feel like that could be very cumbersome.

As for budget, My hope is to get something around or below $1000 (no front suspension) or not too much above that considering how and where I end up using the bike. Lastly, I have no idea where I will end up in the foreseeable future. Will I live near trails? Will I live somewhere that has snow/ice? These factors have definitely made it hard for me to come to any sort of conclusion.
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I have both but recently bought a Framed Marquette from The House, made by Framed. It is a CF hardtail with 1x11 gearing and the best bike I own. I ride it before I consider anything else. For the $1600 it cost, it was a bargain and I am sorry that I bought or own any other bike, it is that good!
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Old 03-15-17, 10:26 AM
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For a dedicated mountain bike, I would point you in the direction of a plus bike. It's going to be better at trail riding/commuting unless a majority of your riding is going to be in the snow/sand (fat bike conditions). Also, with your weight as a consideration, no offense, I think front suspension will be more comfortable for you. There are many options around that price range with front suspension.
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For a dedicated mountain bike, I would point you in the direction of a plus bike. It's going to be better at trail riding/commuting unless a majority of your riding is going to be in the snow/sand (fat bike conditions). Also, with your weight as a consideration, no offense, I think front suspension will be more comfortable for you. There are many options around that price range with front suspension.
I only have experience with low-end coil suspension forks as I used to commute on a low-end hardtail, but whenever I rode the fork it would be bottomed out so i'd always lock it out. If I ended up getting a plus bike under $1000 with the intent on riding trails my main question would be if I could properly set it up for my weight.

As it's looking now if I end up staying where I am, I find myself leaning more towards a fat bike for dedicated snow riding with potential for trails. This also means that I probably will be looking at spending a bit less if I can help it given the limited use the bike will be seeing.
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I only have experience with low-end coil suspension forks as I used to commute on a low-end hardtail, but whenever I rode the fork it would be bottomed out so i'd always lock it out. If I ended up getting a plus bike under $1000 with the intent on riding trails my main question would be if I could properly set it up for my weight.

As it's looking now if I end up staying where I am, I find myself leaning more towards a fat bike for dedicated snow riding with potential for trails. This also means that I probably will be looking at spending a bit less if I can help it given the limited use the bike will be seeing.
Fox and Rock Shox have tokens you can add to their forks to increase stiffness. Not super familiar with what the weight limit might be for them.
You can definitely find a good fat bike for under a grand. I would recommend tubeless so you have a little more "squish" when riding.
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So I tried out the Felt Surplus 30 Plus Bike and Felt Double Double 70, with the former having suspension and the latter having a rigid fork. After riding both I think I'd definitely get a hardtail fat bike. I'm still looking at it as being my primary winter bike but if I get heavy into trail riding I will look into building a plus-sized wheel replacement if I have the ability to ride trails.

Now to find a good one around/under $1k....
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I suggest looking at a Cannondale Beast of the East. 3" tires. 27.5+ They have three different component levels. BOE 1,2 & 3 I think they are all 1x11
Mine is a BOE 1. Took a bit to get acclimated but it is for sure a beast.
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I suggest looking at a Cannondale Beast of the East. 3" tires. 27.5+ They have three different component levels. BOE 1,2 & 3 I think they are all 1x11
Mine is a BOE 1. Took a bit to get acclimated but it is for sure a beast.
All 3 of those are well above my $1k budget so definitely not but thanks anyway.
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