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Old 08-16-09, 03:00 PM
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Fatties Fit Fine

Ok i know there's no sign of snow for some time but money always seems to run out in the winter with as many powder seeking excursions as i take. I know surly's steamroller is a Fatties fit fine (see image below) frame. Are there any other frame builders that have proper spacing front and rear so i can run something a little thicker for winter beer runs and pub crawls. And if i do get said "larger wheel accommodating" frame how durable is it going to be for some light SS singletrack off road use?
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Get yourself a 29er SS.
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ss 29ers are the best rain and snow bikes ever full fenders and schwalbe big apples or marathons
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ss 29ers are the best rain and snow bikes ever full fenders and schwalbe big apples or marathons
studded tires are x10 better
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I've taken mine on some mild singletrack and it's been great. You've got to choose your lines a little more carefully than you would on a MTB.
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a 29er is great for this application, but a little funny if you plan on running skinnies in the spring (like 25/28's) i recommend a 'cross bike.

any cyclocross bike will obviously accommodate larger tires. if you plan to run fixed and need the "track" fork ends (instead of vertical dropouts) there are a decent number of SS cross bikes out there with this option. any of these will also hold up just fine to light singletrack use.

these, of course, are all designed to run cantilever brakes, i don't know what your plans are for brakes (i recommend them, ESPECIALLY if you plan on doing any singletrack), but the issue you run into with caliper brakes ("road" brakes) is that it's not even so much the frame that prevents tire size, it's the brake caliper. most modern caliper brakes (good ones anyway) will max out at about a 32 tire, MAYBE a 35.

a few examples of SS cross frames are the Specialized Tricross SS


or the Bianchi San Jose


On-One Pompino


Kona Major One


IRO Rob Roy


and many many more, those are just some of the common ones.
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are frame are you ss 29ers guys using?
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Surly Crosscheck!
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Old 08-17-09, 01:05 PM
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I've seen a couple of bianchi san jose's around town now that i think about it. Anyone know the prices off hand for the crosscheck and steamroller framesets? On the brake topic ya i plan on running brakes, i'd be a fool not to, but what company would i want to look into to get a nice set that would fit around some 35's
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or disc brakes

A good option is the Surly Karate Monkey. You can get one complete (although geared for mountain use, easy to change) for around 900$
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