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Suspension On Fat Bike or Not Needed?

Old 09-02-14, 04:13 AM
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Suspension On Fat Bike or Not Needed?

So looking at the new line ups of fat bikes for this coming winter. Seems many now come with front suspension.

Thoughts everyone. Front suspension needed or not.

Put this in perspective. my main reason for riding the fat bike will be in snow, frozen rivers etc. snow racing, more less

would i be ok just with rigid? or thoughts?
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Old 09-02-14, 11:22 AM
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MTBR's fat bike forum would probably be a better place to ask (Fat Bikes). I think the suspension forks are more useful for people that ride fat bikes during the summer on mountain bike trails. During the summer I run higher tire pressure so its not as cushy a ride as my snow tire pressure. Winter riding is usually pretty slow and running tire pressure extra low smooth things out. A few days ago I saw someone ask if the seals on the Bluto would hold up in the cold and one person replied they were planning to go back to a rigid fork for the winter anyway. The Bluto fork is around $700 so I don't plan on buying myself one any time soon.
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I like to go off the beaten path, and often a front suspension is preferred on a standard hard tail mtb... honestly, I think I'd be perfectly happy tackling those same trails on a fat bike with a ridged fork. Not to mention, fatbikes are already heavy enough... that's one area that I'd finally bite the bullet and go carbon frame.
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It really depends on how you like to ride and where.

I ride my Yampa year round and there are times the Bluto would be nice, long rocky descents or fast sections with lots of braking bumps especially. Winter time riding around here is fine with out suspension but if you ride a lot of trails with frozen ruts you might like having the Bluto through winter time.

The Bluto can be hit or miss in very cold temps and there is really no good way to know if yours will be OK. The problem is they can loose air in very cold temps.
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There's really no way around it; winter weather will drastically shorten the life of your suspension. And if you want a fat bike for winter riding, then you won't be in many situations where they would really make a big difference.

Just imagine all that grit, water, and road salt spraying up into your expensive shocks. Even if you're offroading, you probably have to follow a road to get there.
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I think it's better to drive without shocks, (typed socks before lol) as I once tried with & without at winter I just couldn't keep the control of bike propely with "soft" fork.
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a suspension fork is generally not required for winter riding. It just complicates things, you need to get propers suspension fluid for it (the stuff they use in snowmobiles), proper grease etc. And you rarely meet technical enough stuff in the winter to warrant suspension. The fat tires should be fine.

On a side note though, a suspension fork/full sus fatbike would be awesome in the summer time. But not as awesome as a full suspension 29+
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The 4" wide tires should be sufficient. till its Black-Icy then Studded ones would be better

they wouldn't have to be so wide, but fat-wide studded ones are made.
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