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 Post subject: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Tue Sep 24, 2013 2:06 am 
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Now that fall is officially starting and leaves are falling, it means MN winters will be starting soon. I will soon be on the fat bike hunt. I'm looking forward to some shopping this year. Last year, I did a demo ride.



On my list of demo rides for this year is the Trek Farley and Surly Moonlander for sure. I'll see what else is out there and keep an open mind...yes, I like Trek; always have for no particular reason.

Stay tuned.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 11:15 am 
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Nearly opposite ends of the fatbike scale there heyyall.

The moonie weighs close to 40lb or more depending on frame size. Trek or Specialized are similar priced but easily sub 30lb bikes which makes a massive difference when riding them on trials.

They are awesome fun... get on it !


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:03 pm 
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ozzybmx wrote:
Nearly opposite ends of the fatbike scale there heyyall.

The moonie weighs close to 40lb or more depending on frame size. Trek or Specialized are similar priced but easily sub 30lb bikes which makes a massive difference when riding them on trials.

They are awesome fun... get on it !


Ha! The man who dominates our strava statistics hath spoken! :dance:


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:14 am 
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I am going window shopping this weekend. I'll see what is out there. The Farley is a bit pricy but might be doable if I can find one. Light would be nice. Saving a grand would be nice too. Decisions. Decisions.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:29 am 
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Well now I know what you mean't by a Farley.....and they definitely didn't have any of those at the Trek demo here. I would have spotted a fattie a mile away and for sure would have rode one.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 3:51 am 
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I think they are only building 500 this year. My lbs has ordered 3. I have been reading to get educated on the tire widths etc. they now have a studded fat tire. That might be a definite as I don't like hitting the ice.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 4:27 am 
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BTW, really cool video, the fattie demo one above! Love the little power-slide at the end :)


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Sep 28, 2013 2:52 pm 
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My window shopping costed me $40 today. I got a new rear light flashy thing-a-ma-jig and a new chain. I also may have ordered a Farley. :eek: Actually, the lbs has a list of interested people for the bikes that will be coming in over the late fall and winter. The Farleys are supposed to arrive in January. I was able to reserve one for no money. First in line for a 19.5. If someone else comes in and wants the size and wants to put a cash deposit, I have the first right to pay the cash deposit instead. So, nothing out of pocket for the time being and I can still shop. Cool.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Mon Sep 30, 2013 2:48 pm 
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Up next....fatty quads


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:39 am 
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The Farley came home tonight

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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 7:32 am 
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Looking good!
Please make a review of it.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 12:33 pm 
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Heyyall wrote:
The Farley came home tonight

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Fatt-tastic! Congrats!

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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
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Magura wrote:
Looking good!
Please make a review of it.


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I'm getting it out for real this weekend, but until then, here are my initial thoughts -


My initial impression:
*It is a blast to ride. Very quick and lively despite looking like Bigfoot.

*Climbs beautifully--very stiff frame and feels efficient

*Light steering - not twitchy, but definitely lighter than I'm used too

*It is a bit front heavy. I'll need to learn how to wheelie it.

*The top tube length fits me nicely. The bike feels very much like my Superfly with the exception of lighter steering


Things to get used to:
*I noticed as I would drop my leg to coast for a road crossing, I would feel a slight rub on my calf from the tire. I never noticed when I dropped my leg, I rotated in my heel. This issue is more rider than bike.

*The 2x10 set up is a perfect combination of gears. You can pedal out into the low 20s, or climb a wall.

*The only stock item I don't seem to like is the grips. That's a success in my book.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:12 pm 
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Nice pick up. Wouldn't change much with that bike. Besides fit stuff. Only downside is the tire width sizes you can run and the steel fork < maybe look into that will make the front end a tad lighter and stiffer.....Have no input on the leg rub issue but I have the same problem even on the SF....Also running a 1x10 might be better for the snow build up in the front der once that time comes.

Had a chance to ride a fat bike this year and just walked away cause 1) I don't have the money 2) I'm sure I would have loved it but that goes back to 1 so 3) I said nice bike but i'll pass.... it was some custom TI build full xx1 lol that would have been so bad *burned into my soul* of some bike I could only dream to own.


Cause I'm bored, check out these grips kind of a built in mini bar end since you'll be wearing big gloves they might be better and lighter than going with normal set up like on your SF only 20$ for a lock on http://www.universalcycles.com/shopping ... tegory=328


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 9:53 pm 
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grin machine

your winters just got immensely shorter


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 10:06 pm 
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If you want to have extra fun on this bike, go single speed.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Fri Oct 25, 2013 11:42 pm 
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that right there is a sweet bike. have fun!


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 3:39 am 
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Hutch, that looks like a nice grip for the price.

Single speed? nah, I like gears. My knees have been a bit sore this year, so I'm trying to avoid grinding.

I should have a report and video tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to seeing how it really does.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 5:34 pm 
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The bike handles like a dream on singletrack. The tires grab hold of the dirt and don't let go. You can rail leaf covered corners. The bike climbs technical climbs like a dream. I'm thoroughly impressed.

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I have some video to edit later in the day.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
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Sounds great. Then all there's left is to get a nice fork.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 9:55 pm 
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Magura wrote:
Sounds great. Then all there's left is to get a nice fork.


Magura :)

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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Sat Oct 26, 2013 11:11 pm 
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Here's the Farley in action



I'm not sure I would want to trade forks. I might could save a bit of weight, but the bike has great handling. I would hate to mess up the rake.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 12:45 am 
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isn't it bizarre having basically unlimited traction? i suspect you will be as amazed in the snow as i have been in the sand.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
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My Fatwally does not have unlimited traction. When going up super steep loose hill, I regularly spin out. Going down with just the coaster brakes is always half-skidding. :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:05 am 
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I'm luvvin this shit!


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:21 am 
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I have a good ride this morning that put the bike through its paces
http://www.strava.com/activities/91653364

re: traction
On the ride, we hit what I thought was going to be an impossible climb. The grade was >100% (>45degree angle) and a loose sand / gravel mix. I shifted into the lowest gear and started spinning my way up. My rear wheel started slipping about half way up, which was after about 20 or 30 feet of climbing. I stuck with it and spun my way to the top. While not quite unlimited traction, it was an amazing experience.

I also hit a downhill off camber turn at speeds of ~15 mph. Right at the apex of the curve, the ground was soaked and muddy. The tires grabbed hard and I keep the bike from sliding out. I know I would have been dusting off my legs after that turn on my other mtb.


I did managed to get hurt today on the bike. We climbed out of the snowmobile trail back up to the paved MUT. We were 3 deep in a "paceline". The leader cleared it. The person in second stopped half way up the quick climb. I had to brake and turn left. I ended up in uncut brush and lost all momentum. I was trying to pedal when I had a ground strike due to the funny angle I was left with. That kicked the bike over to the downhill side. I manged to unclip just in time for my other leg to spin the floating rear wheel over. The left crank arm whacked my left ankle bone while being unclipped. Ouch.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Mon Oct 28, 2013 1:26 am 
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net wurker wrote:
I'm luvvin this shit!

me too. I put 35 miles on it in 3 days :mrgreen:


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 2:52 am 
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Wait till you try a tire with some knobs...


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 3:44 am 
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I'm learning fat bikers have some tire issues to work through. Some over in the other place worship a particular tread pattern as if it is some golden idol.


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 Post subject: Re: Fat bike fever
PostPosted: Tue Oct 29, 2013 11:56 am 
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Heyyall wrote:
I'm learning fat bikers have some tire issues to work through. Some over in the other place worship a particular tread pattern as if it is some golden idol.

We finally have options to make these bikes even more versatile and many commit to just one tire. In don't get it either


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