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    Default Fat Bikes, should I?

    I started looking for inexpensive snow bikes, and suddenly I've got a crazy itch to try a Fat Bike. Should I? I'm looking at the Surly Pugsley, the Fatback aluminum, and the soon to be out Taiwan-made Jones 29er with a fat front. I rode 29ers for years and it sounds like these have a similar steamroller effect. Stop me before I go FAT!

    Question, can you run studded tires on a fat? Or do you even need to?

     

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    Once you ride fat....
    "make the break"

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    Yes, you get some interesting Google photo results when you search "Fat Bike" . . .



    Yikes. This is more my speed . . .





    Last edited by billrick; 01-08-2011 at 11:41 AM. Reason: "there are things that cannot be unseen"
     

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    Do it. If you hate it, sell it and buy something else.
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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    The nice thing about the non-Pugsley's, is that they can become 29er's when you don't need the floatation. You obviously need another wheel set, but I'm not aware of any offset 9er rims to work with a Pug.

    Check out Sandman Bikes. They aren't as high profile as Salsa, not as much stand-over as Fatback, but really nice and were a pleasure to chat with. They should have their website open mid-late this month. They even make Fat bike tandems. You can see more of their photos and descriptions on the MTBR Fat Bike thread, a user name Caminoloco tested out their mid-level, and bought/ races enduros on their high end, which is drool-worthy. The Jones is obviously awesome, but not really a full fatty.

    Sandman Bikes

     

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    guy I work with just got a Salsa mukluk. Its amazing for riding on snow and ice.
    You don't really need studded tires with a "fat" bike.

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    Tootall NEEDS to get up some of his pics DeSalvo fattie!!!!!!!
     

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    I've had my Pug for over 5 years now.
    its a great bike
    I rode it yesterday about 50 miles
    and today around 40

    I love that bike.

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    Thanks for the thoughts everyone. This was all inspired by the madness caused last Feb 2010, a la DC's Snowmageddon. We can't ever see that much snow again, can we? I can't stomach the thought of another 1.5 months without riding - $600 in daily parking garage fees, sitting in traffic, staring at the iced over bike paths from the minivan window, gut growing on a steady diet of bad Starbuck's pastries, etc. Since we are staring February in the teeth, I'm going to pull the trigger. I'll report back.

    Edoz - thanks for the dose of reality. I will sell here if I don't dig it.

    Devo (can I call you Devo?) - I just put 2 and 2 together after cruising the Surly section at the MTBR forums, looking for info on the Pugsley. Pug's Life. I can't believe that thread is still around. Thanks for the capital I Inspiration! Hope to meet you someday. If you ever make it to the east Coast, you have a place to pitch your tipi here.

     

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    That is great news to hear and you'll dig the bike. As far as I'm concerned, whatever you get don't settle for less than the Surly 3.7 tyres.

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    Love 'em. A couple thoughts since I happen to know a few things. Pugs are out of stock at QBP, so unless you can score one already on the market, it may be tough.

    Surly makes a few different fat happy forks. Build a wheel, buy a fork, and slap it on any 29er in the garage, instant fatty!

    whale_spout, you can run a 29er wheel in a Pug frame. It will be offset yes, but it works. Personal testing told me that it feels pretty darn normal. That being said, I didn't say it was *right and correct* but it works. I have a customer that we did this with, using his pre-existing wheel, till he sorted a few details out. We then were able to dish the wheel over so it's just about dead center. He's been happy for over a year.

    I'm currently waiting on a ti fatty soft tail from Form Cycles, should be here, just in time for Spring, good thing it'll take a skinny in the back too.......
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billrick View Post
    Thanks for the thoughts everyone. This was all inspired by the madness caused last Feb 2010, a la DC's Snowmageddon. We can't ever see that much snow again, can we? I can't stomach the thought of another 1.5 months without riding - $600 in daily parking garage fees, sitting in traffic, staring at the iced over bike paths from the minivan window, gut growing on a steady diet of bad Starbuck's pastries, etc. Since we are staring February in the teeth, I'm going to pull the trigger. I'll report back.

    Edoz - thanks for the dose of reality. I will sell here if I don't dig it.

    Devo (can I call you Devo?) - I just put 2 and 2 together after cruising the Surly section at the MTBR forums, looking for info on the Pugsley. Pug's Life. I can't believe that thread is still around. Thanks for the capital I Inspiration! Hope to meet you someday. If you ever make it to the east Coast, you have a place to pitch your tipi here.


    no problems: I'm thinking Its a Pug's Life & Devo & The Dummy (and/or "again") have pulled a fair degree of interest to Surly


    so FYI: There are 3 pugs on eBay: surly pugsley items - Get great deals on Road Bikes, Mountain Bikes items on eBay.com!

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    here's another Pug for sale somewhere local to Monterey, Ca
    how it is that I don't know who this is... I have no idea.

    Surly Pugsley 1300 OBO

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    Quote Originally Posted by mendoncyclesmith View Post

    whale_spout, you can run a 29er wheel in a Pug frame. It will be offset yes, but it works. Personal testing told me that it feels pretty darn normal. That being said, I didn't say it was *right and correct* but it works. I have a customer that we did this with, using his pre-existing wheel, till he sorted a few details out. We then were able to dish the wheel over so it's just about dead center. He's been happy for over a year.
    Thanks! I'll stick it in my pocket for sure.
     

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    when it comes to The Pug, personally I'm not interested in changing it too much.
    its a Pug
    like The Big Dummy
    I'm not interested in changing it too much either
    its a Dummy

    with that said... I ride both bikes a fair amount
    at the moment I'm all into riding The Pug. I finally put in a new outboard bearing (howitzer) BB and it spins so much better than the old ISIS bb's that I have been using for the last 5 years.
    I know it sounds lame, but its.... "like a new bike?"

    i know it sounds even more lame... but I ride it on the pave, with my roadie brethren too
    its super versatile.

    I really doubt that I'd ever be interested in getting rid of the Pug. The only thing I could possibly see is that if, somehow, one day, I had a grip of cash, and for some weird reason I wanted a fat bike that weighed less
    my Pug is one of the first from the first batch
    as is The Big Dummy

    I have the old LM's, 36h 4 cross. Its a tank. But so what.

    for me... its awesome

    but what you all really want is this mad max fixie roadie gone wild bike
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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    i have two pugs
    one for me
    and one for a friend...
    mine is set up with a white industries dos eno drivetrain
    i love it
    i fractured t11, 12 and the tranverse process of L1 on new year's day
    so be carefull climbing on ice
    i run the larry tires up front and rear at 5 and 10 psi.
    most fun i've ever had on a bike!

    i am still tempted to mount about a hundred tiny screws in the front tire
    just to prevent falls like the one that recently has me sidelined...
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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    IMG_0511.jpg

    Embrace the chub!

    There's a good winter riding thread across the hall right now.

    If you choose to go with the fat front 29er, I have a spare Pugs fork I'd give you a helluva deal on.

    FWIW, Chris
     

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    I'm considering a fat bike as well. How much less do they sink than a typical 29'er in your experience?

    -matt
     

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    Default Re: Fat Bikes, should I?

    Quote Originally Posted by mattmor View Post
    How much less do they sink than a typical 29'er in your experience?
    From Flickr (CoastKid71):

     

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    Quote Originally Posted by billrick View Post
    From Flickr (CoastKid71):
    Appears to be floating. Thanks for the laugh this morning.

    -matt
     

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