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    Default Re: Winter is coming (fat bike content)

    Surly Wednesdays here, 1 for me and 1 for whoever wants to ride.
    Hands down the most fun per dollar in our fleet.
    So. Much. Fun.

    And don’t think for a minute these things don’t boogie or can’t hang.
    They’re super-hero stupidity-enablers.

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    Brian brings up a good point about snow conditions. I bought into the hype that I'd be able to roll through anything on the fat tires but reality is that you will push the bike if you're heading out into fresh or wet snow. I tend to ride trails that hikers/snowshoers have packed down, or after the snow has solidified. I've yet to ride a groomed trail but hear it's the cats pajamas. One thing is for sure: I'm out riding (or pushing) rather than sitting inside.

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    Skip the sus. fork, get the build kit on it you're going to want to ride. Tire pressure is super critical.
    We have mixed conditions and occasional ice on thin snow. So studded tires are in the mix.
    On a trail with a base of snow and ice with 5" of fresh snow: I've broken trail on it and it's a workout. The second time around was a lot more fun.
    There's a group that only likes to ride on groomed trail. Super deep unpacked snow won't be a go.

    They are also a blast on leaf-covered trails. Think outside the box. If you end up with a rigid one, set up tubeless the weight is reasonable and they are a lot of fun w/o snow.

    Note: my comments are from one who has ridden 26" tires in a multitude of winter conditions over the years. From wow that was fun (night ride in fresh falling snow) to was that awful when the snow texture became slushy and heavy. Walking wasn't fun. If you can ride on track where snowmobiles have been it was great while it lasted here on state rec lands. Since the explosion of fat bikes in Michigan, riders on 2.3-3.0 tires are being shamed by the fat bike riders for being the pizza cutters on the fat bike packed trails.

    It looks like you're one of a small number of riders on a lot of your local stuff and with some self-grooming and being cognizant of when a track will end up as an iced rut you might enjoy the added fun time.

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    You're just a bunch of enablers.

    Big Red will soon be moving down from New Hampshire to join her slightly slimmer sister.

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    Daang. No halfmeasures. Now we can get into the arcane mysteries of studding tires.

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    Kris makes a damn fine looking and riding bike! Enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by thollandpe View Post
    You're just a bunch of enablers.

    Big Red will soon be moving down from New Hampshire to join her slightly slimmer sister.
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    Congratulations. That didn't take long!

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy View Post
    Now we can get into the arcane mysteries of studding tires.
    I have a set of Wraithchilds (wrathchildren?) with studs on order... Last year I tried a set of Veetire SnowshoeXLs 5" with studs that are just a smidge too wide for my Bucksaw... soon to be on a classified listing...
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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy View Post
    Daang. No halfmeasures.
    The half-measure will be the parts pick, it will not be one Kris's typically impeccable builds. He'll have plausible deniability.

    Quote Originally Posted by guido View Post
    I have a set of Wrathchilds (wrathchildren?) with studs on order...
    Last year when conditions turned the fatbike-packed singletrack into an icy ribbon of certain purple hip trauma, I humped it up to Lumpy's neck of the woods for studs. Wrathchild 3.0's for the 44 mid-fat. Seriously badass shoes.
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    Question for the fat faithful: tubeless?

    Stan's by the gallon? What does resealing a wound require, a half-hour interval with a mini-pump? Carry the largest size Zefal HP like a katana?
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    Yes tubless!

    I like this pump. Fits nicely in a frame bag and packs the air volume to deal with the big tires...

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
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    Tubeless is a must . For the record in 4 yrs I have never flatted or burped a tire. I don’t even carry a spare tube, if shit goes sideways .....I start running for the trail head —-best way to keep warm and still get a work out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marley View Post
    Tubeless is a must . For the record in 4 yrs I have never flatted or burped a tire. I don’t even carry a spare tube, if shit goes sideways .....I start running for the trail head —-best way to keep warm and still get a work out.
    This.Tubeless for sure. Make sure the sealant in tires is liquid (and not dried ou) and I don't ride farther from the vehicle than I'm willing to hike out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marley View Post
    Tubeless is a must . For the record in 4 yrs I have never flatted or burped a tire. I don’t even carry a spare tube, if shit goes sideways .....I start running for the trail head —-best way to keep warm and still get a work out.
    Preach. Fat tubes are like a pound each.

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    Not sure how cold it gets where you are but when I dabbled in fatbiking I used orange seals winter sealant. Stan's did not work for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by guido View Post
    Yes tubless!

    I like this pump. Fits nicely in a frame bag and packs the air volume to deal with the big tires...

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
    I travel with the high pressure / road version of this pump, it's impressive for not being that big. I don't keep it on the bike but it works well for topping things off at the hotel without too much effort.

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    Default Re: Winter is coming (fat bike content)

    What about 27.5" semi-fat/fat bikes ?
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    (not as pretty looking as the 44bike but should roll so well)
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    I was contemplating building back a 29+ but maybe a 27.5x3.8/4.5 is the way to go. We don't have snow in Andalucia but we have lots of dried out rios that are mostly ridable but some sections are a pita to ride with regular MTB tires with lots of small rolling rocks. Plus there are beaches.
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    My fat friends, the wheels have arrived from Special__ed. The rims are 80-mm wide with cutouts. There's a woven nylon strip that goes over the cutouts to keep the tube from bulging through. Velcro closure at the end, adjacent to the valve hole. I can't imagine that is sealable w/ tubeless.

    Do you put the tubeless tape over that, or is it replaced with different tape?
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