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    canadmos Mater Slayer

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    Thinking pretty seriously about grabbing a fat bike. There seems to be less used ones for sale that I thought there would be.

    What would you pick? I want to keep it cheap; I assume the water/snow will quickly wear at parts, chances of falling will greatly increase and maybe cheaper might be slightly stronger for ham fisted trotts through the bush? Trying to find one around the $1000-$1200 mark.

    Have discovered these....

    2015 Trek Farley 5 - https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2278364/
    Guy said in a PM that he'd take $1400 for it. His user name and pink bike registration date is kind of odd.

    2015 Trek Farley 8 - https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/2235580/
    Looks ok, other than the rusty bolts. I could my XT brakes on it. In BC, so probably no room to wiggle the price or negotiate shipping. Looks like the best drive train.

    Or

    Could just go get a new Rocky Mountain Blizzard 10 for $1300ish - http://www.bikes.com/en/bikes/blizzard/2018

    Norco Bigfoot 2 for $1100ish - http://m.norco.com/bikes/mountain/fat-bikes/bigfoot/bigfoot-2/ fuckin ugly duck and questionable tires though.

    Kill list?
     
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    I bought a used pugsley last winter kill list or not it was fun in the snow


    Check this one out
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    The Devincis are nice but are more than I want to spend. 70 degree head tube angle too. The Rocky Mountain has a 67..
     
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    i'll put disc brakes on a bike before i ever get a fat bike.

    HA!
     
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    This is a chinese XM carbon CS-197 frame with forward/rearward dropouts to adjust the chainstay length and take the biggest 2XL oversized tires that are available. Even though the frame is pretty inexpensive, like $350 or so, you can probably do better with a package deal like the Trek or any number of reputable manufacturer fatbikes, but I like building my bikes exactly how I want and I often have an excess of parts that can be used for a new build. The bike also allows for reasonable chainstay length though, while some fat-bikes use insane-stupid 18"+ lengths that make no sense unless running those 2XL tires, but they often don't have the clearance for them anyway.

    (Edit: I think that was my last frame, my LaMere, before I got the XM CS-197. The 197 is definitely a better frame than what I had).

    That said, if you want a fatbike to ride in the winter on snow, there might be more important considerations. We try to inform everyone to save some money for some of these important considerations:

    Save money for good studded tires if you ride on frozen-liquid surfaces. Even if you don't experience that much ice, we got our first snow last week and just a few inches, but the trip of the studded tires digging into the roots and compressed snow was unreal, absolutely excellent. And of course, with any kind of ice you are going to be ok. I feel that the studs add a lot of grip on any frozen surface and they really have no downside, rolling resistance is not affected and the tires last many seasons, 3+ for me now, as long as you aren't riding them on pavement every single day. I like the Dillinger 5s. I'm not a fan of anything skinnier and I'm on 90mm rims. If you are going to ride in snow, the floatation is nice, and it's equally nice that you can air them down when there isn't snow for a softer ride over roots and everything else.

    Framebags are nice, your frame size/shape should take this into consideration a bit. In the winter, you want to have things like an emergency pull-over or packable jacket, extra gloves, maybe your insulated water bottle, etc. This is an excellent way to carry that stuff.

    Additional bags are also nice, eventually you get to the point where you can ride with nothing on your back, which is nice. Sometimes we still have to use camelbacks, but under our softshells with the hose routed underneath our arm-pit, which keeps it warm enough to not freeze.

    Pogies, a godsend. Normal riding gloves in their own controlled climate. I've tried to ride a bike downhill with "winter gloves", it's all clunky and you can't control the bike. That and these keep your hands much warmer. You can roll them up when you get too warm too, so it's easy to regulate your heat.

    Carbon-bar, helps to keep your hands warm. The amount of heat-transmission with a metal bar is significantly higher.

    Lights, because it's winter.

    Decide whether you want to go clipless or flats. Both are possible, but it's harder to do clipless and keep feet warm. Still possible, but you have to go to much more extreme ends. One thing to think about though is don't incrementally spend a bunch of money, try to get to the end-game. If you ride in the 20s and below at all, get some 45N wolfhammers or better. There are lots of "winter" shoes out there that are nothing more than glorified summer shoes and they suck balls. There are other ways to do this, but there are a lot of incremental steps that in my experience, are just a waste. But again, flats are a lot easier.

    Stuff doesn't wear out much/fast in the winter for the most part (for me). Snow tends to clean the drivetrain and bike more than anything. I generally ride in colder temps though and soupy wet snow is kind of a pain to ride in and makes clipping in difficult. As far as wear though, winter fatbiking is one of the least abusive things I do, compared to summer mud-riding.

    So, to wrap it up, there are a lot of nice bikes, I wouldn't necessarily rate many of these any better than the next, but if you want to ride in a lot of conditions, set aside some money for these other things. They dramatically increase your ability to ride in all conditions and be comfortable doing so.
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  8. jstuhlman

    jstuhlman We noticed.

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    Would seem to me that for a fatbike the frame makes less of an impact as the actual tires.



    In the fact that no matter how good the frame, the huge dumb tires will ruin even the best frame.
     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    First I thought this thread was going to be about stars and where are they now with these guys getting into biking.

     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    But then, it wasn't about the Phat Boys.

    So maybe this ?

     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    But that couldn't be it.

     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Oops, phat bike means both wheels, eh.

     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    What do your bike cops in Canada ride ?

     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Phat biking can make you sleepy.

     
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    AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Maybe group Phat Biking is your thing.

     
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    I was going to comment, but @Jm_ said it all.
     
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    efatbike or bust!
     
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    The Farley's are fun bikes. I enjoyed mine quite a bit last winter. Do it.
     
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    This is my idea of a phat bike yo...
     
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    Do it!
     
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    Adventurous Starshine Bro

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    You know the Norco marketing team probably high-fived and synchronized orgasmed after dropping that buzzword soup into the bike literature.
     
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    I am assuming they've had a marketing off-site in Germany.
     
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    @gonefirefightin built a pretty sick fatty a little while ago. While it would be fun to poke around on (I rode a Pugsly at the beach and it was cool), I don't venture to the snow enough to justify. I am still trying to justify a new trail bike. :panic:
     
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    And for that reason I have to back out of purchasing a Norco (not to mention how ugly they are).

    Dude with the Trek Farley just said he'd take $1200, which is $200 less than my original offer and $400 than what he has it listed it for. Should I try to go for $1000? I might tell him to meet up tomorrow, find some random scratch on the frame and say "take this $1000 or I'm walking". :redface:
     
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    Tell him $1000 cash in hand and see what he says. The pics make the bike look almost new.
     
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    Done!
     
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    No go on the $1000 offer. :( Still going to try to grab the bike, it looks like its in pretty decent shape. Maybe the actual cash in hand part will sway him, in person.
     
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    yeah. this. do you get enough snow where you live? while you can ride a fatbike on dirt/mixed conditions, it doesn't mean it's fun. My fatbike is reserved for on snow. On dirt, they corner like shit. and forget trying to go fast downhill.

    but on hard packed snow, especially on snowshoe trails, oh my are they ever fun.
     
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    here's the rules for fat bikes:

    snow: OK
    not snow: kill list
     
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    I think that we have 3-4 days in all winter when fat bikes work but regular studded tires don't. When snow is fluffy, you cannot ride on fat. When icy, good luck. When melting and mushy, no way. Only in certain density or crust, regular tires drop through while fat don't.
    IMO, fat tires work the best on beach sand.
     
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    It definitely snows enough to warrant the bike. Enough to ski in the middle of some forests. And being so close to the city, there is lots of places with packed down trails from snowshoes, hikers and other bikes. Some forests even have "groomed" trails where they drag a heavy roller through them to pack down the snow.

    From the day we got back from NC last winter...
     
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    Plot twist: local bike shop just sent me a message saying they have a 2017 Rocky Mountain Blizzard -20 for $1119 + tax, so total would be $1264.

    I think I'll go with that. It looks to have a way better rear hub, better tires, similar drive train and in the end, its new with a warranty.

     
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    Thats a great deal! I love riding my fat bike in the snow!
     
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    This. I feel like I'm riding drunk when I try to ride it in the summer.
     
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    seems like a good deal. just make sure you can set them up tubeless. you drop at least 2 pounds going tubeless.

    and when you get it, try and organize a trip up here. We have lots of great trails. seriously. by late february, the conditions will likely be optimal.
     
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    Sounds like a plan. :cheers: