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Old April 17th, 2013, 02:48 PM   #21
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No. Different frame widths, different hubs, different cranksets, different forks.
Pssssh...

Like any of us are gonna believe any bicycle advice given by a guy with the screen name "Kickstand."
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Old April 17th, 2013, 02:55 PM   #22
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Cant you just buy a normal bike for like $350 and put the dumb, big tires on it
No, the frame and forks are not wide enough to clear the big tahrs
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Old April 17th, 2013, 03:33 PM   #23
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Gotchya, looks the same as a normal mountain bike thats why I asked.

Now the rednecks are not only going to have big clapped out mud trucks with big tahrs they are going to lift their bikes and put big tahrs on too!

Bets on how long it takes for one of these bikes to get a smoke stack!?!?!?!
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Somebody take the tire pump away from this guy!

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Old April 17th, 2013, 06:01 PM   #25
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Somebody take the tire pump away from this guy!



Like this? Only $100. You get what you pay for, but I wasn't expecting much.

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Old April 17th, 2013, 06:21 PM   #26
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IMO gimmick.

I know a few guys who have them and unless you ride in the snow, its a waste.

Only one actually rides it every day in the winter, his purchase is justified. The others are bandwagoners
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Spelling lesson for the day:

Peddle is the act of trying to sell something.
Pedal is what you do to a bike to make it go.

Before SS quotes this post, I will note that there are multiple definitions of each of these words, and the definitions may be slightly more complex... but I dumbed things down for you dummies. The point here is you never "peddle" a bike, unless you're selling it.
I'm always confusing pedal and petal.
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I'm always confusing pedal and petal.
So you put the pedal to the medal and the petal to the metal and the peddle to the meddle?
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IMO gimmick.

I know a few guys who have them and unless you ride in the snow, its a waste.

Only one actually rides it every day in the winter, his purchase is justified. The others are bandwagoners
have you ridden one?
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have you ridden one?
Yes but not over any real distances, just a spin around a parking lot.

Not saying that its pointless but from a utility standpoint there isn't much a fat bike can do that your MTB can't. Sand and soft snow is about it.


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wat about paddle
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They are here to stay, I think salsa is working on a carbon frame now. They are so impractical to maintain. Tires alone are over $100 for one tire. My 29er tires are that price for both. I suppose once more companies jump on to building them prices will come down and they may be worth it then. I want one as well but just can not justify the price for something that will be risen for a few weeks in the fall and spring/end of winter.
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I want one as well but just can not justify the price for something that will be risen for a few weeks in the fall and spring/end of winter.
A friend of mine says the same thing about his ex wife, but they still seem to be popular.
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Yes but not over any real distances, just a spin around a parking lot.

Not saying that its pointless but from a utility standpoint there isn't much a fat bike can do that your MTB can't. Sand and soft snow is about it.


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From a utility standpoint what can your Tri Bike do that your road bike can't? What can your cx bike do that your tri bike can't? What can your hardtail 26" bike do that your rigid 29'er cant? or that your full suspension 650b bike can't do? of that your etc etc etc bike can't do?

Fat bikes are simply another novel option given to you by the bike industry so they can sell more bikes.

But a lot of people enjoy them. They're superior in sand and snow, they can handle hardpack and gravel roads nearly as well as most normal mountain bikes can. They don't need suspension components which can wear and cost money and require more maintenance because the big squishy soft tires make for a comfy ride all on their own....I won't be plunking down big cash to own one any time soon, but they are a hoot to ride and they have their place.

To each their own, they're here to stay thats for sure.

Go out on an actual ride with one, then you can call it a gimmick and a waste.
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How tough are the tires on these? Are they susceptible to stick punctures? I think they would be great on the all sand trails around here, as long as they don't have puncture issues often. It's been a little while since I looked into them much, but everyone seemed to only care about the snow performance, and worry about punctures in the summer months, although I heard no real world reports.
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How tough are the tires on these? Are they susceptible to stick punctures? I think they would be great on the all sand trails around here, as long as they don't have puncture issues often. It's been a little while since I looked into them much, but everyone seemed to only care about the snow performance, and worry about punctures in the summer months, although I heard no real world reports.
Not much different than a normal mountain bike tire.

Essentially you have 1 ply tires (Cross country, cyclocross, normal people riding, etc.) and you have 2 ply tires (DH Racing and Freeride). These tires fall in under the normal category, they're reasonably tough and flats aren't much of an issue.
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O think they look sweet, and would be fun to ride, but the price on them is stupid.
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I got one of these, it's as fat tire as I want to go.



If they are getting popular, in a year Walmart will have a Chinese version.
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1200 for something I'm goign to be riding in the Michigan salt and snow, no thanks. My 350 dollar Trek does just fine in the snow. $1200 is alot of money but really not all that much for a bike. I come from a Road bike background and those things get spendy very quickly. Of course, Mine doesn't see any snow, salt, or, if I can manage, rain.
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