cheaper fatbikes, for europe
considering getting a fatbike for the winter. Before you get the pitchforks out, i’m living in Scandinavia so it’d be useful 😀
Thing is, i don’t want to spend loads (limit 1500e). So, besides on-one and mongoose, what other options are available at the lower end of the market?
it’d be good to see pics of some in action too 🙂
cheers,Posted 4 years ago
http://www.fatsandbikes.com/Fat-Sand-Bikes_c_1.html these look ok too. But the import duty would sting.Posted 4 years agoJimalmightyMember
Charge Cooker Maxi?
works out about 1400 euros…Posted 4 years agoswavisSubscriber
Are they as hard to get up to speed as they look?
That Kona looks very nice. It looks as if you need bags of torque to get one going though. And effing big rotors to stop one.
Nope, they really aren’t that hard to pedal and in many cases easier as the tyre deforms around the terrain.Posted 4 years ago
As for braking I’ve a 140mm rotor on the back and a 160mm on the front and never had an issue slowing down. They did get a bit of a squeal on going down my local hill Ben Rinnes though. 😀
I believe the question was “are they as hard to get up to speed as they look?”
and the answer is Yes, if you are the type of rider that likes an fast accelerating bike, look elsewhere. Fatbikes work best mainly pedalling while seated and pedalling rather than sprinting to speed, freewheeling and repeating.
Is the mongoose available here?Posted 4 years ago
To demonstrate their pedalling performance here’s a video of some guy on a fatbike riding a hard pack trail centre descent pedalling the whole way and barely managing to keep up with an old slow guy on a normal mtb.
To put this into perspective, The old bloke takes about a minute longer to ride the trail than most decent riders on Hardtails wouldPosted 4 years agoepicycloSubscriber
campkoala – Member
…here’s a video of some guy on a fatbike riding a hard pack trail centre descent pedalling the whole way and barely managing to keep up with an old slow guy on a normal mtb.
Couldn’t think of a worse place to take a fatbike, but only a minute lost seems like a good trade off.
Is there a similar video of the the old guy trying to follow the fatbike through soft deep mud or up a steep loose gravel track?Posted 4 years ago
campkoala – different bikes, different people, different perspective and different terrain – it’s all fun surely!
To put it into perspective the other way around, the other week, I came 13th in the solo 8 hour category at the Bristol Oktoberfest on a Fatty.
My previous results in past years were 14th and 25th on a Cannondale Rush on pretty much the same course and same conditions.Posted 4 years ago
hmm, i’l look out for terrengsykel. Is that in norwegian? Well, i’ll be able to find someone who can translate. I might just flick through the pages and see if any distributors are listed, it must be easy to send a bike from Norway or Sweden to Finland.
so far, i’m most tempted by the…
– On one
– Charge Cooker Maxi
– Nakamura Bigboy
2nd hand bikes cost the earth over here, so i think i may as well buy newPosted 4 years ago
Monkeyp, you need to re-read what particular type of rider/riding I was talking about instead of taking offence/trying to justify YOUR choice to ride one. I don’t particularly care how anyone else chooses to get their jollies, Just answering the guys question truthfully.Posted 4 years ago
HansRey – I love my Fatty and have yet to find anyone who rides it who doesn’t come off with a smile on their face.
I bought the frameset and then set it up 9 speed with some shifters and mech I had lying around and a wide range 9 speed cassette. Standard stem, post and saddle I had lying around and some new Formula RX brakes direct from Formula (£130 all in!) with a 180 rear and 203 front disc. Got some wide carbon bars and a Truvative Holtzfeller chainset. The whole build was about £750. I have also drilled the rims and changed the insanely heavy tubes (600g a piece!) for some Schwalbe DH tubes to bring the weight down to about 28lb.
The bike is crazy fast on technical stuff. I am quite a light rider and once used to the feeling on corners it just rails everything. On technical or loose climbs the grip makes it climb well. Shallow fire roads are not great, but keep it at speed and it’s not too bad. Tyre pressure is critical though, 7psi is about right for me.
I built it up to use up some spares, half expecting to sell it – that is not going to happen!Posted 4 years ago
monkeyp! this is the sort of encouragement i need 😀 The bike is 1.184,49euros, plus 35euro delivery. Not bad at all. The tyres are 4”, how sure are you that the DH tubes will survive being overinflated? Are there lighter tubes available, for fat tyres?
infact, their winter bundle of kit looks good value too.Posted 4 years agowarpcowMember
Do they have XXL sports stores (like a Norwegian Decathlon, sort of) in Finland? They’re bringing one out under their own brand, White, soon. Not many details apart from spec.:
They’ll also be carrying Surly Pugslys next year, at the outer limit of your budget (XXL like to carry limited stock of equivalents to their own brand to show off their value-for-money).Posted 4 years agoscotroutesSubscriberhansrey wrote:
how sure are you that the DH tubes will survive being overinflated? Are there lighter tubes available, for fat tyres?
I’ve been running Specialized 3.0 tubes in my 9:ZERO:7 for almost two years. I’ve had two punctures in that time (thorns) – and I hardly ride on sand/snow.Posted 4 years ago
Fine, if you’re happy that’s all that matters to YOU. You are however completely deluded if you think any fatbike accelerates well, rides technical descents well at speed or even corners well on mtb trails in comparison to a well set up 26″ bike with the correct tyre choice and pressures for the conditions.Posted 4 years ago
They do hold momentum well, roll over certain things more efficiently and allow more grip in certain situations but I fail to see your problem admitting their down points. Epicyclo seems town to know the truth and have no problem admitting it.bajsyckelMember
Interesting warpcow, I hadn’t seen that one. I’m not particularly interested in fatbikes, but might check these out once they appear in the shops. More about the white bikes fat pro on this link – spec seems OK (X7/X9/SLX discs, ritchey stuff…) and price not ridiculous for SE/NO.
Hansrey, Terrengsykkel is Norwegian, doesn’t take much understanding. I’m sure you could find someone to translate for you if thought it was useful. See here for what they have lined up (test of Surly and the Nakamura, guide to all the fatbikes on the norwegian market, Rena-Lillehammer ride report, and an editorial on the boom in fatbikes and biking on ski tracks (or not – maybe relevant in Finland too).Posted 4 years ago
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