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  • Fat Scandal
  • Premier Icon epicyclo
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    Thought I'd better post this now just in case I don't return from the test ride.


    Fat Scandal side by epicyclo
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    It's still a work in progress. I have the fork on its lowest setting, but it will normally be 50mm higher.

    I'll post the results when/if I get back 🙂

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    AWESOME. Good luck.

    Premier Icon Pook
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    why? (serious q)

    Premier Icon nickc
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    😯

    [Doffs cap./]

    Extraordinary. If there were prizes for this sort of thing, you'd have earned it…

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    Pook – Member
    why?

    No fat bikes being made in this country, so I'm in the process of brewing my own.

    The challenge is to do it as much as possible without outside resources.

    And the real reason? – because I can 🙂

    The Beard
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    I hope that fork has a lockout…

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    For those who haven't seen the earlier history of this – the fork is a homemade bodge and is rigid (but adjustable for ride height and offset)

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    That is thefatshiznit.

    The Beard
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    phew!

    Premier Icon Pook
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    no, but why? What's the idea behind it? What's it designed for? Riding on sand or something?

    Luminous
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    Is it me, or do the fork lowers look short in length compared to the stancions ?

    Interesting bars, quite a tight return on the drop.
    Home Made ?

    Genuine Qs
    🙂

    trail_rat
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    forks dont move so irrelevant as to how long they are …..

    Premier Icon Shred
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    Look through the flickr account in the link in the first post to see how the forks were made. Quite interesting.

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    nteresting bars, quite a tight return on the drop.

    They splay outwards.

    Premier Icon Pook
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    BUT WHY?!

    trail_rat
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    toe overlap !

    Premier Icon Tiger6791
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    BUT WHY?!

    I don't know but I can only assume the big fat tyre can be run at a low pressure so it will conform to the shape of the ground rather than bite as per a smaller tyre. It would also provide traction from it's large surface area and ride comfort from it's low pressure.

    The large surface area would would be useful on Sand / Snow / Wet Mud / Dry Dusty Mud. So could very very good on multiple terrains.

    ??

    Never ridden one so not sure so that's my guess.

    Looks good though, gotta' love a man, an idea and a shed to make it in.

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    Pook – Member

    BUT WHY?!

    So you can just pull up, get off the bike and it'll stand up on it's own. 😉

    Luminous
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    I have the fork on its lowest setting, but it will normally be 50mm higher

    forks dont move so irrelevant as to how long they are …..

    Ah, I was just wondering.

    Thanks for the answers. I will check out the links later, at home, etc…

    Good luck with the project. Maybe some more pics and info when its finished.
    🙂

    Premier Icon D0NK
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    forks are ingenious but are the lowers really upto being clamped like that?

    As mentioned what about toe overlap?

    Bet it don't ride too well (based on absolutley no experience) but I like the experimental "because I can" atitude.

    Premier Icon Woody
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    Excellent work. My less extreme experiment will be ready this afternoon.

    I was expecting a Daily Mail style rant about doughnuts!

    Needs more blue. A front tyre in blue to match the bar tape is required surely?

    Premier Icon singlespeedstu
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    I wonder if he's still alive.

    Been gone for a while now.

    That's ace. I was going to ask on here about tyres for riding rigid…but I think you've answered my question…

    Premier Icon cynic-al
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    Let's hope he put plugs in the stanchion ends.

    Premier Icon AlexSimon
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    I think that crud catcher is optimistic at best

    coastkid
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    looks nuts…but brilliant 😮
    classic built in a shed engineering 😮
    motovated me to go a ride tonight again down the beach,

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    I'm alive 🙂

    Just been round the 'Puffer course. Handling is good, nice and sharp. The bike just rolls over anything. No need to pick a line, just point and go. I'll try less pressure in the tyres, but I'll leave the ride height as is because it works well.

    Here's some pics:


    Top of the zig zags by epicyclo][/url]


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    Scandal at top View Rock by epicyclo, on Flickr
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    clubber
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    Having looked it up myself, here are the fatbike FAQs

    http://forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=498930

    WANT.

    coastkid
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    What pressure did you ride? sub 12 psi the norm, but up to 18 for tarmac or hardpack for easier crusing speed,
    have ridden 4 psi front and rear and nearly climed every dune you cound walk up! usually 100 pumps with a mountain morph = 10 psi 😆

    grumm
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    BUT WHY?!

    Because custom made rigid steel fixie mountain bikes with mary bars just aren't niche enough any more. It would appear fat bikes are the very latest thing in niche.

    trail_rat
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    guys – STOP IT . my missus is going to go mental when i come home and go to the bike shop to pick up the thorn raven , a ragley td-1 frame and a pigging pugsley !

    its dangerous being on paperwork duty (my work shit got lost in transit :))

    clubber
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    Can't see the pics – is it fat front wheel only? Just wondering how you'd shoehorn a big one in the rear(!)

    (my tags btw 🙂 )

    Premier Icon epicyclo
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    grum – Member
    Because custom made rigid steel fixie mountain bikes with mary bars just aren't niche enough any more. It would appear fat bikes are the very latest thing in niche.

    The niche is people who want to ride mountainbikes on mountains instead of carefully groomed playgrounds. We get lots of peat bogs up here and soft going on many tracks after rain. The fat wheels at low pressure won't tear up the track.

    🙂

    I ran the tyres at 15lbs. Can definitely drop that down.

    Need a chat with a welder to see if a Summer Season can be converted both ends….

    I_Ache
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    What you need to do is put QR clamps on the forks so when you get top the top of a hill you can raiser them up and slacken off the HA. It would be like U_Turn for rigid forks. What a great idea!

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    clubber – Member
    … Just wondering how you'd shoehorn a big one in the rear(!)

    That's the next step.

    I have some junk frames to act as tube donors 🙂

    Hairychested – Member
    Need a chat with a welder to see if a Summer Season can be converted both ends….

    Just get some scrap front forks and do what I've done at the front end – free forks 🙂

    coffeeking
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    Still got to say I don't get it. I've yet to find anything other than 8" plus of snow that I can't ride on a normal bike with normal 2.3s?

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