Should I get a fat bike?
I’m on the verge myself. I’m weighing up On0ne Fatty, Mukluk2 and teh Black Ops/Necromancer.
My concern with the Fatty is teh 1×10. I don’t think it gives you a low enough gear to paddle 4″ tyres up hill in deep snow.
Mukluk 2 looks lush but is well pricey and as I’m a fatty myself and I’ll be riding it in snow I’d like fatter tyres.
Black Ops has wider rims but only 3.7 tyres. Do the rims make a difference here? I’m going to see/ride one at the weekend. It may even be snowing!
A fat bike with wide rims, 4″+ tyres and shimano gear doesn’t appear to exist AFAICS but would probably be my favourite 🙂 The Moonlander is a bit too fat.Posted 5 years ago
There was recently an extensive fatbike thread which will probably contain all the answers to your questions.
If not, try The UK Fatbike ForumPosted 5 years ago
I’ve never ridden a fat bike, never even seen one in the flesh, but I do like the idea of them and would consider getting one based on the following assumptions:
They aren’t as hard to pedal as I imagine them to be (fat soft tyres must be relatively hard on the legs no?)
They really are as much fun as everyone says they are.
They are as good through soft mud as they are on sand/snow (very little in the way of sand, snow or rocks where I ride, but plenty of soft, sloppy, slippery mud and puddles.)
Anyone with any experience able to confirm/deny my assumptions?
As much as I like the look/thought of one I won’t get one if it isn’t right for the job.Posted 5 years agohugorMember
I’m in the honeymoon period with my moonlander. I’ve had her 3 weeks but we’ve done 800kms together.Posted 5 years ago
These include road, commutes and proper MTB riding.
I have other bikes but I keep selecting her.
If your curious I would get one cause it wont go away,
For me I’m glad I went full fat with the moonlander, cause if I went for something else, I would always be wondering how much better things would be with something fatter like the moonlander.
Fatter seems better for me and half fat seems no good for anybody.nedrapierSubscriber
I had a go on one recently, a 2013 Mukluk, for about 35 miles riding round Moab. I had a LOT of fun. 2nd day was one of my best days ever on a bike, but that had a fair bit to do with the trail.
Floaty, magic carpet ride on smooth stuff, sand is a joy. Trialsy type riding, front wheel lifts and bumps are easier in places because of the rebound you don’t get from forks.
Partly because I felt like a celebrity, EVERYONE wanted to ask about it, or just shout “awesome wheels!”
Mostly because it gives you a kind of childlike thrill from doing something that feels naughty, or inappropriate. Like splashing through puddles in normal shoes, getting them sopping wet but not caring. You know it’s not the fastest way of getting around, but you can still clip along at a fair rate. [insert standard STW “overtaking guys on full sussers” story here]
Although 6 time Megavalanche winner Rene Wildhaber did eventually catch me at the end of the Porcupine Rim trail and asked for a quick spin round the car park on it.
I want one.Posted 5 years agoemac65Member
Dunno,only you can answer that….
If I were answering for myself I’d say hell no,what possible advantage can they have over a normal bike…Riding on sand & snow,we don’t get much of either of those in the Midands.Saw a bloke at this years Dyfi on one,he passed me as I was riding up a slight ascent(by the Star Wars stuff)grabbing a bite to eat.The route then took us into a descent & the bike (& rider)did appear to be fairly quick,but no quicker than me on my Trance.I had to brake a few times if I’m honest as there was nowhere to pass him safely,tbh I was enjoying following him thinking, wow they really do look fun,in a strange way.Then the route went up a fire road I passed him & never saw him again…that confirmed to me that I would never want one………….
But never say never ‘eh,always said I’d never have a FS 29er…….& that’s what I’ve been looking at this week……….;)Posted 5 years agoemac65Member
singlespeedstu – Member
Maybe the Fatbike rider at the Dyfi was having a little tootle round with his mates and not taking things very seriously.
You mean like I was…….I didn’t even bother filming myself overtaking people to show how awesome I was at overtaking people….. 8) 8)Posted 5 years agosinglespeedstuSubscriber
I didn’t even bother filming myself overtaking people to show how awesome I was at overtaking people…..
Nor did I.Posted 5 years ago
Someone else did it for me. 😉
Shame he forgot to turn the camera on on the world cup descent. Might have cought you on vid being unable to pass a fat old bloke an an unsuitable bike. 😛
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