- Truth about Fat Bikes
I’m really tempted, and have a good opportunity on a Kona WO, but I just can’t decided if they are fad or future? If it’s just sand and snow they’re used for then it’s hardly worth it, but I think they would make a really good all round winter bike..?
Your experience please….Posted 4 years agoska-49Member
I thoroughly enjoyed mine. I never used it on sand/snow/mud. Just through summer. It was much better than I thought. I was building it up in my head to be slow, sluggish, heavy, dull. When I built it up it was actually fantastic. Not much slower (+10% longer for the same distance) and was great fun over the roots. I didn’t miss the suspension. I ended up selling it because it was just to much like my other bike and couldn’t keep both in my flat. I’ll pick another one up when I have the space/money. No regret.
Usual ride; 15-30 miles on XC/singletrack with little elevation in Colchester.Posted 4 years agonedrapierSubscriber
My truth about fat bikes is that I’ve only ridden one, on some pretty serious terrain (porcupine rim in Moab), it was flippin’ great, huge fun and if I had space for another bike, I’d have one. Hoping for a s/h puffin in a year or two’s time. Or a vagabond. Or a beargrease…Posted 4 years agoTeetosugarsSubscriber
I love mine… And to be honest, it’s my go to bike.
Granted, it’s not always the most sensible choice, but it’s the most fun.
If you ever fall out of love riding, then have a blast on one of these, and it’ll re-kindle your love.
Think of it as the Bastard love child of a space hopper & a BMX and you won’t go far wrong.
You may just like it.
Posted 4 years agoanotherstanMember
– great fun
– people point and stare (maybe that’s just me 😕 )
– everyone has a question for you
– not as draggy as you might think
– not as heavy as you might think
– not as slow as you might think
– all your mates want to have a go
– did i mention great fun?
try to get a spin on one and tell me you didn’t enjoy it.
ps – don’t get one if your not the ‘sociable’ kind.Posted 4 years agoDickBartonMember
It’s a fad…much like 29ers and 2650B’s are – marketing machine are clambering over them all to sell them as the next big thing…those that don’t have them, are most likely tempted; those that do love them.
Saw one yesterday at Carron Valley and initially thought Why?, then had a think and couldn’t think why not…if it lights your candle then go for it…who cares what anyone else thinks?
Thoughts from a 26er (with no intentions of changing!)Posted 4 years agosinglespeedstuSubscribercoastkidMember
Hi Andy 🙂
Yep its just another option of bike…
5 years and over 10,000 niles of fatbikes and it is indeed a great bike, not a replacement for a MTB but a fun alternative.
I ride a 3″ 29+, 4″ regular, and 5″ 100mm rim Moonlander, and all are as differant to a 4″, 5″ and 6″ travel full suss MTB,
Not for everyone but don`t judge before riding one where a regular MTB struggles and becomes a slog, then they make sense… 🙂Posted 4 years agohighlandmanMember
Motorman- Ben Aigen on Speyside Way, south of Fochabers?Posted 4 years ago
Got any good malt in that bottle..? Having been along there recently, I’d reckon it’d be great on a fat bike on these trails.
Tried a Pugsly at Aviemore earlier this year and it was a whole heap of fun in the steep woods north of town, great at the steep and twisty stuff.teacakeMember
I rode Swavis’ fatty the other night and it was STUPID FUN. It felt, nimble, agile, light and FUN. Only realised it was a heavy beast when I had to lift it. If I could justify (and afford one) I wouldn’t hesitate.
Thanks for the ride Swavis!Posted 4 years ago
See you again soon – I hope. 🙂coastkidMember
I have had 2500 miles out a rear Larry, 3000 on the front/
Now using Nates which have have done 1500+ miles and still mint, so the extra price is not an issue, not when compared to when i used to have several different tyre types when i rode DH and trail centres.
The 29+ wheelset if it fits your fatbike is a great option to have, gives you two bikes in one that rides quite different with each wheelset.Posted 4 years ago
The 29+ i prefer for regular trails as faster and lighter but more comfortable than my regular 2.25 rigid 29er.
While i prefer 4″ fat for off the beaten track. 4″ fat is still more grin inducing!
Needing the chunky 29+ Dirt Wizards to arrive now for winter! 🙂mattbibbingsMember
I got ‘fat curious’ a while back and scratched the itch with an On One Fatty. 20+years of mountain biking and I can easily say it one of my favorite bikes ever. (Apart from the avid brakes, they are pants)
I’d keep it just for the silly amount of grip it has but it’s about so much more than that. If you ride because riding is fun then do not hesitate. The chubby side is for you.Posted 4 years ago
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