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Fat bike for a fat guy

bbculpbbculp Member, Rooster Endurance Member
I'm in the market for a fat bike, specifically one for riding in snow. Looking to spend less than $500. I've never purchased (or even ridden) a fat bike. Which brands/models should I be looking at?

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    AaronWebsteyAaronWebstey Administrator, Rooster Endurance Member, Rooster Endurance Officers
    You're buying me a bike? Thanks!
    Tad_MMattbbculp
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    bbculpbbculp Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    No, it's for your wife.
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    AaronWebsteyAaronWebstey Administrator, Rooster Endurance Member, Rooster Endurance Officers
    edited November 28
    Hey. I know I look like someone who would have a fat guy for a wife but she is actually a lovely female angel.
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    KHilgendorfKHilgendorf Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    You can get one at walmart for about 200. Bikes direct has one for 500 that's probably a bit more legit, but supposedly the walmart special isn't absolute garbage. Might want to spend tan extra hundred on new shifters and RD. Brakes don't matter much on snow.
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    AaronWebsteyAaronWebstey Administrator, Rooster Endurance Member, Rooster Endurance Officers
    Hilgendorf just told Brad Culp to buy a bike at Walmart. And it doesn't seem insane. Now I've seen everything.
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    Tad_MTad_M Member, Rooster Endurance Member, Level 2 Supporter
    Not joking @bbculp , before swift, I enjoyed winters here in MI with 38mm carbide studded tires on my cross bike since our hard pack roads were most often ice or thin snow over old ice. Non studded knobby tires were useless.
    It's worse on the wider fat bike if there is ice. I'd actually leave them on all year if I owned a fat bike, cause I'd never be on pavement. If you will do only trails, then I doubt ice layers become a problem.
    Sworry in advance if this was obvious.

    #Sworry 2019 - See you there!
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    I have a steel framed Pugsley and you can probably find one of those used for around that. Solid bike, figuratively and literally. It’s not as sexy as some of my friends Carbon fat bikes, but I have a blast on if.
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    doyoueventribrodoyoueventribro Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    edited November 29
    I'm looking at getting a 27.5+ mountain bike. Since I intend to only have one MTB I want something pretty versatile. I used to have a 29er but it was useless in the snow. While the 27.5+ won't be as good as a fat bike in the snow I think it'll provide a decent balance and allow me to enjoy some trails without going sideways because of my terrible bike handling skills.

    I looked at a Rocky Mountain or Norco fat bike but the specs compared to the 27.5+ just weren't there. If I was to get a fat bike it'd be something like this
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    bbculpbbculp Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    edited November 29
    @Tad_M I enjoy riding my cross bike in the snow but I'm just looking to mix things up this winter, especially since it came so fucking early this year. Every time I'm out on my CX bike, I see all these kids looking cool on their fat bikes in nothing but jeans and hoodies. Meanwhile I look like a knob in my Wattie Ink kit. Then I get home and my wife and the guy she's sleeping with make fun of me, and I go have a cry in my office, which isn't even a real office but just a corner of the living room.

    So yeah, this fat bike is about a lot more than just being able to ride in the snow.
    AaronWebsteykjrunninellsworth53tTad_Msimonsen77GrantInSLC
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    Toefuzz said:

    I have a steel framed Pugsley and you can probably find one of those used for around that. Solid bike, figuratively and literally. It’s not as sexy as some of my friends Carbon fat bikes, but I have a blast on if.

    +1 for a Pugsley. I don't own one but have ridden one. I co-own a Surly Straggler (long story) and am a fan of Surly bikes, especially for what you get for your money. Steel is real. Join the Salsa & Surly Trader page on the bookface and you can probably find a good deal on an older model.
    bbculpAaronWebstey
    Resident Genius.
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    mbrekk44mbrekk44 Member
    edited November 29
    https://www.framedbikes.com/collections/fat-bikes/products/minnesota-1-0-fat-bike-26
    The framed starts at $499. I know a guy who has one and it seems to work just fine. I see them around the local fat bike trails too.
    regular_markbbculp
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    bbculpbbculp Member, Rooster Endurance Member
    @mbrekk44 I think we may have a winner. Nice spec for the price. Good looking frame. Thanks for putting me onto this!
    mbrekk44AaronWebstey
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    dhrdhr Member
    Can’t your boy Jay hook you up with the Canyon?
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    dhrdhr Member
    I’m legitimately tempted by that Framed bike, though.
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    AaronWebsteyAaronWebstey Administrator, Rooster Endurance Member, Rooster Endurance Officers
    bbculp said:

    @mbrekk44 I think we may have a winner. Nice spec for the price. Good looking frame. Thanks for putting me onto this!

    I guess you really can ask a farmer anything
    kjrunninGrantInSLC

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