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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby crazyjose » Sun Aug 18, 2013 10:01 pm

Xplora wrote:28C tyres on a fatty? I get visions of those morbidly obese people with the rolls of skin because all the fat has gone, it's just not cricket :shock:


Far from it buddy, I am getting rid of a 29er so I can keep my Mukluk (future fatbike plans) and fitting the 2.4 Conti's to it. So it will have semi fats fitted :roll:
I have to justify some bike expenses, and have a backup plan for the part time treasurer...

I am surprised in the difference in the Niner EMD and Salsa Mukluk head tubes for an XL frame, the Mukluk's is heaps long in comparison.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:01 am

Speaking to the LBS who is dealing with Norco...he's expecting the Norco Bigfoot to come into the store in the next few weeks.

Expected retail around $1,700 at this stage. The 2x10 drivetrain is on the basic side of course with an OE Deore RD and it obviously won't be the lightest think around...but it is fat! And not ridiculously expensive.
Ours is not to reason why...merely to point and giggle
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Xplora » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:04 am

How much is the Pugsley by comparison?
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:16 am

Xplora wrote:How much is the Pugsley by comparison?


High 2's from memory...the mob in Adelaide have them listed at $2,750
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby eldavo » Tue Aug 20, 2013 6:34 pm

A glut of used choices in Perth, a Surly Krampus 29 x 3 $1700 and a Surly Pugsley 3.8" front 4" rear $2600 with racks pictured.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/butler/b ... 1025368438

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/west-per ... 1025628086
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby crazyjose » Wed Aug 21, 2013 12:52 am

eldavo wrote:A glut of used choices in Perth, a Surly Krampus 29 x 3 $1700 and a Surly Pugsley 3.8" front 4" rear $2600 with racks pictured.

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/butler/b ... 1025368438

http://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/west-per ... 1025628086



Interesting description on the last one "Desert bike Fatbike Pushbike Bike SURLY NECK ROMANCER" must come with hickies galore... :mrgreen:
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:48 pm

Worth a try I hope.....

I'm after six Big Fat Larry tyres 120tpi folding bead and for the life of me can't source them in Australia. If anyone knows of any then I'd really appreciate it if you would let me know.

Over here our fat bikes are multiplying with new arrivals....and sprung fronts on all...
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby eldavo » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:58 pm

I will keep an eye out as I am about to try to find a set of these to fit 100mm rims if possible.
http://fat-bike.com/2013/04/fat-bike-ex ... ster-tire/

I took the Fat Sand Bike out for first commute today, a few pics in the bike gallery:
viewtopic.php?f=12&t=8664&start=5875#p1010315

PS: I just found my first recumbent "fat trike" to accompany my "fat bike" :)
http://www.utahtrikes.com/RECENTTRIKE-f ... mbler.html
(I'd just want horizontal dropouts instead of tensioner)
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby crazyjose » Mon Sep 02, 2013 10:55 am

[quote="trailgumby"]The manager at Belrose Bikes has a Moonlander fitted with SRAM XX1, a full Enve cockpit and a Lefty fork.

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I wonder where he got the adapters for the Lefty made up, if it was in Aust or overseas, that or if he used a 29er or 26 fork. Hmmm thinking...
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby silentbutdeadly » Tue Sep 03, 2013 10:33 am

That'd be a 29er fork and the adapters would be Project 321 from http://rlcsport.com.au/
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby crazyjose » Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:39 pm

silentbutdeadly wrote:That'd be a 29er fork and the adapters would be Project 321 from http://rlcsport.com.au/



Mendon Cyclesmith sells an adapter in black for $US 220, The main thing I am unsure of if they use a longer arm than the Project 321 adapter arms.
It certainly is a tempting option...


http://www.mendoncyclesmith.com/fat-lefty.html
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby crazyjose » Thu Sep 26, 2013 7:22 pm

Looking at the specs and build of the Norco Bigfoot and the frame, I think I might speak to the LBS and dump it, it really looks agricultural when compared
to the other ones out there like the Specialized Fatboy and the Trek Farley. The Farley really has some redeeming features in comparison and comes as a
frameset option in two colours along with a 170 rear hub spacing. I was going to pull the trigger on the specialized fatboy but the Trek is a more affordable
and versatile option for me, now to see what deal my LBS will do, noting it is US$ 879 for the frameset RRP.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mo ... y_frameset

I was going to do some stuff with my Mukluk but might just keep it as a rigid 29er, it is a little limited in the fork selection as it is an XL frameset with a monster sized headstock.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Thu Sep 26, 2013 9:30 pm

crazyjose wrote:Looking at the specs and build of the Norco Bigfoot and the frame, I think I might speak to the LBS and dump it, it really looks agricultural when compared
to the other ones out there like the Specialized Fatboy and the Trek Farley. The Farley really has some redeeming features in comparison and comes as a
frameset option in two colours along with a 170 rear hub spacing. I was going to pull the trigger on the specialized fatboy but the Trek is a more affordable
and versatile option for me, now to see what deal my LBS will do, noting it is US$ 879 for the frameset RRP.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mo ... y_frameset

I was going to do some stuff with my Mukluk but might just keep it as a rigid 29er, it is a little limited in the fork selection as it is an XL frameset with a monster sized headstock.


I gave the Mukluk a freshen up with a suspension fork. http://www.murucycles.com/#!swale-o/c1d3w It's changed the bike significantly and the front end steering rigidity has improved out of sight. It also no longer tries to kill me if I bomb down loose rock. A fine improvement.

Also a new Witjira Ti from Muru as a bit of a light weight racer fattie. So very impressed with this frame in terms of quality and geometry that is spot on for outback aventure and well thought out. Ti feels fabulous too. Running either another suspension fork like above or the Ti rigid fork. That is so light....but interesting under brakes. My wife has pretty much claimed this bike so another will be on its way, though this time the V2 Witjira I think for a bit more room for the suspension fork bridge. It's massive.

We will all be spoilt for options with so many frames hitting the market. Fun times ahead!
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Mugglechops » Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:22 am

crazyjose wrote:Looking at the specs and build of the Norco Bigfoot and the frame, I think I might speak to the LBS and dump it, it really looks agricultural when compared
to the other ones out there like the Specialized Fatboy and the Trek Farley. The Farley really has some redeeming features in comparison and comes as a
frameset option in two colours along with a 170 rear hub spacing. I was going to pull the trigger on the specialized fatboy but the Trek is a more affordable
and versatile option for me, now to see what deal my LBS will do, noting it is US$ 879 for the frameset RRP.

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/mo ... y_frameset

I was going to do some stuff with my Mukluk but might just keep it as a rigid 29er, it is a little limited in the fork selection as it is an XL frameset with a monster sized headstock.


Looks good mate. The frame looks like the new SUperfly frame I was telling you about yesterday.

31.6 seat post so you can run the reverb with a spacer.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Sat Sep 28, 2013 10:01 am

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Well after a lifetime of off-road cycling I never thought that I would experience *that* feeling again. It's a wonderful thing to ride. What a sweeTi

and a nice little touch sand blasted onto the frame....

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby crazyjose » Sat Sep 28, 2013 8:14 pm

Looks good mate. The frame looks like the new SUperfly frame I was telling you about yesterday.

31.6 seat post so you can run the reverb with a spacer.[/quote]

Thanks, that was one of the many reasons why after a but more research and looking more closely at the Trek specs that it actually isn't as bad as what I initially thought. I will keep the Mukluk for the time being, still waiting to see what the LBS will say whether I am actually locked into buying the Norco, but the Frameset option of the Trek Farley might be an upgrade option down the track and flog one of the frames off. Sadly Trek will not by the looks of things releasing the Farley into Australia in the near future, private importation looks like being the only way to do it.

I have thought about upgrading the forks on the Mukluk, but for the price of the forks I can get another frameset, or put away for my Lefty conversion :mrgreen:

Mind you I really like the look of the Muru bikes, sex on wheels...

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby cray- » Tue Oct 01, 2013 1:20 pm

I want one.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby baabaa » Tue Oct 01, 2013 8:58 pm

just waiting for the aud to go back to say 107 us and then off to get that bank cheque organised....
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby crazyjose » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:12 am

I like the Moots triple clamp forks on that bugger, looks really cool, must have been custom made for it as there aren't any triple clamps
in the system unless you buy some risse forks, but then you would have to lace the rims to 120mm wide hubs.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Fri Oct 25, 2013 3:25 pm

Just back from a great tirp with a couple of fat bikes. So much fun!

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For this trip we were to explore the south east coast of Australia and loaded up with a pair of fat bikes. A beautiful new Titanium Muru Witjira fat bike and my old blue Simpson Desert race fat bike.

The bikes were to play a big role in our enjoyment during this trip and having them loaded safe and sound whilst being able to deploy them in seconds wherever and whenever we liked meant that we used them all the time. Be it a long adventure, a blast along a beach or to just pedal down the street of a country town. Just sensational to have along.

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90 Mile Beach - thankfully it's a lot shorter with a strong tail wind.

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Thurra Dunes - an ocean of sand and one of the rare places where you can immerse yourself into an environment that is huge, wide, gentle and open but on a human scale so you feel at one with the place.

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You also have the option to crash your way down the 110m drop to the river below. It's steep and soft.

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Honeymoon Beach.....

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Plenty of coastal tracks to get the vehicle down into and pick up drive around the rough parts that can be unrideable.

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Drop dead gorgeous little creeks to explore.

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Trails to the north leave the coastal heath and track along the deep red cliffs and into a world of colour and contrast. A wonderful way to take in the early morning. The sure footed fat bikes have tenacious grip on these rocks but you still need to keep your eyes ahead to avoid the deep and wide cracks in the rock.

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And all along you're never alone. A constant parade of Hump Back and Southern Right Whales travelling south. They aren't shy either. Mother humpback and calf came right up to the cliff where we stood for a morning greeting. The young are born in tropical waters and weigh in at 1.5 tons. They consume 660 litres per day of mother's milk and weigh over 5.5 tons by the time they leave Australian waters for the Antarctic feeding grounds where they feast and fatten up on tons of krill.

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The young calfs even put on a show from time to time. How cool is that!

All this because we ride fat bikes....
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Mugglechops » Fri Oct 25, 2013 6:38 pm

Great trip and an awesome setup you have.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Phil » Sat Oct 26, 2013 2:32 pm

George your pictures ...forced... me to order a Witjira V2. Now the waiting begins.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby gcouyant » Sun Oct 27, 2013 9:38 am

Phil wrote:George your pictures ...forced... me to order a Witjira V2. Now the waiting begins.


Fantastic!

Phil, you know what's really tragic about this? I'm pulling the trigger on a V2 as well. Melanie has gone all heavy on me and made it clear that equality in marriage extends to bikes as well.

And so the wait begins....again.....Sigh.
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Re: Anyone ride a fatbike.

Postby Mugglechops » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:30 pm

I can finally say yes to the title.

Well in Feb I can. Pre ordering the Specialised Fatboy Expert tomorrow.

Thanks to Crazyjose for pestering my wife :D

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