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posted 1/26/2011
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Spreading the gospel of Fat Bikes. (Tires 3.7" or wider)

Fat Bike History
forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/fat-bike-history-498002.html

www.adventurecycling.org/resources/blog/a-brief-history-of-fatbikes/

Inspired by Steve Baker and Ray Molino, who welded together three rims and combined three tires to create a mega-wheel in the early 1990s, Mark Gronewald the owner of Wildfire Designs Bicycles in Palmer, Alaska started building the FatBike in 1999.

In 2005, Surly became the 1st company to mass produce a frameset, the Pugsley, and released the 65mm wide Large Marge rims.
And in 2006 Surly created the 1st mass produced fat bike tire, the 3.7/4.0 Endomorph.

Until December of 2010 all Fat Bikes had to be built from a frameset. After building custom wheels, with nice parts Fat Bikes were expensive, often starting around $2500.

Salsa released the Mukluk as the first mass produced, fully geared, complete Fat Bike in late 2010, for only $1499.
Before any Salsa dealer had a bike in the showroom, Salsa sold all 200 Mukluks in a few weeks.
Surly saw what was happening, and quickly released their popular Pugsley as a complete bike for the first time, and actually got them in bike shops before the Mukluks. At $1550, all of the Snowblind White Pugsley's quickly sold out.
Fat Bike sales have continued to skyrocket in popularity since then.

Fat Bikes are the perfect adventure bike. Go places that you could not go with a "standard" bike. I even had a road wheelset made for mine!
And because of their excellent stability, traction and sure footedness they make the perfect mountain bike for new riders.
Riding a Fat Bike for the first time generally induces an ear to ear grin that usually leads to the purchase of one soon after.

Snow, Sand, Singletrack, Smiles.

Complete? List of Fat Bikes and Names: On Post #6

Links... Post #4
thread edited on 12/14/2015 at 1:37:53 PM

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Hey, everybody! Just wondering about fat tires, specifically studless snow tires, but also recommendations for a good all-rounder. This topic may have come up before on this thread, but I just don't have the time to read all 1500 posts right now.

Thanks!
-- posted by BowWow


What size wheel, 26" or 27.5" and rim width do you have?

There are a lot of great tire choices out there now. This will help narrow the process.
-- posted by KrateKraig

Rims are 26x80mm. Looking for a good winter/snow tire, and a tire with lower rolling resistance for the summer. I don't anticipate a lot of mud in the summers.

Oh, the frame will take a maximum of 4.5" tires. Thanks for your help!
-- posted by BowWow


Does your Fat Bike come with pancakes?

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Flapjacks, Joe, flapjacks!

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posted 9/25/2018
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Hey, everybody! Just wondering about fat tires, specifically studless snow tires, but also recommendations for a good all-rounder. This topic may have come up before on this thread, but I just don't have the time to read all 1500 posts right now.

Thanks!
-- posted by BowWow

Hey, everybody! Just wondering about fat tires, specifically studless snow tires, but also recommendations for a good all-rounder. This topic may have come up before on this thread, but I just don't have the time to read all 1500 posts right now.

Thanks!
-- posted by BowWow


For maximum snow traction and float I highly recommend stuffing a 4.6" in your frame if it will fit. I think almost all forks have clearance for a larger tire, but not all frames will. The problem lies in the listed tire width on the tire, as very few tires are actually 3.8, 4.6 or 4.8.
I'll provide a couple links to tire width charts that are helpful, but not all tires are listed.
Sometimes your bike manufacturer may say what size tire will fit.

Also, if a tire has a tpi option, always go with the higher number. It will have softer sidewalls and be more supple at lower air pressures, providing better traction.

If you don't want all the hassle of measuring and hoping a tire will fit, here are some great 4" (3.8) tires for snow. (and dirt!)
45NRTH - Vanhelga. Husker Du.
Surly - Nate.
Terrene - Cake Eater, Wazia

45NRTH Tire size chart...
45nrth.com/blog/post/tire-geometries

I'll get back with more info, but I'm running late, gottta go!
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