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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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posted 5/9/2018
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Kraig,
Is the old Mountain Bike Challenge still active? Last I saw was several years back. Can you provide linkage?
As for FAT content, my ICT replacement, a Surly KM with 3.0s, is pretty sweet in the dirt. I can't tell much difference in available traction, but I sure notice the missing 4 pounds.

GtB
-- posted by Gunther


Hey Gunther, I did not start a Mountain Biking Thread in 2017 but was willing to start it up if anyone requested it, but no one did so I let it die.

I debated whether to revive it this year but once again nobody said anything until you just did.

For grins I just checked the standings and found 4 Australians in the top 10, but I noticed one of them did a one day ride with many riders and the profile was set up with each bike being a different person.
bikejournal.com/profiles.asp?rname=BackyardBlast

I noticed the singletrack leader also did the same thing...
bikejournal.com/profiles.asp?rname=gogirls4charlie

I was going to ask if you would you be interested in hosting the thread but I see you're no longer a Premier Member. (Which gives you access to the enhanced stats feature.)

I could revive it if you want. Or perhaps you could create a "Singletrack Challenge" Thread similar to the other challenge threads.
As this site loses members, it seems we mountain bikers are an extremely rare breed.
post edited on 5/9/2018 at 8:57:16 AM

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posted 5/9/2018
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KK what is the process for getting the riders info? Me forgots. DOH

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posted 5/9/2018
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KK what is the process for getting the riders info? Me forgots. DOH
-- posted by Slo_Joe

Here you go Joe!
Use the "enhanced stats" feature using the Stats dropdown...
Change Ride Type to: Off-road: Singletrack, and check No Bulk Miles (Must do, because Bulk miles show up in all Ride Type categories) I also use only Off-road Singletrack because many people count their bike path and rails to trails paths as off-road miles.

One main problem with doing it this year is the leader gogirls4charlie is actually 11 riders combined. 2nd place CORCACrew is 12 riders combined. And 10th place BackyardBlast is a combined 26 riders.

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