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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 2/14/2011
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To Really see what these bikes can do, check out the Fat Bike Films Thread at mtbr.com...
forums.mtbr.com/showthread.php?t=533272
You can spend hours there. So I'll pick a few of the better ones...

Some of my favorites...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7737072&postcount=510

forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7620892&postcount=456

Fat Bike vs regular mtb...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7648642&postcount=460

As a human crusher...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7568154&postcount=404

Alaska Singletrack...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7603767&postcount=423

Nice technical riding...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7612799&postcount=438

A couple from Pugsley on Patrol...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7226456&postcount=299

Park City...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=6683865&postcount=129

Multi-Day Beach Touring...
forums.mtbr.com/showpost.php?p=7237554&postcount=1
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posted 2/15/2011
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Fun Stuff.....and there are times I miss da snow. Not many...but some.

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posted 2/15/2011
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That tandem does look preety SWEET! & it's got my fovorite brand of fork up front

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posted 2/15/2011
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KrateKraig,
I got a used Pugs last winter and loved getting out on days when I otherwise might have stayed home warm and dry.
This year I moved the wheels and tires over to a modified MetaBikes MetaPhysic. It's gangs of fun, and I haven't ridden anything else since I put it together.





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posted 2/15/2011
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Could you get those tires on a Bike Saturday?

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Could you get those tires on a Bike Saturday?
-- posted by maschwab


I think I might have done it on a Friday.

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Could you get those tires on a Bike Saturday?
-- posted by maschwab


I think I might have done it on a Friday.
-- posted by highTI_ed
Darn, Bike Friday is no longer making the Bike SatRDay, but there is one left.
community.bikefriday.com/node/11311

And both Bike Friday and Bike SatRDay take 20 inch wheels, so no 4 inch widths.

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posted 2/15/2011
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highTi_ed, Nicely done! That is one SaWeeet machine!
Curious, how much modification was involved getting the wide wheels in that frame? Any problems with the chain line? Did you have to use a wider bottom bracket too?

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posted 2/16/2011
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Standard BB, no problems with chain line. The wheels are dished offset for the Pugsley, and pop right on. I can easily swap to a pair of 26" wheels with studded snows without any adjustments.

It has the Pugsley fork and I the only changes the folks at MetaBikes made were the addition of spacers and longer bolts for the seat stay mounts and a bit of trimming of the gusset plate between the chainstays.

Dave

highTi_ed, Nicely done! That is one SaWeeet machine!
Curious, how much modification was involved getting the wide wheels in that frame? Any problems with the chain line? Did you have to use a wider bottom bracket too?
-- posted by KrateKraig
post edited on 2/16/2011 at 10:46:12 AM

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posted 2/25/2011
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Bumping for maschwab.
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