1. The most important thing about buying a new bike is to make sure it fits. The only way you'll know if the bike is right for you is to size up the bike and make sure that the bike's geometry matches your body's geometry. Ask questions and do some research.
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2. If possible, try to find a shop that will let you demo the bike on real dirt. Five minutes in a parking lot won't cut it. You wouldn't buy a car without a real world test drive, and a bike should be no different.
3. Don't belive the hype. Just because your favorite rider or best friend rides a certain bike, that doesn't mean that's the best one for you. Have an open mind and be realistic about your needs and ability.
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    Whats the appeal of fat bikes and 29rs?

    What advantage does a 29r have over a 26 or 28?

    And WHAT is the deal with fat bikes? lol

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    Search the forum. These topics are discussed ad nauseum on a daily basis.

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    I was looking for a down and dirty quick answer.

    I'm not really interested in buying or owning one. Just curious, that's all.

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    Whats the appeal of fat bikes and 29rs?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozark-XCrdr View Post
    What advantage does a 29r have over a 26 or 28?

    And WHAT is the deal with fat bikes? lol
    They are bikes and fun to ride.
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    You are not going to get a quick answer. You are going to get a ling, acrimonious debate. You can read these threads for days. Bikes are fun.

    What do you mean by a 28"?

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    I bought my fat bike because it was fun as hell to ride.
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    28" is a nominal size used to describe 700C parts of Europe that dislike the French.
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    Whats the appeal of fat bikes and 29rs?

    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    You are not going to get a quick answer. You are going to get a ling, acrimonious debate. You can read these threads for days. Bikes are fun.

    What do you mean by a 28"?
    http://sheldonbrown.com/tire-sizing.html#
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    the OP's wheel size references makes no sense. I know that some companies call 700c road/hybrid tires as 28" (which is weird considering how much the Germans seem to love the metric system), but who uses "28 inch" in reference to a mountain bike tire? so-called 28", 29", and 700c tires all go on the same rim size, so maybe he's talking about riding cyclocross bikes on singletrack? still confused.

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    Whats the appeal of fat bikes and 29rs?

    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    the OP's wheel size references makes no sense. I know that some companies call 700c road/hybrid tires as 28" (which is weird considering how much the Germans seem to love the metric system), but who uses "28 inch" in reference to a mountain bike tire? so-called 28", 29", and 700c tires all go on the same rim size, so maybe he's talking about riding cyclocross bikes on singletrack? still confused.
    Refer to my link above.
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    I'm drunk and happy so I'll bite...

    29's: rollover and traction

    fatbikes: float and traction; the hills (loose + off-camber) that fatbikes can climb will blow your mind; not a ton of fun in the air (I may have been going too slow though).
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    Kind of like a roadie coming on and asking what is the appeal of this mtb thing
    What info can you get online compared with a demo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    Refer to my link above.
    I know all about tire sizes. Is there some trend that I missed where people are riding Schwalbe Marathons on singletrack?

    Is this a troll thread?

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