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    Ok so I am going to look at fat bikes

    I am still not convinced about the fat bike, but I want to go and look at some. Apart from the PUG, which is in at under 2K, is there anything out there I should be looking at. I think all the Salsa offerings are a bit more money. I don't really care about components all that much. I have a lot of higher end stuff that can go on the bike as things break or wear out. I don't want to go with Norco though. Damn you Oggie,BCD and the rest of you enablers.
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    Kona has a fat bike now. KONA BIKES | 2014 BIKES | FATBIKE | WO
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    If anyone knows of LBS in the GTA with bikes in stock, please let me know. I really need to get a leg over a couple of them. It will save me running around and doing a lot of calling.

    Much appreciated.
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    I've seen the Kona, not a bad lookin' bike - weird handlebars, and if I recall not a whole lot of braze-ons. Priced along side the Pugs if memory serves.

    The Pugs is nice - the swiss army knife of fat bikes I guess. Rode one (used) bought it for a day and returned it. (the fit was off). So I too am circling around the fatty's.

    If riding one is not paramount before purchase - i hate to recommend something I haven't tried - but folks are pretty happy with their Motobecanes... If I can't find a used Pugs that fits, it may be the route I go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    If anyone knows of LBS in the GTA with bikes in stock, please let me know. I really need to get a leg over a couple of them. It will save me running around and doing a lot of calling.

    Much appreciated.
    Rock and Road Cycle in Burlington has a couple large and medium pugsley's in stock.

    As an FYI, I was talking to the owner of Rock and Road, not sure what stock is like for other other manufacturers, but it doesn't seem like Surly has anything left to deliver. Last year, once the snow started flying, the calls start coming in and they flew off the shelf.

    I had a friend who had to drive to huntsville to get his last year in January (this year probably won't be that bad), but if any one is truly interested in a fatbike, you'll stand a way better chance of seeing a few, trying them out before winter really sets in.

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    If it was me looking to get in on a budget I would have the Norco Bigfoot top of my list. They go for ~$1500 and I know several people have bought them this year, they are probably flying out the door. It's a sharp looking bike. After Bigfoot, next up on my list would be the good old Surly Pugsley. My MY2005 still puts a smile on my face every time I throw a leg over.
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    It's all about feel on a bike for me. I have never seemed to do well on Norcos. Not the fit or feel I like. I liked the feel on your PUG for the 5 minutes I was on it. I am going to have to do some research. Hopefully I can get out to a couple of shops this weekend. Just a really busy time of the year to have a look around. I am pretty sure I can zip into Burlington to have a look this weekend.
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    Give AJ a call. He has Salsa Fat Bikes in stock and lots of tires. He was an early adpoter both selling and riding fatbikes for several years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    . Damn you Oggie,BCD and the rest of you enablers.
    Hey.....I didn't say anything!!!!!??


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    Here’s my take on fat bikes, your millage may vary…
    Bought an on-one fatty frame to build up… for a couple of reasons
    -front suspension corrected geometry
    -asymmetrical rear end
    -shorter chain stays
    -overall geometry that fits me better
    -aluminum
    -really good price
    I stayed away from carbon because of possible salt corrosion/delamination issues regarding the aluminum/carbon interfaces in the bb, etc. A custom steel/ti was just to pricey (for now). I didn’t buy a complete bike because none came with the wheel set and suspension fork that I wanted. My tire size will be limited to 4.0. I feel any bigger tire won’t really help me when there is a lot of snow since the paths won’t be packed down. My rim width is also limited to 47mm to save rotational weight and to provide a more rounded profile for riding in the spring/fall and to the trail head.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    Damn you Oggie,BCD and the rest of you enablers.
    Another. This was a day when fatty was king.


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    Holy crap!! Everybody has been bitten by the fatbike bug this season! Finally!!!....lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Holy crap!! Everybody has been bitten by the fatbike bug this season! Finally!!!....lol
    No...just waiting for the upgraditis to take effect next year.

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    I wanted a OnOne fatty so bad since I've got several of their bikes. But the duty and taxes on a complete bike made it more or less the same price as buying locally and fat bike components are so expensive I didn't think I could build a bare frame for a reasonable price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I don't want to go with Norco though.
    I wouldn't dismiss Norco that fast. My buddy bought one and is loving it. Apparently the bigfoot is a joint effort with a Finish (I think I have the country right) bike company. My kind of bike Fat Bike Growler Style - The Fat Bike Brewery Run - YouTube I suspect that many of these bikes are going to be sold out. I do know of a used Pugsley (medium) for sale, not me.
    BBB (big beautiful bike)

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    I would definitely consider a used one, but it would need to be large. I don't think there are that many out there. I think It will be between a PUG, NORCO or Mukluk, if I can find one at a good price. I have to go out and ride them. The NORCO would be fine if it fits well. Thanks for the suggestions and confirming what I have been finding out in my online search. I like the look of the Salsa's best, but that does not mean it will fit properly. They are also a little higher price, but I might have to bite the bullet and drive out to Niagara.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlackCanoeDog View Post
    Holy crap!! Everybody has been bitten by the fatbike bug this season! Finally!!!....lol
    yup, took a while, but was just a matter of time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by secret agent View Post
    I might have to bite the bullet and drive out to Niagara.
    If you come to Muskoka you can probably test ride at least the Surly, Salsa, Norco, Kona, 9ZERO7, and Borealis offerings on snow all within at most a half hrs drive

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlesprocket View Post
    yup, took a while, but was just a matter of time.
    Nice...I was getting worried!! lol And what about Cyclelicious?

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    I'm pretty sure the last email I got from Chico Racing was that they have Fat Bike rentals up at Hardwood... Yup, found the email... says:

    "Fat Bikes are available for rent, or use, Monday to Friday"

    I'm heading out the door, but can post a screen shot of the email if wanted later this evening.
    Somewhere lost in the Bush!

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    Oxygen Bikes in Etobicoke has a Norco Bigfoot that's available for demo rides. It's hard to say if the fit & geometry will work for you but it doesn't hurt to try. To me at least, fat bike fit & handling is different enough from normal bikes that my usual preconceptions on brands & fits go out the window.

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    Hardwood Hills as of today has KHS fatbike rentals provided by Bike Zone in Barrie. Their a very affordable option as is the Kona (both offered at Bike Zone). I'm kind of partial to my 9 Zero 7 as you can see from Black Canoe Dog's photo up above of me on my 1st fatbike ride with the Gravenhurst crew. I loved the bike so much in the winter & in the summer that I purchased Rabbit hole rims and Knards to enjoy it in the summer

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hardw...ke/47385438639
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    Bike dealers in Ontario must love this fat bike boom.

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