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    2017 Specialized Fatboy

    I couldn't find a thread on the new 2017 Fatboy so I created this one. Does anyone have a 2017 Fatboy? I'd like to see some pictures of the black 2017 Fatboy base if I can. Any feedback is appreciated.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChargeCookerMaxi View Post
    I couldn't find a thread on the new 2017 Fatboy so I created this one. Does anyone have a 2017 Fatboy? I'd like to see some pictures of the black 2017 Fatboy base if I can. Any feedback is appreciated.
    The fact that it comes with a threaded bb is a big plus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ntm1973 View Post
    The fact that it comes with a threaded bb is a big plus!
    Yes! I also like that they finally put thru axles front and rear on the aluminum model.

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    Is the e13 crankset history? That's a good news.
    Hope the frame isn't so flexy than 2015 Expert model..it was hopeless.
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    My buddy bought one a few weeks ago and has been riding the wheels off it. Great bike- threaded BB, thru axles, more tire clearance, in frame cables, and a stiffer frame. Aside from tubeless Bud/Lou, he's been loving the stock setup.

    If my Fatboy died it would definitely be on my short list.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brilleaux View Post
    Is the e13 crankset history? That's a good news.
    Hope the frame isn't so flexy than 2015 Expert model..it was hopeless.
    All Fatboys above the SE have RaceFace cranks now.

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    It seems like the Fatboy above the SE is a bargain. RaceFace crank, 120 TPI tires, SRAM X7. The Comp Carbon is a nice bike but for $3000 it seems a bit of a joke. Extended range 1x10 and wheels that are not tubeless ready seems very expensive to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChargeCookerMaxi View Post
    I couldn't find a thread on the new 2017 Fatboy
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    I did see that thread but it seemed pretty dead now.

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    I picked up the black '17 a month or so ago. I originally went to my LBS to grab a '16 as they were closing them out at $1199. When I saw the upgrades to the '17 model I decided to spend the extra money and grab one... it's a sweet bike for the money. I ditched the X7 and went GX... mainly to get rid of the unnecessary long cage rear derailleur. I also set it up tubeless with fatty strippers. Mine is an XL and weighs just about 28lbs with pedals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    I picked up the black '17 a month or so ago. I originally went to my LBS to grab a '16 as they were closing them out at $1199. When I saw the upgrades to the '17 model I decided to spend the extra money and grab one... it's a sweet bike for the money. I ditched the X7 and went GX... mainly to get rid of the unnecessary long cage rear derailleur. I also set it up tubeless with fatty strippers. Mine is an XL and weighs just about 28lbs with pedals.
    Nice!

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    If this is the way Spesh would have done it at the start I would have a FB instead of a Wednesday.
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    I may have still ended up with the Farley in the end, but I would have given the Fat Boy more consideration for longer into the process I think...and who knows.

    As an ex bike mechanic I've worked on too many noisy threaded bottom brackets to give the press-fit thing much thought. They all need to be serviced once a year or so, so WTF.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gambit21 View Post
    I may have still ended up with the Farley in the end, but I would have given the Fat Boy more consideration for longer into the process I think...and who knows.

    As an ex bike mechanic I've worked on too many noisy threaded bottom brackets to give the press-fit thing much thought. They all need to be serviced once a year or so, so WTF.
    Yes, but the threaded BB are soooo much easier to work on. I greased the threads on my buddies BB and it was a 5 min job. No pounding required.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paochow View Post
    Yes, but the threaded BB are soooo much easier to work on. I greased the threads on my buddies BB and it was a 5 min job. No pounding required.
    I think they are the same difficulty to work on, but threaded is way less barbaric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChargeCookerMaxi View Post
    I think they are the same difficulty to work on, but threaded is way less barbaric.
    Maybe I've just been unlucky with PF BB. The last one must have been too tight of a fit that someone installled anyway. Over an hour of pounding to eventually get it out and by that point it was so jacked that it was toast.
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    Over an hour?! The one on my ICT came out in under a minute!

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    Is there any difference in the spec of the '16 vs '17 Fatboy Carbon Comp? My LBS has had a red one on the floor for a while now, but I can't really see anything that appears different in the specs of the current one on the Specialized site.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiBoost View Post
    Is there any difference in the spec of the '16 vs '17 Fatboy Carbon Comp? My LBS has had a red one on the floor for a while now, but I can't really see anything that appears different in the specs of the current one on the Specialized site.
    No, they are identical.

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    Thanks man!

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    Quote Originally Posted by HiBoost View Post
    Thanks man!
    No problem!

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    I have one for about 2 months now,
    I absolutely love it. I will take some pics and post them later.
    One quick note: after the first trail ride it appeared that the cranks were making a nasty creeking noise on downstroke and after pulling BB and re grease was still there. Make sure to grease the seatpost tube, with the flex in the frame this was the source of my problem. Hope this helps someone.

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    2017 Fatboy Large
    sorry about the sideways pics.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster182 View Post
    2017 Fatboy Large
    sorry about the sideways pics.
    Wow, great looking bike. Look at the clearance! Room for XXL tires?

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    Thanks for all the detailed pictures!

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    Great pictures! I wonder if the Fatboy is selling out already. My LBS had the 2017 on their website and that particular model is no longer shown.

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    ntm1973

    Plenty of room to go bigger on front, I think maybe a 4.8 on rear would fit ,looks like anything bigger could rub.

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    Bud/Lou fit on my 2016 Fatboy SE.

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    I just put a set of Bud/lou tubeless on my buddies '17 Fatboy and they fit with plenty of clearance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paochow View Post
    I just put a set of Bud/lou tubeless on my buddies '17 Fatboy and they fit with plenty of clearance.

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    Hey Paochow,

    What is the lowest pressure you have run tubeless on the Fatboy? I know the bead doesn't seat well.

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    I haven't ridden in snow with my Fatboy yet, soooo looking forward to it, does anyone have any experience / input with ground controls for snow use?

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    I'll tough it out with my 2015 one more season. If I ride it a lot more this year, I'll upgrade. Mine is a bit heavy at 32.5. Id like to get something around 28 lbs with lightish wheels.

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    The 17 Fatboy weighs in at 31 lbs. As shown in pics w tubes.
    I toughed it out for 20 years with my 96 Proflex 756 which I still love as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paochow View Post
    I just put a set of Bud/lou tubeless on my buddies '17 Fatboy and they fit with plenty of clearance.
    were they 26 x 4.8?
    That seems to be a good winter setup looking through the forums.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster182 View Post
    were they 26 x 4.8?
    That seems to be a good winter setup looking through the forums.
    Yes. Bud/Lou are 4.8" tires.

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    Hi, I was wondering if anybody here has or has seen the new 2017 Fatboy SE? I just picked mine up at my local store yesterday. I ordered the Satin Warm Charcoal/Black one. I was surprised that it has red decals on the inside of the fork. The manager at the shop said that is something new for 2017. I was just wondering if anybody has heard or seen anything about this? Based of the pictures on the Specialized site you can't see the inside of the fork due to the angle of the picture. It almost looks like its the fork that would go on the Satin Black/Rocket Red bike. I am just trying to make sure I got the correct fork. Here is a picture of what I am talking about.

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    A couple of notes... my Carbon Comp fatboy weighs in at 28lbs with tubes and the 4.6" ground controls. So not a huge savings vs the 31lb alloy version mentioned above.

    Also, for those talking about clearance, I can say that if you are riding in mud, even the 4.6 cake up with mud to the point where the fork and seat/chain stays become constant "scrapers". I had to stop several times and use a stick or my shoe to scrape literally 1" of sidewall mud off the tires. Wasn't comfortable with a mud/rock mixture pounding into the carbon for an hour straight... so just keep that sort of thing in mind when looking at what tires will fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChargeCookerMaxi View Post
    Hey Paochow,

    What is the lowest pressure you have run tubeless on the Fatboy? I know the bead doesn't seat well.
    I've run down to 2psi without issue. Makes the Lou into a freaking tank track and grips like crazy. Just need to be careful at that psi as it would be easy to ding a rim. The Fatboy rims hold the tires pretty well with the vacuum seal bag method, and I prefer it to the fattystripper method most use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster182 View Post
    were they 26 x 4.8?
    That seems to be a good winter setup looking through the forums.
    Yup- studded Bud/Lou is by far my favorite winter setup for my local riding conditions. If I rode only groomed conditions I'd probably want something faster, but for getting it done these are my go to tires.
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    I wish I would have waited one more year, oh well. On the new fork is the internal brake line routing the only option? I want to get a 150 spaced fork to swap with the bluto but the routing seems like it would make a simple job not as simple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blaster182 View Post
    I haven't ridden in snow with my Fatboy yet, soooo looking forward to it, does anyone have any experience / input with ground controls for snow use?
    Ground Controls not particularly good in snow from what I experienced last year. Awesome on hardpack dirt though.

    Now have Bud/Lou for winter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clayncedar View Post
    Ground Controls not particularly good in snow from what I experienced last year. Awesome on hardpack dirt though.

    Now have Bud/Lou for winter.
    Must depend on the type of snow. Here in WI Ground Controls were awesome last winter.

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    Yeah I loved my ground controls in snow! From deep to light fluffy powder. Ice is when the d5s come on

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    I've also had good luck with GC 4.6s in snow. They have awesome forward/braking traction, but they lack sidehill traction. I just swapped out last week for a bud/lou purely for float reasons and I'm also feeling how much more draggy they are. I feel like a 4.6gc is an awesome all around tire. Definitely not the best or worst at anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chad_M View Post
    If this is the way Spesh would have done it at the start I would have a FB instead of a Wednesday.
    Nothing wrong with the 1st generation fatboy. My 2014 is humming along just fine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Utahbikemike View Post
    I've also had good luck with GC 4.6s in snow. They have awesome forward/braking traction, but they lack sidehill traction. I just swapped out last week for a bud/lou purely for float reasons and I'm also feeling how much more draggy they are. I feel like a 4.6gc is an awesome all around tire. Definitely not the best or worst at anything.
    I'm in Pennsylvania (Appalachian sidehill traction problem) and nothing but heavy, crusted sleety, wet or slushy snow unlike WI or UT. GCs not loving that. Not enough grip - whole thing cakes up.

    You guys are lucky to have that powder and I definitely see GCs as awesome there.

    GCs are the only tire I use on dry clay and our abundant rocks. Seem to grip the million miles ofvtree roots well too.

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    Picked up a set of Bud/Lou and a set of grip studs so I am covered for winter play ☺
    Put the tires on and love the grip on the trails especially with off camber root infested climbs, and corner way better than GC in leaves and sandy corners A+
    Like GC on hardpack and rocky trails tough.
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    I think the GC as a rear tire is a decent tire in the snow. As many have pointed out, it's not great on the front. I've put a Bud on the front and kept GC rear and it works for me. Bud is fantastic, that is for sure.

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    I like the GC 4.6 too. It seems to be a good all-rounder, and came with my 2015 Fatboy. Tires like the Jumbo Jim are only good on dirt. Bud/Lou are great in the snow but too damn draggy. As it is, my bike is heavy and it is sometimes tough going on the snow, but doable and fun. The Bud/Lou would suck the fun out of it for me. I think the Dillinger 5 looks interesting and the Flo/Dund combo look good too. Back to the GC, I feel it lacks slightly on corners but I have learned to not lean the bike much on snow. So for now the GC is great. I'm tempted to try a new tire later this season.

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