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    25.4 stem on a fatbike?

    Curious as to others thoughts...do you find it odd that my Pugsley came with a 25.4 stem instead of 31.8? How many of you are using a 25.4 on your fat bikes ?
    Just seems that 31.8 would be the logical choice for such a beefy bike, but maybe I am over thinking it...
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    It's really just asthetics. Both sizes work just fine.

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    25.4 is just fine. I always liked the extra give of a 25.4 bar but everyone buys in to marketing and thinks you need all that stiffness.

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    Re: 25.4 stem on a fatbike?

    Quote Originally Posted by thickfog View Post
    25.4 is just fine. I always liked the extra give of a 25.4 bar but everyone buys in to marketing and thinks you need all that stiffness. It's now getting harder to fond 25.4 bars and stems.

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    Okay, thanks for the reply. I know 25.4 used to be the norm, and I had assumed that the move towards 31.8 was for strength.
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    If you take away the damping qualities of the larger tires, the 31.8 would be more rigid feeling, perhaps.

    More to the point, depending on what type of handlebar you want to run, if you feel like switching out your OEM bar, you may be looking at getting a newer stem too. Like, if you want to run a really wide bar for example, you'll be going to 31.8 most likely. Some bars are only available in 25.4, others only in 31.8. I went to a really wide bar on my Big Dummy recently and went through this.
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    I have one of each on my fatties and have never felt any difference. I'm sure it's in part a way to sell some new "better" parts. My lights tend to attach better to the 31.8, so I have that going for me.

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    The difference between 25.4 and 31.8 is that you can get a bar with the same stiffness, but with less weight.
    Oh noes. I'm going to drink the Kool-Aid.

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    Before plastic/aluminum handlebars, I'd have said, it's just another standard that didn't need to be messed with.

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    You ride plastic bars? Brave! lol.

    I ride the "old" smaller style, bars & stems are generally cheaper. Bonus.
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    25.4?

    Absolutely. I went 31.8 on my 26er FS bikes when the size first became available because the 25.4 was too noodly for my taste. Now with "less suspension travel" on the Fatbikes, I've gone back to 25.4 to lend the front end - and my battered wrists/elbows - a little give. It works!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shark View Post
    You ride plastic bars? Brave! lol.

    I ride the "old" smaller style, bars & stems are generally cheaper. Bonus.
    Fiber Reinforced Plastic is the generic technical term.

    But it doesn't have the marketability that Carbon Fiber has

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    Im 25.4 by choice on all bikes apart from my fatbike. Only 31.8 on the fat because the bars I wanted didn't come in 25.4.
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