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    4.0 Fat vs 4 inch 29er

    I've been drooling over a fatty for quite some time but at the same time have to address my need for a 29er (being xtra tall 'n all that).
    In an attempt to prioritize I'm asking all of you who have spent some time on either, or better yet both, to give me your opinion/advice on which is better suited for rocky terrain and lots of sited pedaling.
    4.0 inch fatty (maybe even bigger if there is availability for sth that will fit an on one fatty i.e)
    OR a 4-5 inch, tame xcish geometry 29er.

    a, allegedly best of both worlds, Krampus is out of reach.

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    fat 29er is currently just the 3inch Knard 29+ afaik.
    Less rotational weight then the "real" fatties so prolly faster on most tracks.
    Haven't used one though - Just went from a normal 29er to the 4.8 fatty and i am loving it even though i could prolly be faster on the 29er on any given non snowy day.

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    You do realize you could just get a fatbike and build an extra wheelset having a fatbike and a 29er!

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    you could but that still wouldn't be a 4 or 5 inch fs 29er.
    not in terms of comfort, and only a fraction of the traction.

    so dilemma remains.
    regular fatty or fs 29er.

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    That's been my dilemma as well. I ended up with both. Certain trails here (river valleys - constant up and down) are not as good as my FS 29er. My RIP9 just tears them up. Other trails I prefer my Lefty Pugs. In the winter the Pugs is the only bike I ride.

    If I had to compromise and go with just one bike it would be the hardtail fattie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by p_cycle View Post
    so dilemma remains.
    regular fatty or fs 29er.
    FS 29er unless there is some snow or deep sand involved.

    I've got a FS 26er, fatbike and Krampus - as soon as I want to ride rough rocky terrain I'd grab the FS bike.

    If there was some sort of floatation mission involved I'd grab the fatbike and if I was touring my 26er is poor for that so I'd grab the Krampus and go much slower.

    For rocky trail riding I'd take a 29er FS bike every day of the week over a rigid fatbike.

    My new FS MTB will be 27.5 or 29er wheels.
    Safe riding,

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    Hardtail 29+ ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    My new FS MTB will be 27.5 or 29er wheels.
    Might I recommend the Banshee Prime?
    Currently, my two bikes are the Prime & my custom Fatbike. I am in the process of determining whether or not I can fit the 29+ Knard on the rear of the Fatty...if so, my stable will be complete!


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    Quote Originally Posted by jncarpenter View Post
    Might I recommend the Banshee Prime?
    Currently, my two bikes are the Prime & my custom Fatbike. I am in the process of determining whether or not I can fit the 29+ Knard on the rear of the Fatty...if so, my stable will be complete!
    I've narrowed it down to 2 bikes based on a lot of factors. I looked at the Banshees and they have some interesting features to recommend them. The Prime and Rune were definitely in the mix.

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    Good luck with the 29+ fitting. It's a worthwhile endeavour if you can make it happen. I'm really enjoying the Krampus.

    Thanks for the suggestion. The Prime is a solid 29er FS rig and would suit my coastal BC terrain well.
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    Re: 4.0 Fat vs 4 inch 29er

    I ride my fat bike on soft conditions like they were built for... I would never trade my full sus 29er for singletrack or riding like you are describing. I would get the 29er.

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