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    Arizona FAT

    Ordered my Framed Alaskan Alloy a couple weeks ago. So obviously, I've been anxiously awaiting for her delivery.

    Friday afternoon, UPS dropped off the bike. Of course, I was excited as sh*t, (first new bike in about 6 years). Took her out of the shipping box, and onto my repair stand. I then installed some new Wellgo MG-1's and Ergon grips.

    At first, I was a little worried about having the 17" frame. Thinking did I order it right. But my inseam measure, etc, was all cool. No issue, and I have plenty of clearance while standing over the frame. Plus, the cockpit while riding her feels great! For me, she rides more upright, then my FS, which is just fine!

    Today, (Saturday), I took her out for a 20 mile loop. On our irrigation canals and horse trails. Pretty much the shakedown ride, and allowing me to "tune" the Ergon pitch, and the seat post. Wow, what a ride! Loving this Fatty! You would not believe the looks I got while riding her.

    Man, those Vee Bulldozers can really dig. And when you make a turn, wow, they really grip and pull you in.

    All in all, this is an awesome bike, and I'm glad I went FAT!

    Yes, I live in Arizona, and yes, I'm rolling with 4.7" tires! Two words for that, "F*CKING AWESOME!"

    Will post more ride reports and pics soon. Looking to take her out onto the San Tan Mountains next weekend.

    -Jav, out!
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    Still one of the best looking whips out there, congrats man!!

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    Lot's of fun to be had there! Welcome.

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    I have to agree, Desert Fat Riding is freakin awesome. I had a Spesh Fatboy Expert and went to the Salsa Beargrease Carbon XX1 and let's just say I'm smitten.

    Since I went FAT, I have retired my Squish Niner JET 9 and my SS SIR 9 hasn't seen a whole lot of action either. Here's a pic from yesterday's ride at the top of Trail 1A at PMP.

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    Very nice. You running those grips w/ the meat facing forward? Inieresting

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    The Bulldozers have kung fu grip.
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    Very nice. You running those grips w/ the meat facing forward? Inieresting
    hmmm... they're not forward...

    the paddle is in my palm. (GC-1's)

    must be the angle.


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    The whole idea behind Ergon's is you have a flat portion to rest your palms. You may want to try them reversed. But whatever works for you. Again , nice bike

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    The whole idea behind Ergon's is you have a flat portion to rest your palms. You may want to try them reversed. But whatever works for you. Again , nice bike
    that's how I've got them. The flat is in my palm. Weird angle?

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    another shot...
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    here's the traditional way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    here's the traditional way.
    exactly how I've got my GC-1's installed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rjedoaks View Post
    here's the traditional way.
    ERGON BIKE ERGONOMICS

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    Maybe it's a mirror image. On my monitor the slot is facing forward and the round section is facing the rear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by javelina1 View Post

    Yes, I live in Arizona, and yes, I'm rolling with 4.7" tires! Two words for that, "F*CKING AWESOME!"

    Will post more ride reports and pics soon. Looking to take her out onto the San Tan Mountains next weekend.

    -Jav, out!
    Another AZ fat rider here, and you're right it's awesome. Santan's used to be my stomping grounds, that bike will rip out there. Congrats!


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    Quote Originally Posted by javelina1 View Post
    exactly how I've got my GC-1's installed!
    Your clamps face forward. That's what he is looking at. I'm guessing they usually face backwards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by shermanb View Post
    Your clamps face forward. That's what he is looking at. I'm guessing they usually face backwards?
    hoping to put this to rest, so that we can focus on my new bike. :-)

    the Ergon GC-1 grips have the clamp facing forward. ERGON BIKE ERGONOMICS

    The Ergon "GP's" go the other way! (I use GP-1's on my FS Titus Switchblade). ERGON BIKE ERGONOMICS

    :-)

    -Jav, out

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    I am checking my email every 10 seconds to see if they shipped my Alaskan. The waiting is killing me.

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    Sorry for the hijack and the bad info. GC-1 for backswept bars. So how do they feel compared compared to the GP's

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    The GC1 is the GP1 re-designed to work on handlebars with a dramatic swept back positions......traditionally found on urban bikes, etc.

    If you use the GP1 on a dramatically swept back bar, it will 'kink' the wrists. The GC1 allows your hands to fall into a natural position. Same goes for the GC1 is you use it on a flat bar, it's not ideal and will cause more problems.

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    GP1 should be used on flat bars. GC1 used on bars with sweep as see in the image.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ERGON View Post
    The GC1 is the GP1 re-designed to work on handlebars with a dramatic swept back positions......traditionally found on urban bikes, etc.

    If you use the GP1 on a dramatically swept back bar, it will 'kink' the wrists. The GC1 allows your hands to fall into a natural position. Same goes for the GC1 is you use it on a flat bar, it's not ideal and will cause more problems.

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    GP1 should be used on flat bars. GC1 used on bars with sweep as see in the image.

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    Welp...that just about settles it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigworm520 View Post
    I am checking my email every 10 seconds to see if they shipped my Alaskan. The waiting is killing me.
    Nice! And then I am going to come down to Tucson and ride with you ~
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    the old lady's gone fat too

    since that pic i replaced the V8 front tire with a Panaracer Nimble. love the bike now even more!
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    Arizona FAT

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    Arizona Rez Fat

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stopbreakindown View Post
    Arizona Rez Fat
    cool pic, and rig!

    -Jav

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    cool, gonna check out that tire.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blaklabl View Post
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    Very nice!

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    The Fattie is finally here. Man its just perma smile the whole time. Just what the Dr ordered. Keeps me in check while I am in the last stretches of rehabbing from all these knee surgeries. Now its time to get out and have fun. Got the Framed Alaskan. Out of the box with pedals on it came in at 31.75. Already added SLX brakes, new bars, and saddle. Need to find someone to swap me a Thomson seatpost now mines to skinny. Also need to get it set up tubeless.

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    Fatties are perfect for sandy desert riding. Congrats!

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    Bumping an old thread. Just picked up a new to me Surley ICT. What tires are AZ and other desert riders using. I've seen two guys killing some of the chunker trails on SOuth Mountain on their fat bikes but both are going to quick for me to check out their tires...

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Bumping an old thread. Just picked up a new to me Surley ICT. What tires are AZ and other desert riders using. I've seen two guys killing some of the chunker trails on SOuth Mountain on their fat bikes but both are going to quick for me to check out their tires...
    ANOTHER Arizona Desert Rat riding a phattie here as well. It's really encouraging to see others out there. I usually just get funny looks from all the guys riding 29'ers. I just smile and say "Good morning!"

    My Growler MBS came with the PanaRacer Fat B Nimbles. I don't really have anything to compare them to; however, they seem to be working really well at Usery Park and McDowell MRP. Low rolling resistance, but enough grip that I haven't had any issues with climbing or descending. I've occasionally had a near, front wash-out (including one full-blown wash out...but that was on me....pretty sure I was riding the front brake). I've seen some complaints about the sidewall thickness on the Fat B's; however, unless you're constantly traversing rock gardens it shouldn't be an issue. It hasn't been an issue for me at all riding the trails at the Maricopa County Parks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grimacetimus View Post
    ANOTHER Arizona Desert Rat riding a phattie here as well. It's really encouraging to see others out there. I usually just get funny looks from all the guys riding 29'ers. I just smile and say "Good morning!"

    My Growler MBS came with the PanaRacer Fat B Nimbles. I don't really have anything to compare them to; however, they seem to be working really well at Usery Park and McDowell MRP. Low rolling resistance, but enough grip that I haven't had any issues with climbing or descending. I've occasionally had a near, front wash-out (including one full-blown wash out...but that was on me....pretty sure I was riding the front brake). I've seen some complaints about the sidewall thickness on the Fat B's; however, unless you're constantly traversing rock gardens it shouldn't be an issue. It hasn't been an issue for me at all riding the trails at the Maricopa County Parks.
    Thanks for the info. The bike I picked up has maxxis mammoth 4.0 tires that are partially worn. I'll hit the desert this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noosa2 View Post
    Thanks for the info. The bike I picked up has maxxis mammoth 4.0 tires that are partially worn. I'll hit the desert this weekend.
    Cool! I too will be out in the desert this weekend up at McDowell Mountain Regional Park for the Cactus Cup - 2017. I'm just racing (er, riding slowly ) in the Saturday 40K race ....strictly for fun. I'm trying to get my own abdominal "fat tire" worn-out on a fat bike. If you're so inclined, enter the race and come have some fun...

    2017 Cactus Cup - FT40 races

    Again ...I'm not racing the 40-miler...just the 40K/25 mile course. Should be fun!
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    ^^good luck grimace. I rode the cactus cup back around 93-94 ish ...I'm glad to see that it is still running.

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