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    Best Fatbike for $$$$

    New to fatbikes, what fat bike do you get most bang for your $$$$, so many to choose from and local shops don't carry many. New specialized looks good but I'm sure they are just adding on $$$ for the name. This will not be for everyday riding just for some local fun or wet weather riding. Any help would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Best way to start this is....What is your budget? Your right with a lot of new companies there are a lot of options. Limited reviews on them as well. What looks good is quite a few are below $1800.

    Personally, I think the Charge Cooker Maxi is a good option for new bikes (based on specs and photos). I also like the versatility of Surly's frames. Which is why I still think the Pugsley is an excellent choice. On One has a good deal with the rolling chassis Fatty or the Fatty as a complete.

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    I am new to fatbikes, and I had a difficult time deciding too. I was going to buy a Surly Moonlander, but I changed my mind to a Specialized Fatboy at the last second. I decided I wanted an aluminum frame instead of a steel frame.

    Again, however, I am new to fatbikes and I really have no idea if I made the right decision.

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    My one big deal breaker is sliding/horisontal -dropout. I'm thinking of getting a pugsley or Mukluk.

    On one Fatty definitely is great choice if having a tight budget.. but unfortunately does not have either one of the needed dropouts. I just hate the struggle with chaintensioners if going SS.
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    Budget is tops at about 2500, if the extra $ gets you something needed.

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    you can buy MC's moots fat bike for $10K

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    Re: Best Fatbike for $$$$

    Quote Originally Posted by richccc View Post
    Budget is tops at about 2500, if the extra $ gets you something needed.
    That's a good budget. Honestly I think for the specs of the Specialized Fatboy's they are priced really well.

    The Charge Cooker doesn't come out until next year.

    For the Price the On-One fatty is probably best.

    You will also be happy with any surly or salsa. So ultimately its up to you, right? Get what you like.

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    With that kind of budget you could buy a pugsley frame and pimp it with all lightweight components. Versatility plus flickability. Win/Win.
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    I have no complaints with my On-One Fatty (other than the Avid brakes), and would certainly recommend it if you're on a $1500 budget. You could do a lot of upgrades for an additional $1000, but I think that that Specialized would be a much better deal out of the box: lighter, better components, and likely clearance for wider tires. As much as I love the design of the Fatty frame, I'd have probably picked one of the Fatboys over it if they were available at the time. That being said, I have no plans to replace Fatty... it's just too cool.

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    I would wait for the Spech.
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    The specialized fatboy is in my mind easily the best deal out now

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    Fat Sand Bikes prices are pretty good.
    They also have internal gearing for those that want that.

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    Used Muk. Craigslist. Use it, enjoy it, sell it after a year for $100 less. Repeat. You will be able to figure out what you really like in the bikes. The geometry and fit is really much more important that the components. The Muk 2 is a good balance between weight and value and durability. You can get a good bike used for @1500 or less.

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    I think if anyone is going to recommend a fatbike, it will give more weight to their opinion if they can state if they have actually ridden it, where, and for how long.

    There seems to be a bit of spec sheet opinion going on here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    I think if anyone is going to recommend a fatbike, it will give more weight to their opinion if they can state if they have actually ridden it, where, and for how long.

    There seems to be a bit of spec sheet opinion going on here.
    I've ridden and owned the muk and the pug. The pug was more like a dirt bike with big tires. The muk was more like a all-around with big tires. I liked the muk more, that's why I recommend it. Also, don't get caught up in the arms race of having the newest and greatest. The experience s very similar.

    I have ridden the beargrease in both specs this year. It is awesome. Almost feels like a normal 29er on trails. If you are going to spend that much money, there are a lot of options. I loved last years BG.

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    I like the fatback bikes. I'm new to fat bikes, but not new to winter riding. (I've had a set of snow cats for my stump jumper for eight years).

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    Quote Originally Posted by yxan View Post
    The specialized fatboy is in my mind easily the best deal out now

    Really? How so?

    Let me guess, you work for splish and have ridden the bike yourself right?
    No..hmm...you were on the design team?
    No..hmm...You saw a you-tube videos and read a few critic reviews and now this not yet released bike is your mind EASILY the best deal out there?

    Yea...ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ejj View Post
    I've ridden and owned the muk and the pug...
    Sorry wasn't aiming it at you in particular. It was a general remark.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Armyballer View Post
    Really? How so?

    Let me guess, you work for splish and have ridden the bike yourself right?
    No..hmm...you were on the design team?
    No..hmm...You saw a you-tube videos and read a few critic reviews and now this not yet released bike is your mind EASILY the best deal out there?

    Yea...ok.
    He's only made a statement about how it is in his mind.... no big deal.

    You got any opinions or anything to add ?
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    Read this and get a fatty rolling chassis ordered. If you do want best value per $$$.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozzybmx View Post
    He's only made a statement about how it is in his mind.... no big deal.

    You got any opinions or anything to add ?
    Yea...a few.

    - Their first year fatbike, I personally won't buy a bike in it's first year run, give them a year to work out the kinks.

    - Both versions have a carbon fork, unless you plan on racing this thing why? By not offering a non-carbon fork your leaving out a large % of fatbike riders who like to mount racks all over it, pack it down with camping gear (beer) and head out to the woods.

    - Both versions are priced at $2,000 or more, where is the cheaper "entry level"? I find it hard to believe they can't come up with a $1400-$1500 version.

    - Finally, as I stated earlyer, I'm not sure how anyone can say "The specialized fatboy is in my mind easily the best deal out now" when NOONE but a select few have even ridden the thing? You ever bought a car or said a specific car was the "best" before test driving it? I didn't think so...
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    Re: Best Fatbike for $$$$

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    Kinks ? Its a friggin push bike, not a brand new $50k car.

    I buy frames without ever seeing them, nevermind a test ride or trying for size. I buy components as soon as they are released, tyres as soon as I can get my hands on them... the "first run" means nothing, theres a lot of companies out there that have messed up on there second, third ect

    Just looking at your signature... how is your kink free "year old" 2014 Surly and your 2013 Scott Scale going ?
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    Just looking at your signature... how is your kink free "year old" 2014 Surly and your 2013 Scott Scale going ?[/QUOTE]

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