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    Here's a roundup of some of my fat front setups before I made the jump to the full fat shebang:

    My wife's 26" Quiring Ti with a 26" On-One Inbred fork (left) and my Matt Chester Mutinyman (right) with Vicious Cycles/Jones steel fat fork:



    26" thrift store Giant with Inbred fork which was on wife's Quiring:



    29" Performance with previously mentioned Jones fat fork:



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    Quote Originally Posted by fyberglass View Post
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    Here's mine... We rarely get snow in Las Vegas buy I love how it rolls in the desert!
    I don't recognize that frame.

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    Lets hear more about the Lefty Jones! I was wondering if it was worth my time to put an 80mm suspension fork on my Jones just to see what it would be like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bluestatevirgin View Post
    I don't recognize that frame.
    The frame is a Motobecane Fantom 29 size 13". Its not a full fat frame but just a regular 29er.
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    Quote Originally Posted by fyberglass View Post
    The frame is a Motobecane Fantom 29 size 13". Its not a full fat frame but just a regular 29er.
    Yeah, I figured it was a 29er, but the size and shape through me off because it's such a small frame. In the picture, I thought maybe it was a 17 inch frame, which would have made it's shape and angles pretty unusual.

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    Thought I'd share my franken bike. Yesterday I converted my Lynskey Ridgeline to half-fat (thanks MikeSee). Only one ride on here so far, but me likey. Frame started out as a 26", then I crammed some 650b wheels in, then the fat front idea hit. The rides been a 2 year evolution of parts and I think I've settled on the current for now. It was never meant to be a weight weenie build, it just sorta ended up damn light. Let me know what you think.

    20" Lynskey Ridgeline SS frame
    650b Stans rear wheel, Paul SS hub
    Paul 135 front hub
    Carver fork
    Escalator tire
    X9 crank
    Homebrewed 33t spiderless ring. I might be the last person to receive one!
    Groovy Luv Handle in steel. Best bar made, in my opinion
    Hope discs
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    Random bits.

    23.04lbs. I still need to convert the front to tubeless. Plenty of cacti here to puncture the tire. First tube I've ran in over 5 years.






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    Love looking and reading about these bikes! Currently turning my surly karate monkey into a Half fat w a salsa enabler fork. Could you all direct me towards a rim suitable for it? Probably won't do too well in the snow so I figure it will mostly see single track summer dirt. (I could be wrong...will it do okay in snow?). Someone told me to just do a 65 mm rim for a more rounder front tire profile. Should I go w an 82 mm rim or just stay around a marge/marge lite? Please help me with some field tested opinions. Cant afford a fat bike right now. Thanks! Oh, anyone have a rim they want to part w, hub too, wheel for that matter?

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    This was the result of a little too much excitment.

    I'm collecting parts for a fat hardtail, and have wheels, and lefty already. While I had my SS 29er in the stand, and was doing some maintainance I got carried away and fat fronted it with the lefty. I then fitted a spiker pro tyre on the rear. Been riding snow trails over winter on it, and its a blast.
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    Cool-blue Rhythm Jones steel diamond

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    Here's my Jones steel 29 with a Surly Larry 3.8 front and a WTB Weirwolf 2.5 tubeless in the rear

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    My slingshot ripper 29 with an enabler fork.
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    2008 Specialized Rockhopper

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    Krampus with bud on darryl on enabler up front. the 3" wheels just don't have the cush that a 4.8" has! I'm loving this setup, but I wish the fork were a tiny bit longer for the fastest descents. Not really sure it matters.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    Here's a roundup of some of my fat front setups before I made the jump to the full fat shebang:

    My wife's 26" Quiring Ti with a 26" On-One Inbred fork (left) and my Matt Chester Mutinyman (right) with Vicious Cycles/Jones steel fat fork:



    26" thrift store Giant with Inbred fork which was on wife's Quiring:



    29" Performance with previously mentioned Jones fat fork:



    Jones party:



    Jones with Lefty (blasphemy!) :
    Is that the On-One 26er CroMo fork fitting that Larry (On-One CroMo 26er MTB Fork 440mm?

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    Curious if anyone has attempted to a Surly Knard up front on a 28mm Velocity Blunt rim? Probable tendency to roll at lower psi, I would think? how about a little higher psi

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    Not mine, but I think this (3/4 fat?) beast that I spotted last weekend deserves sharing. At least I was - putting it mildly - nonplussed. The rear tyre was a 2.5" Dissent mounted on Large Marge rim, and there would have been space for a much fatter tire (26x2.75 came to my mind). The frame was a FireEye Flame with Salsa fork.



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    Fat Front Set-Ups: Post Your Pics-hanging.jpgFat Front Set-Ups: Post Your Pics-fatty2.jpgFat Front Set-Ups: Post Your Pics-speed.jpg

    The 29mph was from this morning on the way to work . Fastest I've moved on the fat front on a flat / straight so far. Was really enjoying the ride and the road was quiet .... apart from the roar of the knard Sad that I ran out of road before I broke 30 though.


    Love my fat front and can't wait to get a full fatty !

    Next for me is playing with Fat Front sus via a set of Maverick SC32's

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    Impulse control failed me once again...



    Larry was swapped out for a Knard. Some cockpit changes as well. Very nimble bike, even for a fat bastard like me.
    Let the market decide!

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    Quote Originally Posted by FTMN View Post
    I'm looking forward to having this as a permanent set-up...



    I was only able to take a couple laps around the block on the demo wheel, but I think this will be the preferred front wheel set-up for this bike.
    Pete,

    I look forward to seeing this this fall on some river bottoms adventures.
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    Switching to a Moonlander frame I had a spare fork from my Necromancer to play with. This raised the front end of my Trek 520 by about 4cm so there isn't much standover clearance left.

    I went for a short ride and the handling feels odd. The front is smooth but I feel all the bumps through the rear tire. Very heavy feeling steering at low speed due to narrow bars. And on each pedal stroke the front wheel has a tendency to twist back and forth. In the drops I was getting a little bouncing from the front tire.

    Lacking a front brake I didn't want to get too crazy in my testing. Since the Trek 520 has v-brakes I can run a mechanical disc brake up front. I'll do a few more test rides before I decide whether I want to run it like this for the winter.

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    my monkey



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    Pardon my ignorance,what is the advantage of such a set up?i tend to believe the opposite(big in the back)would be more effective

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    On a rigid bike, the fat front tire can run a very low pressure, which take the (a lot) of sting out of the ride. The fat front also has crazy traction leaning and braking. Since most brake forces are sent towards the front, the 29er now stops even better than when it had it's original 2 point whatever x 29" tire on it.

    I also looks bad as all get out. That tire would even come close to fitting on the rear of the karate monkey. On a pugsley it's a different story.

    I have almost the exact same set up and love it! My other bikes don't get ridden nearly as much now.

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    Pardon my ignorance,what is the advantage of such a set up?i tend to believe the opposite(big in the back)would be more effective

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reggy View Post
    Pardon my ignorance,what is the advantage of such a set up?i tend to believe the opposite(big in the back)would be more effective
    For my HKEK fat front it had more to do with winter riding and being a dirtbag ski bum with little money. For years I had it set up with allwweathersports Snocat 26*44mm wheels with Nokian Freddies Revenz 26*2.3 tires studded. This winter I put Salsa Enabler fork used $75 + Vicious Cycles Fat Sheba and a Larry for $150 and disk brake from the parts bin $free. So for a fun factor of $225 (or the cost of a Dillinger tire) I'm having a fun winter. Yes not as much fun as full fat and less capable but it is more fun and more capable than running a 26er with wide rims.
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    my half fat Ahearne. Studded rear, Larry up front ... all I need is snow!
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    How does a fat front bike ride compared to a full fat? I would think that you would lose some climbing traction. Does it handle snow as well?
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    They handle alright in snow and they're great on the dirt. I am blessed with more then one bike so I keep a fat front geared setup for messing about and exploring new trails.

    As for the snow they're fine it's ok when it's dry but when going over deep snow you're stuck just like anyone else. I run a 2.4 Ardent on a Gordo rim tubeless, so it does have some width but it's nothing like a fat tire or like a Knard. It was a cheap way to bring new life to an older bike that would've just been put out to pasture.

    Next year I would like to have some one cheaply break the seat/chain stays and re weld them to fit at least a Knard on a rabbit hole rim or even a full fat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by teleguy03 View Post
    my half fat Ahearne. Studded rear, Larry up front ... all I need is snow!
    x2 on the snow. 45 degs and rain here, the resort has been shut down more than I've ever seen, the nordic skiing trails are flooding.This is the year I build a 1/2 fat and now I wish I kept my studs on the front also.

    Nice bike btw.

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    sounds like you're in tahoe? i pulled the studs off the back, and have actually been riding my regular ride... depressing

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    Quote Originally Posted by teleguy03 View Post
    sounds like you're in tahoe? i pulled the studs off the back, and have actually been riding my regular ride... depressing
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    Just completed:

    Holy Rolling Daryl, SRAM X7 hub, Origin8 Captiv8er 3.5", Surly Pugsley 100 fork, Avid BB7 disc brake.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sweet Lew View Post
    Just completed:

    Holy Rolling Daryl, SRAM X7 hub, Origin8 Captiv8er 3.5", Surly Pugsley 100 fork, Avid BB7 disc brake.

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    Nice I had a John Tomac ATX 890 back in 1996 that was raw AL just like that one. Cool bike!

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    I've owned this bike since 1997. Bought the frame new and built it up off of bartending tips when I was in my 20s. The Marzocchi Bomber fork was dead and the shop I go to recommended this setup. Now I've got a great path\pavement rig to haul my kids in the Chariot with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by woo10g View Post
    How do you like that configuration?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MMcG View Post
    How do you like that configuration?
    That has got to be my favorite half fat monkey right there! Great work!

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    Here's my faux fatty Karate Monkey


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    Fat Front Set-Ups: Post Your Pics-screen-shot-2014-03-18-21.07.03.jpg

    my fat front arrived today. cant wait to try it. i wonder why i took some time of work this week?

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    Fat Front Set-Ups: Post Your Pics

    Hope i'm not too late for the party, here's mine a just built up moments ago:






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    Quote Originally Posted by aybee View Post
    Hope i'm not too late for the party, here's mine a just built up moments ago:






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    Nice looking bike. Make?
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    Had a few months now on the fat front...
    Absolutely loving it - its made me faster.
    Was on holiday in England earlier in the week and a teenager shouted
    'hey mister, were did you get your wheel?'
    'Outer space' i replied, despite having a rather crazy looking bike, the fat front turns heads like nothing else. Possibly the only down side...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyJo1 View Post
    Nice looking bike. Make?
    Thanks! Frame is a custom-made 29er by a well-known local builder - Ave Maldea. Salsa Enabler with Rolling Darryl, Surly Hubs and Nate 27 tpi front. Duallys, AEST hubs and Ardent 2.4 rear. Surly spacers, tuggnut and 19T cog, SLX chain, Truvativ E400 cranks, niner 32T chainring and M520 pedals.

    Brakes are SLX (there is a shortage of BB7's here, both new and used!), Avid G2 front and Ashima AI2 rear rotors, both 160mm.

    Cockpit - ABR 80mm stem and carbon handlebar, FSA Orbit headset, CB Cobalt 2 grips, Traction Zero alloy post and Velo Plush saddle.

    Most of the components were leftover bits from my other builds, so this was light on the pocket!

    Did a test ride around the block and the whole time I was all smiles - can't wait to test her on the trails tomorrow!

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    EMD with Jones fork 3rd test ride with this set-up.

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    Before Jones EMD was fitted with Farley fork.

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    With Jones

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    Quote Originally Posted by zeb View Post
    With Jones
    What fork is that and what A-C length is it? It doesn't look suspension corrected.

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    "With Jones" in this case means that this should be a Jones Fork.

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    Fat Front Set-Ups: Post Your Pics

    Changed frame to a KM Ops:








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    Quote Originally Posted by zeb View Post
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    Hey Zeb, how's that Niner riding with a Jones fork?

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