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    i know people are going to ask... it is 33 lbs in weight with no mods.

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    Awesome gift, makes me wish I had a son! I can only imagine the reaction he'll have Christmas morning. Then you have the best excuse to be out more on your Fatty. That alone is worth 6 hundo!

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    thanks jpfurn! my 8 yo is actually a girl, but at this point there were no other color options but i agree with your sentiment, she will love it, and the time we get to spend together biking in the snow will be worth the money!

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    Man. Hope ours is on the way. Saw they changed the date for delivery. Just got my 3.0 and my son is a bit jealous.

    Looks good. Is the crank threaded for a granny ring?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedsled View Post
    thanks jpfurn! my 8 yo is actually a girl, but at this point there were no other color options but i agree with your sentiment, she will love it, and the time we get to spend together biking in the snow will be worth the money!
    That's what I get for assuming! Actually this is even better news, I have two daughters of my own and thought about a fat bike down the road. My initial thoughts were to wait a couple years because she isn't a strong enough rider to keep up with us on a light skinny tire MTB. I didn't want to slow her down more, plus I can't see her riding it much in the snow. As she gets stronger I'm going to have to persuade her and her sister to get out in the snow with me!

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    Jedsled, would you post a picture of the mini-sota next to your fatbike? I'd like to make even a visual comparison. I'm a smaller rider (5'5", 28 inseam) looking to buy my first fatty. I tried my friends Mongoose but it's a lot of bike to handle. Those tires are monstrous!
    I'm currently comparing 24" frames out there - Spesh fatboy 24, on-one baby fatty and this one. A low standover will be more forgiving when my feet sinks in the snow. TIA
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    Here's a couple of pictures of the Mini-Sota next to a Minnesota 2.0 and a 1.0

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    Kawidan, you are the man!!!!
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    Another picture next to a Womens 2.0 15" and what I think is a 20" 2.0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    Another picture next to a Womens 2.0 15" and what I think is a 20" 2.0

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    Great!!!

    I see somewhat a 29r and 26r comparison on that one. Thanks again.
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    BTW, didn't mean to hijack the thread
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    My dealer called and my son's mini came in yesterday. So hard for me to wait for Christmas to give it to him. Can't wait!
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    yes aarontriton, this might be an early Christmas gift... if we get the snow (;

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    skeered1, the frame on the mini is actually 13" with 24" tires... would be too small for you. im 508 with 30" inseam, and its tiny/cramped for me to ride, even tho the standover height is 25.5"

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    Quote Originally Posted by jedsled View Post
    skeered1, the frame on the mini is actually 13" with 24" tires... would be too small for you. im 508 with 30" inseam, and its tiny/cramped for me to ride, even tho the standover height is 25.5"
    Thanks Jeb. Naturally the top-tubes of the 24s are shorter except On-ones Babyfatty. It's only 3/4" shorter compared to my GT Sanctions top tube. The wheelsize is what attracts me. A 24" w/ 4" tires is very close in size to my 26r trailbike.
    I've only tested a friends medium fatty so it wasn't a fair trial. Tho, those 26 x 4 wheels reminds me of a 29r ride. Anyways, I'm hoping to do more test rides this weekend and hopefully get my fatty by Christmas.
    Happy trails to you and the little one!
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    framed mini-sota first impressions

    Quote Originally Posted by skeered1 View Post
    Jedsled, would you post a picture of the mini-sota next to your fatbike? I'd like to make even a visual comparison. I'm a smaller rider (5'5", 28 inseam) looking to buy my first fatty. I tried my friends Mongoose but it's a lot of bike to handle. Those tires are monstrous!
    I'm currently comparing 24" frames out there - Spesh fatboy 24, on-one baby fatty and this one. A low standover will be more forgiving when my feet sinks in the snow. TIA
    I'm 5' 6" and the trek farley fits me with plenty of stand over.

    And thank you for posting the pic of the mini fat bike I to will ordering one for my daughter


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    Built up my wife's Mini-Sota with a few mods yesterday.

    Xt 1x10, 11/36 cassette, race face 30t, carbon slk bars. 29 lbs on shop scale. Fort Custer on Sunday for first ride! Can't wait!

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    Any pictures soleman? That sounds like a pretty sweet setup with the 30T and 11-36 cassette.
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    11-36 1x10 using xt rear deraileur and 30t narrow wide, carbon bars and 29 lbs on shop scale

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    Looks sweet!

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    More choices

    Another option yawl.

    Badger Cycle Works

    I am still leaning on the 2015 framed 2015 for my wife, as the above bike has a 1x9 drive train.
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    The Badger looks like a great option...drilled rims and everything. 1x9 is interesting too.

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    Toss in a couple things I would look for....look at the hubs, Since every snow ride is a rain ride( active word here is water), look for hubs with sealed bearings. I like hydro brakes, set them and forget them, the cable ones seem to need more fussing with and in most cases and they do not stop as well imo.....if you think you might want front suspension, get it with the bike....but that is going to bounce you over your $1000 mark

    As for the KHS and the Boris....same frame, the KHS frame looks like it is finished a little better but they are made in the same factory imo
    The bike is never to heavy, you are just to WEAK!

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    Re: framed mini-sota first impressions

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    I'm still on the fence for one of the for one of my girls (10yr) but know that I can at least get tires for the bike now gives me some hope!

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    Why worry about tires you can get them from chao yang. The stock tires are great. And now specialized had GC for 24"

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    Quote Originally Posted by aarontriton View Post
    Why worry about tires you can get them from chao yang. The stock tires are great. And now specialized had GC for 24"

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    but is specialized selling the 24" ground control tires seperately? last i checked with my dealer i couldnt...

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    Not yet . But I'm sure they will soon.

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    Missions are not great tires, esp on the front, I have a 26" set that I can't sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Missions are not great tires, esp on the front, I have a 26" set that I can't sell.
    I also have a set that I can't even give away! This is such a poor tire all around.
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    My son has 100 miles since Christmas on his stock tires we rode 15 today on ice cold single trek stock tires are great. I sure would not replace for missions I just took that garbage off my bike so sure wouldn't put them on my son's bike.

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    Just went down to the House to check out the Mini sota for my wife. She's 5' 1 1/2" with a size 7 1/2 foot. Her inseam is about 26". The main problem was here foot was hitting the front wheel when pedaling and turning. She also thought that the bike just felt too small. I'm not convinced that the bike was too small, but the foot hitting the wheel was going to be a big problem, especially with winter footwear. We passed and are waiting till I can get here to try out the Boris X9 which has a different top tube and supposedly a .7" higher standover, but feels lower when actually on the bike. Boris is in a different state currently and I will give an update, once she gets on the Boris.
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    My 8 year old rode one today now it's only a matter of time till he cracks me his 24" Cannondale is getting to smallFatbikes under 00 bucks-image.jpg

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    Here is our Mini

    My son is 8 and will be 9 in a month. Mini came in early this week. We are in the process of swapping some gearing by adding a front der with a seat post adapter to 100mm bb. Swapped to triggers front and rear and a new crank with a 22/32 ring set. Everything is on but the crank is super stuck and has not been pulled yet. Have a couple options for cranks but it will be shortened to about 150-155mm by drilling and tapping new pedal holes on a 175mm crank. We did this for his xc bike. My son is a strong rider for his age/size but just a moderate grade on snow for anytime needs a much lower gear. I am considering pulling the crank on my Minnesota 3.0 with SLX rings and plastic bash and moving it over after shortening them. Then I will be forced to upgrade...
    Original crank is not drilled or fully cast for a granny.
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    2.0 size comparison

    Quote Originally Posted by skeered1 View Post
    Jedsled, would you post a picture of the mini-sota next to your fatbike? I'd like to make even a visual comparison. I'm a smaller rider (5'5", 28 inseam) looking to buy my first fatty. I tried my friends Mongoose but it's a lot of bike to handle. Those tires are monstrous!
    I'm currently comparing 24" frames out there - Spesh fatboy 24, on-one baby fatty and this one. A low standover will be more forgiving when my feet sinks in the snow. TIA
    Based on the small 2.0 I just got my wife, who is 5'8" with 33" inseam, there is very little stand over height. If I were you I would go with the 24" mini. IMHO these are not snow friendly geometry bikes. Still a great bike though. Awesome value.
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    Here you go

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    And another

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greenfin View Post
    Based on the small 2.0 I just got my wife, who is 5'8" with 33" inseam, there is very little stand over height. If I were you I would go with the 24" mini. IMHO these are not snow friendly geometry bikes. Still a great bike though. Awesome value.
    Minnesota 3.0 geometry is way different than 2.0. 2.0 is super tall and short in top tube giving lousy stand over. When shopping for myself at 5' 7" with short legs and a longer torso I rode the 18" 2.0 that had the right top tube but had a 19" seat tube! the 16" 3.0 had a longer top tube and way more standover. BB drop is greater on the 3.0 adding to stand over. Way more favorable geometry. Stand over is not the right way to fit a bike but it sure is nice.
    I do not see the mini being a super choice for anyone over 5'. Too short and cramped with the likeliness of toe overlap. Personally I think the 2.0 is a poorly designed fram from a geometry standpoint. Check out the 3.0 in a 16".

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    Quote Originally Posted by WesternMD View Post
    Minnesota 3.0 geometry is way different than 2.0. 2.0 is super tall and short in top tube giving lousy stand over. When shopping for myself at 5' 7" with short legs and a longer torso I rode the 18" 2.0 that had the right top tube but had a 19" seat tube! the 16" 3.0 had a longer top tube and way more standover. BB drop is greater on the 3.0 adding to stand over. Way more favorable geometry. Stand over is not the right way to fit a bike but it sure is nice.
    I do not see the mini being a super choice for anyone over 5'. Too short and cramped with the likeliness of toe overlap. Personally I think the 2.0 is a poorly designed fram from a geometry standpoint. Check out the 3.0 in a 16".
    I can agree with this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WesternMD View Post
    Minnesota 3.0 geometry is way different than 2.0. 2.0 is super tall and short in top tube giving lousy stand over. When shopping for myself at 5' 7" with short legs and a longer torso I rode the 18" 2.0 that had the right top tube but had a 19" seat tube! the 16" 3.0 had a longer top tube and way more standover. BB drop is greater on the 3.0 adding to stand over. Way more favorable geometry. Stand over is not the right way to fit a bike but it sure is nice.
    I do not see the mini being a super choice for anyone over 5'. Too short and cramped with the likeliness of toe overlap. Personally I think the 2.0 is a poorly designed fram from a geometry standpoint. Check out the 3.0 in a 16".
    ^^^ very helpful post. Thanks for sharing that.
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    Mind if I ask your wife's measurements?

    I'm looking at the Mini-Sota for myself, at just under 5'2 with a 27" inseam.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Melll View Post
    Mind if I ask your wife's measurements?

    I'm looking at the Mini-Sota for myself, at just under 5'2 with a 27" inseam.
    My wife is 5 1 1/2" with a 26 inseam and size 7.5 shoes. The bike was too small for her. Feet hit the front wheel when turning. Was not going to work. Said she felt like she was on a little kids bike. We're going to see if she fits the Boris, which is a waaaay better bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bumpyride View Post
    My wife is 5 1 1/2" with a 26 inseam and size 7.5 shoes. The bike was too small for her. Feet hit the front wheel when turning. Was not going to work. Said she felt like she was on a little kids bike. We're going to see if she fits the Boris, which is a waaaay better bike.
    Thanks - that helps heaps

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    So generally speaking, what IS considered to be the best value on a Fat Bike under a $1000? (Minus BD bikes and used fat bikes)

    Bigfoot 6.3? Cooker Maxi 1? Minnesota 2.0? F@E? Fattywampus?

    Just looking to get back in to biking after a long layoff, and just looking at entry level bikes right now. Seems like a loaded question, but I didn't see a general consensus in this thread.

    Yes, yes, I know...save for a better bike, but I'm genuinely interested in the <$1K answer before I start saving for a Fatboy SE or the likes.

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    $700-$1000 to Spend

    Sorry for another one of these threads, but my buddy needs a new bike. He has $700 now, and may be able to come up with a bit more. Most of the riding will be trails, it doenst snow around here. These are the bikes he has narrowed it down to:

    1: Boris X9 $800
    2: Minnesota 1.0 $750
    3: Boris Brute $1000
    4: Gravity Monster Pro $1000

    The Boris X9 seems like the best bang for the buck, but its not Bluto ready. The Gravity Monster Pro has the bluto, but the rest of the bike isn't nearly as good. And the Minnesota is the lightest.

    Any other thoughts you guys have, or things he should consider? There are VERY few used fat bikes in this area.

    Which is the best bike for the $$$?

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    Don't know anything about said bikes but my advice is to look at the frame first for geo, material,hub width, axle type, and what fork it can run now and in the future. Look next at the wheels and hubs as those are the next big ticket items. Then cranks, brakes and tires. Lastly and for myself personally I wouldn't spend to much time on the other crap because it can be replaced inexpensively when the it wears out, self destructs, or just upgrade-itis steps in. I think to many people see an x9 rear derailleur and get all google eyed and forget about the actual heartbeat of the bike.

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    Ya thats pretty much what we have done. They are all Al frames. The Minnesota has cheaper parts, but is pounds lighter. They others are pretty much the same. mostly straight steerer tubes, and All x7 or x9 except for the Monster pro which is X4 but has a Bluto already.

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    I got the Minnesota 3.0 for just under $1,000 at a local shop, so that might be something to consider too. X7 components, 190 mm rear end, and Bluto-ready with the tapered tube and thru axle. I think it's pretty good bang for the buck, and my early review is it's super fun to ride.

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