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  1. #501
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    You have to check which model you are talking about. The El Oso range covers an original list price range from about $500 to near $2000. Then they were heavily discounted The range varies from rigid forks to a Bluto, mechanical brakes to reasonable Shimano hydraulics, SLX groupset down to entry level Acera.
    There are a few riding them on here. Try searching, or check the fatbike pictures thread, I'm pretty sure I've seen a few in there.
    LMGTFY http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/my-new-diamondback-el-oso-990712.html
    Dirty Hun and Mr Horse seem to be still enjoying their El Oso's

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    If you plan to use it on beaches it might do but i live in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and here for our 4 winter months the 2 most popular the last 4 years are the Norco and the Specialized Fatboy. We benefit from 80-90mm rims, 4.5 to 4.8 in tires to float. Smaller tires and narrower rims do not allow us to float on the softer snow so we have less fat days. The link in your post brought me to a 27 speeds wich is a low price model wich is surely heavy and in bikes i allways prefer a medium or high quality bike. My suggestion is pass on that one and get a 2015 or 2016 that will be lighter, better transmission, better wheels and focus on proper tires for your intended use.

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    How about the minnesota ltd? Im looking at the 2018 mongoose argus comp also. So many to choose from!

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    The 2017 SE F@R is on clearance for $799, it retails for close to $1400.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by darren03 View Post
    Anyone got any experience with the DB El Oso? Have a chance to pick a barely used one up for $800 dollars and I'm wondering if I'd be stupid not to.

    Struggling to find many helpful reviews, most seem to give it a good rep but don't really explain why aside from "it's a good bike" etc etc:

    https://bikebrave.com/best-fat-tire-...icycles-El-Oso

    Any first hand experiences!
    $800 for a newish, suspension forked version of this bike would be a very good deal. Slightly less of a deal if it's the El Oso Grande version.

    The two biggest 'issues' directed at this particular bike are that it has a fairly tall stand-over height and a relatively long chain stay length.

    Having personally used it, I can comment that the height really hasn't been an issue in my experience and that I don't get the obsession that some people have with chain stay length. I guess if you fancy yourself some kind of BMX freeriding superstar, the chain stay might hold you back on your riding style. I largely will call bullshit on that though and have to say that the bike performs well and to my standards on both dirt and snow. I have a full suspension long travel bike that collects dust most the time since acquiring this bike.

    The bike is decently spec'd as is but has a 197 mm thru axle that will allow you to modify it to 1 X 11 or 12 speed and allow you to put 5" inch or plus tires on it if that's your thing.

    Full disclosure, I have the Grande version and it's heavily modified. The only original parts are the frame, axel and stem. That said, it's been a good frame to build up from.

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    Boris NX1 Bluto



    Picked this up for $999 shipped. Bluto RL 120mm fork, SRAM NX1 groupset, Shimano 180mm m365 brakes, and assorted crap I'll be replacing.

    Rides like a dream.

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    How about the least expensive fat bike with 1 X 11 and ability to fit 4.8Ē tires? Thatís what I need but their all $2000. Kona Wo is $1500 but is 1 X 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBran View Post
    How about the least expensive fat bike with 1 X 11 and ability to fit 4.8Ē tires? Thatís what I need but their all $2000. Kona Wo is $1500 but is 1 X 10.
    You will not have a fat.
    You can buy a simili fat for a few $$.
    You can print a picture of a fat for free.
    You can find an older fat for 600$.
    You can buy shoes for a $.
    You are lucky air is free, stop complaining.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBran View Post
    How about the least expensive fat bike with 1 X 11 and ability to fit 4.8Ē tires? Thatís what I need but their all $2000. Kona Wo is $1500 but is 1 X 10.
    If you want 1x11 and 4.8 inch tires you're gonna need something with thru axles and 190/197mm rear spacing. You're gonna be into the $1500 price range.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 218traverse View Post
    If you want 1x11 and 4.8 inch tires you're gonna need something with thru axles and 190/197mm rear spacing. You're gonna be into the $1500 price range.
    I think the Mongoose Argus Comp is about as you'll get. It's only 1x10, but the stock Airsun tires are listed as 4.9. Don't know what they actually measure. Not that big a job to convert to 1x11

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    2019 mongoose argus comp is listed with 1x11, just have to wait for it to become available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cableman View Post
    2019 mongoose argus comp is listed with 1x11, just have to wait for it to become available.
    Thanks. Hopefully itís what Iím looking for. Letís see what it brings.

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    Dealer book.
    I definitely would have gotten one if i didnt just find a 2017 farley 7.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 33red View Post
    You will not have a fat.
    You can buy a simili fat for a few $$.
    You can print a picture of a fat for free.
    You can find an older fat for 600$.
    You can buy shoes for a $.
    You are lucky air is free, stop complaining.
    Your right, I Guess I should be happy getting bent over and spoon fed technology.

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    This thing was $999 shipped, I've upgraded a few things but overall a super good value. SRAM NX 1x11, Shimano hydraulic brakes, Rockshox Bluto RL fork. I put a new stem, carbon bars, and tires on it.

    Incredibly fun and capable bike.

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    Trying to decide between Surly Wednesday and 27.5 Framed WolfTrax...Both in black for $1099 new...Better spec on the WolfTrax, but it's aluminum.Anyone ridden both?

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    The new one at Costco for 2019 looks pretty good. Looks like they finally put a tapered fork on that bike. So it would be very upgradable I think.$450 CDN. Made by Giant I am told.

    https://www.costco.ca/Northrock-XC00...100383744.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by lewdvig View Post
    The new one at Costco for 2019 looks pretty good. Looks like they finally put a tapered fork on that bike. So it would be very upgradable I think.$450 CDN. Made by Giant I am told.

    https://www.costco.ca/Northrock-XC00...100383744.html
    I call those simili fat.
    Useless gearing to climb.
    Buy a 99$ bike.
    Buy a big pen 1$.
    Write FAT.
    100$ fat, bingo!

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