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    FatBoy with Bluto?

    Wow- that expert looks awesome with all the red blingy bits.

    Here's mine- just got her finished up last night. Can't wait to get her on the trail! 100mm bluto.





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    Are you guys keeping or selling the stock fork? I would think there would be some demand for a the stock carbon fork.
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    Keep the fork they are beautifully made carbon steerer and all

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    Nice!

    Three questions:

    1. What made you go with a Nate?
    2. What made you pick 100? I believe 80 kept the original geo closer to the original
    3. It's been 4 hours... Where's the ride report???

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    FatBoy with Bluto?

    1. I haven't ridden the gc on the dirt but trust the Nate- plus I had the Nate and it was easier to set it up on the new wheel than taking the gc off (busy week), so, in part, laziness.

    2. My trails are pretty chunky/ tech and I've yet to ride a bike and say "I wish it had less travel". I have a ht ss 29er with a 140 on it. After today's ride, I'll be investigating moving it to 120.

    3. I actually didn't think I'd get out today, but I travel for the next week and not getting on it was gonna be too much to take. It was amazing. It climbed really well and was super stable in low-speed, techy rock climbs. I cleaned an entire climb where I often dab once or twice. I'm not one of those people that thinks fatbikes are the only bikes, but it f'n railed on the downhill. Now, it's still a hard tail (albeit one with a huge back end that grips turns like Velcro), and you have to ride it like one, but I was incredibly impressed. Still need to dial in on pressure and such. I think I was most surprised that it handled naturally at high speed. I had a 907 prior to this and did not care for riding it in the dirt. I will happily be taking this bike on the dirt regularly- no self steer, nothing (front tire around 15psi?).




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    damn you people with the positive Bluto reports. I need one that says "totally not worth it" to keep my wallet in my pocket.
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    Jisch, I'm with you. People keep posting this stuff and if it doesn't stop soon I am going to be around $800 more poor than I already am! This one is the worst, same color as my fatboy and a positive review. Ugh you guys are killing me!

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    Sorry fellas . Seriously, I was skeptical. With my 907 and no front squish, it was brutal on our local trails. Awesome in the snow, but just not fun in the dirt, plus I regularly had problems with self-steer and more than once couldn't keep my line- fortunately no injuries, but a few close calls. I had just written off that fatbikes had their place, but that place, for me, was in the snow.

    Now this is something completely different. I got the Fatboy because of reviews about how it handled- especially handled in the dirt, but it didn't arrive until the winter was over. I built it up, took it on one mellow dirt ride to feel things out, and hung it up in the garage for winter to come.

    Then came Bluto... again, this will not be my do-it-all bike, but if it were 15 years ago and I was still living out of my truck with my one bike to do it all, this would be it. Hands down. If you ride a HT and are looking for a bike that can slay year 'round, the Fatboy with the Bluto is it.

    Anyone know if a 100 Bluto can be extended out to 120?
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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post

    2. My trails are pretty chunky/ tech and I've yet to ride a bike and say "I wish it had less travel". I have a ht ss 29er with a 140 on it. After today's ride, I'll be investigating moving it to 120.
    Did you do anything to check for frame contact? I thought the concern with 100 and 120mm bluto and the fatboy was the tire contacting the frame at full compression.

    As for changing the stroke, I thought that was done with internal spacers / stops, but I could be mistaken.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hardingsan View Post
    Did you do anything to check for frame contact? I thought the concern with 100 and 120mm bluto and the fatboy was the tire contacting the frame at full compression.

    As for changing the stroke, I thought that was done with internal spacers / stops, but I could be mistaken.
    If a 80mm won't hit a 100mm or a 120mm won't either, I would say if the crown clears one should be good with tire clearance.

    The travel is changed with a new air shaft but I'm not sure if a 100mm can go to a 120mm or not.
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    al, why different front wheel?
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    FatBoy with Bluto?

    ^I had to get a new front hub (the stock one is a 135 qr)- I picked up the Rolling Daryl rim used and laced up the 150 hub (origin8) instead of breaking down the FatBoy wheel. It gives me more options down the road (I've begun building frames and dream of building a fat frame some day).


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    FatBoy with Bluto?-fatty.jpgHere's my Fatboy. Love it! I have it set up with 100mm travel and three air volume reducer "tokens" because it was blowing through the travel too quickly and I wanted the spring rate to ramp up faster. It weighs 31 lbs 9oz, so fun to ride, it totally shreds. I took the grip shift off because I kept miss shifting when throwing down. I like the dropper post, soon I want get one when I switch out the crank to off set the weight difference

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    damn you people with the positive Bluto reports. I need one that says "totally not worth it" to keep my wallet in my pocket.
    Yeah what he said ^^!!

    Oh, umm, ok so... About those Tektro stoppers and replacement options. SRAM hooked me up with a set of the new Guide RSC brakes on Sunday Wow! You know what makes a fantastic bike part? When you ride with total confidence and don't think about that part Now I NEED a Bluto so I can take full advantage of the best brakes I've ever used.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    (I've begun building frames and dream of building a fat frame some day).

    my dream as well. not gonna happen anytime soon with new baby around.
    have fun, i might be getting fatboy too, still deciding vs blizzard or chiner
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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyRay View Post
    Here's my Fatboy. Love it! I have it set up with 100mm travel and three air volume reducer "tokens" because it was blowing through the travel too quickly and I wanted the spring rate to ramp up faster. It weighs 31 lbs 9oz, so fun to ride, it totally shreds. I took the grip shift off because I kept miss shifting when throwing down. I like the dropper post, soon I want get one when I switch out the crank to off set the weight difference
    Trying to locate the tokens, are they the same as the Pike? Rockshox sure did us a favor but good intel on this fork is hard to come by yet.

    Edit: I see the tokens are black not red like the Pikes, where the heck do I find them now?
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    whats your final weight with dropper and bluto?

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    FatBoy with Bluto?

    I guess I don't understand the 100 or 120 hitting your frame under compression- shouldn't be any different than an 80.

    As for stoppers- finally went shimano a year ago and never looked back. They now adorn every bike I own. Even the deore line is way better than any other brakes I've had over the years.


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    FatBoy with Bluto?

    ^i haven't checked total weight yet, but I know the bluto was about 2lbs heavier than the stock fork.

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    Re: FatBoy with Bluto?

    Quote Originally Posted by DirtyRay View Post
    I have it set up with 100mm travel and three air volume reducer "tokens" because it was blowing through the travel too quickly and I wanted the spring rate to ramp up faster.
    What were you doing when you bottomed out the shock? Drops? Or just riding fast in rough terrain?

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    Just ordered one. Should be here next week. Now the hub. Is it safe to say that an i9 with adapter works perfect or should I consider another hub?

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    I've done wheels with an I9 hub and the new Salsa hub. Both work fine.
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    Hey thanks alshead for the weight info. I kept justifying NOT buying a bluto because it would add 4 lbs to my bike. Now i realize it would only be about 2lbs. You guys are KILLING MY WALLET!!!! I am about one more positive review and a paycheck away form ordering one.

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    FatBoy with Bluto?

    Man you all are killing me! I have to get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Oldgt View Post
    Hey thanks alshead for the weight info. I kept justifying NOT buying a bluto because it would add 4 lbs to my bike. Now i realize it would only be about 2lbs. You guys are KILLING MY WALLET!!!! I am about one more positive review and a paycheck away form ordering one.
    Yup. Then you go tubeless and add a carbon seatpost and your closer to stock weight. :-)

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