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    Help building first Fat Bike

    Iím getting ready to build my first Fat Bike but I have a few questions.

    I will be riding it in the snow so my first question; are wider tires better.
    What are the best brakes, mechanical or hydraulic?

    Iím thinking about building a 907 190mm Nome. I have build lots of mt. bikes but this will be my first Fat bike so I need some help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock dude View Post
    Iím getting ready to build my first Fat Bike but I have a few questions.

    I will be riding it in the snow so my first question; are wider tires better.
    What are the best brakes, mechanical or hydraulic?

    Iím thinking about building a 907 190mm Nome. I have build lots of mt. bikes but this will be my first Fat bike so I need some help.
    yes wider is superior while snow riding. as for brakes i suppose it depends on the depth of cold you'll be in but hydros work well down to freeze temps and a bit below but if you get deep freeze temps then maybe consider mechs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    yes wider is superior while snow riding.
    Hells yeah, some truf right there. Although I woulda said fatter is better for pavement too if you'da asked

    As for brakes, you plan on bombing snow drifts? I love hydros on my full sus but on a fat bike? Hydros just aint worth the trouble, brah! Skip past all that lame brake bling and get you a set of BB7-S ... those new "S" brakes are THE ticket. Way less maintenance and super easy to adjust. Haven't got mine to squeal on my yet either ... knock on wood. Saves you some monies too!

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    Is anyone running the xx1 (1x11) set-up in the snow?

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    adding to Cotharyus post on bar width, if you use lock-on grips with end caps removed, you can slide the grips along the bars and experiment like that without having to use different bars.

    On Mr. Pig's point about weight, I went a little crazy and bought a Spawn Savage 20" wheel bike for my son two years ago. But the weight is more proportional to a kid's weight or at least is nowhere near as heavy as an adult bike. most of his friends, he is 7, ride bikes that way as much as my Yelli or my Heckler and once they ride his Savage they don't want to give it back. This isn't essential, I rode Schwinn tanks when I was a kid, but I have a different perspective on it now and would like to give him a lighter option if i can as kids bikes are usually crazy heavy with crap parts.

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    I rode two winters on Bud and Lou on Clownshoes. LOVE that combo in snow only. Everything else, I replaced Lou with a 4.8 Knard. Love that everywhere else.
    I'm going to try something... I'm going to build up a pair of Other Brother Darryls and try my 4.8 tires on them next winter. If that works out, I'll use my Clownshoes with Big Fat Larrys and build my old 907 into a dedicated beach bike.
    How much do you weigh? Two of my friends who are considerably lighter than me both ride 4.8" tires on Rolling Darryls and they work great.
    I just built my brother a Fatback and used a 1x11 drivetrain. I used Sram GX stuff and a Shimano cassette. Really not much more than a 1x10 drivetrain. Looks very promising.
    I use Shimano SLX brakes on all of my builds. Never had a problem down to single digits.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nvphatty View Post
    yes wider is superior while snow riding. as for brakes i suppose it depends on the depth of cold you'll be in but hydros work well down to freeze temps and a bit below but if you get deep freeze temps then maybe consider mechs.
    My Hope X2's have been out on days of -20F temps, DOT 5.1 does not freeze at that temp. A good brake system will work wonders be it hydro of cable stoppers. Cable stoppers require compression free housings to be up to the task, but properly dialed in rival 2 pot hydro's.
    Fatter = increased float. So 4.8 or fatter. Bud/Lou are imho, the best choice in 4.8" tires for snow. (not to be confused with mashed potatoes)

    The fun part is going for the first snow ride and playing with tire pressure. Get it sorted and the bike performs extremely well. Too much air and it's a job to ride.

    Keep us posted on your build. Pix too, cause it's fun.
    Get fAt, Stay fAt, Ride fAt
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    Oh snap. I just realized this thread is 3 years old...

    Does the op have a fat bike yet?
    I like turtles

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