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    Kestrel MX5 Fat Bike - Unboxing & Building

    Ordered it last week...was supposed to ship Nov 15th - got here today. That was a nice surprise!

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    Pretty much a normal bike in a box - on the Top it says 'Must be assebled by Kestrel Dealer' on the side it says 'Must be assembled by a Fuji dealer' - maybe they can't decide. Frame says Made in Taiwan

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    Had to attach Stem, Bars, adjust headset, lube seatpost (lube was in box), attach front wheel, attach front brakes, align breaks and minor rear derailleur tune. The shock included the lockout which was nice.

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    Now for somewhat crappy part - I got a lazy tire installer and they folded the rim band over and poked a hole in the tube. I guess I wanted to see how fat rims worked anyway...my patch kit had patches, but dried up glue...had to to to WallyWorld

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    Got 'er finished and a tiny ride in the dark...seems like it will be a fun bike - I kinda feel like I bought a Motorcycle and forgot to get the motor - they make my 27.5+ Tires look like road tires
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    Great looking ride. Enjoy.

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    wow, thanksgiving came quick! how she ride?

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    Got in a little ride this morning - there are a few hundred acres of Sand and Sage across from my house. It varies from Sand Dunes to hard pack. I am hoping to get through the deeper loose sand that my 27.5+ wont do. So far so good, but the really deep sand was tough. I think with some practice I will get through the deeper sand and will be happy. As far as I can tell, its a solid bike - no creaks / feels stiff enough / nimble given the beast tires. I think it will work great for my front yard ride...probably the 27.5+ Rocky Sherpa will still be the bike for other terrain

    Looking down at that huge front tire was fun...kinda like the first time on a Lefty

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    Ahh, nothing quite like that new bike box smell.....

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    So true...I do like the new bike box smell alot

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    Deep sand is always tough unless it's wet and packed nicely. Did you drop pressure a lot?

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    It was at about 18# - probably need to air down quite a bit...what do you recommend?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tacobelldog View Post
    It was at about 18# - probably need to air down quite a bit...what do you recommend?
    For loose sand, way down, like snow. I am 200# and with tires with tubes I would probably go 4psi. Tubeless it would be 2 psi.

    I never ride 18psi. 16 is about max for the road.

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    It depends how much really loose sand there actually is. Is it most of the ride, or just a few killer drifts? If it's lots of real loose, air down as stated. If it's mixed maybe 6-8 will do. Giving you a better ride with less rolling resistance on the firmer bits and still getting considerable assistance in the loose compared to what you tried.
    It really is trial and error. I tend to go as firm as I can get away with. No one wants to constantly be stopping to air up or down.

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    Here is the view from my house...Lake Tahoe in on the other side of the ridge. The lake in the middle is Washoe Lake - the are between the lake and me is a State Park - Walk, Bike, Horses only. There is everything from real Sand Dunes to Beach to hard pack to mixed everything. A good ride includes some of all of it...well not the dunes. I take a Horse for that.

    I suspect a mid air pressure will get figured out.

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    Anyone know what this little clip is for? The little clip behind the seat tube...its a mystery to me

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    The frame looks to be identical to this one...not that it matters...more of a curiosity to me. I think it would be tough to match the whole build for the same total cost

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    Quote Originally Posted by tacobelldog View Post
    Anyone know what this little clip is for? The little clip behind the seat tube...its a mystery to me

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    Its for front derailleur housing if you mount a front derailleur, or dropper post housing if you run an external dropper.
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    Wow you got it early. I just asked you today to update us on your other thread and just saw this thread lol. Anyway, how much does it weigh?
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    Looks awesome, enjoy!

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