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    LBS: Carbon ETA "Soon"

    Sorry if this is old news. LBS sells Salsa and Surly.

    At my LBS I hypothesized that a carbon framed Fat Bike is probably a mere "two to three years away." His head shook side to side, tight lipped. I pressed him, "What, like one to two years?" Still his head shook, tight lipped. I say, "One year?" Still his head shakes, then finally he says, "Soon."

    How soon is "soon?" What brand arrives first? He also said Fat Bike sales this year far exceeded expectation. Is this common knowledge?

    Rode his XL Salsa Mukluk similar to Mukluk 2 build. First Fat Bike experience, currently riding 2007 Fuji Tahoe SL 9er. Overall, most fun I've had on two wheels. Absolute confidence over slush and snow I'd never dream of riding my 9er. From pleasantly surprised to goose bump fun. Effortless tight U-turns, pivoting with my knee out, whereas I never feel comfortable doing this on my 9er. I rode newer 9ers, and realize they improved the handling.

    Obviously slower than the 9er on smooth surface, but frankly, it didn't matter, especially as old and slow as I am anyway.

    I plan to sell my 9er and ride the Fat Bike all year. Tempted to get the Salsa but prefer double chain ring, while he built a triple...plus I might just wait for the carbon depending on the ETA.
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    I'd much rather see a mass produced full squish before a CF frameset, that said advancements are always a +.

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    What does carbon bring to the fat bike? Expense, fragility, (ugly as sin aesthetics if the pics I've seen are any indicator) and little else.

    They already have alloy bikes down to the mid twenties.

    How much more weight do you want to save, and at what cost?

    Carbon's just nasty stuff. Totally get the fatbike lust, just get on one, and forget chasing the Jones's who won't ride a fattie till it's as light as their Lancey Pants Madone......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    What does carbon bring to the fat bike? Expense, fragility, (ugly as sin aesthetics if the pics I've seen are any indicator) and little else.

    They already have alloy bikes down to the mid twenties.

    How much more weight do you want to save, and at what cost?

    Carbon's just nasty stuff. Totally get the fatbike lust, just get on one, and forget chasing the Jones's who won't ride a fattie till it's as light as their Lancey Pants Madone......
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    What does carbon bring to the fat bike? Expense, fragility, (ugly as sin aesthetics if the pics I've seen are any indicator) and little else.

    They already have alloy bikes down to the mid twenties.

    How much more weight do you want to save, and at what cost?

    Carbon's just nasty stuff. Totally get the fatbike lust, just get on one, and forget chasing the Jones's who won't ride a fattie till it's as light as their Lancey Pants Madone......
    Hey, he was just trying to level the playing field.

    Any way, heres my request:
    Full suspension Carbon Lefty with 5" tires. I cant afford it but I want it.

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    Are some of you forgetting?

    We ride bikes... because we choose to... we also choose what we ride and how we ride.

    You are seriously whining about carbon frames? Get real.

    You know damn right there is no full suspension fat bikes because of the lack of fork options and because you don't need floatation on dirt.

    Maybe forgetting carbon also brings strength if done right? The Fatback and Mukluk aren't exactly what I would call a stout frame... they're both pretty noodly in my opinion... and I'm only 150lbs... I can see why most of the Clyde's are riding Pugsley and Moonlander.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post
    you don't need floatation on dirt.

    Maybe forgetting carbon also brings strength if done right? The Fatback and Mukluk aren't exactly what I would call a stout frame... they're both pretty noodly in my opinion... and I'm only 150lbs... I can see why most of the Clyde's are riding Pugsley and Moonlander.
    Hey! Isn't sand, dirt?

    Strength, well sure, but how many are out there blowing up existing frames because of lack of strength?

    Noodley aluminum? Really? I don't ride one, so I can't say, but isn't the general thinking that if you want more cush, buy steel, if you want more stiffness, buy aluminum? Not being snarky, I've never heard this comment from anyone.

    As for more choice, I just detest carbon, and all the price jacking it's brought to our industry. Seems like it gave component makers carte blanche to charge stupid $ for parts.

    Top shelf bikes back in the stone age before carbon became synonymous with high end, were 4 or 5K tops. Full XTR, after market wheels, the whole shebang. Now that we have carbon frames, it's like Sram et al said, wow, let's see how much we can raise component prices and still sell stuff.

    Turns out $12K is still not too expensive for a bike these days. It will only be a matter of time before other material frame prices go up just because they can too.....

    Fatbikes, they just aren't for weight weenies. Some guy whining about his hating to climb on one, and wouldn't buy one till they were lighter? Okay, so don't buy one, or, HTFU and get stronger for it.

    I'm just not a carbon guy, own a few early ones cause it was kinda neat back then, but now they all look like they were squeezed out of the same mold in China, and have the individuality and cool factor of burnt toast.

    I just like my little corner with the cool kids to be left unsullied by the onslaught of ever lighter just because it's possible, mindset. Just because we can, doesn't mean we should.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post
    Are some of you forgetting?

    We ride bikes... because we choose to... we also choose what we ride and how we ride.

    You are seriously whining about carbon frames? Get real.

    You know damn right there is no full suspension fat bikes because of the lack of fork options and because you don't need floatation on dirt.

    Maybe forgetting carbon also brings strength if done right? The Fatback and Mukluk aren't exactly what I would call a stout frame... they're both pretty noodly in my opinion... and I'm only 150lbs... I can see why most of the Clyde's are riding Pugsley and Moonlander.
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    I would rather see a set of carbon fatbike rims than a carbon fatbike frame. I could care less about the 1/2 pound a carbon frame will save me, but if someone can help me drop a half pound+ off my wheels, than we are talking weight savings that will actually help.

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    I hate these kind of threads.

    Post up a thread when there is a new frame available, or one with build progress pics.

    When will there be one? I don't know! Let's talk about all the lack of information we have.

    Is it going to prompt someone in the industry to spill the beans on some private information? I bet they like their "employed" status the way it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post
    Are some of you forgetting?

    We ride bikes... because we choose to... we also choose what we ride and how we ride.

    You are seriously whining about carbon frames? Get real.

    You know damn right there is no full suspension fat bikes because of the lack of fork options and because you don't need floatation on dirt.

    Maybe forgetting carbon also brings strength if done right? The Fatback and Mukluk aren't exactly what I would call a stout frame... they're both pretty noodly in my opinion... and I'm only 150lbs... I can see why most of the Clyde's are riding Pugsley and Moonlander.
    The Fatback is noodly? I'm a Clyde on one (and my reg bikes are stiffer ones - Banshee and Knolly so I know a flexing frame when I feel one) and haven't noticed much flex. I wonder how much flex you can really feel with big-ass low pressure tires anyways...

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    I am with you Drew. Hate these kind of threads...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Borgschulze View Post

    You know damn right there is no full suspension fat bikes because of the lack of fork options and because you don't need floatation on dirt.
    not to worry they are slowly making their way in rest assured as for flotation ya damn right some do and it's not just for hero dirt but EVERYWHERE!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Hey! Isn't sand, dirt?

    Strength, well sure, but how many are out there blowing up existing frames because of lack of strength?

    Noodley aluminum? Really? I don't ride one, so I can't say, but isn't the general thinking that if you want more cush, buy steel, if you want more stiffness, buy aluminum? Not being snarky, I've never heard this comment from anyone.

    As for more choice, I just detest carbon, and all the price jacking it's brought to our industry. Seems like it gave component makers carte blanche to charge stupid $ for parts.

    Top shelf bikes back in the stone age before carbon became synonymous with high end, were 4 or 5K tops. Full XTR, after market wheels, the whole shebang. Now that we have carbon frames, it's like Sram et al said, wow, let's see how much we can raise component prices and still sell stuff.

    Turns out $12K is still not too expensive for a bike these days. It will only be a matter of time before other material frame prices go up just because they can too.....

    Fatbikes, they just aren't for weight weenies. Some guy whining about his hating to climb on one, and wouldn't buy one till they were lighter? Okay, so don't buy one, or, HTFU and get stronger for it.

    I'm just not a carbon guy, own a few early ones cause it was kinda neat back then, but now they all look like they were squeezed out of the same mold in China, and have the individuality and cool factor of burnt toast.

    I just like my little corner with the cool kids to be left unsullied by the onslaught of ever lighter just because it's possible, mindset. Just because we can, doesn't mean we should.....

    YMMV!
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Just because we can, doesn't mean I should.....
    Fixed it for ya . To each their own. You don't have to buy it, nor like it. I don't like the prices, but I love the technology and I do believe bikes are better now, have a much larger marketplace than ever before in history, and people are pushing and riding them to levels never dreamed of before. Business is business- clearly there is a market for stupid expensive bikes, and good for us all. There is most definitely a trickle-down (both good and bad), but our $5k bikes today are leagues ahead of the $5k bikes of yore. Disc brakes, suspension, lighter weights with more travel, better stiffness, etc, etc. I've been around bikes for a long time and have nostalgia for my old bikes with their indestructible XT derailleurs, but I can't even ride those bikes on the same trails I ride today.

    Oh- and I really like Carbon. Not sure it's necessary on a FatBike, but if folks want it and are willing to pay for it, more power to them and the industry as a whole. If you had early ones because they were "neat," that's probably a big part of why you don't like them- It's like saying you don't like aluminum bikes because the early Cannondales all sucked and buckled like tin cans. Technology and innovations have come a long way with both.

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    Quote Originally Posted by reedallan View Post
    I would rather see a set of carbon fatbike rims than a carbon fatbike frame. I could care less about the 1/2 pound a carbon frame will save me, but if someone can help me drop a half pound+ off my wheels, than we are talking weight savings that will actually help.
    Hmm, am I the only once that gets rock strikes? No carbon fat rims for me, thanks.

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    ...so here is my thought from the other day...purely the product of my synapses and various (natural) chemicals...

    The Krampus is Surly's direct descendant of the fully sprung fatty that Salsa prototyped.

    Having been riding fatbikes for 8 years, and Snowcat-shod bikes (nearly exclusively) for a decade prior to that, I just don't truly believe that 4"-5" of tire combined with 3"-5" of spring are of any benefit, and may have some drawbacks.

    Yes, I ride a fully rigid fatbike year-round (in Alaska). Yes, I love my Fatbike; LOVE it in the dirt. Yes, I have multiple wheelsets specific to the day's mission (100's, 65's and 45's). No, I don't ride any of my other bikes, with the semi-regular exception of my fat-front Trek Transport (shopping/errands), Rigid WCF DBR (bar bike), and sometimes my '55 Schwinn Spitfire ( !). Yes, I believe the volume of the rims/tires helps make me faster (downhill) than I would be on a "regular" fully rigid bike; quite probably faster than a front suspended "regular" hardtail.

    My guess is that testing showed that the extra monkey-motion, combined with a high volume rim/tire combo really didn't improve things as much as we would all assume. Some downhill bikes of not too long ago already used 65mm rims and 3" tires; many, I believe, to great success. The Large Marge is a product of that market.

    It was with this thought, coupled with the whole 29'er "hype" that, I believe, led QBP to "test the waters" with the 29+ concept...my assumption being that following Krampus success, a fully sprung 29+ will be a QBP offering before a fully sprung 26" "fatty"...and maybe it won't be the "fully-suspended" bike you or I envisioned, but a "soft-tailesque" offering.

    Again, my thoughts, but I think a 26", XC-weight fully, with max 65mm rims and 3" tires would be far superior to anything shod with bigger rims and tires (for "most" xc/light DH riding). But the 29'er is the marketing queen right now, so it probably makes sense to combine the two and test the market with a comparatively cheaper rigid frame.

    My thoughts only; I am far from an "industry Insider"...though I am privy to a couple future "fringe" offerings that I won't discuss...

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    *edit*-after posting this I realized it has nothing to do with carbon fibre, but for some reason seemed pertinent to the discussion, so I'm leaving it...
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    Quote Originally Posted by alshead View Post
    There is most definitely a trickle-down (both good and bad), but our $5k bikes today are leagues ahead of the $5k bikes of yore. Disc brakes, suspension, lighter weights with more travel, better stiffness, etc, etc. If you had early ones because they were "neat," that's probably a big part of why you don't like them

    Just my .02
    All good, but your time frames a bit off.

    2005 Cannondale Prophet 4000, full high end parts mix, carbon Lefty, full suspension (even with that modern fancy schmancy platform technology) Mavic CrossMax, MSRP was a hair under $5K if memory serves.

    Heck, it even had disc brakes.....

    Add carbon frame, and an industry that's realized it can rape you sideways if it sells it properly (it's .2% lighter and .035% stiffer than last year, think how much faster you'll be in that race you do once a year, certainly worth $350 for a cassette, no???) and that bike becomes closer to $10K. Don't get me started on the number of shattered carbon XO RD's I see, sticks happen...

    All beside the point. You are correct, ride what you like, doesn't affect me at all.

    I just think it's unwise to push for carbon frames, when we don't even have a production suspension fork yet, let alone a few full suspension offerings.

    Cart before the horse is all I'm getting at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Cart before the horse is all I'm getting at.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    I just think it's unwise to push for carbon frames, when we don't even have a production suspension fork yet, let alone a few full suspension offerings.

    Cart before the horse is all I'm getting at.
    This I can agree with. I don't think people generally know that, straight from the supplier, carbon fiber prepregs are cheap. As in, $54 of raw material for a three pound frame kind of cheap.

    What costs money are the accoutrements to produce carbon correctly: various molds and tooling that can resist high pressure, high heat, and high use cycles.

    What also costs money is paying people to do layups in / on those molds. When you buy carbon you're buying labor hours and offsetting tooling costs.

    That said, I suspect that you're right, the prices are likely inflated. Personally I want to get to selling sub $1,000 frames, but my math hasn't gotten me there yet. Close but no cigar. Those Chinese carbon frames are basically paying people there ...Chinese wages.

    For my own small-guy-emulating-big-guys carbon project, I've basically cut out the "high use cycles" portion of the equation.

    I'm generally with you on the squish-before-weight-weenie thing.

    Quote Originally Posted by MendonCycleSmith View Post
    Don't get me started on the number of shattered carbon XO RD's I see, sticks happen...
    Totally agree, I never understood the purpose of using a super light anisotropic material for what I'd call a consumable.
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    I'm hearing a lot of (I don't want a carbon frame), but how many of you are sporting carbon bars, carbon seat posts, carbon seat rails, carbon stems and so on?
    We can say we are against all progress in the bike industry but in the long run we all to some degree want and use the latest, greatest, lightest whatever comes along to our own personal benefit. I even know a guy who refits old lefty's with modern internals and new clamps and sells them to fat bikers.
    We can't stop progress or the cost of bikes rising. This is currently my only vise and I like it. How many of you have shifted a bike equipped with DI2? If you didn't like it I think you might be lying. Technology is expensive and some of it is even useful.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cendres View Post
    Hmm, am I the only once that gets rock strikes? No carbon fat rims for me, thanks.
    Good carbon rims are far more durable than aluminum rims, significantly lighter, significantly stiffer and will come down in cost like everything else does as the technologhy progresses and the numbers grow. I have three sets of carbon wheels and they have proven themselves to be far more durable than my aluminum wheels. The proof is in the use. Don't knock'em unless you've had some time on them.

    I have been mtb'ing since 1982 and have had many many different bikes, I've been racing bikes since 1990, racing being pretty hard on equipment. Nothing has been a bigger improvement to bikes since the introduction of carbon fiber frames in my experience to date. Earlier stuff, yeah, not nearly as good as today's offerings but you have to start somewhere. Steel is a wonderful material and offers a special feel as is Ti. Aluminum was a night and day difference I experienced after having too many Ti FS bikes. Aluminum is generally speaking makes for very ridgid frames and allows a suspension to do its thing properly unlike a FS Ti frame where everything is moving and creating conflict. Today's carbon fiber frames offer the best of aluminum in both hard tails and FS's but blows it away with the ability to fine tune it in so many ways, can be stiffer than aluminum yet much quieter in feel and also very durable and let's not forget weight, light !

    I'll leave it at that, flame away.....

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    Small flickering flame coming

    This was discussed before, current alu fat rims are down at 690g for marge lites and they are as laterally stiff as carbon because they are 65mm wide, not a noodely 25mm hoop. Also where the spoke pulls on a carbon rim is a strong point pulling the entire hoop maintaining integrity, on a fat rim the spoke pull is on the flat part of the rim which means it will have to be beefed up to stop the nipples pulling through.

    I have ENVE 29 wheels on my singlespeed and they are awesome wheels (besides the slight nipple corrosion issue), but for fat wheels i really dont think carbon rims are going to make any difference. The ENVE rims are not any lighter than alu rims but they are stronger and stiffer but strength and stiffness is not an issue with fat wheels.

    Personally i hope the next step forward with fat rims is tubeless, i believe UMA rims are about as near as we have but i have no experience with them as i tried to buy a set and the shipping cost to get a set to Aus was astronomical. The weight saved by going tubeless is way more that the possible few grammes saved by and expensive carbon rim.... if theres any weight saving at all with the extra carbon needed to strengthen the rim span.

    Have a look at how thick the carbon is where the nipples pull on ENVE rims compared to the cross section profile of some of out current offering in Alu.
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