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    Less 'Beast'ly Fat Bike

    So I'm new here, and I hope members dont get the wrong idea - that the Walgoose bike has brought the riff raff out of the woodwork. I've been researching fat bikes for about a year now and have been lurking and learning. My problem is - I was reluctant to drop $2k on a bike without the ability to test ride one. The cheapo Walmart bike is my solution. Allows me to start fat biking with a reasonable investment.

    I've read it all and others are doing similar things, but here we go. Ultimate goal is a sub-35lb. fat bike with gears and disc brakes. Things move kind of slowly here on the Big Island of Hawaii. Everything takes longer to ship in - although most everything I will be doing will be used/donated parts from friends and the LBS.

    First one didn't make it here in one piece -




    Second try went much better -


    Weighed it on the digital bathroom scale. Stripped of reflectors and decals it weighed in at 48.8lbs!

    Got a plan and started collecting parts:

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    happy gooseing

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    Less 'Beast'ly Fat Bike

    How is the bike? Maybe a good bike for my mrs?

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    I'm happy with it... but I am looking for a project starting point. It is way to heavy, needs gearing and needs brakes terribly. So basically unless you are looking for a project, I probably wouldn't go this direction.

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    It only needs gearing if you aren't into singlespeeds. Definitely not a must. Here's mine. Good luck on your build.

    Less 'Beast'ly Fat Bike-photo.jpg

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    Thank you for starting another mongoose thread. The other 9 weren't quite enough.

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    I'm involved in many forums and in every case, my posts are highly technical and enjoyed by all.
    This would be an example:
    Next Briggs powered chop - Club Chopper Forums

    Hopefully, you can give it a chance and keep postive.

    -Greg

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    Hub sits at 100mm wide- I'm going to add 30mm to it and build a solid titanium axle.

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    WOW, I took the time to read all pages of the Briggs build, As a powder coater and custom fabricator I can really appreciate the finish and details.
    I really like the effort put into the many photos documenting the build.

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    Thanks- hopefully this will turn out just as intriguing.

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    Every spoke nipple looked like a drill bit was used on them



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    damn thats a cool bike

    looking forward to seeing how this one turns out

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    I dunno but to me it seems in your attempt to try affordable fatbiking you, if you carry out your plans to upgrade, you will end up spending just as much money.

    Oh well, should still be interesting.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I dunno but to me it seems in your attempt to try affordable fatbiking you, if you carry out your plans to upgrade, you will end up spending just as much money.

    Oh well, should still be interesting.
    It looks like our new friend likes projects, which is awesome. This little cheapy is easier to justify cutting and modifying than a more expensive bike.

    I'll be watching this thread closely.

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    Please document as fully as possible since what you do might translate into other projects, not that the Walbeast isn't a fun challenge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kjlued View Post
    I dunno but to me it seems in your attempt to try affordable fatbiking you, if you carry out your plans to upgrade, you will end up spending just as much money.

    Oh well, should still be interesting.
    If he keeps reasonable, it is possible to push the Walgoose to a setup with disk brakes and realistic tires & tubes for $350 (meaning a total of $550). All the rest (drilling, wheel rebuilding, paint or whatever else...) is just time so it is cheaper and nicer if tinkering is a hobby

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    Hey;

    Buying a turn key bike is not always the goal. Anyone can do that if they have the funds. Some of us even make the entire thing!
    Most people ply the Well Trodden Path. A few seek a different way, and leave a Trail behind.
    - John Hajny, a.k.a. TrailMaker

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    ^^ exactly how I think.

    Cut the front hub in half this morning...



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    Quote Originally Posted by chopsmitty View Post
    Every spoke nipple looked like a drill bit was used on them


    Could you please throw that unlaced rim on a scale? The best feature of this bike may be the rims. I'd love to know how many grams they weigh prior to drilling.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailMaker View Post
    Hey;

    Buying a turn key bike is not always the goal. Anyone can do that if they have the funds. Some of us even make the entire thing!
    Hey, I get that totally.

    Not my thing but still cool if it makes him smile.
    Just stick it in granny and start grinding.

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    Bare rim weight - 1234 g

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    Individuals have "drilled" about 300 grams from each rim, but I'll bet you can do better.

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    I am tempted to cut them on the cnc, but I'd have to swing the head... We'll cross that bridge when we get there.

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    Stock hub with bearings, axle, nuts etc - 326 grams
    New hub complete minus disc brake - 388 grams

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    Keep it coming.

    Looks like you're aiming for being the Manuel Beastly of bike modification...
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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