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    If anyone gets a chance to see these at the show room, can you measure some tire clearances?

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    Anybody else order one of these yet? I had been going back and forth between the Minnesota 2.0 and the Motobecane Boris X9 for the past month.

    I really wanted the Boris X9 but the uncertainty of the Feb 25th ship date and the possibility that it wouldn't ship until March 25th made me hesitate on ordering Boris X9. So I started looking at other options and time and time again I kept coming back to the Minnesota 2.0 in White and Orange.

    I kept talking myself out of the Minnesota 2.0 by telling myself that it would probably only ship in early Feb and that it was only a couple of weeks more for the Boris X9 if it did ship on Feb 25th.

    Tonight I was looking on the Framed Facebook page and they are saying that the 2.0 bikes are scheduled to arrive ahead of schedule (Jan 23rd or 24th) and that was the final push I needed to place my order.

    So tonight I went ahead and ordered White and Orange 2.0 in 18" and I picked the Slick 29er wheelset as the extra freebie wheelset.

    Now I play the waiting game but I'm looking forward to the new bike.

    A big thanks to nikj for taking those pictures at the showroom and to mncyclist for the mini-review/ride report.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    So tonight I went ahead and ordered White and Orange 2.0 in 18" and I picked the Slick 29er wheelset as the extra freebie wheelset.
    Good call. Seriously can't beat that extra wheelset deal, and I think the bikes look great as well as the specs.
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    I was torn the same and decided to order one of each. A Boris X9 Large for my Son and a Med 2.0 in that same Orange as you. These orders were made back before Thanksgiving so its good to hear that the Minnesota 2.0 will be in early.

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    I also have one on order...a silver/red 2.0. I actually canceled a Boris order and switched. The extra set of wheels was the kicker for me. I am happy to hear that they may be early.

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    Couple of pics that the Framed Bike people posted on their Facebook page. This is a 16" frame and the woman in the pic is over 6 feet tall.

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    I am tempted by the 2.0. My wife and I could both get bikes for only a few hundred dollars more than a single Pugsley… I would probably sell the free second set of wheels since I couldn't see a reason to ride the bike with the narrow tires.. We both have great mountain bikes, road bikes and I also have a cyclocross bike. I wonder what a guy could get for the freebie wheels/tires/rotor and cassette combos??

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    I borrowed one of my friends Norco Bigfoot yesterday and made the mistake of letting my GF try it out. I believe that it was a $900 mistake since she now wants a Fat Bike. So it looks like I may have to place another an order for a second 2.0.

    My other option would be to order the Boris X9 I really I could ride the 2.0 until the Boris X9 ships. I could than give the 2.0 to the GF.

    Here's the GF trying out the Bigfoot yesterday.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Snopro440 View Post
    I am tempted by the 2.0. My wife and I could both get bikes for only a few hundred dollars more than a single Pugsley… I would probably sell the free second set of wheels since I couldn't see a reason to ride the bike with the narrow tires.. We both have great mountain bikes, road bikes and I also have a cyclocross bike. I wonder what a guy could get for the freebie wheels/tires/rotor and cassette combos??
    They say that the wheel combo retails for $400 but I'm thinking a person could probably get $200 to $250 for them.
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    I ordered a 2.0 in white and orange with a 20" frame. The GearJunkie review and award made me finally pull the trigger. I ordered the 29" "trail wheel". I am starting to wonder if I should have ordered the slicks for a little road work / goofing around.

    I am glad they might be early! I can't wait!

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    I debated between the Trail and Slick Wheelset but I've got lots of knobby 29er tires and I've got no slick 29er tires. If I do use the extra wheelset, I figured the slick wheelset would turn the bike into a nice fully rigid 29er commuter. But I have a sneaking suspicion that it's going to be a Fat Bike 12 months out of the year.
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    Looks like the White/Orange Color is pretty popular. According to the Framed Bike Facebook page, the 20" White/Orange is now sold out.


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    Re: The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes

    I don't see rear spacing listed in the specs. What is the rear spacing for each? A 170 or 190 rear end? Any offset numbers?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iscariot View Post
    I don't see rear spacing listed in the specs. What is the rear spacing for each? a 170 or 190 rear end?
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    Re: The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes

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    Rear Hub - Quando 170mm Alloy Quick Release
    Ha. I'm an idiot. Thanks for spotting that.

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    I went in and rode the bikes last night at the shop. I ended up ordering a 20 inch for me, a 16 for my wife. The top tubes are short, but it wasn't too bad. I am 6'01" and the 20 inch will be fine, although I am going to put a 1 inch ride 5-7 degree sweep bar on it to make it fit me better. Quality looked ver good. I think these are the bikes that they used for the web page. The salesman said that the production versions rims would be welded, not pinned like the demos were, and some painted parts would be anodized.

    I can confirm 20 inch white/orange is out of stock , as that is what I wanted to order. So I got silver/red (wayyyyy better in person than on the web) and got my wife a 16 inch white/orange.

    I was told to expect to pick them up Feb 3-7th.

    I am going to sell both set of the extra wheels with the 29 inch slick tires. If anyone is interested in them , let me know. They are complete, 170 rear hub, 135 front, rotors, 11-34 9 speed cassette, tubes and tires. PM me about pricing if you are interested.

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    For those who have purchased the 2.0, do you plan on changing the gearing or just leaving the 38/28T in the front?
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    I rode one yesterday at the House and am mildly concerned that it may be a bit small for me. I am around 6'3 or 6'4 and the 20" seemed somewhat small....but maybe not small enough for me to avoid the amazing deal on this bike. Do you guys think a new stem and riser bar would be enough of a fix?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swedishmafia View Post
    I rode one yesterday at the House and am mildly concerned that it may be a bit small for me. I am around 6'3 or 6'4 and the 20" seemed somewhat small....but maybe not small enough for me to avoid the amazing deal on this bike. Do you guys think a new stem and riser bar would be enough of a fix?
    According to the people at The House, the lady in his picture is 6 feet tall and she's on the 16" frame. She had the seat post pretty much all the way up and she doesn't look overly cramped on that frame.

    Were you able to get the seat height in a comfortable position during your test ride?

    On the The-House Website in the question and answers, someone asked:

    Dan F. asked: I'm 6' 4" is the 20" frame going to be too small for me? Dec 15, 2013
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    I am glad I ordered my 20" White and Orange 2.0 right after New Year's and have a confirmation email!

    I hope the sizing is good. I am just barely 6'3". Looking at the photo above and the comments on The House site, it should be ok.

    Can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    Anybody else order one of these yet? I had been going back and forth between the Minnesota 2.0 and the Motobecane Boris X9 for the past month.

    I really wanted the Boris X9 but the uncertainty of the Feb 25th ship date and the possibility that it wouldn't ship until March 25th made me hesitate on ordering Boris X9. So I started looking at other options and time and time again I kept coming back to the Minnesota 2.0 in White and Orange.

    I kept talking myself out of the Minnesota 2.0 by telling myself that it would probably only ship in early Feb and that it was only a couple of weeks more for the Boris X9 if it did ship on Feb 25th.

    Tonight I was looking on the Framed Facebook page and they are saying that the 2.0 bikes are scheduled to arrive ahead of schedule (Jan 23rd or 24th) and that was the final push I needed to place my order.

    So tonight I went ahead and ordered White and Orange 2.0 in 18" and I picked the Slick 29er wheelset as the extra freebie wheelset.

    Now I play the waiting game but I'm looking forward to the new bike.

    A big thanks to nikj for taking those pictures at the showroom and to mncyclist for the mini-review/ride report.
    I ordered the white and orange 2.0 back in november and I'm stoked to see them arrive. Customer service told me they might have them in as early as the 20th, which means that I might have it for my bike packing trip to Pisgah in February.

    It seems so crazy to pay $940 and not see a return for almost 3 months

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    Quote Originally Posted by Truitnow View Post
    I was torn the same and decided to order one of each. A Boris X9 Large for my Son and a Med 2.0 in that same Orange as you. These orders were made back before Thanksgiving so its good to hear that the Minnesota 2.0 will be in early.
    Please check back and give us a review as far as which one you prefer and why. I had been thinking about getting a Bikes Direct fatty, as I have a Ti Motobecane already thats awsome.

    The extra wheel set isn't something I'd probably get any use out of, but like a few have mentioned, you could sell them to recover some cost. But really, I'm just looking for a quality cheap fat bike. I've been eyeing down those (gasp) Mongoose Beasts for awhile, but for what I'd have to put into it in upgrades makes me wonder what the point would be when I could just get a complete for abit more.

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    Well we now know that the 2.0 will wheelie at will.
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    I'm looking at the Minnesota 2.0. I'd like to put a wider tire on it...maybe the Surly Bud and Lou. Or, something very close. Would this fit on the Minnesota 2.0?

    I, too, am deciding between the Minnesota 2.0 and the Motobecane FB4 Elite. Any thoughts or experience people might relay?

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    According to Framed Bike's Facebook page, they are saying that it's quite possible that the bikes are going to ship on January 17th. That's less than 4 days away. Here's to hoping.
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    Also a couple cool pics they posted on their Facebook Page
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    Quote Originally Posted by RDGear View Post
    I'm looking at the Minnesota 2.0. I'd like to put a wider tire on it...maybe the Surly Bud and Lou. Or, something very close. Would this fit on the Minnesota 2.0?
    Lots of info right here in this very thread you commented on. I'll help though so you don't have to go through the work of looking like most have to: No, the bike was designed around 3.8 - 4" tires.

    Quote Originally Posted by RDGear View Post
    I, too, am deciding between the Minnesota 2.0 and the Motobecane FB4 Elite. Any thoughts or experience people might relay?
    Again... threads all over with opinions... lots under the Bikes Direct thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    According to Framed Bike's Facebook page, they are saying that it's quite possible that the bikes are going to ship on January 17th. That's less than 4 days away. Here's to hoping.
    That would rock!! My group has 5 to pick up, it'd be nice to get them early. Everyone post up if u get the call!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Lots of info right here in this very thread you commented on. I'll help though so you don't have to go through the work of looking like most have to: No, the bike was designed around 3.8 - 4" tires.

    Again... threads all over with opinions... lots under the Bikes Direct thread.

    Thumbs up

    Thanks, but just because the bike is "designed" around 3.8-4" tires doesn't mean that you couldn't put on a wider tire... people have done that with the FB4 even though it's "designed" for 4" tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDGear View Post
    Thanks, but just because the bike is "designed" around 3.8-4" tires doesn't mean that you couldn't put on a wider tire... people have done that with the FB4 even though it's "designed" for 4" tires.
    You really start to run into clearance issues then. You have to leave room for snow and mud pack. Also, that is why bikes are now going to a 190 rear, so they can fit a 4.8 centered with no sacrifice to drivetrain. People who have stuffed bigger tires than a bike is built for usually sacrifice clearance and also modify the cassette by removing cogs. Also the FB4's are designed to fit a 4.25 according to the man himself.

    There is no way you will fit a 4.8 on the rear of a Minnesota or an FB4... they are simply massive compared to a 4.7 BFL even.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    There is no way you will fit a 4.8 on the rear of a Minnesota or an FB4... they are simply massive compared to a 4.7 BFL even.
    Except for the pictures and reviews of people who have actually put 4.8 bud and lou on the FB4 in the motobecane thread.

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    Would the 1.0 be better suited to longer rides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by iscariot View Post
    Except for the pictures and reviews of people who have actually put 4.8 bud and lou on the FB4 in the motobecane thread.
    With modifications. Shaving side knobs and having to run higher pressure so you don't rub on rider weight is rediculous. Just run a Nate if you want aggressive and good clearance. 4.8's aren't all they are cracked up to be. I love mine for when I ride thick mud, but on snow and all other surfaces, 3.8's would do.
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    Framed Minnesota 1.0 & 2.0 Fatbike Facebook Group

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    With modifications. Shaving side knobs and having to run higher pressure so you don't rub on rider weight is rediculous. Just run a Nate if you want aggressive and good clearance. 4.8's aren't all they are cracked up to be. I love mine for when I ride thick mud, but on snow and all other surfaces, 3.8's would do.
    Actually they can run up to 7 to 9 pounds, without contact. Shaved knobs of you want to run higher pressure than 9 pounds, which doesn't really make sense for snow riding.

    As far as "having to run higher pressure so you don't rub on rider weight"... as I learned, more pressure equals less clearance. Less pressure equals more clearance. Not a bad thing with regard to fat bikes on snow. The aforementioned pressures are in a very usable / practical range for winter riding.

    So bud and lou on an FB4 for snow riding is fine, according to reviews and evidence. Chainline has 3/8" clearance.

    Personally I'd run nates too. But it is inaccurate to say, as you did previously, that there is "no way a 4.8 would fit the ... FB4."

    Now back to this thread topic...

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    Looks like the White/Orange 16" are also sold out. That only leaves the 18" available in White/Orange.
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    I would wager a bet that its not a frame clearance issue...but rather drivetrain.

    My Norco Bigfoot is advertised as "designed for 4" tires" but I'm running a 4.8 Bud up front with a 3.8 Nate in the back. A Lou rear would definitely clear the frame but I'd have to change out the crank to get the proper chain clearance. I surmise that this would be the case with the Minnesota as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simonj View Post
    I would wager a bet that its not a frame clearance issue...but rather drivetrain.

    My Norco Bigfoot is advertised as "designed for 4" tires" but I'm running a 4.8 Bud up front with a 3.8 Nate in the back. A Lou rear would definitely clear the frame but I'd have to change out the crank to get the proper chain clearance. I surmise that this would be the case with the Minnesota as well.
    ^ This. It's the whole reason bikes are going to 190 rear for 4.8 tires and why the moonlander is offset 28mm with a 135 hub. Lots of people have fit 4.8 on their Mukluks and so on... but usually at the cost of a couple gears and shaved side knobs. I was merely answering the other guys question - you can't just throw a 4.8 on a 170 rear bike and do nothing, and it will just work. I guess I should have been more specific/detailed.
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    Help me out please, I'm a confused noob. The Minnesota 1 and 2 have different frame geometries, with the 2 having a shorter top tube? Now I know little about geometry and even less about fat bikes (something I'd like to change). What does that really mean as far as riding the bike? Would that difference be noticeable? Does that mean the 1 would be a better snow/sand bike and the 2 be a better fire road/single track dirt bike?

    If I got a fat bike, I could see myself riding unimproved forest roads and paths, getting to the never fished ponds, and places where my hard tail Rockhopper would not enjoy going. Never say never but I don't see this as being a snow bike, I mean our annual snow storm has already come and gone.

    Thanks.

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    Does anybody know if the rear hub is a new style cassette freehub or the old style screw on freewheel? The Quando website only shows one 170mm hub and it's a screw on style. I haven't seen that used in over 20 years. Not sure id want one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PerraHunter View Post
    Help me out please, I'm a confused noob. The Minnesota 1 and 2 have different frame geometries, with the 2 having a shorter top tube? Now I know little about geometry and even less about fat bikes (something I'd like to change). What does that really mean as far as riding the bike? Would that difference be noticeable? Does that mean the 1 would be a better snow/sand bike and the 2 be a better fire road/single track dirt bike?

    If I got a fat bike, I could see myself riding unimproved forest roads and paths, getting to the never fished ponds, and places where my hard tail Rockhopper would not enjoy going. Never say never but I don't see this as being a snow bike, I mean our annual snow storm has already come and gone.

    Thanks.
    It appears that the 1.0 has a slightly longer wheelbase and the top tube is longer so I'm thinking that the 1.0 would probably be a more comfy bike for longer distance riding while the 2.0 will be more playful and nimble but probably not as comfy over a long distance.
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    I called the House, and talked to Mark. He said he has no idea where the earlier date came from. He said the feb 1-5 ship dates are what they are expecting. Sorry to disappont, but it appears the wait will be a couple more weeks, like we expected anyways!

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    All earlier shipping dates have been coming from Framed Bikes on their Facebook Page.


    Framed Bikes Jon, I'm sorry about that...it wasn't my intention to tease. We just like to push the bikes in nar nar conditions...always testing. Good news also...the 2.0's are coming in ahead of schedule. We're hoping the 23rd or 24th of this month.

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    Framed Bikes Kevin Stulen You might not have caught wind yet but The House Boardshop Might be shipping out their orders as soon as the 17th!


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    Framed Bikes We just got word that they hope to be assembling Framed Bikes around the 20th. A few days later than hopped but still way ahead of schedule.

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    2015 Framed Alaskan Alloy
    2012 Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro
    2014 Giant TCX SLR2

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    Why, why, WHY?! ... Did I have to see this?!?!

    A 18" white/orange MN 2.0 with the extra 29er slick tires was just put on my VISA...

    I've been wanting a fat bike and a townie bike path bike. This bike, with the free wheelset, covers both.

    My fiance' is going to shoot me. She wants to redo the bathroom and I just bought another MTB...

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    Congrats hockiebrett, that's the exact same setup I ordered.

    The only way to remedy this situation is to order a second one for the fiance. LOL

    I was planning on ordering one and I borrowed a friend's Norco Bigfoot for a day and let the GF try it out. She had a blast and she now wants a Fat Bike. So I told her I'd order one first and once we see the sizing of the 18" we can order her one too.
    Current bikes:
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    2012 Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro
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    It's weird that the shop wouldn't have any of this info..

    I am not going to get too excited about an earlier ship date, hopefully we get news they have landed in Minnesota, and I can bring my truck down to load it up with the bikes my family and friends ordered!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    All earlier shipping dates have been coming from Framed Bikes on their Facebook Page.


    Framed Bikes Jon, I'm sorry about that...it wasn't my intention to tease. We just like to push the bikes in nar nar conditions...always testing. Good news also...the 2.0's are coming in ahead of schedule. We're hoping the 23rd or 24th of this month.

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    Framed Bikes Kevin Stulen You might not have caught wind yet but The House Boardshop Might be shipping out their orders as soon as the 17th!


    Like · Reply · 6 · January 13 at 6:33pm


    Framed Bikes We just got word that they hope to be assembling Framed Bikes around the 20th. A few days later than hopped but still way ahead of schedule.

    Like · Reply · January 14 at 10:20pm

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    Someone asked Framed Bikes if the bikes would be shipping on the 17th, when would they be available to pickup in store at The House. They replied with

    "Framed Bikes We just got word that they hope to be assembling Framed Bikes around the 20th. A few days later than hopped but still way ahead of schedule."

    So I was hoping what they meant was that They are going to be so busy shipping all your bikes on the 17th that they are only going to have time to start assembling on the 20th" LOL Here's to hoping.

    I'm planning on doing an adventure race with mine on Feb 8th, so as long as it comes in before that date, I'll be happy. But I'm really hoping they ship early next week so that it gives me a chance to give it a few shake down rides before the race.
    Current bikes:
    2015 Framed Alaskan Carbon
    2015 Framed Alaskan Alloy
    2012 Trek Superfly 100 AL Pro
    2014 Giant TCX SLR2

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    The only way to remedy this situation is to order a second one for the fiance. LOL
    I tried that... It hangs in the shed :-/

    I kept telling her I had until June (the wedding) to buy everything I've ever wanted on 'my money'... She thought I was kidding...

    We've been engaged for a year and during that time I've:
    bought a new (to me) SUV
    upgraded both mtb's (sold two, so just upgrade costs)
    bought 3 firearms
    Doing a 27.5 conversion
    Bought a 27.5 Fox 34, debating pulling the trigger on a Pike...

    lol

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    I ordered a 2.0 Black/white size 16 after much debating between the FB4 Elite. The component offerings on the 2.0 were the deciding factor for me.

    The only thing that has me concerned are the hubs. Quando? not very good reviews. I priced out replacements and I can live with that cost.

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