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    The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes

    I know this is already posted but didn't earlier. Sorry for the duplicate thread.

    Another entry into the sub-$1000 fatbike market is the "Minnesota":

    $799 Aluminum Fat Bike | Gear Review | Gear Junkie

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    It's 23F here in (the state of) Minnesota. The snow from earlier this week has melted but I'm commuting on the Pug this morning. Huzzah!

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    I think this thread was 7 down from yours.

    Another low priced fat bike option?

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    Eff me.

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    Eff me.

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    Sorry no....but I can give you tips on creating threads that wouldn't need to be deleted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I think this thread was 7 down from yours.

    Another low priced fat bike option?
    Sure would have been nice had the original thread been titled something useful, like "The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes." Would really reduce the likelihood of dupe threads popping up. Just sayin'.

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    Keep this thread! The title is way better. Let the other one die. Here's stuff from the other thread:

    Slow Danger: "The website shows a 1.0 and a 2.0 version. Anybody find any differences other than colored rims?"

    nikj: "9 and 18 speed"

    Timpanogos: "The tires are also different. One has 72 tpi wire and the other has 120 tpi folding."

    Pancake: "Ehhhhhhhhhhhh:

    "Limited Warranty

    (a) This warranty extends only to the original retail purchaser of the bicycle.

    (b) This warranty covers for one year defects in material and workmanship only in the alloy steel or Cro-Moly frames and forks of the bicycle.

    (c) This warranty does not cover paint, decals, tires, tubes, chains, rims, cables, pads, handlebars, grips, pedals, and other wear items."

    puchcobra: "I just received a response via Ebay and she said it will be be available in early February.

    Morning,


    Thanks so much for the email! I just spoke with the bossman and it appears that the Fat Bikes should be available on eBay early February so keep in touch with us towards the end of January and we'll go from there. Take care!


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    Now you are up to date.

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    I just recieved another email:
    Thanks for the email! The bikes will be in stock end of January to early February. The-House.com will be running an extra wheel set promo and should start taking pre-orders today or tomorrow. Please let me know if you have any other questions.
    -Davin

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    The rims look strange on that bike - either made of a thick material or double walled with the space filled in?

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    Yeah, I wish I could get a closer look at the rim. On the spec list, it says they are single walled, 80mm rims from Weinmann, but the holes look just as deep as on the double walled, 80mm Weinmann rear rim on the Motobecane fatty.

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    Did anyone see sizes available?

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    minnesota the state is awesome. minnesota the bike is meh.

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    No worries. The whole point was to discuss the bikes. Let me thread run it's course or I can delete it.

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    In the other thread, somebody had the impression that the bike comes with 29 inch wheels as well as fat. Can anyone confirm whether both wheel sets come with the bike? I might have missed on the website, but didn't see anything.

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    I emailed them about sizes because I am looking for a XS for my wife she is 5' 1" and not sure wants a fat bike but for this price it seems like a good deal. Anyways on the sizes they are not making a XS on their first run of bikes. Thinking it might be a risky move and maybe not sell.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    In the other thread, somebody had the impression that the bike comes with 29 inch wheels as well as fat. Can anyone confirm whether both wheel sets come with the bike? I might have missed on the website, but didn't see anything.
    The second wheel set will be part of a pre-order promotional. I read that somewhere on one of the websites that were linked to. It also said check back in a few days for the opportunity to order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richie64 View Post
    I emailed them about sizes because I am looking for a XS for my wife she is 5' 1" and not sure wants a fat bike but for this price it seems like a good deal. Anyways on the sizes they are not making a XS on their first run of bikes. Thinking it might be a risky move and maybe not sell.

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    Did they tell you what sizes they are producing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhc View Post
    Did they tell you what sizes they are producing?
    No they did not, but then I didn't ask them. I am only looking for an XS for my wife. They did respond quickly to my e-mail so you may want to send them one too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MplsFunk View Post
    I know this is already posted but didn't earlier. Sorry for the duplicate thread.

    Another entry into the sub-$1000 fatbike market is the "Minnesota":

    $799 Aluminum Fat Bike | Gear Review | Gear Junkie

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    It's 23F here in (the state of) Minnesota. The snow from earlier this week has melted but I'm commuting on the Pug this morning. Huzzah!
    I did not see the other thread thanks for making this on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    yeah it would be so hard to ask the other poster to fix his title

    much better to disrespect him here
    Sorry. I didn't mean to be a jerk. I should have phrased it better.

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    Best thing about this bike is this: It's the cheapest way to get into fatbikes and it uses all reasonably standard fatbike parts. So, drop $800 for a bike and upgrade all the parts and you're still cheaper than a new pugsley.

    Figure with $1k to play with for upgrades, you could have a really nice bike out of this deal.

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    Here is an update concerning sizes offered. I received an email from them.

    Thanks for the email!
    -We'll be offering a 17, 19, and 21 in our first order...we hope to have 15's on the way shortly after.
    -Yep, The House bike shop will be stocking and selling them.
    -Good eyes...we were in a rush to get the new site up and missed that important spec. Crank set will be 28/38T (better right?)
    - Yes, we're working on the geo for the website...hope to have that up this week.
    Cheers!
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    The Minnesota is advertised now 799.95
    On Sale Framed Minnesota 2.0 Fat Bike Black/White 17in 2014

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    Comes with a "free" set of wheels… this just keeps getting interestinger.

    But what does "framed fat bike" mean?

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    this minnesota company owns bd at their own game.

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    Anybody see anything about rim width on the free trail wheel set? The description says they come complete with cassette and rotors. Smell ya later Bikes Direct.

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    Hey! They just raised the price to 899.95
    On Sale Fat Bikes

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    There's actually a review out now with video

    First Look: $899 'Minnesota' Fat Bike | Gear Review | Gear Junkie

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    Quote Originally Posted by puchcobra View Post
    Hey! They just raised the price to 899.95
    On Sale Fat Bikes
    The 1.0 is $799, the 2.0 is $899.

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    this has nothing to do with the bike but....it's nice and frosty outside for us fat riders. rubber side down!

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    sizes say 16, 18 and 20. Has this changed or is that correct now?

    Looking at the geometry chart it looks like the 19" Minnesota 1.0 is larger than the 20" Minnesota 2.0.

    Is the 1.0 a completely different frame from the 2.0?

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    I doubt it, they started out with 17", 19" & 21" frame sizes, then they updated the website and the numbers changed a bit. Give it a week and the two models will match.

    I put down a deposit on a 2.0, now we wait.

    Quote Originally Posted by wolfmansbro View Post
    sizes say 16, 18 and 20. Has this changed or is that correct now?

    Looking at the geometry chart it looks like the 19" Minnesota 1.0 is larger than the 20" Minnesota 2.0.

    Is the 1.0 a completely different frame from the 2.0?

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    No, it even says in both versions description that the 1.0 is longer than the 2.0. Also bob is taller on 2.0

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    Has anyone else seen or ridden one yet? I am a newbie, so I do not know the reputation of the seller / distributer. Do any of you have some insight? I am tempted to order one of the 2.0.

    Thank you and take care,

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPE View Post
    Has anyone else seen or ridden one yet? I am a newbie, so I do not know the reputation of the seller / distributer. Do any of you have some insight? I am tempted to order one of the 2.0.

    Thank you and take care,

    Mike
    This may be as close as you get to someone who has ridden one. Seriously for the deal you get for pre-order (an extra 29er wheelset)... this is a damn good deal for the components. Most everything you would need to know is in this article: First Look: $899 'Minnesota' Fat Bike | Gear Review | Gear Junkie
    ...Be careful what you're looking at because it might be looking back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by MPE View Post
    Has anyone else seen or ridden one yet? I am a newbie, so I do not know the reputation of the seller / distributer. Do any of you have some insight? I am tempted to order one of the 2.0.

    Thank you and take care,

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    You want to know if anyone has ridden a bike that isn't available until next year?
    You might want to try the Time Travel forum....

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    Quote Originally Posted by the mayor View Post
    You want to know if anyone has ridden a bike that isn't available until next year?
    You might want to try the Time Travel forum....
    OR better yet! Put you in a time machine send you to 2014 ride the bike 1000 miles , return back from the future and write a review , so we can make a informed choice. :0 Just jokin.
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    This looks to me like the clear winner in cheap fat category, at least as long as you get the free 29er wheelset. The only question is whether the 1.0 or the 2.0 is better suited to a rider. I'd be getting rid of the Vee Missions anyways, so that's a wash. The extra gears on the 2.0 are nice, but would depend on riding conditions. Not sure that's worth the extra $100.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slow Danger View Post
    The only question is whether the 1.0 or the 2.0 is better suited to a rider. I'd be getting rid of the Vee Missions anyways, so that's a wash. The extra gears on the 2.0 are nice, but would depend on riding conditions. Not sure that's worth the extra $100.
    Take note that the 1.0 and 2.0 are two DIFFERENT frames. Both have different sizing and geometry. So I would also consider the frame size while choosing between the two.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfmansbro View Post
    Take note that the 1.0 and 2.0 are two DIFFERENT frames. Both have different sizing and geometry. So I would also consider the frame size while choosing between the two.
    Ah, missed that. The only difference between frames that makes me stop and think is the bb drop. If I'm reading right, the 1.0 has a 4.9 cm bb drop and the 2.0 has a 3.5 cm drop. I have no idea what that would mean in real-world terms. Otherwise, I don't see any drastic differences. Can anyone smarter about geo than me offer opinions on the geo differences between, say, the 17 inch 1.0 and the 18 inch 2.0 that would make a huge difference to the ride? I see the half degree head and seat tube angle differences, but I doubt I would notice that.

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    Stopped in the showroom to see the new bikes and boy do they look and ride great
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    The website for The House says back order ship on 1/30/2014. Are they available to purchase at the store? Or are these simply demos in the picture?

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    The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes

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    Stopped in the showroom to see the new bikes and boy do they look and ride great
    Where's the showroom?

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    The showroom is located in St Paul MN
    The bikes are there to to see and ride on site
    Availability is still predicated to be the 30th of Jan 2014

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    The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes

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    The showroom is located in St Paul MN
    The bikes are there to to see and ride on site
    Availability is still predicated to be the 30th of Jan 2014
    Sorry. I'm in STP. Just wondering where in town.

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    The house bike shop
    At 200 South Owasso boulevard east St. Paul,mn

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    Re: The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes

    So it's 2 completely different frames. Interesting. It looks like the 1.0 is more traditional XC geometry with a slightly longer wheelbase and much longer top tube compared to the 2.0.
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    Okay,

    I just got back from a test ride at the House on the 2.0. I've been a bit skeptic up to this point but the bike rides really well. The shorter geo made the bike more playful than any other fat bike I've ridden. I agree with the gearjunkie review that it's probably not an ideal endurance bike but that's not what I'm looking for. I was also surprised that even the 20" fully built weighed in under 35lbs.

    Tires - I've been discussing 'Fat Tires' for a while with friends and exchanging emails with info@framedbikes.com. This newer 120tpi Mission tire has been getting some good reviews. The only negative I could find is that I may want a slightly knobbier tire in winter for deep snow at times. That said, is was ridding around in mush on the streets and a couple inches of fresh snow (in yards) and they seemed to hold really well. The higher the TPI the softer/more supple the rubber stays in cold weather. I plan to ride this bike 365 with the 4" tires and I'm most excited about spring/summer/fall riding...and that's where I feel that the Nate's will be too knobby. So ideally I would have two sets of tires but that gets expensive. I looked at the 29er semi slick wheel set too and it looked pretty good. I did not get a chance to ride them though due to time and conditions. But it comes with rotors and cassette which I didn't realize...that will make the switch pretty slick.

    Size - I'm 5'11" and the 18" was my size.

    I ended up buying the 18" Silver with anodized rim/hubs. Now I just have to wait!

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    My problem with the Missions was the self-steer tendencies, it was really bad - around here we have a lot of rock slabs, so the tire felt perfectly fine on dirt, then I'd go up on a slab and the handlebars would twist. Its not impossible to control, but the On One floaters (while probably a lot more resistant to rolling) are much better in this regard.

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    The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes

    Quote Originally Posted by mncyclist View Post
    Okay,

    I just got back from a test ride at the House on the 2.0. I've been a bit skeptic up to this point but the bike rides really well. The shorter geo made the bike more playful than any other fat bike I've ridden. I agree with the gearjunkie review that it's probably not an ideal endurance bike but that's not what I'm looking for. I was also surprised that even the 20" fully built weighed in under 35lbs.

    Tires - I've been discussing 'Fat Tires' for a while with friends and exchanging emails with info@framedbikes.com. This newer 120tpi Mission tire has been getting some good reviews. The only negative I could find is that I may want a slightly knobbier tire in winter for deep snow at times. That said, is was ridding around in mush on the streets and a couple inches of fresh snow (in yards) and they seemed to hold really well. The higher the TPI the softer/more supple the rubber stays in cold weather. I plan to ride this bike 365 with the 4" tires and I'm most excited about spring/summer/fall riding...and that's where I feel that the Nate's will be too knobby. So ideally I would have two sets of tires but that gets expensive. I looked at the 29er semi slick wheel set too and it looked pretty good. I did not get a chance to ride them though due to time and conditions. But it comes with rotors and cassette which I didn't realize...that will make the switch pretty slick.

    Size - I'm 5'11" and the 18" was my size.

    I ended up buying the 18" Silver with anodized rim/hubs. Now I just have to wait!
    Congrats! I may head up there this afternoon, just to see these things in-person.

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    These sound like a really good deal. Like many things, often the first to market wins. In the case of the affordable fat bike, that was BD, but as the fat bike becomes more popular, many more should enter the game at all price levels. This type of competition will surely help improve quality at all price points.
    I like that this comes in a larger frame size, as I ride XL frames.
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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.

    The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes-1530452_431056713689135_1967939652_n.jpgThe Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes-1526399_431955066932633_1219727702_n.jpg
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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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    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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    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:

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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
    The Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes-1530514_10151810390611816_1844958488_n.jpgThe Minnesota 1.0 and 2.0 Fatbikes-1524710_10151810390476816_398281976_n.jpg
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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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    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.
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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!


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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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    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.
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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)
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    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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