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    Nashbar Fat Bike, who else pulled the trigger?

    So this morning at 3:30 I woke up and I seen they had 14% off total order. I said I was going to hold out for 20% but my MTB Helmet is cracking big time in the back and I honestly dont think it has to much life left it in. So.... I figured what the heck 6% would be a nice bit more off the bike but I went for it. Maybe its just my self badly wanting a fat bike but I think they are going to sell out of them quickly unless they stocked up or people just turn there nose away from them. Any others get the itch or do you have stronger will power to hold out?

    I am 5'10 and looking at the Geo I went with the size 17. I think the 19 would be a bit to big for me. I wish the 17 was a bit bigger but I think it should fit me great with a 400mm post to be on the safe side. I was bouncing between the Moto Pro or the Nashbar. I honestly wanted the steel frame wayyyy more and I would have kicked my self in the butt if I went with the aluminum frame. The Moto has Hydro, FSA Stem, 740mm bars and post but the steel in my eyes took the cake. The sliding dropouts are nice, I was a bit on the fence about the non replaceable hanger with the Nashbar but with the sliding drop outs you can use the problem solver hanger or since its steel just weld a new tab. The Nashbar fat bike has a nice green matty look to it and the flat gloss bars look great. I hope they are around 700MM as they look fairly wide mounted on the photo's.

    The shifters and cranks to me seem to be equal in therms of what you get. Sram X5 X7 is the same as the Shimano SL and Deore you are getting on the Moto. I think id rather have lower end mechanical disc brakes vs low end Hydro disc's and the cranks looking at both reviews favored the Hussfelt. The only thing I can say is that I have seen a ton of great reviews on the BD fat bikes and obviously the nashbar fat bikes wont be shipped till the 31st so nothing to compare it to other then my own personal views and pictures.

    I am excited for this bad boy. I cant wait to test it out on the single track but most of all were I live we have a TON of amazingly good trails that are sandy as all heck, muddy and thick swamp mud to boot and most of all streams/creaks all over the place. These trails are flatish for the most part just fast and flow nice. There are sand pits and logs down, bridges all over the place just stuff that screams fat bike. But they are so hard to ride on a normal mountain bike, They are mainly ridden by dirt bike, quads and horses. I been riding them for years since I was a kid on my quads. They are literally right across the street from me. They are so much fun to ride in the snow and when the summer comes its sandy as all heck. You can spend hours back there riding even blasting them on a quad you can cover a ton of miles with out seeing the same trail head twice.

    I am going to abuse the heck out of this bike on my normal trails but it sure would be nice to be able to just jump on my bike and do some night riding rides, snow riding and just mixing it up right across the street from my house with out having to pack my truck up or worried about getting a ticket for parking in the public trails when its dark.

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    Congrats on the order. With the 14% off, it's a pretty good deal for $873.98. I just noticed that they moved up the availability from Feb 20th to January 31st. That will be a bonus.
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    Thanks! I figure I will ride the heck out of the stock parts and as things break or wear out I will upgrade the bike. I dont know if its a bug or not but I only got hit with $13.99 shipping for my bike, helmet, bashguard and post! I figured I was going to get hit with a 40+ shipping fee.

    I hope it still ships out around the end of the month, really excited to get one of these. I cleaned out my parts bin and sold a spare bike to get the cash for the bike. I was going to wait for my tax return but this came up and the steel frame sold me.

    Semi off topic but anyone know what the deal is with using normal tubes. I have seen a few saying you can get away with using downhill tubes around 26x2.4-2.7 but then others saying no go just use 26x4

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    why would you want steel over alum? no opinion either way, just wondering because i am in the market too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rda View Post
    why would you want steel over alum? no opinion either way, just wondering because i am in the market too.
    The steel frame (I cant speak about this one) has a really nice ride to it. Aluminum has a TON of chatter to it. Coming from my Road and MTB my Aluminum frames are harsh rides. My Steel framed road bike rides like a dream, my Steel 29er is soooo smooth on the trails. The frame will absorb alot of the vibration. Steel is going to be a bit heavy vs aluminum but its a fair trade off in my mind. If I had to pick ride quality it would go Carbon > Ti > Steel > Alum. Carbon and Ti ride both amazingly good but personally I would never buy a Carbon MTB. Steel is a noticeable ride difference BUT a good well made aluminum frame can ride nice as well.

    I have a feeling in terms of ride quality the Nashbar frame is going to ride better and since its full rigid I wanted to go with a smoother less harsh ride. When I ride my training road bike or Hard tail Alum MTB I can feel the vibrations so much more then when I ride the others.

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    Congrats on the purchase, and post some pictures once it shows up! Order some 2.4-2.7" tubes too... they've been working fine for me, and I haven't heard of anyone else having a problem (other than finding them at the moment).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian0789 View Post
    The steel frame (I cant speak about this one) has a really nice ride to it. Aluminum has a TON of chatter to it. Coming from my Road and MTB my Aluminum frames are harsh rides. My Steel framed road bike rides like a dream, my Steel 29er is soooo smooth on the trails. The frame will absorb alot of the vibration. Steel is going to be a bit heavy vs aluminum but its a fair trade off in my mind. If I had to pick ride quality it would go Carbon > Ti > Steel > Alum. Carbon and Ti ride both amazingly good but personally I would never buy a Carbon MTB. Steel is a noticeable ride difference BUT a good well made aluminum frame can ride nice as well.

    I have a feeling in terms of ride quality the Nashbar frame is going to ride better and since its full rigid I wanted to go with a smoother less harsh ride. When I ride my training road bike or Hard tail Alum MTB I can feel the vibrations so much more then when I ride the others.
    makes sense, steel does have a lot more flex. hard to make a decision on the nashbar bike with none in the wild.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocktonRider View Post
    Congrats on the purchase, and post some pictures once it shows up! Order some 2.4-2.7" tubes too... they've been working fine for me, and I haven't heard of anyone else having a problem (other than finding them at the moment).
    Thanks! I just got a 4 pack of cutter heavy duty downhill tires. I think if I slime them they should be good to go What PSI are you running for your normal single track riding? I will be only riding this in the trails so not worried about commuting pressure.

    I am going to post a ton of pictures of it and will slap up a review. Its nice to see a budget fat bike. Seems like alot of the other ones I was looking at honestly are coming with the same components so very eager to try it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by rda View Post
    makes sense, steel does have a lot more flex. hard to make a decision on the nashbar bike with none in the wild.
    It does have flex but when you wanna boogie the steel moves. I personally (as you can see) would take the chance on the steel frame. I know I would regret the Aluminum frame so much and would in the end try to get a steel frame.

    Not that I need another toy at this point but I literally did the same thing with the single speed I built. I built an aluminum single speed on a budget and while I was happy with the bike I truly wanted a steel frame, I got lucky and came across a used SS for a retardly cheap price and not even used more like stored in a garage. Stripped the bike and swapped all the parts to a steel frame and LOVE it. The Aluminum one is going to probably end up for sale or turned into a 1x9 at some point if I do keep it.

    No steel is real BS just I really dig the way it performs. Its a tad bit more in weight but like I said very fair trade off for the ride.

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    I'm sure you will love the bike, but I am equally sure with the low pressures we run in tires you won't be able to feel whether the frame is aluminium or steel.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian0789 View Post
    Thanks! I just got a 4 pack of cutter heavy duty downhill tires. I think if I slime them they should be good to go What PSI are you running for your normal single track riding? I will be only riding this in the trails so not worried about commuting pressure.
    Pressure is something that you'll have to adjust to your liking, but I'm usually running anywhere between 6 and 13 psi with On-One Floaters. I recently had them up around 12 psi on some singletrack that was a combination of about 2" of crusty snow, mud and rocks and didn't have any issues.

    Steel is usually my preference, but I haven't had a single regret buying an aluminum fatbike. Jisch is right... you'd be hard pressed to notice any difference in frame materials when there are big, squishy tires involved.

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    Thanks Rock will have to mess around and see what works best, I do keep a heavy duty pump stuffed in my pack so I can adjust on the go. I think I will start at 10psi and get a feel for how it rolls over logs. Did you slime your DH tubes at all or just stretch them out over night?

    Yeah I kind of have a feeling that ride with a fat bike will be some what different with how the frame feels on the trails but for my own peace of mind steel was the main factor of what bike I was going to get. I doubt I will be able to tell compairing it to anything I own now or if it was steel vs alum but I wouldnt wanna regret my buy. Also what the heck might as well get something different. I have a feeling alot of people are going to bash the Nashbar bike but just like BD's I have really enjoyed my buys and builds from them.

    I do like how there seems to be a bit of stem room vs the Moto. They seem to have that thing set up aggressive with the stem stance. I always cut my forks long even if I dont use all the steer tube I like having that extra bit available to use or to transfer the fork.

    I cant wait to try it out on my normal loops, been watching alot of video's of people running some fun looking single track. Any tips you might have for riding one? Anything to compare the ride to in terms of how the bike handles or its in a world of its own?

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    No slime or Stan's in my tubes. No problems either, but I haven't run them at crazy-low pressures on rough terrain.

    I'm hardly an expert on fatbikes (or bikes in general), but can say that riding a fatbike has been a totally different experience. Big tires seem to give you confidence to try crazy things, and you're certainly going to have a lot of fun on it. Get used to answering questions about it, because the big tires really attract attention. And who cares if people bash the Nashbar: people have bashed every brand/model for one reason or another...

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    Well only 13 more days till it hopefully ships out! Cant wait I have been filled with fat bike madness and have been watching video's and plotting where I am going to take my 1st ride. Heck today I took my SS 29er to a new trail system and the reviews all said stay away after it rains drains poorly..... Well I was 15 minutes away after an hour drive it started to rain then turn to snow so I wasnt turning back. Place was fun but a mud pit on most of the trails and all I could dream about was how much fun it would be to ride this stuff on the fat bike!

    I got my seatpost, bashguard, water bottle cage(dont know why but I feel naked with out one). Going to make it a 2x9 and leave everything stock till I can see what I wanna change if I do end up changing anything and probably just upgrade things as stuff wears out or I get a really good sale deal.

    In the mean time I think I am going to make this. https://nuxx.net/blog/2011/11/28/low...at-bike-stand/ I dont want to just lean the bike up on stuff so how cheap this thing can be made I think it will be a good project. I looked at made ones and they are 45-90 bucks.... Rattle Can Black to finish it off =P

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    Look forward to hearing your comments on it when you get it. I currently have a Minnesota 2.0 on order but I ordered a 18" frame instead of a 20" thinking I'd probably end up giving it to the GF. One of the main reasons why I went with the Minnesota when I ordered it in early January was due to the early availability compared to the Motobecane Boris X9 that I really wanted. But due to the possibility that the Boris X9 might only be available in late March, I had to look at other options.

    So I figured I'd order the Minnesota for now and once it came in I'd decide what I'd do for the second Fat Bike. I was originally thinking I'd just go ahead and order the Boris X9 for me and I'd just ride the Minnesota until the Boris X9 came in. Once the Boris X9 came in, I'd give the Minnesota to the GF and I'd keep the Boris X9 for myself

    With the recent release of the Nashbar Fatbike, it's really peaked my interest and I'm seriously considering it as the second bike instead of the Boris due to the steel frame and the earlier availability. I'd probably be quite happy with a second Minnesota 2.0, but I'd like to get something different if possible.

    So right now I'm leaning towards a Boris X9 for my second Fatbike, but I don't want to order it until I first hear comments on the Nashbar Fatbike if possible. So I'm keeping a close eye on the Boris X9 inventory and I'm hoping they won't sell out before someone can actually get their hands on a Nashbar Fatbike.

    If I see that the Boris X9 stock becomes limited, I think I'm just going to have to bite the bullet and order it but hopefully I'll be able to compare the 2 before I have to order.
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    O I will make sure to post lots about it, I really am excited to get one! I was between the Motobecane Boris X9 and Fantom Pro as well but looking at what you get I on both bikes going back and forth the steel frame got me. It was a tie between the Boris X9 and the Fantom Pro but as soon as the Nashbar one announced I pounced on it when the coupon came up lol.

    I think the steel frame will be nice and the sliding dropouts I like alot if you ever wanna go SS fatty. The Boris has that sexy looking frame and some nice stuff on it but for the price and the fact I had my eyes set on steel I said why not.

    On a side note I looked at the Surly Pugs and at cost they are $1,089.00 for almost the same stuff as the Nashbar. You get BB5, Shimano group, Surly Parts but looking at the two side by side steel frame even my friend who owns the shop shook his head at the Pug price :/

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    I just got back from a ride on my FB-4 on singletrack - no snow here right now. It was a really great ride. My normal bike is a Niner RIP9 - FS 29er, so I guess that's my point of comparison. I've done a few snow rides, but most of my rides are on dirt - we just don't get much snow here. I am surprised how much fun the fatty is and how often i reach for that bike as opposed to my RIP9. The weight and rolling resistance are the two negatives for the fatty. It definitely takes more effort to get those heavy wheels spun up, once you get them rolling the bike moves really well.

    I don't think there are any secrets to riding it on dirt - although you have to remember its a rigid bike. Its easy to forget its rigid until you charge into a rock garden and you get a rude awakening.

    As has been posted many times the key to these bikes is the tire pressure, too hard and you get bounced around, too little and its slow and you risk flats. There's a magic spot where its sort of like a suspended bike and everything is good.

    I see that Nashbar has those Vee Mission tires, I would try to get a pair of On One Floaters or Nates to replace those, I REALLY didn't like those tires. The self steer is really bad and they don't have much tread for snow riding.

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    We don't get a ton of snow in NJ or at least the part I am in. But I have seen a bit of negative feedback on those Vee Missions. Probably going to see how they do in the local trails to try and wear them down as much as I can but if they stink I am going to look into the floaters they have a ton of great reviews.

    I find I go for my single speed 29er more now but when this thing comes I know this is going to be my daily trail bike. I like strange and different things. I am sure I am going to hear it from my friends who I ride with but my goal is to show them up on a fat bike =P I think a lot of people who never tried one or don't know about them hear these views based on nothing more then just rumor to come up with ways to bash them.

    I never tested one out even tho a few people told me to before I bought one but if it can do the things I have seen it do and what people use them for I am sold! I ended up clearing out a ton of parts I had just taking up space and sold a spare junker mtb to end up paying for this guy. I even lost some sleep thinking way to much about coupons and sales lol. I cant wait to get my 1st ride in on a fat bike. This will be my 1st rigid bike so I hope the low tire pressure and steel gives it some shock absorbing but I am going to have a rude awaking if I don't pay attention on some of my local trails lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    Look forward to hearing your comments on it when you get it. I currently have a Minnesota 2.0 on order but I ordered a 18" frame instead of a 20" thinking I'd probably end up giving it to the GF.
    I would like to hear how you like the Minnesota, I looked at that one as well before the nashbar fatty was announced. If you dont mind me asking how tall are you to go for the 18? Or were you in between sizes? I wish the nashbar ETT was a tad bit longer but I think if I went with the 19 id have a top tube in my boys or any bail would lead to a kick in the.... I had to go with a 400mm post to fit my riding style with the 17. A 350 post on all my MTB seems to be just right on the post line. I am only 5'10 but my build is evenly matched for leg and arm length.

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    I'm 5'11 and if you look at the sizing of the Minnesota 2.0 I was right in between the 18 and the 20"

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    16" -- 5'5" - 5'9"

    18" -- 5'8" - 6'0"

    20" -- 5'11" - 6'3"

    I could of went with the 20" but my GF is 5'6" so I figured if I do decide to give her the Minnesota, she would probably be OK on the 18" vs the 20".


    If I do decide to order a second Minnesota 2.0 instead of the Boris X9 or the Nashbar, I'll probably end up ordering a 16" for her and keep the 18" Only issue is that she really liked the White/Orange color combo and it's now sold out in 16" LOL
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    Those Minnesota's do look nice, but I like the External BB on the Nashbar. I would like the rim cut outs but I can live with the solids. I did see a DIY to make your own but at this point I will stick with the solid rim.

    Did any of you guys try out a fat bike before you bought one? When I was talking about getting one before the nashbar was announced a bunch of friends got on me about how I should try it out and make sure I even like it. And then I heard all there negative responses to them. I am solid on it from just watching them in action, Seen one on the trails today when I went hiking and man..... I started day dreaming lol

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    I borrowed a friend's Norco Bigfoot a few weeks ago to try out just to make sure I'd enjoy it. A have a few friends with Bigfoot's, Pugsley's and Moonlander's and they rave about them, but I wanted try one out just to be sure.

    One ride is all it took to convince me. From the smile I had on my face to the comments and looks that people gave me, I was hooked.

    As you can see I approve.

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    haha well that sold me yet again! I am going to end up putting on some shimano SPD pedals but I see a ton of fat bikes with platforms I guess for major snow riding it probably is better to use the platforms? We just dont get that much snow in my part of NJ, even when the trails are covered I still ride my 29er with normal tires and my SPD's

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian0789 View Post
    The sliding dropouts are nice, I was a bit on the fence about the non replaceable hanger with the Nashbar but with the sliding drop outs you can use the problem solver hanger or since its steel just weld a new tab.
    Non-replaceable hangers are pretty standard on steel frames, because if the hanger is bent it can usually be bent back, unlike aluminum.

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    I just noticed you get a set of 29er wheels as well with your 2.0! Thats really cool to at least have if you ever wanna mix it up. I mean I cant really say Id convert mine since I have a 29er but thats a nice little toss in for the price. Rims, tires, tubes and even a cassette =O

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    Well I got a 4 pack of DH tubes today as some back ups and a bottle of stans to shoot a little in the tubes just as a back up, got my pedals, bash, post and 10 more days till it ships! Just need the bike =O Debating if I wanna get a set of BB7 or just leave the MX 5 calipers on and see how they do. Those are the only thing I am kind of iffy on. The new ones you can adjust with a barrel but last years seem to be 5mm key on each side after tension is set.... well always the barrels at the levers.

    We got over 10 inch so far of snow and still coming, most this winter and boy I wish I had my fat bike to go frolic in it!

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    I'm about the same height as you and If I order one it will more than likely be a large or 19" as the eff is the same as my current rig. btw. I had a Jones Diamond frame which I believe has a seat tube of about 18" with the stock rigid fork and there was more than enough stand over. I normally get bikes in the 17 -18 range but these bikes run short in the top tube. What's you pant inseam?

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    With no shoes on and to my boys its a bit over 32. I was thinking about the large frame but dont forget with those big old fat wheels I have a feeling that its going to give it a 29er stance feel so I am going to go by what I ride on 29er vs 26er. I ride 17-17.5 29er but for my 26 I like an 18,18.5,19 frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian0789 View Post
    Debating if I wanna get a set of BB7 or just leave the MX 5 calipers on and see how they do. Those are the only thing I am kind of iffy on. The new ones you can adjust with a barrel but last years seem to be 5mm key on each side after tension is set.... well always the barrels at the levers.
    One of my bikes came with MX4 brakes and they really weren't that bad, other than the lack of tool-free adjustability. My suggestion is to ride them until the pads wear down and then upgrade to BB7s. If there's 10" of snow, you're not really going to need brakes anyway. Tires, on the other hand, would be a very wise investment.

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    Be sure to post up your thoughts on how it fits as I'm contemplating a large.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RocktonRider View Post
    One of my bikes came with MX4 brakes and they really weren't that bad, other than the lack of tool-free adjustability. My suggestion is to ride them until the pads wear down and then upgrade to BB7s. If there's 10" of snow, you're not really going to need brakes anyway. Tires, on the other hand, would be a very wise investment.
    I am wondering why the hate on the Vee Rubber Mission 26x4.0, I have been really digging around and the 120 Vee's dont really seem to be all that bad. I mean most have said they are better then the stock BFL(Lower model BFL) that come on the Pugs and most reviews seem to favor them on single track, mud, sand and snow. I am honestly going to wait a tire upgrade out until I have the bike in my hands and can see for my self. Not that I dont believe others but looking at the tread spacing, pattern, 120TPI I find it hard to just toss a brand new set of tires before I can make that call. I am in NJ so while we do get snow its really rare to get a blizzard + I cant see how they can be bad with out riding them.

    Quote Originally Posted by djembe975 View Post
    Be sure to post up your thoughts on how it fits as I'm contemplating a large.
    O I will! Hopefully it ships out next Friday and I have it mid week. I normally get my Nashbar stuff if shipped Fedex with in 3 days max. So if it ships Friday I should have it no later then Tuesday and put together that night.... 1st ride will be that day or Wednesday lol thats my plan of attack! I just gotta remember to take pictures of unboxing lol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ian0789 View Post
    I am wondering why the hate on the Vee Rubber Mission 26x4.0.I
    Not really hating on the Mission tire... it would just be one of my last choices for snow or mud. It looks like a decent tire for dry trails and one of the better tires on sand, so I'm certainly not proposing that you chuck them.

    My Floaters were really hunting for traction on some snowy singletrack this week, so a much more aggressive tread is my recommendation if you really want to enjoy yourself in the snow.

    Looking forward to the unboxing and ride report...

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    I tried a Norco Bigfoot with the 72tpi Mission tires and during the ride I had 2 other guys with Moonlander's who were running BUD/LOU combo I believe. The 3 things I noticed right away was first they don't have much side grip. This was somewhat corrected by dropping the air pressure pretty low which led to the second problem. With having to run such a low air pressure, you end up with a much greater rolling resistance than the other tires, and the third thing was when stopped, when it came time to take off, the guys on the Moonlanders would just get on their bikes and start pedaling. If I tried the same thing on the Bigfoot, I would just spin out and stop. I would always have to push the bike forward a bit to get going. It was more noticeable when trying to take off on a slight up hill.

    The good thing was that once I got them rolling, I could pretty much follow the Moonlanders and climb every hill that they climbed. During the entire ride, there was only 1 hill that they climbed that I wasn't able to climb and I was the one leading the way up the hill when I had to stop about 3/4 of the way up when I met a guy walking with his dog and I had to slow down a bit and I ended up spinning out when I lost my momentum. The Moonlanders just went past me and kept on climbing.

    To me personally I didn't find the Mission's that bad but those are the only ones I've tried myself. I came away with an impression "Not to Bad" and I figured if the 72tpi are not bad, the 120tpi should hopefully a bit better.

    Traction wise I didn't have much to complain about, so I'm thinking the 120tpi should hopefully be a bit better. The biggest problem will be the side grip and I don't know if the 120tpi will help any. As I mentioned, the lower air pressure helped somewhat, but you will get more resistance. The way I look at it, more rolling resistance = more effort which equals to better training LOL

    Eventually I'll probably end up going with some Nates but for now I don't think I immediately have to go out and upgrade the tires.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RocktonRider View Post
    Not really hating on the Mission tire... it would just be one of my last choices for snow or mud. It looks like a decent tire for dry trails and one of the better tires on sand, so I'm certainly not proposing that you chuck them.

    My Floaters were really hunting for traction on some snowy singletrack this week, so a much more aggressive tread is my recommendation if you really want to enjoy yourself in the snow.

    Looking forward to the unboxing and ride report...
    Ah ok that clears it up a bit, a few post have stated to just chuck them but looking at tire prices I would almost rather replace the tires last on the list of things. I think out of the box its going to be amazing for the stuff I have planned for it. I have an app in to adopt a new furry little friend so things may be a bit hectic during the week the bike arrives. But with that said I have some awesome double track cross country style trails I will probably heading 1st and hopefully start training her for my local trails. Filled with tons of sand, mud and streams. Stuff that would make you scream riding a normal MTB in them =P

    I have been refreshing nashbars page every day, maybe get lucky with an early shipping date!

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    I am thinking the same thing with the 120's. They should be a bit better then the 72's. I think also they changed the tread pattern with the new 120's? I could be wrong but I saw something that looked more spaced out but that could have been the Origin 8's (also made by Vee)

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    I'm a Vee Mission hater. I had the 72 TPI version on my bike when I got it. I only rode it in the dirt, so I can't speak to the traction in snow - though in just looking at the tread, I think they wouldn't be great. My dislike comes from their very bad self steer. We have a lot of large rocks around here and transitioning from dirt to rock slab was almost dangerous - the tire would grab and it would pull really bad. I imagine I could have gotten used to it eventually, but the Floaters are so more well behaved.

    YMMV and all that stuff.

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    Bad news! 2/7/2014 shipping now =( Just called Nashbar thinking OOOO maybe mine will be shipping sooner and these are the next date well guess they pushed it back another week so now back to a two week count down.

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    Well I had nothing to do today and while I am trying to kill days waiting to get this bad boy I figured Id better make a stand to hold this fatty for when I am not riding it =P

    Need to do some a little bit to it still, its not glued yet but I want to make sure everything fits before I put the caps on the legs and slap some glue on it. I think I need to trim the back connectors some and the mid connectors I left a bit bigger then I needed since I dont have the bike its better to go a tad bigger then shave it down then under shoot it!

    Really sturdy stand and $13.00 (that is if you already have the primer and glue). I made one for my 29er a week ago and as you can see I have one I am making for my 26 full squish.


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    There's a 20% off coupon right now at Nashbar, I tried it and it works on the fat bike - $813 for the bike delivered to your door, well my door, but you get the point. Coupon code is 36184, and is only good for 12 hours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kawidan View Post
    I tried a Norco Bigfoot with the 72tpi Mission tires and during the ride I had 2 other guys with Moonlander's who were running BUD/LOU combo I believe. The 3 things I noticed right away was first they don't have much side grip. This was somewhat corrected by dropping the air pressure pretty low which led to the second problem. With having to run such a low air pressure, you end up with a much greater rolling resistance than the other tires, and the third thing was when stopped, when it came time to take off, the guys on the Moonlanders would just get on their bikes and start pedaling. If I tried the same thing on the Bigfoot, I would just spin out and stop. I would always have to push the bike forward a bit to get going. It was more noticeable when trying to take off on a slight up hill.

    The good thing was that once I got them rolling, I could pretty much follow the Moonlanders and climb every hill that they climbed. During the entire ride, there was only 1 hill that they climbed that I wasn't able to climb and I was the one leading the way up the hill when I had to stop about 3/4 of the way up when I met a guy walking with his dog and I had to slow down a bit and I ended up spinning out when I lost my momentum. The Moonlanders just went past me and kept on climbing.

    To me personally I didn't find the Mission's that bad but those are the only ones I've tried myself. I came away with an impression "Not to Bad" and I figured if the 72tpi are not bad, the 120tpi should hopefully a bit better.

    Traction wise I didn't have much to complain about, so I'm thinking the 120tpi should hopefully be a bit better. The biggest problem will be the side grip and I don't know if the 120tpi will help any. As I mentioned, the lower air pressure helped somewhat, but you will get more resistance. The way I look at it, more rolling resistance = more effort which equals to better training LOL

    Eventually I'll probably end up going with some Nates but for now I don't think I immediately have to go out and upgrade the tires.
    I am not liking the vee's at all, I had basically the same issues as yourself, spinning trying to get moving and on a slight grade made it even worse. I was following two other riders and even when in their tracks my tires would slip and I went down about 6 times.I had the pressure low and being new to fatbikes I laughed at the first 3 dumps after that I was getting a little verbal out in them dare woods.
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    Hmm I just refreshed the page and its showing they are in stock! I wonder if they are going to be coming out sooner then 2/7!

    OOOOO yeah! So it looks like its going to be shipping out this friday!!! Cant wait just got off the phone with nashbar and they said late friday I should have a tracking number

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    Quote Originally Posted by fahza29er View Post
    I am not liking the vee's at all, I had basically the same issues as yourself, spinning trying to get moving and on a slight grade made it even worse. I was following two other riders and even when in their tracks my tires would slip and I went down about 6 times.I had the pressure low and being new to fatbikes I laughed at the first 3 dumps after that I was getting a little verbal out in them dare woods.
    Love reading posts like this, lets me know I'm not alone. Sometimes nigh unto impossible to get going in snow, even with the tread reversed, which helps some. Even though I'm a fatbike noob, I figure it comes down to either I don't know how to ride a bike in the snow (unlikely, having grown up doing just that), or there must be better tires out there -- otherwise fatbiking wouldn't be gaining in popularity the way it is, because nobody could get going in snow. But I liked the Missions fine back in the fall, on dirt, mud, wet leaves, in the creek, etc.

    I posted a few days ago about how I'll be getting Missions for 3-season use; these tires breaking traction on ice causing me to crash pretty hard since then, doesn't change my opinion. But, I've always preferred reasonably-priced "good 'nuff" tires over top-of-the-line tires, i.e. I always ran Ritchey Megabites BITD instead of the way-more-expensive Smoke/Dart. Also, I'm a heavyweight, and can see where I'd wear out the sidewalls faster on "better" tires, making them that much more expensive.
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    Hopefully tomorrow my Fat bike will be shipping out!

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    Lame so Nashbar messed up my order and it never got sent out today. I called and they said the system is down to check orders so I have to call tomorrow morning to reorder my bike.... O well looks like I am going to have to wait a day longer then I expected. Hopefully tomorrow they can sort it out and have it on its way.

    I love that they added pay pal to there payment option but this is now the 2nd time using pay pal on a backorder item I got shafted with my order. Seems that since you send the order in and they dont bill you till the item is in stock pay pal then kicks the order out like I didnt make it.

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    Got it sorted out and it should be shipped out today so in the next few days you guys will see some pictures of it! I did end up getting new bars and stem since the stock ones are going to probably be some HL Corp heavy ones with lots of flex in them. So got a set of Black Ops Bars and an OS Stem to go alone with them.

    Going to see how the MX5 Brakes do before I go and change them. I have seen a few reviews on them saying good things and other then the fact they can only be adjusted by a 5mm key I cant see why they wont work just as well as my other bikes with Tektro IO and Novela Brakes. Lots of bad reviews on them and they have been great to me. Obviously not as great of stopping power as my Elixir 3's but they sure do the job!

    Strange thing tho, when I called the lady I spoke to said "Well gosh I see why you wanted to honor the sale receipt I had" The bike seems to be listed to $1,999.99 I know there system was down getting maintenance so I don't know if they messed up a bunch of the prices and made the $999.99 compared to $1,999.99 just the main price by mistake but lord if its going to be that much now I am happy I snagged one at the lower price.

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    At this price, it doesn't seem like a bargain Nashbar Big Ol' Fat Bike - Hard Tail

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    As of today, Feb 1 at 1:30pm, the Nashbar website has it listed at $1999.99. That will slow down the sales of the bike.

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    They have to advertise it at full price for at least a little while to give some credence to their "50% off" price. Anyone who pays $1999 for that bike should call me, I've got a lightly used FB-4 I'll sell for half that.

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    Well yeah I am sure they are going to drop the price of it. I am just happy I was able to get mine when I did and they honored the price. A lot of there stuff went up even the road bike frame that was always 99.99 is now 119.99. I dont know if it had to do with the inventory maintenance they did last night or if they are for real but as of now if you didn't get it at the 800-900 range Id say wait it out, get a BD.com or Min 2.0.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    They have to advertise it at full price for at least a little while to give some credence to their "50% off" price. Anyone who pays $1999 for that bike should call me, I've got a lightly used FB-4 I'll sell for half that.
    Jisch you going to keep the Nashbar fat bike as your main fatty =O

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    Sorry, I didn't order a Nashbar the other day, I just put it in my shopping cart to see if the coupon applied - those coupons don't always apply to bikes.

    My next fatty will be carbon fiber (hopefully). I love my FB4, great bike, but if I get another one I want it to be under 30lbs (hopefully well under). I don't feel its worth it to dump money into the FB4 to get it to that point.

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    Ah I see. Yeah I have seen a ton of people talking about carbon fat bikes but I totally went the other way =O I wanted steel haha. Would you ever consider a TI frame?

    Did you do anything to your FB4 or did you keep it stock? That bike seems solid as is with all the parts that comes on it. I probably should have went that route since I swapped out the bars, seat, seatpost, stem and probably would have kept everything stock on the FB4 if I went with a BD fat bike. I wish they had a steel version. There was talk about a TI Moto Fat bike I wonder if that will show its face sooner or later.

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    I swapped rear derailleur, cassette, tires, went tubeless and put a dropper post on it. Love the bike though. I'd go ti, but have to see the price

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