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    Need Advice Befor i Purchase a Mukluk

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    Im about to purchase my first fat bike that is probably a Mukluk 2 2014. Ive never fat biked before so I have no experience, im hoping I can learn from all of you. I intend to make it a daily commuter on the roads year round. I only ride 2km in but it’s a steep hill all the way. I will ride the bike on snow packed trails and logging roads in winter in varied conditions, we get a lot of snow, snow type ranges from deep soft powder to heaver wet snow. Also everywhere is a steep climb, not much xc around here. I need some advice please.

    1/ The 2014 mukluk has a 170mm rear end and can only take a 80mm rim. Should I be purchasing a 190mm rear end bike to future proof it? Will the 170mm of the mukluk be limiting or out of date soon?

    2/ assuming I get the mukluk. Should I upgrade the tires at purchase time with the LBS? I think they are the 3.8” should I put the 4.8 upfront? The fork will take it. It comes with an 80mm rim. What about the rear? Its 80mm rim? Is it worth putting on a 4.8” tire, im told it will clear the frame, just. Is it worth it?

    3/ if I went for a 190mm bike, Will a 190mm hub, 100mm rim/5” tire be too much for climbing steep hills or commuting on the road and general winter trail riding considering it will often include long climbs.

    Cheers for your advice
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    How much do you weigh?

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    180 lbs

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    You should be fine with a Mukluk 2. It's a great bike. I think they're shipping with Nates F/R, which will be fine for your conditions. I would ride them through Winter (assuming you're Northern Hemisphere and winter is about to be here), then buy a second set of more summer-y tires in 6 months.

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    I don't want to tell you what to do, but here's my opinion...
    The last two fat bikes I rode had 82mm Darryls and Husker DU tires. They rolled nice and fast and had a lot of flotation. I weigh 260 pounds. You'll probably be fine.
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    Thanks for all the advice, it has really helped me finalize my decision on the muk 2.
    The advice is appreciated.

    cheers
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    It will be fine. Nates are good. If you really want more flotation get a set of Lous and Buds later on.

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    will a lou work well on an 80mm rim?

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    From what you stated that you will be riding for terrain, and also commuting... I wouldn't go with the biggest tires. Yes they are great when you need super floating power... but when I ride on groomed or packed snow I feel they are overkill. I rode some groomed/packed singletrack trails last winter and some were out there doing just fine with a 3" knard. I'm 220 so I like 4.8's, but even with those there is still some snow you just can't get through without pushing. If you ever want to go bigger with the Mukluk you could get the new Fatback Sterling tire when it comes out - 4.2". Should be no problem.

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    will a lou work well on an 80mm rim?
    I think someone posted that they squeezed it in... but definitely not recommended and you will have no clearance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by Normwood View Post
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    I picked mine up almost three weeks ago and have been riding and enjoying the hell out of it. It's a great bike and will do you well.

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    Cheers Mate, I would love to see a couple of pics of it.

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    I have 100mm clownshoes on mine, and with one cog removed I have a perfectly working 1x8 with room for both my 3.8 larrys and 3.8 knards no problem. It appears nates would fit too, and thats on clownshoes.

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    great, 100mm rims with 3.8 tires fit. will the bigger tires fit? 4.8 on a 100mm rims?
    im going for it, calling the shop tomorrow to buy it, mukluk 2 in orange. i still get the last minute doubts about spending the cash, just bought a $6000 free ride bike last year. so $2400 mukluk is cheap, it will be ridden 6 days a week both on and off road. the other bike only gets ridden 3x/wk. sorry for the rambling on, just getting nervous about the purchase of a niche bike but ive had wet dreams of fat bike since i discovered them last year.
    thanks for all of your advice.

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    I have the first generation Muk2 and still ride it as my primary bike, just because its fun. Singletrack, pavement, rails to trails, snow trails, whatever. Just ride it and have fun. I would stay with the current sized tires/rims, etc for now. You'll enjoy the weight savings over the 4.8s that look like overkill on the singletrack. If you feel it necessary to upgrade in the future, so be it. Have fun!

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    Need Advice Befor i Purchase a Mukluk

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    Cheers Mate, I would love to see a couple of pics of it.



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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    great, 100mm rims with 3.8 tires fit. will the bigger tires fit? 4.8 on a 100mm rims?
    im going for it, calling the shop tomorrow to buy it, mukluk 2 in orange. i still get the last minute doubts about spending the cash, just bought a $6000 free ride bike last year. so $2400 mukluk is cheap, it will be ridden 6 days a week both on and off road. the other bike only gets ridden 3x/wk. sorry for the rambling on, just getting nervous about the purchase of a niche bike but ive had wet dreams of fat bike since i discovered them last year.
    thanks for all of your advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    great, 100mm rims with 3.8 tires fit. will the bigger tires fit? 4.8 on a 100mm rims?
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    Re: Need Advice Befor i Purchase a Mukluk

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    will a lou work well on an 80mm rim?
    I have a bud on 70mm rim works good also 80 should be good

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    Lou will NOT fit the Mukluk. You can fit a Bud in the fork easily.

    I think the new Muk2 suits your needs perfectly, it's a great bike this year. I wouldn't change anything from the stock spec besides contact points (saddle/bars/grips). The 82mm rims with Nates will work for most all snow conditions. In the summer maybe swap to a faster rolling tire like the Black Floyd or Vee Speedster. Or build up a 29+ wheelset with 29x3 Surly Knards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    great, 100mm rims with 3.8 tires fit. will the bigger tires fit? 4.8 on a 100mm rims?
    im going for it, calling the shop tomorrow to buy it, mukluk 2 in orange. i still get the last minute doubts about spending the cash, just bought a $6000 free ride bike last year. so $2400 mukluk is cheap, it will be ridden 6 days a week both on and off road. the other bike only gets ridden 3x/wk. sorry for the rambling on, just getting nervous about the purchase of a niche bike but ive had wet dreams of fat bike since i discovered them last year.
    thanks for all of your advice.
    If you're riding it every day, it's not a niche bike. A $6000.00 free ride bike? THAT's a niche bike.
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    That looks amazing. Great pic, beautiful bike mate. cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    snow type ranges from deep soft powder.
    I ride an outdated....errr I mean classic fatbike with 135mm offset front and rear that can only take 82mm rims and the skinnier of the 4.7" tires.

    I think a lot of people go uber fat gratuitously and I would steer them to a 4" tire fatbike OTOH if you will be dealing with lots of deep soft powder that is the reason there are 5" fat bikes like the Moonlander and the new 190mm bikes.

    If you are talking a handful of uber soft days a winter it's not worth the cost, but if that's a regular occurrence I'd buy a fatbike that can take 100mm rims and all available tires.
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