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    new fatbike coming - what upgrades?

    I have a Motobecane Boris coming in...here are the specs. Any upgrades I need to think about right out of the box? lighter rims? I am going to use this mostly for beach rides but maybe some snow as well. I am fired up about my fatbike!!!



    Frame ALLOY 6061 FRAME, W/DISC MOUNT ONLY, TIG WELD, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, H2O bosses
    Fork 26" 25.4x28.6x30x250L Straight blade CRMO 1 1/8 W/DISC MOUNT ONLY
    Crankset SAMOX 36Alloy /22 AlloyBCD:104/64 BB:100mm EB2401 Chain lIne:68
    Bottom Bracket SAMOX External Bearing 100mm
    Pedals n/a
    Front Derailleur SRAM X7 HDM Direct Mount, 2X10 STORM GREY
    Rear Derailleur SRAM RD X9 TYPE-2 LONG CAGE ALUMINUM 10SPD STGRY
    Shifters SRAM X5 TRIGGER 2x10
    Cassette/Freewheel SRAM PG-1030 10-SPEED 11-36
    Chain KMC X10 114 LINKS + CL-566R MISSING LINK
    Hubs Front 14Gx32Hx135mm alloy BLACK,W/QR / Rear 14Gx32Hx170mm QL205Y alloy BLACK
    Spokes 14G SS W/ NIPPLE 14mm BLACK
    Rims Weinmann HL-80 +32 mm dia single hole 26x3.0~4.14 32H
    Tires/Tubes V Rubber 26X4.00 VRB321 Mission, Wire Bead, BK 72TPI
    Brakes AVID F/R BB7, ROTOR BENGAL F/R F:OD-180L+R: OD-160L wave12
    Brake Levers AVID FR5
    Headset FSA #NO.11G 1-1/8 Semi-cartridge
    Handlebar 6061 Alloy 31.8x700mm
    Stem Alloy, A-Head 15":80mm 17":80mm 19":90mm 21": 100mmx R:45mmx7 DEG
    Tape/Grip 130mm, ALL BLACK, SUPER LIGHT FOAM
    Saddle WTB Volt Comp
    Seat Post Alloy 31.6mm x 350mm aluminum
    Seat Post Clamp 34.9 ALLOY, Q/R
    Sizes See pull down
    Colors See Pull Down menu
    Epic Flash Boris F65X + road bikes

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    A pair of pedals so you can get out and ride the wheels off it!!

    Just have a play and get used to it, the spec looks fine, once you understand what works for you and what you don't like, then start making changes!

    I also hope you have been limbering up you face for all the smiling you will be doing!!

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    Spend no money for the first few weeks.

    Biggest upgrade you can make is learning to ride it properly. Try different tyre pressures.

    Actually there's an upgrade. Buy a low pressure gauge with a range up to 20 psi. You won't need it after a week or two when you learn the feel of the right pressure (the squidge test)
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    I am probably going to leave it as it is for some time besides the wheels. I am thinking about another lighter wheel set so I can have one set for sand and one for snow/dirt.
    Epic Flash Boris F65X + road bikes

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    Depending upon the bike, I typically swap out bars, stem, post and saddle, as those are usually off branded stuff that's is only OK in quality but can be a touch heavy. My Truvativ stuff got pulled immediately and is in the parts bin. I think the Salsa brand grips on my BG kinda thin, so I'm gonna go to something a touch more cushy.

    As you know, rotating weight gets you most bang. Wheels are the best dollars spent but as a half step you could go tubeless immediately and save at bit of weight.

    All that aside, just ride the damned thing through the winter and from that, sort out what you need/want to replace.

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    Go tubeless and buy On One Floater tires.
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    Re: new fatbike coming - what upgrades?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jisch View Post
    Go tubeless and buy On One Floater tires.
    +1, but in reverse order.

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    What about wheels? from what I have read they are solid and dont have the holes that most do. I am going to have to research tubeless....i have read lots of stuff about orilla tape etc

    thanks for the replies!
    Epic Flash Boris F65X + road bikes

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