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    [QUOTE=Anyone else catch the tire size change? Original was 4.8, now spec sheet is 4.6.

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    i did notice that i assume because they had the Surly Bud and Lou on the test bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    In asking around about this bike, I was also told that there is currently only one machine overseas (owned by Surly) that can make full fat tires. Even tires that are not Surly are still made by Surly's machine. Can this be true? In this day and age, how hard can it be to make a fat tire? I know it has been rumored that Specialized got their own machine to make the fat Ground Control.
    I'd love to know who started that rumour - although I could hazard a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Spoke to a dealer yesterday that said early December.
    Originally, my LBS said December. Now they seem cautiously optimistic about November.

    Keep in mind, however, I live in a region of the United States where fatbikes are not popular yet. This region may be of secondary priority or even tertiary priority for the earliest shipments. I don't know.

    Was anybody able to negotiate a significant discount on the pre-order of either model? I am not good at haggling so I only achieved a small discount on the pre-order of a Fatboy Expert. I paid $2350 instead of $2600.

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    Specialized Bicycle Components

    Did specialized forget they already made a FatBoy? guess since they had the name it got reused.
    To be fair, Norco's Bigfoot is even more recent, they simply enlarged and put bigger tires on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Spock View Post
    Originally, my LBS said December. Now they seem cautiously optimistic about November.

    Keep in mind, however, I live in a region of the United States where fatbikes are not popular yet. This region may be of secondary priority or even tertiary priority for the earliest shipments. I don't know.

    Was anybody able to negotiate a significant discount on the pre-order of either model? I am not good at haggling so I only achieved a small discount on the pre-order of a Fatboy Expert. I paid $2350 instead of $2600.
    $2,250 for the Expert at a shop in Arizona. They told me to figure December for delivery. This is a large Specialized shop with several stores.

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    Any new NEWS on when these may ship or still November into December?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roobydoo View Post
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    Did specialized forget they already made a FatBoy?...



    I'm looking forward to seeing them on the trail

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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    Quote Originally Posted by roobydoo View Post
    Specialized Bicycle Components

    Did specialized forget they already made a FatBoy? guess since they had the name it got reused.
    To be fair, Norco's Bigfoot is even more recent, they simply enlarged and put bigger tires on it.
    Don't forget the fatboy was a 20" bmx bike before the really expensive heavy Beach cruiser of death

    When you have a trademark on a name why not re use it?

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    Per the Specialized employee at Iceman, the 2 fatboys here are the first two off the production line, after the show they'll go back into boxes to be sold. Still slated for shipping to dealers very end of November/December.

    I asked about rim weight/tubeless compatibility and he didn't have any information. The Specialized employee said he emailed the person who designed the rims, but he didn't share any information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetpaint View Post
    Per the Specialized employee at Iceman, the 2 fatboys here are the first two off the production line, after the show they'll go back into boxes to be sold. Still slated for shipping to dealers very end of November/December.

    I asked about rim weight/tubeless compatibility and he didn't have any information. The Specialized employee said he emailed the person who designed the rims, but he didn't share any information.

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    Any word on when, or if the Ground Control Tires will be available for purchase separately from the complete Fatboy bikes?

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    I didn't ask, I imagine it will be awhile, it sounds like there are a ton of them on order from dealers.

    I tried convincing them to leave the yellow/black bike since it's the model/size that I have on order, it didn't work

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    I had my LBS in Southern Arizona check today and they said delivery in late December:-( I ordered long ago (expert Fatboy). No info on tires available by themselves or rims being tubeless ready. Still waiting in the desert.

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    After much arm twisting and other shenanigans I came up with the same answer. T-giving or so ship date. Hopefully I'll have mine before Hanukkah is over.

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    Well Specialized has now lost 2 customers from my LBS since they don't seem to be in much hurry to get us bikes. I had an Expert ordered months and months ago and was really looking forward to it to ride it on the Iditarod Trail 350 this year. Myself and another guy finally lost our patience with the big S and pulled the plug today and each bought a Borealis. It sucks because I really was looking forward to the Expert, but Specialized can't expect us to wait for a "winter" bike until January or February when winter is half over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wide_Open View Post
    Well Specialized has now lost 2 customers from my LBS since they don't seem to be in much hurry to get us bikes. I had an Expert ordered months and months ago and was really looking forward to it to ride it on the Iditarod Trail 350 this year. Myself and another guy finally lost our patience with the big S and pulled the plug today and each bought a Borealis. It sucks because I really was looking forward to the Expert, but Specialized can't expect us to wait for a "winter" bike until January or February when winter is half over.
    There has been lots of second hand "my LBS said" rumors about dates other than November or December. Officially I've only heard Nov or Dec. I'm in agreement that it would be nice to have one sooner, but no promises have been broken yet. I talked to a Spec. rep in a semi trailer at a ride in Aug and he said before Jan.

    If you lost your patience already, then it didn't match the common delivery dates well. Did you hear anything different from a reputable source? I hope you got your deposit back without hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wide_Open View Post
    Well Specialized has now lost 2 customers from my LBS since they don't seem to be in much hurry to get us bikes. I had an Expert ordered months and months ago and was really looking forward to it to ride it on the Iditarod Trail 350 this year. Myself and another guy finally lost our patience with the big S and pulled the plug today and each bought a Borealis. It sucks because I really was looking forward to the Expert, but Specialized can't expect us to wait for a "winter" bike until January or February when winter is half over.
    That sucks it's gonna be a rough winter on the Borealis maybe next year you can upgrade to the Spesh

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    adaycj - My LBS wasn't able to get a firm date at all for either bike from their rep, because he couldn't get a date from Specialized Canada. Mine was supposed to be in the first run (of which Canada supposedly only got 12 bikes), which was maybe December... but I know what Christmas can do to shipping times. The other bike they said could be February. I have been roaming these threads for other hints, but nothing good seemed to be said. Our shop had no issues selling us the two Yampa's that came through the door that day (they didn't even ask for deposits for the Specialized).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wide_Open View Post
    adaycj - My LBS wasn't able to get a firm date at all for either bike from their rep, because he couldn't get a date from Specialized Canada. Mine was supposed to be in the first run (of which Canada supposedly only got 12 bikes), which was maybe December... but I know what Christmas can do to shipping times. The other bike they said could be February. I have been roaming these threads for other hints, but nothing good seemed to be said. Our shop had no issues selling us they two Yampa's that came through the door that day (they didn't even ask for deposits for the Specialized).

    bdundee - Going to be a long winter for sure dreaming of the Fatboy
    Yeah its crazy this seems to happen every year with the fat bike industry, its almost like its a mystery when winter is. Congrats on your new ride enjoy!

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    Glad to hear you got a new ride. It does seem that Specialized should post regional dates on their web page. I can appreciate the LBS not making up dates. It reminds me of the time I ordered a new Jeep. The order tracking system for a $30k (USD) brand new 2008 vehicle was similar to asking a room of 4 year olds to remember their sister's birthday. The Jeep was over six months late, and I'll never buy from that company again.

    One of my local LBS told be he couldn't imagine that they would be later than October. When pressed he said that his rep said Nov. or even Dec for a delivery. The same LBS wanted 100% $ down and was convinced they would all be sold before delivery. I don't appreciate his speculation on the situation because it adds to the BS about false delivery dates. Plus it made it seem he was more interested in my money than my continued business. I'm sure if I called today he would just blame Specialized for a late date that he made up and still ask for 100% down at full MSRP.

    I've got my expectations set that I will be on my Fatboy by Jan 1, 2014. From my posts in this thread you can tell I'm surfing here for better news too.

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    Im anxiously waiting for the Fat Boy as well. I check in with the LBS (often), this forum and web sites (daily) hoping to hear that the release is here. Getting a fat bike has become an obsession and the Fat Boy is the top pick for me. The pics with the Ground Controls only makes the wait worse. That said, I keep having to remind myself that Ive never read/heard anything from Specialized since the initial Just In article whereby the S Product Manager stated, Were hoping to have the bikes available to purchase late-2013. While I really wish S would deliver it now, its still in line with what was stated. However, if late 2013 (mid December) comes and Im still not riding a new fatty, I may move on to my 2nd pick.

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    Couldn't of said it better myself. I think as soon as I saw the just in article I was at my LBS getting on the list for this bike. I know my store is thinking Nov, however my opinion we'll see them Dec, however if it's late Dec, I'll see if I can grap my 2nd choice.


    Quote Originally Posted by NogginBuster View Post
    Im anxiously waiting for the Fat Boy as well. I check in with the LBS (often), this forum and web sites (daily) hoping to hear that the release is here. Getting a fat bike has become an obsession and the Fat Boy is the top pick for me. The pics with the Ground Controls only makes the wait worse. That said, I keep having to remind myself that Ive never read/heard anything from Specialized since the initial Just In article whereby the S Product Manager stated, Were hoping to have the bikes available to purchase late-2013. While I really wish S would deliver it now, its still in line with what was stated. However, if late 2013 (mid December) comes and Im still not riding a new fatty, I may move on to my 2nd pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buggymancan View Post
    Any word on when, or if the Ground Control Tires will be available for purchase separately from the complete Fatboy bikes?
    From the Spec guys at Iceman expo...."no tires, no hubs and no wheels available separately." At this point, he stated their supply chain is struggling to cope with current orders for bikes.

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    I am in the same boat as everyone else. My dealer told me to expect something late November. If I don't see something by late December, I will move to option 2.

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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    I was told by my friend who owns the Specialized shop in town that they told him not until December will they have the fatboys to the shops. He has 12 on order with 9 already payed down. This is the same shop who originally correctly told me the name and price of the fatboy and I posted it here first, so they have been correct so far. I'm not getting one but thought I would share the info.
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    Well here in Oz we won't see any bikes till late Jan. Pissed off as we have been given confirmed dates of Nov,10, then Dec 15 anemia Jan 12 for eta landed date I work for a spec concept store and told them exactly what I thought today. Looks like option 2 for me now.

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    I stopped by my LBS today to check on the status of the bikes and I was told they are expecting them mid to late January. Im not sure if they are telling people that to lower our expectations or if thats what they have been told by Specialized. Either way we're not going to see these bikes anytime in the near future!

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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    Nobody is getting a bike until they can actually make the tires. That's why you're waiting.

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    Tyres are made, take a look at latest pics from recent shows. Bikes have ground control tyres and are production bikes.

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    Yep, they are producing tires now

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    It's a new bike and Special Ed's first fatbike. A snag or two isn't unexpected. Surly announced Krampus completes at interbike in September 2012 and they got delivered where I live in April 2013.
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    vikb is a time traveler

    Pretty sure he meant April 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chader09 View Post
    vikb is a time traveler

    Pretty sure he meant April 2013.
    Yup. Corrected. LOL. A 2yr wait for a bike might make me grumpy.
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    That January time frame was what my LBS gave me as well good thing I still have my mukluk, sold my fatback to get a fatboy

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    Quote Originally Posted by KP snowman View Post
    That January time frame was what my LBS gave me as well good thing I still have my mukluk, sold my fatback to get a fatboy
    +1 - sign of wisdom - having a back up plan
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    Waiting patiently for my green Fatboy, though I must say I am getting excited about it and I have never ridden one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reig3 View Post
    Waiting patiently for my green Fatboy, though I must say I am getting excited about it and I have never ridden one!!

    Bob
    I too ordered mine before ever riding one because I knew it was for me the minute I laid eyes on a fatty. I had been doing a good job having the patients of a saint UNTIL the other day a friend who manages our LBS let me take a fat bike out on demo here in the Breckenridge area on some of our heavily snow covered summer bike trails and now I CAN'T WAIT!! ha ha. I've even woke up a couple time in the middle of the night thinking about it. I've been telling people if they have never ridden a fatbike and have one on order....don't ride one, cuzz it makes the wait harder. I attribute the fat bike is the same thing as snowboarding was to the ski industry around here.. its a game changer.
    With all that said, I called the corporate offices of Specialized a few days ago to ask some questions and they actually put me on the phone with one of their fat bike "project guys" and he told me, they where still hopeful and on track for a mid to late December delivery date. I couldn't believe I got to chat so openly with them. So not sure about January dates seen on here, but I wouldn't doubt if it rolls to January delivery date.
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    I am hoping we get them by December, the wait is killing me. It took me three years to convince my wife that I "needed" a fat bike. Then of course I picked the one I have to wait for. I sure hope it is worth the wait, it looks a whole lot betteer for the price than the others out there.

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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    My buddy just put down on one today from a big Spesh shop. It was already ordered though, and manager says 30 to 45 days. No 4.6" Ground Controls until next fall, though, which make me sad. :-(

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    I think I'm going to get a Mukluk2, no maybe a Mukluk3, no how about this Specialized Fatboy oh no wait what is this, a 907 wow that looks good too. That's how my week was then today it was. wow I found a deal on a used Muk3 then it was no I'll get a new Mukluk3 and up grade it as I go. But! Oh! No! Again! it has 9spd I don't want that so I'll stick with the Mukluk2 then I say, self do you think Salsa is going to change all their fat bikes next year to 190mm rear hubs and you're going to wish you had one? "most likely" Self do you want grip shift and a lighter bike that already has bigger tires "well yes" then wait for it.

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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

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    No 4.6" Ground Controls until next fall, though, which make me sad. :-(
    Not true... ground controls are in production already.
    I also found out that Spesh actually did try originally to get Bud/Lou spec'd on the fatboy for this year to get the bike out much sooner, but QBP said no to keep supply available... or something. Makes sense since they are always short on tires the way it is.
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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    They are in production, but not available separately at this time. I'm guessing that my local Spesh dealer just isn't going to order any till then. I would think supply should free up by springtime otherwise.

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    Uhh, these were probably "in production" about 60-90 days ago, and we are now waiting for a container to show up.

    FYI.

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    I'm right with you mate. I've been tortured by my indecision. it doesn't help that there is no LBS here that has a demo so i can't ride any fat bike. So i drove for 3 hrs yesterday to test ride a moonie. it was great, i decided right there that i need a 5" 100mm capable bike. so thats a 907 190mm or the fat boy. Im going to pursue the fat boy! at my lbs, they have one on order. Does anybody know what colour the cheaper fat boy is? the LBS doesn't know!

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    Are you sure your lbs is a Specialized dealer? I only ask because they should know the color. Look here.

    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    I'm right with you mate. I've been tortured by my indecision. it doesn't help that there is no LBS here that has a demo so i can't ride any fat bike. So i drove for 3 hrs yesterday to test ride a moonie. it was great, i decided right there that i need a 5" 100mm capable bike. so thats a 907 190mm or the fat boy. Im going to pursue the fat boy! at my lbs, they have one on order. Does anybody know what colour the cheaper fat boy is? the LBS doesn't know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoo View Post
    Are you sure your lbs is a Specialized dealer? I only ask because they should know the color. Look here.
    they sell a lot of specialized bikes, not sure why they don't know. there is very little interest in fat bikes around here. I makes choosing much harder.

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    The tires on the show bikes at the Iceman Expo were the ground control's, but they were not the production (machine made) tires, they were handmade or hand poured whatever makes more sense, but they were not the mass produced ones.
    Hopefully they are in production or have been for a while now...I want my Fatboy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    I'm right with you mate. I've been tortured by my indecision. it doesn't help that there is no LBS here that has a demo so i can't ride any fat bike. So i drove for 3 hrs yesterday to test ride a moonie. it was great, i decided right there that i need a 5" 100mm capable bike. so thats a 907 190mm or the fat boy. Im going to pursue the fat boy! at my lbs, they have one on order. Does anybody know what colour the cheaper fat boy is? the LBS doesn't know!
    The Expert Fatboy is Black& Red and the Fatboy is Green & black or it comes in Black & Yellow. The Fatboy is about 2lbs lighter than the 907 bikes if that matters to you, after you gat a bike then it's about 50 to a 100 bucks a gram to lighten it up. The only things I see on the FB that I'll change out are the HB I have some that are carbon and the brakes the wet brakes might not work to good where I live.

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    I heard 3rd person (seriously) that an employee at a very large Specialized dealer said there was a hold up because the carbon forks were cracking. Now, that is completely unverifiable as far as I know and probably not true as it was 3rd person and said dealer has a high degree of not completely informed employees. Do with that info as you wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kovickc View Post
    The tires on the show bikes at the Iceman Expo were the ground control's, but they were not the production (machine made) tires, they were handmade or hand poured whatever makes more sense, but they were not the mass produced ones.
    Hopefully they are in production or have been for a while now...I want my Fatboy!
    I was told by the a Specialized Employee, not bike shop employee that those were production tires. He said those 2 bikes will go back into boxes after the show & out to a dealer to be sold. They were literally one of the first bikes off the production line.

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    I was in the same quandary. Wait for the Fatboy. Mid January?! Nevermind, I'll go with 9zero7! Rode one yesterday & loved it. Went to the LBS today to order one & they were closed!!! They were supposed to be open. On my way back to work I decided to just wait for the Fatboy. It's what I wanted from the get go anyway. Ugh.
    Quote Originally Posted by idinomac View Post
    I think I'm going to get a Mukluk2, no maybe a Mukluk3, no how about this Specialized Fatboy oh no wait what is this, a 907 wow that looks good too. That's how my week was then today it was. wow I found a deal on a used Muk3 then it was no I'll get a new Mukluk3 and up grade it as I go. But! Oh! No! Again! it has 9spd I don't want that so I'll stick with the Mukluk2 then I say, self do you think Salsa is going to change all their fat bikes next year to 190mm rear hubs and you're going to wish you had one? "most likely" Self do you want grip shift and a lighter bike that already has bigger tires "well yes" then wait for it.

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