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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    I know these dates are sometimes moving targets -- but have any of you shop guys in the know heard anything from Specialized more definitive than "late 2013" for the US ?

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    I've heard October is the first shipment. I haven't heard an actual date. I'm on the list for the base model.
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    I know these dates are sometimes moving targets -- but have any of you shop guys in the know heard anything from Specialized more definitive than "late 2013" for the US ?

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    I want to know when/if those lovely rims and big hunks of rubber are going to be available. I REALLY want those tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    I've heard October is the first shipment. I haven't heard an actual date. I'm on the list for the base model.
    How did you get on the list? Did you do this through an LBS? I talked to a Specialized Dealer last week and they knew almost nothing about the availability.

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    I talked to my lbs and they were taking pre-orders. The lbs aren't planning on ordering any for floor models.

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    What tires? I thought the ones on the demos were Bud and Lou?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    What tires? I thought the ones on the demos were Bud and Lou?
    "Demo bikes with Surly tires are just temporary, which is one reason I can’t give final bike weights. We’re developing our own tire based on our Ground Control tread. It will be one tire, 26×4.8”, identical tread front and rear, 120 tpi."

    From the MTBR article:

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    what tires? I thought the ones on the demos were bud and lou?
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    I have one of the nicer models on order. I think it's call the expert. I work at a shop and my inside rep has said right now it looks like November for mine. This isn't set in stone though. There isn't any official info other than what most have seen on the web from the dealer launch a few weeks ago. My rep thought more solid info will come in a couple weeks. The main thing that has recently happened is that part numbers have been created so everyone can start getting in line for them. The rest will come soon. I can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    "Demo bikes with Surly tires are just temporary, which is one reason I can’t give final bike weights. We’re developing our own tire based on our Ground Control tread. It will be one tire, 26×4.8”, identical tread front and rear, 120 tpi."

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    Just In: Specialized Fatboy Fat Bike | Mountain Bike Review
    Ha, yeah, I read that when it came out. I guess I was just wondering if they became reality and someone had pics of them already.
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    Fat bike tyres

    check out post 15. this is what has me restless at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    Ha, yeah, I read that when it came out. I guess I was just wondering if they became reality and someone had pics of them already.


    Maybe they'll look like this???
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    Quote Originally Posted by tri-tele View Post
    Fat bike tyres

    check out post 15. this is what has me restless at night.
    I really wish they were doing a 4" tire...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    I really wish they were doing a 4" tire...
    I hear there is a fatbike tsunami coming and when it hits I bet there will be Special Ed 4" tires in it!
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    I don't know that anyone has posted this before but according to my spec rep specialized has actually purchased the tooling to produce the new tires themselves, no QBP or whatever collaboration
    Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanofChaos View Post
    I don't know that anyone has posted this before but according to my spec rep specialized has actually purchased the tooling to produce the new tires themselves, no QBP or whatever collaboration
    Did Special Ed make their own "skinny" tires to this point or did they work with a tire company?
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    My understanding has been that they've outsourced the tires to a few different companies for their tires in the past. Not sure why they would start now. OR I might of got bogos information on the internet.

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    From what I was told by my dealer, they bought their own machine because whoever currently makes the 4.8" tires wanted too much money to produce tires. I think having their own machine will be great for Specialized, should make it easier to create new tread designs.

    I put in my order for a Fatboy today..... I can't wait for winter now.

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    I have heard the same thing from my spec rep as well. Specialized wants more control over production of their fat tires. Everyone knows that tires are the most important part of the fat bike equation and most lucrative.

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    I hope they sell those tires alone otherwise there might be a Fat Boy for sale with a Bud and Lou come November

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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

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    I hope they sell those tires alone otherwise there might be a Fat Boy for sale with a Bud and Lou come November
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    Is there confirmed weights for the base model? Also, does the base model come with hydro or cable brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    Is there confirmed weights for the base model? Also, does the base model come with hydro or cable brakes?
    This is from the MTBR article: It doesn't address the weight for the base model.

    1) What is the difference between the Fatboy and Fatboy Expert. What are the weights, projected prices?

    Both bikes feature the same frame, fork, rims, hubs, tires, tubes, and shifters. Here are the main differences between the two models:

    Fatboy Expert

    SRAM X0 rear derailleur
    e.thirteen crankset/BB (36/22)
    Shimano Deore brakes
    Butted spokes
    Alloy nipples
    Specialized Bennie pedals
    Weight: TBD (current show bike is approx. 30 lbs with Surly tires)
    Pricing: TBD (targeting $2,500-2,750)
    Fatboy

    SRAM X7 carbon cage rear derailleur
    Custom Samox crankset/BB (36/22)
    Tektro Draco 2 hydraulic brakes
    Plain gauge spokes
    Brass nipples
    Metal cage pedals
    Weight: TBD
    Pricing: TBD (targeting sub-$2,000)

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    Looks great so 'finished' looking not cobbled together like my pugs
    Can't wait

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    Ship date depends on when the tires become available. Apparently the bikes are sitting there waiting right now and as soon as the tires arrive they will be installed and the bikes will ship. I'm hoping for early October but sometime mid month looks more likely.

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    What's the thing on the bottom of the left hand fork leg in the last picture?

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    either the brake or the quick release skewer. I don't see anything else there.
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    Now that I have my fatboy on order, I can't wait for it to arrive, the days are dragging by...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnally78 View Post
    I have one of the nicer models on order...
    Quote Originally Posted by wetpaint View Post
    Now that I have my fatboy on order...
    Curious how your dealer handled "ordering" these? I was told today by a pretty good Specialized shop that there isn't a price or release date yet and it is not even fully up on whatever computer system they use?

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    According to the purchaser for one of the largest Specialized dealers in the southeastern United States:

    2014 Fatboy (base model). MSRP is $1999.99. Sizes are S, M, L, and XL. Two color options - either black/gold or green. Available sometime in December.

    2014 Fatboy Expert. MSRP is $2599.99. Sizes are S, M, L and XL. Only color is black/flo-red. Available sometime in December.

    Both Fatboy bikes will be produced in a very limited quantity.

    The shop needs to place their orders by the end of September for the Fatboy bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Curious how your dealer handled "ordering" these? I was told today by a pretty good Specialized shop that there isn't a price or release date yet and it is not even fully up on whatever computer system they use?
    My shop is one of the top 25 Specialized shops, they had quite a few of each version ordered, I just reserved one that is coming.

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    Both bikes feature the same frame, fork, rims, hubs, tires, tubes, and shifters.I like both of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetpaint View Post
    My shop is one of the top 25 Specialized shops, they had quite a few of each version ordered, I just reserved one that is coming.
    Thanks! I called a different more high-end dealer and got a different response. This dealer is doing pre-orders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    either the brake or the quick release skewer. I don't see anything else there.
    You're right. What I took for 2 bolts seems to be the qr pivot and a reflection.

    Thanks Tim

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    Just curious is there normally differences in MSRP between different regions of the US? I've heard 1899 and 1999 for the Fatboy Base? Just seems odd to me. Looking at the images on the Fatboy thread, I'm wondering if there is any reason why we don't see 2Bliss on tires? I can't think of a reason why I couldn't run tubless, but I thought I'd ask here since I'm not totally sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    Just curious, are there normally differences in MSRP between different regions of the US? I've heard $1899 and $1999 for the Fatboy Base? Just seems odd to me.
    According to the purchaser for one of the largest Specialized dealers in the southeastern United States:

    2014 Fatboy (base model). MSRP is $1999.99. Sizes are S, M, L, and XL. Two color options - either black/gold or green. Available sometime in December.

    2014 Fatboy Expert. MSRP is $2599.99. Sizes are S, M, L and XL. Only color is black/flo-red. Available sometime in December.

    Both Fatboy bikes will be produced in a very limited quantity.

    The shop needs to place their orders by the end of September for the Fatboy bikes.

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    It's not regional. There is MSRP and there is MAP. Some of us do a more significant volume than others so we choose to go lower.

    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    Just curious is there normally differences in MSRP between different regions of the US? I've heard 1899 and 1999 for the Fatboy Base? Just seems odd to me. Looking at the images on the Fatboy thread, I'm wondering if there is any reason why we don't see 2Bliss on tires? I can't think of a reason why I couldn't run tubless, but I thought I'd ask here since I'm not totally sure.

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    I got a heads up on Wednesday that these may be able to start shipping by mid September. Couldn't get a confirmation on it but that was the wink wink nudge nudge...

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    That would be awesome if they can start shipping them earlier. I already sold my Mukluk, now I'm without a fat bike for now.

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    OK folks, help me out with a decision,, right now I have a pug necro, 2x9 set up.. a salsa enabler fork up front. lx shifters and bb7 brakes... fat sheba's right now with larry and endomorph,, got a few spares, a spare set of large marges and a set of big fat larry's will fit on front.. not quite sure about back...

    now the decision. how much more of an upgrade, improvement, etc.. do you see, if I go or the FATBOY expert... I know that bike is unproven, but considering on being a test bunny.. any thoughts.... and if you are playing,, please just keep it between these two bikes, one that I have, and the one that I am considering...

    thanks..

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    Quote Originally Posted by twright205 View Post
    now the decision. how much more of an upgrade, improvement, etc.. do you see, if I go or the FATBOY expert...
    About 2.8?
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    Has anyone heard any updates to ship dates? i have one pre-ordered and am very excited.

    i see they have updated the web site with the new bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadraper View Post
    Has anyone heard any updates to ship dates?Specialized Bicycle Components
    Spoke to a dealer yesterday that said early December...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Spoke to a dealer yesterday that said early December...
    Yup... still waiting on tires.

    I thought the big guys getting into the game were supposed to solve that {Surly} Issue!!!!
    ...Be careful what you're looking at because it might be looking back...

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    I thought the big guys getting into the game were supposed to solve that {Surly} Issue!!!!
    Nope - I heard they were supposed to bring ultralight high-performance $50 fatbike tires to the people!~
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    Looking at all the thingies (fat bikes, steel tri-cross disc steel commuters in general) I can't help but feel like Spesh has Surly in their cross-hairs.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Yup... still waiting on tires.

    I thought the big guys getting into the game were supposed to solve that {Surly} Issue!!!!
    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.

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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.
    That is the story that i heard but i heard that Specialized purchased the machine moved it to a building they have and were getting workers up to speed to make the tires. this had something to do with Surly not wanting them to make the tires for specialized. now this is all i have heard and have no real knowledge.

    all i know is i want the bikes to ship so we can have them!!!

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    As far as timing, dealer is telling me sometime in Oct for first shipment. My guess on tires is that they are done. My only reason for saying that is they have finally posted the Fatboy on the website. So ramping up production of tires, assembly and shipping. My gut says four to six weeks out. However we get them when we get the.

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





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