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    Steel Full Suspension Fatbike?

    Just wondering if such a thing exists. Seems like it would be pretty neat. I know the Salsa Bucksaw is a thing. Anything else?

    Also, what would such an extreme bike be good at? Wet rocky trails?

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    Steel? Why for full squish?
    Bucksaw is aluminum fyi.

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    Proudfoot, just saw it on fat-bike.com
    Quite a nice/ spendy carbon wheel etc build still comes in about 36lb

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    Nothing production. Waltworks will build you one in steel.

    Full suspension fat bikes are good at the same things as any full suspension bike.

    If you ride fat and like suspension, it's a nice option.

    Choices:
    Foes Racing Mutz
    Salsa Bucksaw
    Trek Farley EX
    Lenz Fatillac
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    Carbon open license frames

    I have ridden the Mutz and just started building a Lenz.

    Very few builders use steel for full suspension in any bike style, likely due to weight.

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    Brrraaaapppp!!!!

    Steel is still real.

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    I was mostly thinking steel for vibration. With aluminum you feel everything: your hands, legs, etc. A carbon-everything bike would be great and a lot lighter, but probably a ton more expensive and then you don't get the authoritative "PING!" when a pebble bounces off a steel frame.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MozFat View Post
    Proudfoot, just saw it on fat-bike.com
    Quite a nice/ spendy carbon wheel etc build still comes in about 36lb
    Ya man. Might have to get me a Proudfoot. Would love an all Fox equiped one. Hopefully Fox will do a big fork...

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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Ghost View Post
    I was mostly thinking steel for vibration. With aluminum you feel everything: your hands, legs, etc. A carbon-everything bike would be great and a lot lighter, but probably a ton more expensive and then you don't get the authoritative "PING!" when a pebble bounces off a steel frame.
    On a fatbike with fat tires at low PSI.

    Seriously?
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Ghost View Post
    I was mostly thinking steel for vibration. With aluminum you feel everything: your hands, legs, etc. A carbon-everything bike would be great and a lot lighter, but probably a ton more expensive and then you don't get the authoritative "PING!" when a pebble bounces off a steel frame.
    Not with full suspension, maybe rigid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jayem View Post
    On a fatbike with fat tires at low PSI.

    Seriously?
    Yeah, that comment garnered an eye roll.

    I think people attribute things to frame material that is based more on heresay than reality.

    Aluminum is good stuff. Nothing wrong with steel, it's just heavier.

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    Ok, so maybe the tires themselves cancel out most of the "road noise." I was mostly musing. Never actually tried a fat bike before myself but a guy had one on a group ride and I wondered about them having suspension. Mine is plus but I think I had the tires too high.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    I think people attribute things to frame material that is based more on heresay than reality.
    Very true.
    For example, I have steel bikes that are lighter than some of my aluminum bikes in the same formats (ie hardtails, FS, DJ, etc).
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    Fatillac quiver-killer

    Selling my Fatillac, frame or complete. Large that fits me great at 5'10"

    Have run this with 5" or 6" of travel, with Bluto, Fox 34, Supermax.

    Runs 26 fat, 27.5+, 27.5x3.8, maybe 29.

    PM for more info. Will post an ad and more details soon.

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    The traditional argument for steel is a better ride on rigid or HT bikes. Which largely comes with a weight penalty (yes there are exceptions).
    With fat tires and FS, there really isn't a compelling need to go steel as the tires and shocks handle the trail buzz and al or C at a given cost point save weight

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