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    Trek Fatbike - Sasquatch

    ....friend took this photo at Trek World.
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    I don't understand. Is it like a beach cruiser like that Tommisea thing?

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    It's got an artisanal hatchet, too. Someone should grab that and start hitting the bike repeatedly with it

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    I don't understand. Is it like a beach cruiser like that Tommisea thing?
    Looks more like the Sawyer....which is a great bike.

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    Aside from the curvy swooping seatstay looks this seems nothing like the Sawyer. But yeah, the Sawyer is a good bike.

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    I think the one in the background looks better.
    Like the hatchet though....

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJaredX View Post
    It's got an artisanal hatchet, too. Someone should grab that and start hitting the bike repeatedly with it
    +1, that thing is silly, although the anodized large marges look sexy.
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    It looks cool and all, but who exactly is the market? Trail riders won't want those handlebars and that basket in front. Not sure snow riders will either. Is the hatchet stock?

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    I kind of like the idea, but definitely wouldn't buy it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    It looks cool and all, but who exactly is the market? Trail riders won't want those handlebars and that basket in front. Not sure snow riders will either. Is the hatchet stock?
    It'll do well on the beach boardwalk rental circuit.
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    Another bike that uses fat tires. The more demand there is for these tires the more options we'll get. I'd like to see a Larry with a solid centre band for riding on paved trails. Where I ride there are some rough trails with lots of roots, and some paved trails, and a centre bead would make riding on the pavement smoother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BowHopper View Post
    Another bike that uses fat tires. The more demand there is for these tires the more options we'll get. I'd like to see a Larry with a solid centre band for riding on paved trails. Where I ride there are some rough trails with lots of roots, and some paved trails, and a centre bead would make riding on the pavement smoother.
    Half joking: just wear down an Endomorph. Slick middle, knobby edges.

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    I was talking to a Trek rep last Winter about the rising popularity of Fat Bikes, and I asked if Trek was going to look into it. He said, a lot of people that work at Trek, love riding their Pugsley's, and that Trek was looking into the Fat Bike market. I guess he wasn't kidding.

    I think this could be very good for the Fat Bike market, we may get some new technology, and new/more parts that could help all of us, from a company with very deep pockets. Let's see what they can do.
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    More Fatbikes = BETTER

    Like the funky frame
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    Quote Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
    It looks cool and all, but who exactly is the market? Trail riders won't want those handlebars and that basket in front. Not sure snow riders will either. Is the hatchet stock?
    These are generally for areas that get snow. Fat bikes work great in the winter, so you can ride year round

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    Interesting approach to getting long chain stay length. I wonder if they were able to get away with 135mm hubs in the back. That's how Tommisea did it. And I wonder what the effective rear angle is. I actually liked the super slack rear angle on the old mtb's. In fact I'm inspired to go ride my old 85 MB1 right now. It's not too fat but the Big Apples will have to do.

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    Dig the hatchet, I want a rife scabbard as an option.

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    Looking at the seat angle again - wouldn't that put your butt more toward the rear? As far as I'm concerned float is more of an issue in back than it is in front. Looks like it is being marketed as more of a style thing.

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    It's based off the 2012 Pure model. (The "foot forward" recreational bike)

    Based on the hatchet thing, it wouldn't surprise me if this was a concept bike not meant for production. (Anyone at TrekWorld can chime in with actual info, I am just guessing on the conceptual idea)
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    yeah but the one in the back looks good to go!
    I'd buy one. Seems sorted for bumming on the beach, considering fatbikes rarely reach high speeds (and my cruiser handles fine at high speed anyways) I can't see the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nm13 View Post
    Interesting approach to getting long chain stay length. I wonder if they were able to get away with 135mm hubs in the back. That's how Tommisea did it. And I wonder what the effective rear angle is. I actually liked the super slack rear angle on the old mtb's. In fact I'm inspired to go ride my old 85 MB1 right now. It's not too fat but the Big Apples will have to do.
    The rear rim looks like the offset version of the LM.

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    If I was in the market for a cruiser bike I'd bite...till then my '55 Schwinn Spitfire will have to do. I agree though, more fatbikes = more components (are tires considered components?)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Half joking: just wear down an Endomorph. Slick middle, knobby edges.
    I'll keep that in mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitman View Post
    more fatbikes = more components (are tires considered components?)

    Try having a fatbike without them (tires). Think about how many tread and width options there are for 26"mtb's. It's still harder to get just what you want for your local conditions for a 29er. And how many we got? 3? Endo, Spyder, Larry (in order of useful tread)?
    This isn't a "you're doing it wrong" topic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    yeah but the one in the back looks good to go!
    I'd buy one. Seems sorted for bumming on the beach, considering fatbikes rarely reach high speeds (and my cruiser handles fine at high speed anyways) I can't see the problem.

    The one in the background does look to be based on a different frame, like the cruiser line has. Good catch!

    I still am leery of this being anything other than a conceptual display. Generally, product for the line is shown inside the hall. Also, I just can not see Trek spec'ing Surly components. Doesn't make sense for Trek.

    Now, it might be that dealers will say, "We gotta have this in our stores", and then Bontrager branded rims and tires for fat bikes might then happen.

    That makes much more sense to me from a Trek standpoint.
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    Confirmed: Concept Bikes

    Trek posted these to their Facebook page as concept bikes. Maybe we'll see something down the road from them....
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    Cue the axe throwing competition at bike festivals every where.

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    Reminds me of my Electra Townie cruiser but FAT. I think I can say, without a doubt, I would sell my Townie and buy this Trek!

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    Yeah GT, I figured they were only concepts, I like the 135mil rear hubs for alfine use.
    But the bulges in the seatstays definitely look "so I did this last night and ummm... yeah just send it to paint, I'm too tired to make 'em straight"

    I dig full-bore concept bikes like the broadsider, as a POC bike this kinda falls flat.
    Should've gone for a "mountain man" full adventure kit! WITH MORE PLAID!
    So my conclusion is it's a cobbled "what if" bike, if they REALLY wanted a stylized push for full fat they could've done it up right.

    I rode a trek clyde with spin carbon wheels for awhile, cruisers can kick some decent butt on clean trails. While this is a bit longer n lower than I think it could be, I still think it'd be great for beach cruising.
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    Okay...
    You shouldn't have mentioned "mountain man" and "plaid" in one sentence.
    This automaticly makes me think of : THIS !

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    that ain't no sasquatch. I'm sasquatch

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    On One bends the seat tube one way and Trek bends it the other. At least people are exploring the outer limits of Fat design........

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    Quote Originally Posted by daves4mtb View Post
    OK, just not getting this. If it's supposed to be a beach bike, why the hatchet?...
    Maybe the design brief was "build a fat chopper"...

    I suppose it would be a good camping bike for fetching firewood.

    And it will be handy when we get the Zombie Apocalypse.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    Maybe the design brief was "build a fat chopper"...

    I suppose it would be a good camping bike for fetching firewood.

    And it will be handy when we get the Zombie Apocalypse.
    I think it probably was just some daft idea one of the product designers had with a view to seeing if the dealers would warm up to a possible fat bike offering in the future.

    Trek says these are exercises to boost creativity and artistic freedom amongst their design staff. Much like Specialized does.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    And it will be handy when we get the Zombie Apocalypse.
    one can never be to prepared...

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    because methead mike is gonna run around the pits going "holeecarp didja see that stupid hatchet bike?! it's soooo stuuuupid, you gotta see this stuuuupid thing!!" and people will.
    it's all about getting people's comments within ear shot of the product planners, lord knows there's no internet chatter on mtbr about it, right? right? hello? bueller??

    how many people on this board wouldn't be saying "well, THIS is what they SHOULD do..." and then proceed to list everything that needs to be changed? it's called free market research. so's MTBR.
    so quite worrying about how stupid the gimmick is (that successfully got your attention in the first place) and ask yourself, IF Trek's listening right now, what needs to be made different?

    let's try to be positive here people... I'm not a fan of Trek period.
    As far as I'm concerned they've effectively destroyed Klein, Bontrager and Gary Fisher (to varying degrees).
    BUT that being said, if it's what I'm looking for then it is what it is- regardless of the headbadge.
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    and i say it needs more plaid cause noone on a fatbike should be taking themselves too seriously anyways.
    fatbikes are not about performance or maximum efficiency, they're about being able to individually attain real distances over terrain that would be largely uncrossable without an engine.
    (you may be able to hike it, but you won't get as far in the same amount of time)
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    They had to use plaid to make it look fatter! They tried stripes and it just didn't cut it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
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    fatbikes are not about performance or maximum efficiency.........



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    Quote Originally Posted by byknuts View Post
    so quite worrying about how stupid the gimmick is (that successfully got your attention in the first place) and ask yourself, IF Trek's listening right now, what needs to be made different?
    I don't think people on this forum needed a hatchet to generate comments about a new fatbike. Now about that reverse curve seat tube?

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    I agree that the reverse curve seat tube is potentially a great addition to fatbike design. As I mentioned earlier it is potentially a way to run 135mm hubs without offset or having an incredibly long wheel base. I doubt even I would like that slack of a rear angle but it would be worth playing with to see if this would work in some less radical configuration.

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    Trek posted this one on their FB page. It is actually called the Lumber Jack (thus the hatchet), and they actually made a "flannel" riding shirt with zip off sleeves to go with it. No plans for either of them to see production though.


    I can't post pics yet, but they have several pics on FB

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    Quote Originally Posted by nm13 View Post
    I agree that the reverse curve seat tube is potentially a great addition to fatbike design. As I mentioned earlier it is potentially a way to run 135mm hubs without offset or having an incredibly long wheel base. I doubt even I would like that slack of a rear angle but it would be worth playing with to see if this would work in some less radical configuration.
    I wasn't really saying that I liked the idea of the reverse curve seat tube. I don't like real long wheel bases and if you make the chainstays real long than your wheel base is long unless you don't mind your toes hitting the front tire. That said it is good that companies are thinking outside the box but I worry about people drinking the Koolaid of some companies products just because of their name and or marketing budget.

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