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    4' Tire clearance won't cut it any more. To many people want 5" clearance. Any new frame engineered should handle 5" tires to give the purchaser the choice to go big or not so big.

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    I wouldn't say it's new...Lynskey has been making the Ti Fatback for years. With Fatback ditching the 170 for 190, it left a spot for Lynskey to slide into...
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    They should just call it a Fatback


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    Quote Originally Posted by gcappy View Post
    4' Tire clearance won't cut it any more. To many people want 5" clearance. Any new frame engineered should handle 5" tires to give the purchaser the choice to go big or not so big.
    Not sure I'd agree with that. Personally, I'm fine with 170mm hubs and 4" tires. I also "downsized" from RDs to Marge Lite rims, making my rig a bit less fat, and I'm liking it. There's not enough 190mm bikes out there yet to be able to say if it's gonna stick. No aftermarket hubs, either (that I'm aware of). So there's some risk jumping on that bandwagon at this point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmooveP View Post
    Not sure I'd agree with that. Personally, I'm fine with 170mm hubs and 4" tires. I also "downsized" from RDs to Marge Lite rims, making my rig a bit less fat, and I'm liking it. There's not enough 190mm bikes out there yet to be able to say if it's gonna stick. No aftermarket hubs, either (that I'm aware of). So there's some risk jumping on that bandwagon at this point.
    I agree. Everyone I know on a fat bike is on 4" tires. I run a Bud up front and often lust for something faster rolling---especially when I ride with them.

    Also, SS'ers can probably run a large tire in the back with no drivetrain worries. I think this usually refers to running a full range of gears with a large tire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitman View Post
    I wouldn't say it's new...Lynskey has been making the Ti Fatback for years. With Fatback ditching the 170 for 190, it left a spot for Lynskey to slide into...
    And don't forget the titanium Mukluk, (until this coming year's model), which Lynskey also made.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SmooveP View Post
    Not sure I'd agree with that. Personally, I'm fine with 170mm hubs and 4" tires. I also "downsized" from RDs to Marge Lite rims, making my rig a bit less fat, and I'm liking it. There's not enough 190mm bikes out there yet to be able to say if it's gonna stick. No aftermarket hubs, either (that I'm aware of). So there's some risk jumping on that bandwagon at this point.
    Tell that to 9-0-7 and Borealis. They both have invested heavily to create Carbon frames that are 190 mm and fit Bud/Lou on Clownshoe's. There are probably a couple I didnt think of also or don't know of. Carver also makes the Ti-Obeast that accepts Bud/Lou on Clownshoes. I would not buy a new frame if it didn't have that capability. You may want to go big some day too. Why not have the choice?

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    Cool if ya like ChiTi that breaks a lot, I guess......
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    I've gotta say that for the riding I do on the East coast of the U.S., I don't feel a need for a 190mm frame. We don't get huge amounts of snow in the winter here in VA. Both 70 and 47mm rims work like a charm for me, especially when doing 50+ mile trail rides. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I hope the 170mm frames stay around.

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    I thought they (Lynskey) only made the first year Ti Muk...
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitman View Post
    I thought they (Lynskey) only made the first year Ti Muk...
    Which was carried over to this year, and next year's is Taiwanese manufactured.

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    Does "ChiTi" break a lot? I guess there must be different grades of Titanium, but how different are they? or is it the welds?
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    I thought Lynskeys were made in the USA? However I did just look at their site and it makes no mention of Made in the USA or otherwise...
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    I find it difficult to justify Ti for a fatbike frame. (I've got a Ti 29er and a Ti CX bike, so I do like the stuff)

    I can't see much point in it on a fatbike because the fat tyres do the job you want it for on skinny bikes, and you end up with a heavier frame than the equivalent quality in aluminium.

    About the only advantage I can think off (apart from the shininess ) was if I was crossing a lot of salt water beaches where the corrosion resistance would be an advantage
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    Quote Originally Posted by damnitman View Post
    I thought Lynskeys were made in the USA? However I did just look at their site and it makes no mention of Made in the USA or otherwise...

    They are made in Tennessee.

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    That's what I thought, but I would also think they would have that prominently notated on their site
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    Quote Originally Posted by JYB View Post
    I've gotta say that for the riding I do on the East coast of the U.S., I don't feel a need for a 190mm frame. We don't get huge amounts of snow in the winter here in VA. Both 70 and 47mm rims work like a charm for me, especially when doing 50+ mile trail rides. Maybe I'm in the minority, but I hope the 170mm frames stay around.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nitrousjunky View Post
    I don't feel a need for a 190mm frame
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    I hope the 170mm frames stay around.
    ^ this, as it suits the xc style riding that i do.
    Nothing against 190, but neither have I for 170!
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    Lynskey says the frame has a 70 Head Angle based on a 474.5mm axle to crown fork. The specs on the complete say the bike has a Moonlander fork. I don't think Moonlander forks are offered in that long a configuration. So either the actual head angle will be steeper, or there is a Moonlander fork that long. (Surly's site is not very helpful in this regard, by the way.)

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