Worth it to equip my fat bike (Surly ICT) with 27.5+ and Bluto for summer?- Mtbr.com
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    Worth it to equip my fat bike (Surly ICT) with 27.5+ and Bluto for summer?

    I know this is totally subjective, but wondering what people's thoughts are. I have a 27.5 FS XC/trail bike (Rocky Mountain Thunderbolt), but have been contemplating on buying a 27.5+ wheelset and a suspension fork to convert my Surly Ice Cream Truck into a serviceable 27.5+ hardtail for summer usage. It just kills me to see such a great frame sitting up in the rafters all summer un-enjoyed.

    Sounds like a fantastic plan so far, yes? Except that it looks like this is going to cost the better part of $2000 ($900+ tax for a Bluto, and similar cost for a 150/197mm 27.5+ wheelset)!

    Wondering what everybody thinks of the 27.5+ (or 29+ for that matter) standards for use in our usual South/Central Ontario riding (typically Durham Forest/Dagmar/Albion/Buckwallow, etc. for me). A bit concerned that it could be a waste of money.

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    Is your ICT serviceable as-is? I just ride my Wednesday fat all year.

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    Not really. I have ridden it when my trail bike was in the shop, but it's an absolute hog. It has 4.8" tires and 100mm Clown Shoes. Great in snow but a pig on singletrack.

    I'm leaning more now toward a 29+ setup since I think the 1-2" drop in BB height would be problematic with the wide cranks on the ICT (would be banging pedals all the time). Still not keen on the cost though .

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    I have Carbon Beargrease I ride all year round. I have a set of Dillingers (4") and bigger Flowbeist and Dunderbeist (4.6) for different snow/ice conditions. The bigger tires are horrible on dirt and have a soul sucking rolling resistance. The Dillingers are quite nice and I have done some 30+ KM rides on them. I tend to ride the fat bike in more techy places in the summer though rather than Albion or Durham. I love my fatty at Buckwallow and Hilton Falls, and have enjoyed it at Kelso. I would not bother with a Bluto at first and would try different tires first, a new wheelset second. I don't know any faster fat tires apart from the Dillingers, but they have served me well. I have been considering a 29+ wheel set for years, but every time I ride the bike on dirt I think is just fine the way it is. If I could try a set of wheels, I might give it a go, but not willing to spend the money just to see.
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    I have my Farley set up as 29+ for the summer, but I don't have another bike.

    My space is limited as is my ride time.....so it works for me.

    In your case, I think this would be a "nice to have" rather than a necessity, but I think you would like it.

    Bluto's can be had for a lot less than $900...they can be found for $425 USD, even less used.

    Likewise wheelset's. Check Pinkbike or Fat bike Trader on facebook for deals.
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    Appreciate the input. Agree that this is very much a 'nice to have' rather than a necessity. The question is, how 'nice'? . I could see it going either way (i.e. ICT 29+ becoming my favourite ride, or just a novelty that I only use when I need a 2nd bike).

    And thanks for pointing me to that FB page! Never knew it existed!

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    Did you end up going 27.5+ on your ICT? I'm considering getting a 27.5" wheelset for my ICT with 3" tires so I can go down to just one bike... I live in a small apartment and can't stable all the bikes I've accumulated over the years.

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    Since I posted last, I have put a Bluto on my fat bike. It makes a huge difference for summer trail riding. Specially in techier terrain. For me it was a bit of a game changer. It has no negative impact on winter riding at all. I think it has improved it in some way, but can't quite put my finger on it. I have a bunch of bikes, so I don't intend on changing to another wheel set, but you never know. I would reach out to used bike forums like MTB parts finder or fatbike trader ontario to see about wheels. It's been pretty good this winter so far.
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