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    $2k to spend what fat bike do you buy!!

    I知 looking @ trek Farley 5 or Salsa Beargrease ...

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    It depends where you live and what you plan on riding.

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    $2k used opens you up to even nicer bikes.

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    All terrain but not crazy snow , I知 not into freezing

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    All terrain but not crazy snow , I知 not into freezing
    Canyon Dude CF 8. Nice carbon frame and good specs.
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    2018 Canyon Dude fatty with Mastodon
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    This lists bikes all over the price range map, but you can easily sort and compare. No frame geometry data, but if you narrow down your choices you can dig that up separately.https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...bKU/edit#gid=0

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    Farley 5
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    Trek Farley 5 with some nice aluminum pedals and Bontrager lights.

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    You could build a damn nice bike for two grand. Check out the 60% off RSD Mayor frames, Hope Fatsno hubs, Surly My Other Brother Darryl rims, 1x11 or 1x12 drivetrain and SLX brakes. Raceface Aeffect cranks are cheap and light.
    I like turtles

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    No thoughts on Salsa?

    My one concern is riding rigid not a fan

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    Another Farley vote here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    No thoughts on Salsa?

    My one concern is riding rigid not a fan
    I used to like their bikes. Now I think they're ugly as sin. Have you looked at the Surly bikes? Wednesday, Ice Cream Truck and Pugsly?
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    Just got a 2019 Trek Farley 5. Had it converted right away to tubeless and ordered a pair of Race Face Chester pedals. Love it.
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    I wouldn't spend $2k on a fat bike again (I don't think anyway), but if I did, I'd buy the new Surly ICT. It's even better than last year's.

    A 4" fat bike makes basically no sense to me. If I was going to buy that, I'd just ride a 3" plus bike--all the advantage of the 4" "mid-fat" with no special components needed (normal hub spacing, cranks, etc.) and basically all the traction. I think that's why the bottom fell out of the fat market in the past two years.

    I still love my fat bike, but I've been riding more in groups with non-fat riders and so I've been riding my plus bike.

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    I just got an 18 Beargrease for super cheap. GX Eagle, size L, carbon wheelset.
    Without pedals it weighs 25.6lbs



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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    I知 looking @ trek Farley 5 or Salsa Beargrease ...

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    I'd troll your local craigslist and find a used carbon Farley from last year or the year before.

    Beargrease? Oh hell no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee View Post
    I'd troll your local craigslist and find a used carbon Farley from last year or the year before.

    Beargrease? Oh hell no.
    Gr8 advice. I picked up my 16 Farley 7 in 2017 for $1250 with a set of Studded tires on top of stock Barb's on 26. THis Sept I picked up a used 18 Farley 9.8 for $2400 with Bontrager XXX bars and seat post plus never used Botrager dropper that came with the bike. I'm taking this guys 19 Farley 9.8 when hes ready as well. The bad ass red is going to be for me...other 2 goes to my kids. I replaced headset and BB and got the cockpit where I like it. Not expensive. Gr8 peace of mind.

    Lots of good deals out there. Way I see it, Fatty's, especially rigid, can last for a loooong time. Take your time and find the right deal.
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    Why hell no ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    Why hell no ?

    Because I've seen too many bad customer services scenarios where Salsa shit the bed on a customer.

    Friends don't let friends ride Salsa.

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    ? Wow good to know just never heard anything but good.

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    Farley 5 you get alot for the $. Only downside is deore 1x10 and thats an easy upgrade.

    Good wheels, awesome tires, fits 27.5x4.5-26x5.05 tires on the frame, carbon fork.... cant beat it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by solarplex View Post
    Farley 5 you get alot for the $. Only downside is deore 1x10 and thats an easy upgrade.

    Good wheels, awesome tires, fits 27.5x4.5-26x5.05 tires on the frame, carbon fork.... cant beat it.


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    Rigid fork pisses me off , you're paying over 1500 and no suspension? ...

    Can you throw Hodag 3.8's on that rig?

    If I can get a Beargrase Carbon for same $ which you like best?

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    Ride a fat bike with a rigid fork and a 4.8" tire. You won't care that it's rigid.

    Rigid fat bikes are 1500 dollars because the wheels are costly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by J_Westy View Post
    Have 2 Growlers at home so I'm biased, for 2k you can get a nicely equipped rig with your choice of color or go with one of their limited edition bikes.

    Pale Ale - https://growlerbikes.com/collections...owler-pale-ale

    Octoberfest - https://growlerbikes.com/collections...nt=45623889298

    Mission 22 - https://growlerbikes.com/collections...=1360789995538

    IMO is the best direct to consumer company out there with the owner involved all the way during the ordering process making sure you get what you want, haven't seen that kind of relationship with any other bike company.
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    Trek Farley 5. The Deore drivetrain is pretty darn good, and not a weakness by any stretch. The brakes are... okay. The standout feature of the Farley, however, is the wheel size. Coming off a 26x5 bike, I was concerned about slow handling and a lack of soft-snow traction. I should not have been concerned. The Farley is at least as good in super-soft conditions and handles just like a normal trail bike. If you are planning on riding rough terrain at speed, a suspension fork is an option, but be aware that the Bluto is not a good fork for sub-freezing conditions. The Manitou Mastadon is a much better choice. My $0.02 YMMV
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    You could build up a Kona Wozo for about $2k. It fits me like a glove. If Trek made the Farley in XXL I would had gone for the 5, it is a pretty sweet package for the $$$.

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    Trek seems the only company that goes 27.5 - 4.8

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    I just went through this same issue, checked out a lot of different fatties, Salsa, Ice Cream Truck, Dude (a friend had one), Trek Farley 5 & 7, Fezzari King's Peak, they were all great bikes, the Fezzari fit the best but at the end of the day went with the Trek because of LBS and service down the road, a lot of people don't care for Trek but I think it's more because of they're a big corporate company than that they don't make a good product, because the Farley Family of Fatties are as good as any. I about bit on the Fezzari which is another direct to consumer brand, but I read one bad review out of 100's and it turned me away. Ended up spending a bit more on the Farley 7 to get front suspension but the Farley 5 comes in around $1900 I believe. I've become a big fan over the years of the LBS and service down the road.

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    Trek Farley - Great platform to ride now, upgrade once you realize what you want to get out of a fat bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    ? Wow good to know just never heard anything but good.
    Salsa has taken care of me quite well over the years. No complaints except for some of the ugly paint jobs.

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    I don't have it yet but I just ordered a Canyon Dude 8.0 CF. It checks a lot of boxes for me and at 1999 its a good deal for carbon from a good company.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stras View Post
    I about bit on the Fezzari which is another direct to consumer brand, but I read one bad review out of 100's and it turned me away.
    Are you kidding me?


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    I can get a 2018 Farley 7 27.5 z 4.8 can also run Hodags in summer

    Under 1900

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    I have a 2017 Salsa Beargrease set up tubeless. I put studded flat pedals, fenders, a riser bar, paddle grips, and some gear bags on it. I usually ride it on sand and gravel and some paved trails. I just had my first real mountain (ok Nebraska sandhills) biking venture last weekend and I'm hooked, can't wait to do it again. At 53 I'd like to get one with some suspension someday but so far so good. I did order studded tires so I can enjoy some (safe) leisurely trail riding this winter. I'm not into jumps and the BMX stuff... I'm just trying to stay healthy. It's my first and only fat bike and I'd buy another one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by racefit View Post
    Are you kidding me?


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    Nope I致e been burnt bad in the past with customer service and reading about them not standing behind a 4 month old frame turned me off. Just personal preference I guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by triathloner View Post
    I don't have it yet but I just ordered a Canyon Dude 8.0 CF. It checks a lot of boxes for me and at 1999 its a good deal for carbon from a good company.
    Going to love it. I ride it more than my Tallboy.
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    Trek Farley 7 2018 with SHOCK

    VS

    Salsa Carbon Beargrease - No SHOCK

    both can do 27.5 x 3.8

    But Farley can go 27.5 x 4.8

    I知 not a fan of 26 anything

    Same price

    Hmmmmm

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    I would not let carbon lust get in the way of the decision. Trek has lifetime warranty, salsa does not. I would get the one with better fit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stras View Post
    Nope I致e been burnt bad in the past with customer service and reading about them not standing behind a 4 month old frame turned me off. Just personal preference I guess.
    1 bad review out of presumably 100痴 of good ones?

    Seems a bit unreasonable no?


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    Boy Salsa for such a lusted bike takes rep hits here and other forums

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    I found a barely used 2018 Farley 7 Demo at a local bike shop.
    $3100(CAD$) MSRP, Marked down to just $1900
    pedals already installed, Full Trek Warranty.

    I was there just looking for an entry level Fatty with a 1.5" tapered head tube because the Bluto Fork I found (half price on ebay) would not work on the Schwinn Biggity that I bought on a whim for $350 a month ago. (My first Fatty)

    I was actually looking for a Norco Bigfoot. (~$900) When I saw the price,
    and could not resist the 40% discount on the Big Red Farley 7

    First test-ride on the Big 27.5" x 4.5" Gnarwhals and Manitou Mastadon
    I knew it was the right bike for me, Much better fit (19.5"), Hydraulic Brakes, 1x11 Heaven!

    I sold the Bluto for $300 more than I paid, enough to cover a new Bontrager Line-Dropper. (Same Dropper that comes standard on the new 2019 Farley 7)

    The Mastodon is the better fork for colder climate, so it all worked out perfect. Now I just need to sell the smaller Biggity. The 26's look so tiny compared to the 27.5's but go figure...the much Bigger Trek is actually 11lbs lighter, even with the Manitou Mastodon

    I also have an old Marin HardTail with a Judy XC fork,
    but it's not much fun in the Winter in Alberta.
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    I wouldn't spend $2k on a fat bike again (I don't think anyway), but if I did, I'd buy the new Surly ICT. It's even better than last year's.

    A 4" fat bike makes basically no sense to me. If I was going to buy that, I'd just ride a 3" plus bike--all the advantage of the 4" "mid-fat" with no special components needed (normal hub spacing, cranks, etc.) and basically all the traction. I think that's why the bottom fell out of the fat market in the past two years.

    I still love my fat bike, but I've been riding more in groups with non-fat riders and so I've been riding my plus bike.
    Where I ride they won稚 let you on the groomed trails in the winter with anything less than a 3.8 tire. I致e ridden a 3 tire in the snow & it痴 no where near as cabable as a 4 is. If I never rode in the snow I could see not having a fat bike. I set my bike up 29+ as soon as the snow is gone and ride it like that all summer long.

    Some people still need the bigger tire sizes and a plus bike isn稚 the answer.

    To the OP... nice find on the Farley. Toss a carbon fork on that thing and lose about 6lbs. I致e never understood the need for a suspension for in the snow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Once Bitten View Post
    Where I ride they won稚 let you on the groomed trails in the winter with anything less than a 3.8 tire. I致e ridden a 3 tire in the snow & it痴 no where near as cabable as a 4 is. If I never rode in the snow I could see not having a fat bike. I set my bike up 29+ as soon as the snow is gone and ride it like that all summer long.

    Some people still need the bigger tire sizes and a plus bike isn稚 the answer.
    I don't think you read my post carefully. I have both 3" and 5" bikes. I see no use for 4". The 5" is not much slower than the 3". If I want a fat tire, I want a real fat, which means 5", not 4".

    Quote Originally Posted by racefit View Post
    1 bad review out of presumably 100痴 of good ones?

    Seems a bit unreasonable no?
    Unless you're the one, and then it's everything.

    Companies who won't stand behind their product will never sell anything to me.

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    Can I ask where you found the Farley 7 for such a good price?! Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    I don't think you read my post carefully. I have both 3" and 5" bikes. I see no use for 4". The 5" is not much slower than the 3". If I want a fat tire, I want a real fat, which means 5", not 4".
    Here in Ontario 5 bikes are a little bit like fat skis - overkill for 90% of conditions. I think 4 tires make much more sense, especially if racing is part of the deal.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    Boy Salsa for such a lusted bike takes rep hits here and other forums
    Don't worry it is all cyclical. People used to hate on Trek like crazy. Next thing you know people will love Specialized (please don't sue me).
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    Quote Originally Posted by twodownzero View Post
    I don't think you read my post carefully. I have both 3" and 5" bikes. I see no use for 4". The 5" is not much slower than the 3". If I want a fat tire, I want a real fat, which means 5", not 4".



    Unless you're the one, and then it's everything.

    Companies who won't stand behind their product will never sell anything to me.
    I can probably add to this conversation. All summer I ride an evil insurgent here in Pittsburgh so I'm not an exclusive fatbike guy. I spent the last 4 years riding 5" in the winter but the reality in our area is we don't get much snow. It's typically a couple inches at a time and this freeze thaw crap. It used to be that riding was shut down for a couple months, but fat bikes saved my ass from that years ago. I sold my 5" bike over the summer and am currently putting together a 2019 Beargrease w/ some carbon hoops (27 x 4). A good friend of mine works at Salsa and in talking we both felt the climate here was best suited to the 4" (esp on a 27). I just don't need 5" float and resistance all the time, and if I do I can air down super low. The 4" actually seems like the perfect go to for me in our scenario...Just like anything, not one solution is best for everyone.

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