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    1/2 fat a viable alternative ?

    I currently have 26 x3.0 tires on my 1x1. Would it be worthwhile to get just a fat front? Or just make the plunge for a real fat bike? Looking for someone who has run this set up before.

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    I ran half fat on a KM, and it provided SOME suspension for single track. Other than that, no added traction for climbing, and 1/2 float on snow doesn't work (front end tracks straight, rear end all over the place). I think it was a waste of time and money for me, as I eventually bought a Pugs.

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    I have a half-fat singlespeed 29'er and a geared Pugsley, I also used to ride a half-fat geared bike before I swapped most of those parts to a Krampus. We don't get much snow here so my experience relates exclusively to dirt. Here are my thoughts regarding half-fat vs. full-fat setups:

    Pros:
    - Cheaper than full-fat
    - Lighter than full-fat
    - Easier to navigate rock gardens than full-fat (higher and narrower BB, easier to squeeze rear tire through narrow gaps)


    Cons:
    - Half-fat messes up the weight distribution, harder to keep the front end up over jumps and when hucking off ledges
    - Skinny rear wheel slides/spins out much easier than with a full-fat

    My advice - full-fat is better but if you can't afford it a half-fat is still a lot of fun and worth the ~$300 or so it will cost you, especially if you can swap the parts over to a full-fat someday.

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    Where do you plan to use it? What conditions? Do you need float or do you just like the idea of the added traction?

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    Strictly snow only, Boston Ma area.

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    I say go full fat then.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leeboh View Post
    Strictly snow only, Boston Ma area.
    In that case, full fat, as fat as your wallet will allow. Bud + Lou for sure, on at least 80mm rims, 100 would be even better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by efuss View Post
    In that case, full fat, as fat as your wallet will allow. Bud + Lou for sure, on at least 80mm rims, 100 would be even better.
    ^right there^

    I ran 4.0 tires on 65mm rims front and rear last year and it wasn't enough. Went to Bud and Lou on 100mm rims and will never go back for snow riding. The 65 mm rims and 4.0 tires are now on my summer fatty.

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