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    Any info about the Snap-On fat bike?

    So I've been looking around at fat bikes for a while, but didn't want to spend too much, had been leaning towards a Framed Minnesota or Gravity Bullseye Monster originally, but ran across a Snap-On fat bike that was a prize for a contest held earlier this year or last, and ordered it for $600 shipped. The hardware seemed okay for the cost, weight was listed at ~43 on the box from other for sale posts I found... not too light, but probably mid to upper 30s for weight when it's all said and done, and it has front suspension with lockout. So I bit the bullet and ordered (just waiting for it to show up impatiently now).

    Does anyone have any information on the actual OEM for this model, or a full spec listing on it? I reached out to Snap-On and they did not have any useful information to provide. Most of it I can see from the pictures for drivetrain, brakes and such, but I'm curious who the actual manufacturer is.
    Here's two listings for the bike for anyone curious. Seems listings are all over the place for cost, from 500 as the low end up to $2000(which seems way overblown)
    Snap On Fat Tire Bicycle
    https://maine.craigslist.org/bik/6156453758.html

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    No clue
    but just wanted to point out after seeing the pictures:

    that's a Very Unique Frame
    the seattube splits into two at the bottom bracket
    seemingly to allow mounting of a normal derailer on the driveside tube split

    that feature ought to be a major clue as to who makes it, but I've never seen such a thing done before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by xenologer View Post
    No clue
    but just wanted to point out after seeing the pictures:

    that's a Very Unique Frame
    the seattube splits into two at the bottom bracket
    seemingly to allow mounting of a normal derailer on the driveside tube split

    that feature ought to be a major clue as to who makes it, but I've never seen such a thing done before.
    That's interesting! I noticed the split because that did look really odd, but i just figured it was done for some kind of cost saving versus anything useful. I didn't see any other frames like it either though from my searching. Thanks for the info

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    I hope you got it cheap. I'm sure the Shimano components are fine. I'll bet the hubs are not. Wheels will probably be near impossible to set up tubeless.
    Triple on a fat bike? Great...
    I was a professional mechanic for many years and I've spent plenty of time on Snap On trucks. They put their name on everything that's hot at the moment. I remember 25 or so years ago they had a mountain bike. Don't remember much about it but I had bought some tools that put me in a drawing for the bike. I told my friend if I won, he could have it since it was a Medium only and I'm 6'5".
    I bet if I was 23 now and saw that bike, I'd buy it. I used to be all caught up in the Snap On hype.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I hope you got it cheap. I'm sure the Shimano components are fine. I'll bet the hubs are not. Wheels will probably be near impossible to set up tubeless.
    Triple on a fat bike? Great...
    I was a professional mechanic for many years and I've spent plenty of time on Snap On trucks. They put their name on everything that's hot at the moment. I remember 25 or so years ago they had a mountain bike. Don't remember much about it but I had bought some tools that put me in a drawing for the bike. I told my friend if I won, he could have it since it was a Medium only and I'm 6'5".
    I bet if I was 23 now and saw that bike, I'd buy it. I used to be all caught up in the Snap On hype.
    What will be the difficulty with tubeless? That's something I'm interested in doing but haven't looking into yet.
    And the triple will be ok depending on the gearing, I'm considering looking into getting a set of narrower wheels and getting rid of my older Tarpon since i don't have a ton of room for multiple bikes so it would be useful for that at least.

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    Craiglist ad is full of crap. High performance hubs? Selling for $1900 online? Psh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Harold View Post
    Craiglist ad is full of crap. High performance hubs? Selling for $1900 online? Psh
    Absolutely, no question on that. That was one of the better posts for pictures since I haven't received mine yet. Not a lot of sale posts that had good variety of photos on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wafflenator View Post
    What will be the difficulty with tubeless? That's something I'm interested in doing but haven't looking into yet.
    And the triple will be ok depending on the gearing, I'm considering looking into getting a set of narrower wheels and getting rid of my older Tarpon since i don't have a ton of room for multiple bikes so it would be useful for that at least.
    I believe those are the same rims that one of my friends had on a Bikes Direct bike. They're very flat on the inside, with no real bead shelf. That makes for very difficult tubeless setup.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYrr496 View Post
    I believe those are the same rims that one of my friends had on a Bikes Direct bike. They're very flat on the inside, with no real bead shelf. That makes for very difficult tubeless setup.
    Gotcha, thanks for the info

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    I prepped 2 for a buddy of mine who won them, and the bikes are not bad. good entry level fat.

    When I say Prepped, i cleaned and propperly greased all bearings, as well as assemble them right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by surlybugger View Post
    I prepped 2 for a buddy of mine who won them, and the bikes are not bad. good entry level fat.

    When I say Prepped, i cleaned and propperly greased all bearings, as well as assemble them right.
    That's good to hear, entry level is all I was after at this point, thanks!

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    I learned the hard way that triples up front are bad on modern fat bikes (I started on a Wildfire in 2007, tires were not as wide back then). Front derailleurs become magnets for foliage with triples. They stick out more than normal bikes and easily snag whatever you brush against. Of all things, several years ago I snagged a small tree on a beach and destroyed the front shifter - yes - the shifter. So much force generated from the snagging it popped the shifter open, destroyed all the internals. 1X whatever is the way to go in my biased opinion

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    Snap On fat tire bike.

    Quote Originally Posted by wafflenator View Post
    So I've been looking around at fat bikes for a while, but didn't want to spend too much, had been leaning towards a Framed Minnesota or Gravity Bullseye Monster originally, but ran across a Snap-On fat bike that was a prize for a contest held earlier this year or last, and ordered it for $600 shipped. The hardware seemed okay for the cost, weight was listed at ~43 on the box from other for sale posts I found... not too light, but probably mid to upper 30s for weight when it's all said and done, and it has front suspension with lockout. So I bit the bullet and ordered (just waiting for it to show up impatiently now).

    Does anyone have any information on the actual OEM for this model, or a full spec listing on it? I reached out to Snap-On and they did not have any useful information to provide. Most of it I can see from the pictures for drivetrain, brakes and such, but I'm curious who the actual manufacturer is.
    Here's two listings for the bike for anyone curious. Seems listings are all over the place for cost, from 500 as the low end up to $2000(which seems way overblown)
    Snap On Fat Tire Bicycle
    https://maine.craigslist.org/bik/6156453758.html
    The Snap On fat tire bike is built by Trek. I am getting one next week. I spoke to my Snap On dealer on Tues. I am very excited. He is going to be bringing me mine next week. I have been wanting a fat tire mountain bike for over a year now. I just couldn't bring my self to spend the ridiculous amount of money for one of these. I got a huge sticker shock when I went to my local bike shop to check them out.

    I just hope I like it better than my Mongoose Mountain bike. Not that my Mongoose is a bad bike because it's not. It has served me well. It was an impulse buy when I bought it. I just have never been happy with the fit of the bike. Its a little too big for me. This is smaller and should work well for me. I can't wait

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gellisjr View Post
    The Snap On fat tire bike is built by Trek. I am getting one next week. I spoke to my Snap On dealer on Tues. I am very excited. He is going to be bringing me mine next week. I have been wanting a fat tire mountain bike for over a year now. I just couldn't bring my self to spend the ridiculous amount of money for one of these. I got a huge sticker shock when I went to my local bike shop to check them out.

    I just hope I like it better than my Mongoose Mountain bike. Not that my Mongoose is a bad bike because it's not. It has served me well. It was an impulse buy when I bought it. I just have never been happy with the fit of the bike. Its a little too big for me. This is smaller and should work well for me. I can't wait
    I hate to burst your bubble but it probably isn't much better than the Mongoose. For what you have into these two bikes, you're well on your way to having something nice.
    OR ride the Snap On bike for a while and when you have some more money, sell both of em and get yourself a Surly Wednesday or a Pugsly. You wouldn't believe how much better a ride you'll have with quality rims and tires set up tubeless.
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    Trek made a limited edition Snap-On 70th anniversary mountain bike. I am not sure about the current fat bike. I would be surprised if they made a 3x bike

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    No bubble burst here. The mongoose mountain bike was purchased well over twenty years ago. So like I've said it has severed me well. I am not one who sells off my bikes. I still have my 86 GT pro performer freestyle bike. I restored it a few years ago. I also have a Dyno Detour as well as well that is waiting to be restored.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gellisjr View Post
    No bubble burst here. The mongoose mountain bike was purchased well over twenty years ago. So like I've said it has severed me well. I am not one who sells off my bikes. I still have my 86 GT pro performer freestyle bike. I restored it a few years ago. I also have a Dyno Detour as well as well that is waiting to be restored.
    Oh... I thought you had the Mongoose fat bike. If you have a twenty year old Mongoose mountain bike, it's probably pretty good. My brother had a Rockadile that was a killer bike back in the day.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gellisjr View Post
    The Snap On fat tire bike is built by Trek. I am getting one next week. I spoke to my Snap On dealer on Tues. I am very excited. He is going to be bringing me mine next week. I have been wanting a fat tire mountain bike for over a year now. I just couldn't bring my self to spend the ridiculous amount of money for one of these. I got a huge sticker shock when I went to my local bike shop to check them out.
    I seriously doubt this bike is anything to do with Trek as Trek don't build their own aluminium frames, this is clearly not a Trek design nor is it using Bontrager parts. It's possibly built in the same factory as Trek bikes are but that's meaningless as many other bikes will be as well.

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    Gatekeeping hard there on the Trek thing. I do the same thing when people say that a Volkswagen Touareg is the same as my Porsche Cayenne!

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    For anyone who is still interested in these bikes, I have owned one for a couple months now. It is my first fat bike and it has been some of the best fun I have ever had on a bike. I am 48 years old, started racing BMX in the 80's, and got into MTB in the 90's.

    Back to the details. Aluminum 16" frame, but it has a high standover due to the suspension fork, so it feels like a larger size. No little kids will be riding this bike. The brakes are Shimano hydraulic disk and work very well. I have replaced the seatpost, bars and stem with carbon fiber units, and I upgraded the pedals, seat and grips. The trails here this winter are so ice covered that you could probably use hockey skates, so I studded the tires myself with sheet metal screws. THIS totally changes everything on slippery trails. It is nothing short of amazing.

    Weight? yes, it is 45 pounds stock. The front fork is 7 pounds alone due to the steel steerer and steel fork legs. But, it works really well, and once you dress up in winter boots and throw some tools in your seat bag and have a full water bottle, who cares about a few extra pounds. Besides, I am 210 pounds without all my gear on...

    Below is a well-done list of details I found on another thread somewhere:

    Colors/part #: Red(S5X17P100KO), Orange(5SX17I01KO), Green(S5X17P102KO)
    Frame: ~16" TIG welded Aluminum, replaceable rear derailleur hanger, 1 H2O boss set on top of down-tube, welded on bracket for a kickstand. (I removed my kickstand - 2 screws hold it on)
    Fork: RST style ~63mm (or more) suspension travel, preload adjuster(left), handlebar mounted Jagwire cable operated "remote speed lockout" feature(right), 32mm steel stanchion tubes. (7 pounds 2 oz) (3210 grams) 8.5" steerer tube
    Headset: Neco, not tapered
    Stem: alloy, ~85mm reach with slight rise. (6.5 oz) (185 grams)
    Handlebar: alloy, 680mm wide, tapered 1.25"(31.8mm)-7/8", fairly flat/slight rise.
    Grips: 120mm, non-locking, rubber.
    Seatpost: alloy, 30.6mm x ~320mm
    Pedals: alloy, platform.
    Shifters: Shimano 3x8sp, SL-M310(Indonesia)
    Derailleurs: Shimano Altus front("Hyperdrive") & rear
    Cassette: Shimano 12-32t 8-spd, CS-HG200-8
    Crankset: Prowheel 44t(aluminum)/32t(steel)/22t(steel), 4-bolt 104bcd, Suolo model 170mm forged arms with integrated spindle.
    Bottom Bracket: 120mm Prowheel 24mm external type, standard 1.37x24t, BC1.37-24t MTB
    Brake levers: Shimano
    Brakes: Shimano hydraulic(Malaysia), 160mm SM RT26-S(China) wave rotors front & rear.
    Rims: 26" x 4"(100mm), with lightening holes. (wheels are 4lbs 8.7 oz Front and 5lbs 14.2 oz rear) (2060 and 2665 grams)
    Hubs: Quando "High Performance" QR, 135/190
    Spokes: 36 straight gauge front & rear.
    Tires: 26" x 4" CST(Cheng Shin Tire), 30psi. (2 lbs 12.4 oz) Room for a much larger rear(guessing 4.9" max), And I run a 4.5" Juggernaut on the front of mine.
    Tubes: Schrader valve (1lb 5.5 oz each) (620 grams)
    Wheelbase: ~1180mm
    Weight: 45 pounds

    I would also agree that this is not made by TREK. It is very likely produced by someone like RSD in China.

    Tianjin RSD Bicycle Co., Ltd. - Mountain Bike, Folding Bicycle
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    Good job! Thank you for the info - just picked one up myself

    I appreciate you posting the info on the bike. It is my first entry into the Fat Bike market, and while not a huge investment, I am genuinely excited about it.

    The one I was able to get is a Snap-on black one. It is as new and was ridden once by the grandson of the guy I traded with. Said it was too big for his grandson. I went this past weekend to look at it and we worked out a trade that cost me no cash out of pocket for the bike and some quality time shootin' the breeze.

    I was heading to the trails to ride another bike so I brought it along with me. After some riding on my stumpy I decided I would give it a quick nut and bolt check and spin a bit around the parking lot.

    I had ridden it briefly at the guys house, however, now I had nothing but time and lots of space. I stayed close to my car and tools just in case. After a few trips around the parking lot I took it into some gravel and then off a sidewalk. I should be able to tell you how much air was in the tires, however, I did not put a gauge to them. I would say they were definitely inflated close to 30 PSI versus the low pressure opposite end of the inflation spectrum.

    I had a great time. The fork lockout worked. The fork itself is nothing other than you would expect for the price point of the bike. I like having it versus a rigid one (for now). After about 30 minutes I put it back on my rack and rode some more on my specialized.

    Interestingly enough I got more questions about the snap-on bike than my other steed. I thought that was neat as I am a people person. On the way home from the trails I stopped by my LBS and talked to my mechanic about it. I asked for a check over of the entire bike and , keeping it real, a basic tune. I might swap out just the front tire for the trail riding - might just leave it as is for now.

    It makes for my third new bike since I got back into riding a few months ago. I plan to ride it and see if I like it and if so then perhaps invest in a decent used one. What I traded for it I had not used in years so basically I will only have the cost of a look over and $40 tune in the thing.

    I am excited to get it back and hope to ride it this coming Saturday. It is what it is - I understand that. I am excited to be representing at the local trails on the thing. I am also a car nut so having a "Snap-on" bike, well you know...

    ~GOD BLESS~

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