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    Anyone here go full fat all the time ?

    Iím testing the idea... Farley 9.6 27.5 x 4.5

    Iím not sure thereís anything I couldnít do on the bike, except maybe shark teeth rock rollovers ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    Iím testing the idea... Farley 9.6 27.5 x 4.5

    Iím not sure thereís anything I couldnít do on the bike, except maybe shark teeth rock rollovers ...
    I do. Full time, full fat, full suspension, year round. Farley EX8. The things that itís not good at, I donít really care about.


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    Sure do. I'm in Mozambique, the roads are crappy and potholed or sandy tracks. So the one rigid on 4" tires does the trick. No suspension tech to worrying about

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    Most of the time...haven't taken the Barbs off since they came out!



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    I've been doing it since 2014 here in Pisgah. I love every second of it!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    Anyone here go full fat all the time ?

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    Did but now I'm plus and fat.
    :thumbsup:It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RockyJo1 View Post
    Did but now I'm plus and fat.
    Me too. I just put on a 29+ wheelset on the fatty when I want a change of pace.

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    Yes, but I change out wheel-sets for studs in the winter and faster rollers in the summer. Of all the bikes I have ridden, the fat just feels more solid and stable. That is why it is the only bike I ride year round in snow, singletrack, gravel, bikepacking...

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    Plus and fat here too. Only my wife's Spearfish has skinny tires at my house.
    I like turtles

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    I went fat a couple years ago and have been running fat ever since, so much fun!

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    Went fat in 2011 and pretty much stayed fat for 99% of my rides. Did try a skinny tire lightweight Crux for a few months and sold it for my Farley. Fat just feels better. Started in 11' with my SS pugs, switched it over to a drop bar this year and just picked up my Farley a few months back. Looking forward to the 27.5" in the snow.

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    My Farley 7 will definitely retire my old Marin
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    At first it was like going from a Prius to a Monster Truck,
    But once I got use to the Big bike, I can't ride the little one anymore.

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    Stand Over is about the same,
    But with larger diameter tire, taller sidewalls and lower air pressure... the ride is so smooth,
    I'm gliding over ruts and obstacles I had to bunny hop to clear before...and Gobbs of Traction!
    Love the 1x11 too, the clearance from the bottom of the front chain ring is up ~5"

    Currently on 27.5x4.5 Studded Gnarwhals for Winter
    and will swap to Barbegazi's once the snow/ice is gone.

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    Beauty ride

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    When I'm in the dirt/snow, it's all I ride.Anyone here go full fat all the time ?-20181213-farley-coldwater-sprint.jpg
    Remember, nobody knows. So let's find out...

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    I was fat only from '11 until a year ago or so, I ride plus in the summer now, pretty fun.

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    Another Farley Ex8 full time rider. The Farley Ex 8 is such a bad ass bike!

    Another cool thing about 27.5" x 3.8" is riding in the mud. When I go through a liquid mud slop, I actually leave a nice flattened strip that actually helps smooth the trail out as opposed to narrower tires which bite into the mud and leave a rut. I actually use my Farley Ex8 to "grade" the mud holes on my local trail.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuyuna View Post
    I do. Full time, full fat, full suspension, year round. Farley EX8. The things that itís not good at, I donít really care about.

    I am also thinking about one bike all the time, and this one is on the short list. Do you run two wheels sets? it so, what are you using? Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbarber120 View Post
    I am also thinking about one bike all the time, and this one is on the short list. Do you run two wheels sets? it so, what are you using? Thanks!
    Nah. I'm strictly 27.5. It works great for me. Our trails are pretty meticulously groomed in the winter so I don't need fatter than 3.8. I did switch over to tubeless (it's very tubeless ready) and that makes a noticeable difference in acceleration, especially in high-drag terrain (snow). It's been a really great bike for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckMountainMan View Post
    My Farley 7 will definitely retire my old Marin
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    At first it was like going from a Prius to a Monster Truck,
    But once I got use to the Big bike, I can't ride the little one anymore.

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    Nope, life is too short to ride only fat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KThaxton View Post
    You win the man cave award.....bikes AND guitars!
    lol...another expensive hobby
    (hard to settle for just one of those too)

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    I bask in thy glory.....I haven't been allowed to buy a guitar in years.....apparently it isn't justifiable if I only play them 10 times a year. But, but, but...they are so nice to look at!

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    I would never ride just one bike. How boring is that? I have several bikes and ride than all.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuyuna View Post
    I do. Full time, full fat, full suspension, year round. Farley EX8. The things that itís not good at, I donít really care about.

    I've never owned a fat bike. Don't think I wanna unless they make a bike like this w/29x4.5" tires? Not interested in wheels of smaller diameter. Thx.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    I've never owned a fat bike. Don't think I wanna unless they make a bike like this w/29x4.5" tires? Not interested in wheels of smaller diameter. Thx.
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    Any idea what the diameter would be with a 4.5" tire on a 29" rim?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Any idea what the diameter would be with a 4.5" tire on a 29" rim?
    None whatsoever. Not a fat biker. But I have a set of 27.5x3" plus wheels for my 29er and they're tiny. As well as for sale.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    None whatsoever. Not a fat biker. But I have a set of 27.5x3" plus wheels for my 29er and they're tiny. As well as for sale.
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    This will give you some idea.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Your link convinced me -- 29x4.5" it is. Thanks for providing the persuasive evidence. Now... where can I get it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Your link convinced me -- 29x4.5" it is. Thanks for providing the persuasive evidence. Now... where can I get it?
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    Was there was a 29"x4.5" somewhere in that link

    My 27.5X4.5's actually measure 30.5" Tall...why settle for 29"

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    Getting rowdy on my Farley Ex 8 on the trail:

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckMountainMan View Post
    Was there was a 29"x4.5" somewhere in that link
    There wasn't. But it's no stretch to imagine that 29x4.5" will be bigger around than those shown.

    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckMountainMan View Post
    My 27.5X4.5's actually measure 30.5" Tall...why settle for 29"
    So could we expect the outside diameter of a 4.5" tire mounted on a 29" rim to be even greater than the 4.5" tire mounted on your 27.5" rim? Again, I've never owned a fat bike nor fat bike wheels so I admit I'm speculating to some degree.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    There wasn't. But it's no stretch to imagine that 29x4.5" will be bigger around than those shown.


    So could we expect the outside diameter of a 4.5" tire mounted on a 29" rim to be even greater than the 4.5" tire mounted on your 27.5" rim? Again, I've never owned a fat bike nor fat bike wheels so I admit I'm speculating to some degree.
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    Hey guys, don't let me derail this thread entirely. It seems fat doesn't exist in 29" format -- is this correct? If so, seems funny that nobody just came out & just said so.

    If no 29" fat wheels, why not? Too much rolling weight? Us taller riders do appreciate larger hoops.

    In the end I gotta admit I probably wouldn't buy a fatty in any case. I live a too far from good snow to justify such a machine. Meanwhile my N+1 tendencies have me leaning toward a 29+ for my next bike. With honest 3" (maybe even wider) tires. I just couldn't warm up to the 27.5x3" wheel. Outside diameter is close to my 29x2.6" but not nearly close enough.

    Wheel size... fat... the next dream bike... whatever... I welcome perspective & enlightenment.
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    I returned to cycling after a 15 year absence in Dec 2016 on a Felt plus-tired ebike. Replaced that with a fat tire iFix Sumo E30 in April 2017. Rode that exclusively until April 2018 when I bought a Specialized Fatboy Comp Carbon and customized it to suit me and my riding specifically.

    That's all I ride nowadays. Love it, go everywhere with it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Hey guys, don't let me derail this thread entirely. It seems fat doesn't exist in 29" format -- is this correct? If so, seems funny that nobody just came out & just said so.

    If no 29" fat wheels, why not? Too much rolling weight? Us taller riders do appreciate larger hoops.

    In the end I gotta admit I probably wouldn't buy a fatty in any case. I live a too far from good snow to justify such a machine. Meanwhile my N+1 tendencies have me leaning toward a 29+ for my next bike. With honest 3" (maybe even wider) tires. I just couldn't warm up to the 27.5x3" wheel. Outside diameter is close to my 29x2.6" but not nearly close enough.

    Wheel size... fat... the next dream bike... whatever... I welcome perspective & enlightenment.
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    29 fat would require fork & frame standards that don't exist yet. Nobody's going to make production wheels, tires, forks, & frames until all the standards are established.

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    Fatties can be a little fun in the summer.


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    Quote Originally Posted by burtronix View Post
    29 fat would require fork & frame standards that don't exist yet. Nobody's going to make production wheels, tires, forks, & frames until all the standards are established.
    Ah, you mean the same as every other bicycle that's ever been conceived, designed & built?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    Any idea what the diameter would be with a 4.5" tire on a 29" rim?
    Here's some data, I'll let you do the math.

    My Berbegazi 27.5x4.5's on a Nextie 65mm external width rim with an ERD of 535mm measures 769mm O.D. with 6 psi and no weight on it. 27.5x3.8 Hodags at 8 psi on the same rim measure 745mm O.D. unweighted.

    The ERD of my Nextie 50mm external width 29+ rim is 591mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckMountainMan View Post
    My 27.5X4.5's actually measure 30.5" Tall...why settle for 29"
    The diameter of the 27.5 x 3.8's on my EX8 is 29.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cuyuna View Post
    The diameter of the 27.5 x 3.8's on my EX8 is 29.5

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparticus View Post
    Ah, you mean the same as every other bicycle that's ever been conceived, designed & built?
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    Yep, just like in the past, it takes creativity, engineering, collaboration, persuasion, marketing, & time.

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    Hmm,I own a plot of woods with about 180ft elevation drop and about 1/4 mile long,7.5 acres, I could easily build a couple of runs just like this. Using it for motorcycle trials now. Have small Kubota too...
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    Oh yea, canít really tolerate riding any other of my bikes after riding my Wo (-;

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    Quote Originally Posted by htrdoug View Post
    Hmm,I own a plot of woods with about 180ft elevation drop and about 1/4 mile long,7.5 acres, I could easily build a couple of runs just like this. Using it for motorcycle trials now. Have small Kubota too...


    Oh yea, canít really tolerate riding any other of my bikes after riding my Wo (-;
    Man that would be perfect as long as you have some good dirt/clay to work with, this is only about 180' of elevation and about 1600' long.

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    Not sure I would say that I have gone "full fat", but, fat bikes made me sell my road bikes, and I now consider my 2" wide tire mountain bikes to be road bikes.

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    Great soil,rocks,roots,a half pipe looking ravine,steep rocky wet weather creek. But getting my shoulder fixed so will likely be next year before I can put a lot of work into it,once shoulder recovers I have a regional mototrials event to set up at another property(not mine)which has about a 4 mile loop I can fatbike on any weather.

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