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    FARLEY 5, 7 or 9.6

    First post here so please be kind! I'm 70 and new to mountain biking. Rode a street bike some but its getting WAY to dangerous. Selling a Trek Madone 5.9 and looking to get a fat bike. I will be using it for the beach in the summer. Riding down the ski runs in Park City, again in the summer. Any trails I can find that fit me in the Northwest. Not looking to ride hard, just going to have fun. Any thoughts would be appreciated.

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    I think the 7 is a great value. Trade out the dropper and suspension fork for Bontrager's rigid carbon for both. Probably save a couple bucks too. The 5 is a great value for an entry level fat bike too. If budget is not a huge deal, then I can't imagine you'd be mad about the 9.6.
    it's a challenge some of us are ultimately worthy of.

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    5 and 9.6 on sale.
    It doesn't matter what I ride as long as I ride it Rubber Side Down●~●.

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    What are the advantages or not to suspension on a fat bike?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipperw View Post
    What are the advantages or not to suspension on a fat bike?
    Full suspension will beat you up less, provide you with more security and much more comfort over roots and rock. Consider a Farley EX8

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    I bought a Farley ex8 this year off eBay after looking at the other Farley models.
    I have had some back issues and just figured more suspension the better.
    I love it
    I'm not riding anything super aggressive but I was rough on my body in my younger years and I'm paying for it now.
    My first ride on a true fat bike with 26 x 4.8 tires sold me the cushion was great
    Mine has less fat tires but the suspension makes up for it and then some
    If you have any questions about the ex8 I'll try to answer them.
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    Thank you for the input. I am leaning towards a bike with at least front suspension. Don't think I need a carbon frame. I will look at the ex8 some more but I do like the fattys. Do you notice the added weight at all with the full suspension bike?

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    I don't notice the extra weight
    My friend has a Farley 9 and when we load them in the back of his truck they feel the same
    I don't know that I would really notice a couple pounds either way though.
    And I have a few pictures of an ex8 with 27.5x 4.5 barbagazies on it that are pretty fat
    And it looks awesome too apparently there's enough clearance but I think that's the max.
    Someone else posted about removing the dropper post
    To save some weight.
    I think the dropper post is one of my favorite parts of the bike I wouldn't own a bike without one now.
    Again I'm just riding around having fun
    I don't go fast
    And I'm not doing anything crazy
    Sometimes I carry a backpack with a few pounds of stuff
    Sometimes I'm bare minimum.
    I personally don't notice weight differences.
    Maybe I'm pushing a little harder then the other guys
    But my bike is the coolest bike I've been on so far. I took a break for a few years but
    I had a decked out Santa Cruz nomad before this bike and I never smiled while riding it like I do on my Farley.
    It's like a monster truck to me
    I live in Florida so it's mostly root filled trails
    Sugar sand
    Mud
    Or pavement for me




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    The 27.5x4.5 tires on the EX8 really interest me. Do you know if the bike had to be modified in any way or did they just fit? Would it be possible for you to post a couple of the pics you have so I can see them. THX

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    I searched on here and found it
    I do not recall any modifications front is no problem
    The rear is tight but I guess if it fits it fits
    Just don't stick your fingers in there while you're riding
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    Again not my bike
    It's a picture I found on here but I plan on buying those tires soon


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    Quote Originally Posted by kend View Post
    I searched on here and found it
    I do not recall any modifications front is no problem
    The rear is tight but I guess if it fits it fits
    Just don't stick your fingers in there while you're riding
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    Didnt work on my friends. We put my wheels and tires off my 9.6 on his ex and the tire wouldnt even turn.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipperw View Post
    The 27.5x4.5 tires on the EX8 really interest me. Do you know if the bike had to be modified in any way or did they just fit? Would it be possible for you to post a couple of the pics you have so I can see them. THX
    I donít think 4.5 inch tires are possible. I donít know for sure since I have no interest in tires that wide. Iíve ridden my EX8 with its stock 3.8 all winter, on groomed trails and out on our lake. Maybe wider tires would be helpful in ungroomed deep snow, but I donít ride that. In the meantime, 4.5 inch tires in the summer get you nothing but higher rolling resistance and more rotating mass. 3.8 wide tires are an excellent balance on not being too heavy/cumbersome to pedal easily, but wide enough to have great traction. The cushioning ability of a super-wide fat tire is unnecessary on an EX8 and wouldnít add anything, in fact would detract, Iím confident.

    The Mulfuts and rims on a stock EX8 are tubeless-ready and super-easy to convert. I donít notice the weight of the EX8, but I do notice the decreased rotating mass from the tubeless conversion.

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    THANKS EVERYONE for your responses. Just made a deal on a Farley 7. So time will tell if I did the right thing. First two mods are going to be tubeless and a good droppost.

    Thanks again

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    27.5 x 4.5 Barbegazi won't fit in a Bluto (it won't turn or will rub badly) but will fit in a Mastodon.
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    Congrats!
    Farley 7 was my choice too

    I picked up a barely used 2018 LBS Demo marked down by $1200 last Fall.
    The ride is just amazing compared to my old HardTail MTB and I Love the Mastodon!

    My first mod was a Bontrager Line Dropper (internal routing)
    then I Studded the Gnarwhals for Winter riding. Best Mod Ever if you ride snow/ice!

    Attachment 1228299 Attachment 1228300

    I'll be swapping over to my 27.5X4.5 Barbegazi's soon,
    Still shopping for a set of Carbon wheels to go tubeless for the Summer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CanuckMountainMan View Post
    Congrats!
    Farley 7 was my choice too

    I picked up a barely used 2018 LBS Demo marked down by $1200 last Fall.
    The ride is just amazing compared to my old HardTail MTB and I Love the Mastodon!

    My first mod was a Bontrager Line Dropper (internal routing)
    then I Studded the Gnarwhals for Winter riding. Best Mod Ever if you ride snow/ice!

    Attachment 1228299 Attachment 1228300

    I'll be swapping over to my 27.5X4.5 Barbegazi's soon,
    Still shopping for a set of Carbon wheels to go tubeless for the Summer.
    Youíre not gonna go 3.8?


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheNatureBoy View Post
    Youíre not gonna go 3.8?
    If I ever see a set of 3.8 Hodag's on sale I may be tempted to try them.

    The Barb's were available when the 20% sale was on, they were in stock
    and my $30 coupons were about to expire so I ran with FAT for now.

    I'm not a racer (and 55 y/o) and prefer smooth cushy ride and traction vs more speed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skipperw View Post
    The 27.5x4.5 tires on the EX8 really interest me. Do you know if the bike had to be modified in any way or did they just fit? Would it be possible for you to post a couple of the pics you have so I can see them. THX
    4.5 won't fit the EX8. I went through my first winter with my EX8 running the stock 3.8 Hodags. Too narrow for the deep stuff & not enough grip for the icy stuff. Next winter I'll be getting studs.

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    Get a 9.6 and put a Mastodon on it.

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    Man I love the 27.5 Hodags on a set of jackalopes! Rebuilt the rear Jack with a
    DT Swiss 350 Big Ride with 108 poe. This is on my 17 7 this thing rolls. Also haven't noticed much cush loss between the Barbi's and the Hodags. Was the best upgrade on the bike.
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    if anyone is interested, i have a brand new pair of 27.5 x 3.8 Hodag's for sale.

    Message me if interested.
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