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    Fat Bike Comparenator

    Hello Guys

    I started this to try to decide what Bike to buy for an upgrade. I started with a few factors and a few brands... Then I thought "Why not do all the bikes?"...
    That was a horrible idea. It was a much bigger job than I thought.

    I managed to include 85 models from 28 different brands.
    I gathered the data from the specs & MSRP listed on brand websites.

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...bKU/edit#gid=0
    If you want to sort by price, select column C (the whole column), hit "Data" then select "Sort A-Z".
    Before you look at it I apologize:
    • I did not include 27" fats, it was too much work.
    • If I miscopied, crossed my eyes or otherwise got anything wrong. I think it is mostly OK.
    • to the brands toward the end of the alphabet, I ran out of steam and did not include all your models (I included a good chunk of them). If you email me a table string I can cut and paste, then I will add it.
    • I was halfway through before I realized I could have made it a lot better (more data). Oh well, it is more comprehensive than what I found elsewhere.


    Note the prices are MSRP (with the exception of Bikesdirect brands, those bikes are never sold at list, the bikes are OK but the way they advertise is silly). You can often find lower prices than MSRP.

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    By the way, if this is useful comment so it stays near the top and others see it.

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    Nice job. How long did that take you.

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    It's hard to say, a few hours probably. Manufacturers do not compile their information in a way to make it easy, that's for sure.

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    Thanks That's a good job. One correction: I think the Wednesdays have a 177x12 rear hub.

    Tim

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    Fixed, thanks

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    Lot of work, nice job, but the real meat and potatoes is in the frame design. Id rather see the geometry in a graph than outfitting.

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    Yeah, That would be nice but I don't have that kind of time. It surprised me how long this took. If someone wants to send me compiled data, I will add it. At least This will help you narrow down the bikes for which you want to dig up those details.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nurse Ben View Post
    Lot of work, nice job, but the real meat and potatoes is in the frame design. Id rather see the geometry in a graph than outfitting.

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    Sounds like a nice project Ben, get to it.

    iliketexmex,

    Very nice job. The information provided will point people in the right direction from a price point and desired build perspective. They can then delve into geometries of a few models they may be interested in.

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    There's a decent graphic included here.

    https://www.ridefatbikes.ca/sr-index...tack-and-reach

    i have no affiliations...

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    Updated with Cube. Thank you JackWare!

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    The 2019 Mongoose Argus details can be found here: https://issuu.com/mongoosebikes/docs...45c2be4eaed45e They should be available for retail sometime in September.

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    FrozenMonkey, those tables are great!

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    Id get something with thru axles

    and maybe a GX Eagle drivetrain at a minimum... nice to have WIDE range with fatbikes

    spiderless cranks are rad too

    a dreamy rear hub could spice things up too!

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    I'm leaning towards something steel.

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    It looks like I chose the right bike.

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    Good job!

    Thanks! Very helpful to see the range of parts used. Looks like 197/150 is now the norm. Too bad it will be out of date as the 2019's come out, and with Shimano going 1x12 there will be more choices in the gearing dept.

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    Iliketexmex,

    What bike are you considering getting? I'm from the same area as you are. I put my Bucksaw up for sale and am thinking about picking up a hardtail. I am either getting a Wozo or a Middlechild. I dont like the Wozo for the steep head tube angle, dont know if I'm going to miss full fat if I go to the Middlechild.

    As much as I love my Bucksaw, I keep thinking about how much fun a plus or fat hardtail could be with a mastodon, but I can't have both.

    Sorry to hijack, didn't want to make another thread for something that isn't that big of a deal. Anyone can comment that has made the jump from full sus back to hardtail.

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    I kind of like the 509 Cycles, but I am not sure yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k.b. View Post
    Thanks! Very helpful to see the range of parts used. Looks like 197/150 is now the norm. Too bad it will be out of date as the 2019's come out, and with Shimano going 1x12 there will be more choices in the gearing dept.
    do you really think there will be acceptance of a new standard? I would think you can't get much wider before the ergonomics kick in. I guess we'll see

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    these charts are great!
    thanks!

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    Added some more Trek, Specialized (they're done), Salsa. Salsa needs finished.

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    Updated again

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    Another comment...The RM Blizzard has either a Bluto or an aluminum fork...I haven't seen a year or build include a carbon for yet. Nice work compiling this though!

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    Fixed the RM Blizzard, Added data on the Garneau Louis 0, 1, 2, 3 & 4

    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

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    You should add the Canyon Dude, big seller in Europe and now available in the USA.
    https://www.canyon.com/en/mtb/dude/
    Fat Bike Comparenator-dude2019.jpg
    Last edited by Daniel Middleton; 09-03-2018 at 08:19 PM.

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    nice charts!!

    I did something like this for myself 3 years ago when I was in the same search as you, and it was arduous!! But it was also where I learned a lot about bikes, components, trends, companies etc....which was also sort of the intention

    I also did a chart for BMX bikes at the same time
    " ...the moonlit swamp Krampus is a king among bikes." - geraldooka

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    I saw on your chart 509 Cycles. I had never heard of them. I went to there website, it looks like they make some great steel and Ti 12x177 fat bikes. Good information to know.

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    Added Canyon Dude 8.0 and 9.0, that 8.0 looks sweet for the price point. I am still thinking about that 509 Cycle though.
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...it?usp=sharing

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    Tex Mex,

    I looked at that 509 cycles. They do look like very nice bikes with 177 rear. Very Surly Wednesday-ish, also 177 rear.

    Have you considered the Wednesday? I love mine. The Gray 2019 model is $1500. But if you want last years (2018 same frame), I think you can still get some black medium or large for around $1200-ish.

    I think the Wednesday is the best Fat Bike for $1500, although I am sure the Farley 5 is great too for around that range and I am sure there are others. I am a little bias of the Wednesday because I own one and I am not overly concerned about bike weight because I am big myself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by k.b. View Post
    Thanks! Very helpful to see the range of parts used. Looks like 197/150 is now the norm. Too bad it will be out of date as the 2019's come out.
    What standard is this? Wider than 150/197???

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    Added Wyatt Cycles, I also added Moose Cycles but they are only in Canada. MSRP might be CAD. Highlighted in Red

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    sarma bikes

    SARMA SHAMAN
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    SARMA FOKA Ti



    Lynskey Performance

    Fatskey Mountain Bike

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    msc BOOTY fatbikes

    KHS 4 SEASON

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    Shttps://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1z4ruL1uK0YSFhdWFgYdN673TafnHDdqWpdLt1yRTbKU/htmlview
    Updated with a couple more Norco models and added a tab for tires. Tires are manufacturer's data, not actual measured widths or weights. If you message me confirmed weights or widths, I'll add them.

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    Added 3 KHS Models, now up to 102 models...
    https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets...bKU/edit#gid=0

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