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    Question.... I am a huge fan of fatbikes... but have only used in... well flat lands.... Hell I have 3 of them. My son now lives in Southern Oregon and I have ridden my 29r out there with him with great enjoyment.

    Does anyone have any opinion on using a fatbike in the steep (to me) up and downs of the mountains? Not sure if I see them being appropriate for that kind of terrain, seems most posts are flat or snow areas. Curious if the rotational mass kills their usefulness in more mountainous terrain. Need to know if I should ship one out there!

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    Ship it. They go up hill like crazy and downhill is fun too. You won't keep up with a full suspension all mountian bike downhill but who cares.

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    I have a lot of fun riding mine around the mountains of West Virginia, and for the most part the extra rotational weight isn't that much of a problem.

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    No flat bits where I live.
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
    Latitude: 57ļ36' Highlands, Scotland

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    Lovely place Scotland; quite hilly (makes gesture reminiscent of a curvy woman).

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    I'm a somewhat unskilled climber, and I can clean stuff on my fat bike that I couldn't before. Slower, maybe, but more controlled.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maddrjeffe View Post
    Lovely place Scotland; quite hilly (makes gesture reminiscent of a curvy woman).
    Very appropriate.

    You think you're going well, all is sunny, then suddenly thunder, lightning, and a hard uphill slog...
    As little bike as possible, as silent as possible.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    Very appropriate.

    You think you're going well, all is sunny, then suddenly thunder, lightning, and a hard uphill slog...
    Yep! thats Scotland!

    As Billy Connaly says "if you dont like the weather hang on 20mins"

    You get plenty grip on loose climbs with a fatbike
    plan it...build it....ride it...love it....
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    Thanks all, I guess it is time to send one out west!

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    Quote Originally Posted by coastkid71 View Post

    As Billy Connaly says "if you dont like the weather hang on 20mins"
    One of the funniest people to come from Scotland !

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    All my rides involve steep uphill terrain, and my Pugsley hasnít yet let me down. Here is an example of some steep stuff (20%+ grade in sections):

    <iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://app.strava.com/rides/903959/embed/4b3b065f794fd7b13563d7b51bfc199e12b79d69'></iframe>

    Specifically, here is one of the tougher segments:

    <iframe height='405' width='590' frameborder='0' allowtransparency='true' scrolling='no' src='http://app.strava.com/segments/640680/embed'></iframe>
    Donít let that average 3.1% grade business fool you, clicking on the link reveals the tough stuff.
    Donít frail and blow if youíre going to Braille and Flow.

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    Also, I have better experience running a Larry in the rear compared to an Endomorph when it comes to climbing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drew Diller View Post
    Also, I have better experience running a Larry in the rear compared to an Endomorph when it comes to climbing.
    For the time being I am running a Duro Razorback 26"x3" in back, run at around 18psi or so. It gives craploads more uphill traction than an Endomorph (have tried running the Endo both directions), yet I still need to try out a Larry in backóought I run it backwards???
    Donít frail and blow if youíre going to Braille and Flow.

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    Yep, backwards, like a stock Mukluk - the broad part of the lug should be doing the digging. Actually I just looked at my wife's Mukluk, I thought they were installed backwards by default.

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    Thanks, thatís what I had gathered judging from the backward-running Endomorph experience Iíve had. Would be a great way to save 200 or so grams of rotating massóthe Duro Razorback is a heavy downhill tire.
    Donít frail and blow if youíre going to Braille and Flow.

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    My 907 outclimbs anything I've been on so far. I love finding short super steep stuff. When I find a hill that I can't quite make it up with my other bike, I go back the next day on my fat bike and conquor it.

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    I love climbing steep tech sections on my Pugsley. Around here it's all up and down, and 95% of my Pugsley riding has been on rocky singletrack.

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