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    Fat rear 29er front?

    I'll preface this by saying I've no fatbike experience and it's likely been discussed somewhere, but not sure what to search for.......

    There's plenty of examples of fat front bikes, but I've not seen any fatbikes set up with a fat rear and 29er front. I understand the fat fronts are relatively common because they can be put together with standard bikes and a new front end, but why not a fat rear and slimmer, larger diameter front for trail, rather than snow riding where bigger volume is wanted. Seems standard fare on motorcycle trail bikes whereas with bicycles in general, including 69ers, the front and rear tyre widths seem to be the same or the front wider.


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    I think it would feel just like a 29er but with a more comfortable rear end.

    The big advantage of the fat front is the way it allows you to skim over tricky surfaces.

    On a motorbike you do that by hitting the throttle which lightens the front wheel and loads the rear. The fatter rear stops the motorbike digging a big hole.
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    Muklucs have the option so you can swap out snow fat tires with a set of 29ers. Somebody with a Muk has tried this, or will. I would like hear how it works out.

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    Thanks VB, assumed a throttle and motor would figure in there somewhere

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    This could be a bad idea.

    Imagine riding a bike with good grip in the front and insane grip in the back. Mucho face plant! The reason motorcycles are set up with a larger rear tire is POWER. Like Velobike said, if the front starts to drift...punch it Chewy.
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