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    Fatty for a Clydesdale fatty?

    I'm about 6'-2", and built like a linebacker. If I were fit, I'd be 240. But I'm not. I'm about 275. I tend to overbuild stuff, or buy 'next rung up' spec in mountain bikes - like using a Niner RIP9 for XC, or 40c tires on my road bike.

    I am strong - my nickname on MTB is 'the chain breaker', I've cracked frames, ripped BMX cranks apart on a fixed gear, and I literally ripped a Hope cassette body off of the hub shell - and ended up bending the through axle - by cranking up a hill in a low gear. I've started to figure out I need certain brands - like Wipperman and King.

    I'll bikepack and try to keep it light, but I'll be pushing 310-320 pounds on the bike fully loaded.

    So. As tempted as I am by current offerings, I'm set on two things:
    - front and rear through axles
    - 100mm rims with 5" tires
    I just can't see trusting QR wheels. I also think due to my size I need to get the biggest tires just to have the same float a typical rider will have on 65mm/4" wheels.

    That leaves me with few options, from what I can tell:

    - 9:zero:7
    - Salsa Blackborow
    - Surly ICT

    Are there others I should look into?

    Anyone think I shouldn't worry about through axles and have other ideas?

    Thanks!

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    Fatty for a Clydesdale fatty?

    I think you will be fine with just about any of the current offerings. I am huge and have had no problems with my mukluk 3. I just had mine fully loaded with me and gear with zero issue. I do want to thru axle the rear though. I think my rear hub bearings are about to go out. You can't go wrong with any that you listed. I would go ride some bikes and see what you like.

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    I'm 6'5", 250 pounds and I've been riding a 907 with Clownshoes and Bud and Lou.
    Mine is a 2014, so it has QR front and rear. I've had zero problems with it.
    I'm going to trade up to a 2015 for polished frame, 150mm fork and thru axles. I don't feel I need em, I just want to have all my stuff compatible and I don't want all sorts of extra wheels for a Bluto.
    I've broken cranks and hubs and stuff as well but my fatbike's been hangin' tough.
    I like turtles

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    Fatty for a Clydesdale fatty?

    230 lbs on a charge cooker maxi with a lefty suspension fork. Rides great and I absolutely love it.

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    Fixed it for ya ZB
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    Fatty for a Clydesdale fatty?

    Perfect. I don't know why it is sideways. Upside down works. Using tapatalk vs web now. Through a different pic up but old one won't delete maybe because you quoted it or something.

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    Also check out the Fatback alloy with 190mm rear.

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    Sweet. Thanks for the replies.

    Oh, I forgot: I live in Sweden. Fatbikes are basically non-existent here. There's one Surly dealer, one Genesis dealer, and that's...it. (There's also a Specialized dealer, but I'm a pedantic high-horse goody-good who can't forgive them for being so sue-happy.)

    If I go to the rest of the EU, my options open up slightly - Sandman bikes in Belgium, Singular, etc. - but for most other bikes I have to pay about 30% in duty and VAT to bring them in to the country.

    In other words, whatever I get, I hope I like it, because I'm going to have to cross my fingers and buy without ever riding it. A Pugsley Ops is close to $3k here, so no matter what it's gonna hurt.

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    Fatty for a Clydesdale fatty?

    If you are in Europe I would get one of the fatbikes with a pinion drivetrain. Not many are setup to do it here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tundratrader View Post
    if you are in europe i would get one of the fatbikes with a pinion drivetrain. Not many are setup to do it here.
    ^agreed.


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    Cool another scandinavian, I'm danish.

    I bought the Pugsley from Cyclecomponents and upgraded it.
    Chris king Heavy duty rear hub with thru axle + funbolts, and 1 x 10 speed.

    The biggest trouble will be to find a 170 or 190 mm hub that you wont kill, that's why I'm riding 135mm.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus69 View Post
    I'm danish.
    And I was just wondering what I was going to have fro breakfast, sold!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    And I was just wondering what I was going to have fro breakfast, sold!!
    Your going to eat the Danish guy? Ish..

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    275 lbs Danish dude, you will struggle. But if you ever come to Denmark
    I'll buy you a danish

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    Thanks for the offer
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    ^^^^ Freakin' TEARS ^^^^

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    I'm 300lb+ and run an On One Fatty. I had no problem with qr front and rear although I have a suspension fork now with through axle. I have found it to be very strong and have only broken the chain and freehub but these I changed and have had no problem since. I would by an Fatty frame (150) and build with choice components then upgrade the frame later if you feel the need. Although I am really happy with the frame, it's the only part left of the original bike lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by schnee View Post
    I'm about 6'-2", and built like a linebacker. If I were fit, I'd be 240. But I'm not. I'm about 275. I tend to overbuild stuff, or buy 'next rung up' spec in mountain bikes - like using a Niner RIP9 for XC, or 40c tires on my road bike.

    I am strong - my nickname on MTB is 'the chain breaker', I've cracked frames, ripped BMX cranks apart on a fixed gear, and I literally ripped a Hope cassette body off of the hub shell - and ended up bending the through axle - by cranking up a hill in a low gear. I've started to figure out I need certain brands - like Wipperman and King.

    Are there others I should look into?

    Anyone think I shouldn't worry about through axles and have other ideas?

    Thanks!
    i'd look into improving your technique. That's an awful lot of breakage, even for your size.

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    ICT. Upgrade as budget allows.

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    Check out the Surly crew on their website and blog posts. Methinks big dudes are who originally designed these things. (I'm a full on fatty devotee at 150 pounds).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    i'd look into improving your technique. That's an awful lot of breakage, even for your size.
    Ehh, I have two answers.
    - That was over the course of six years. Stuff breaks in MTB.
    - You're just jealous of my astounding torque.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gus69 View Post
    275 lbs Danish dude, you will struggle. But if you ever come to Denmark
    I'll buy you a danish
    I'm gonna take you up on that. I had a Finn online friend dare me to come over to hang out in Finland for the day and I ended up getting an awesome tour of Turku. Just you wait!

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