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    Cool-blue Rhythm Minnesota 1.0 V. 2.0

    Alright, I'm looking for my first fat bike! I need cheap because I'm a broke college student but I need something that will be really good in snow. I've exhausted myself looking for something on craigslist and had no luck!
    I've been looking at a women's Minnesota 1.0 or a 2.0 and just can't see what the big difference is other than front gears, price and a 2oz. weight difference. Thehouse.com has them listed for a $50 difference. What are your thoughts on these bikes? Can someone explain the difference in a single front gear versus a double front gear?

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    The double adds more gearing options and weight, the rest of the bike is about the same. Keep in mind that with a double drive train your widest tire can only be 4.0, with a single you could go up to 4.6.

    If going for a Minn and can afford it go with the 3.0, it will allow you to put a suspension fork in the future due to having a tapered head tube, the rest is the same.

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    I've done very well with used bikes on Pinkbike.com. This site also has classifieds but I have never used them.

    I suspect that there are a fair number of people who buy fat bikes and then discover they don't love them and sell them out a couple years later, so I think there are some good deals out there.

    Also, technology in fat bikes have changed extensively in the last 2-3 years, so a lot of people are upgrading from offset frames (Surly Pugsley & Moonlander, and most 4-5+ year old models) or are upgrading from rigid bikes to ones with a suspension fork. So there are probably a fair number of used bikes coming on the market at attractive prices.

    I am very happy with a 2x setup on the fat bike because I have a reasonably high end gear for riding on the road when I'm coming home from a ride, but still have plenty of low gears for snow and for steep hills. My mountain bike has a 1x setup which is great for trails (less to break, no chance of dropping a chain) but it is horribly slow on the road, so I end up throwing it in the car to get to the trail instead of riding there. I'm not that fast so I think the 2x is great because it gives me more range on what I can do with the fat bike. Racer types looking for performance or to ride super technical trails would tend to like 1x setups.
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