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    all versions of Blizzard accomodated a 4.8 tire but in 2015 it was very rim dependent. I ran 4.8s on my 2015 on a 60mm rim. It worked with an 80mm rim also but not on a 100mm rim.
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    This January saw a few warm spots where temps went above freezing and we had a significant melt. First one ended with a big snowfall so no big deal, but this time it ended with a hard freeze so my commute and some of the local trails have a significant amount of ice.

    One of the local bike shops was having a sale on studded tires yesterday, so I pulled the trigger on a pair of Dillenger 5s, and all I can say is WOW! I was climbing hills and going speeds that I had no business doing in winter. Going to stash-away my Bulldozers for spring/fall season and ride these throughout the winter. Highly recommended!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Black View Post

    One of the local bike shops was having a sale on studded tires yesterday, so I pulled the trigger on a pair of Dillenger 5s, and all I can say is WOW! I was climbing hills and going speeds that I had no business doing in winter. Going to stash-away my Bulldozers for spring/fall season and ride these throughout the winter. Highly recommended!

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    What's the name of the store? Do they sell online?


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    Quote Originally Posted by bentyyc View Post
    What's the name of the store? Do they sell online?
    No, sorry. Just a local shop having a sale. These were the last two (and they both had different prices - shop gave me both for the lower price ).
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    I'm close to pulling the trigger on a 2017 Blizzard -20. I've tested it out in the snow and it felt great. This is the main reason for my decision to buy a fat bike.

    My secondary purpose will be a bikepacking rig in the summer on long and flat, loose-gravel trails. Has anyone here used their Blizzard for multi-day trips? I know the geometry is more optimized for typical trail riding, but is this enough reason to not use it for bikepacking?

    Hopefully an owner of this bike can offer their input.

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    I wouldn't use it for bike packing, but I don't think I'd use any fat bike for bike packing. This bike isn't very fast on dirt. The stock tires have a lot of rolling resistance.

    That said, If your plan is to bike pack with a fat bike regardless, it is a nice bike.

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    Thanks. The bikepacking route I'm planning has significant stretches of loose gravel/crushed stone, as well as portions with sand or beach rocks. Everyone I've spoken to who has done it before has recommended a full fat bike instead of a standard or even plus-sized bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    I wouldn't use it for bike packing, but I don't think I'd use any fat bike for bike packing. This bike isn't very fast on dirt. The stock tires have a lot of rolling resistance.

    That said, If your plan is to bike pack with a fat bike regardless, it is a nice bike.
    Depends on your route. Maine has a system of backcountry lodges open in the winter. Around here you could work up a summer trip with a mix of beach and trails.

    No question the Bulldozers have to go. Good too see Rocky has switched to the Minions on the 2017's.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFlanagan View Post
    Thanks. The bikepacking route I'm planning has significant stretches of loose gravel/crushed stone, as well as portions with sand or beach rocks. Everyone I've spoken to who has done it before has recommended a full fat bike instead of a standard or even plus-sized bike.
    Crushed stone would definitely suck on skinny tires. The route you have sounds like it'd be better on fat tires for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoveMaine View Post
    Just picked up my new-to-me '16 Blizzard -50. My wife just declared herself a fat bike widow after seeing the glee in my eyes.
    "fat bike widow"? Why didn't you get her one? The day we picked up our Blizzard -50s
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    Anyone have new information on converting to 29+? New wheel builds, etc?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoveMaine View Post
    Anyone have new information on converting to 29+? New wheel builds, etc?
    Join the BLIZZARD Watch Facebook group. Tristan might be able to help. I believe he already did it. I'm gonna be talking to him about doing the same for my gf as she doesn't own a MTB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MoveMaine View Post
    Anyone have new information on converting to 29+? New wheel builds, etc?
    They may be being conservative, but I Emailed Rocky Mountain and got a reply from their engineering team regarding this topic specifically for the '17 Blizzard -50 which has shorter chainstays than the '15 or '16 model year - in short, while 29+ technically fits, it's real tight, and they don't recommend it...

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    While the chainstays got shorter on the 2017 Blizzard, we also moved the bridge tube up as far as possible. This gives us about 8mm all around a 760 x 116 tire, which is on-paper what 29+ Maxxis are with a +- 5mm in outer diameter. So realistically, debris could remove paint from the knob shoulder area of the stay, and if a spoke breaks the tire could make contact. So, we do not officially recommend running 29+.

    The other thing is that the static bb height goes up to around 335mm with big wheels, and its still about 324mm at 20% fork sag. Interestingly going to 27+ puts the bb around 300mm at sag, while still retaining a reasonable level of trail. It also leaves open the option of going to sturdier fork platforms.


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    Hey All,

    Grabbed an end of season deal on a 2016 -10, mostly for next winter, but now getting the itch to ride it a bit on dirt over the summer. It has the 95mm stock rims, what tires are folks running in the summer?

    Planning on trying to get it going ghetto tubeless, so any feedback on this would be appreciated as well.

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    That's great! I have to say this is the first year I have ever been disappointed to see the cold weather and snow disappear. I threw my Bulldozers back on and will just use them for some spring riding, but I've heard others say the Bulldozers are good dirt tires. What does the -10 come stock with?

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    @JetBlack

    The -10 came with Juggernaut Sports in 4.8

    Motivated to go tubeless pretty quickly in the interest of weight and that 'tubeless feel'

    Seen good reviews of the Juggernaut Pro in 4.8 so was thinking of those for next winter... but short term my head was thinking a 4.0 would make more sense if i was buying a dirt specific (TL) tire for it...

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    No, that all makes sense. I've only owned a fat bike for six months or so, which mean I'm also not an expert. 4 inch makes sense for summer for sure. I have a full suspension I'll ride when it dries out so don't want to shell out for another set of fat bike tires.

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    I'd just ride it until you get a solid feel for how the tires perform. You may really like the larger 4.8's. You may not. Ride them with tubes until you decide which way you want to go, and then do your swap and tubeless setup at the same time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beerfriday View Post
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    Seen good reviews of the Juggernaut Pro in 4.8 so was thinking of those for next winter... but short term my head was thinking a 4.0 would make more sense if i was buying a dirt specific (TL) tire for it...
    I have the Juggernaut Pro in a 4.0. Some people say the rolling resistance of these tires is really bad but honestly I have not noticed that.

    What I will say is though they are very light, they have very little tread. As a result I found them very sketchy in loose over hard conditions as they have no "bite". If you have similar conditions I would not recommend them.

    I don't think I'll put them back on this year. If I were to try a summer tire it would probably be the 4.0 Minions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bentyyc View Post
    They may be being conservative, but I Emailed Rocky Mountain and got a reply from their engineering team regarding this topic specifically for the '17 Blizzard -50 which has shorter chainstays than the '15 or '16 model year - in short, while 29+ technically fits, it's real tight, and they don't recommend it...

    --

    While the chainstays got shorter on the 2017 Blizzard, we also moved the bridge tube up as far as possible. This gives us about 8mm all around a 760 x 116 tire, which is on-paper what 29+ Maxxis are with a +- 5mm in outer diameter. So realistically, debris could remove paint from the knob shoulder area of the stay, and if a spoke breaks the tire could make contact. So, we do not officially recommend running 29+.

    The other thing is that the static bb height goes up to around 335mm with big wheels, and its still about 324mm at 20% fork sag. Interestingly going to 27+ puts the bb around 300mm at sag, while still retaining a reasonable level of trail. It also leaves open the option of going to sturdier fork platforms.
    Flipped my '17 Blizzard -50º to B+ for the summer. LOADS of clearance...

    - Race Face Arc 45 rims
    - DT Swiss 350 Big Ride hubs
    - DT Swiss spokes (black)
    - DT Swiss nipples (purple)
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    Wow, that doesn't look half bad! Kept the same gearing ratio for plus-sized versus fat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Black View Post
    Wow, that doesn't look half bad! Kept the same gearing ratio for plus-sized versus fat?
    Yep, all the same for easy swaps. Could always up the front chainring in the summer if I wanted...


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    Quote Originally Posted by bentyyc View Post
    Yep, all the same for easy swaps. Could always up the front chainring in the summer if I wanted...
    Did you build up the wheelset yourself? Or is there somewhere that sells those "plus-fat" wheels.

    I'm interested in doing the same thing with my 2017 -20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CFlanagan View Post
    Did you build up the wheelset yourself? Or is there somewhere that sells those "plus-fat" wheels.

    I'm interested in doing the same thing with my 2017 -20.
    They're a custom set built by my LBS. I'm very happy with the spec.


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    Because of the almost 4.7/4.8 (depending on model/year) originals to the B+, what did you lose in BB height?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MoveMaine View Post
    Because of the almost 4.7/4.8 (depending on model/year) originals to the B+, what did you lose in BB height?
    BB height is about 1.5-2.0 cm lower than with the original wheelset (Mulefüt 80SL with 4.8" Minions).


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    My Rocky Mountain Blizzard set up for summer. New Manitou Mastadon Pro extended to 140mm, Race Face Atlas handle bar and stem, Race Face Turbine dropper post and a Industry Nine Backcountry 450 wheelset with Schwable 3.0" Rocket Rons for rubber makes this bike a singletrack slaying machine!Rocky Mountain Blizzard Fat Bike-19224982_10213623877097255_853204375940465985_n.jpg

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    Does this bike have a press fit or threaded bottom bracket? The RM site isn't clear. I ordered a 2017 that hasn't come in yet. I have a set of Turbine cranks I want to move over if possible and I need to put in a BB that can accept a 30mm spindle. I'd like to order the new BB before the bike arrives if possible.

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    Anybody know if there are any changes to the frames on the 2018 Blizzards?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dubthang View Post
    Anybody know if there are any changes to the frames on the 2018 Blizzards?
    Frames are unchanged going into 2018. There will be no Blizzard 50 though
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    Frames are unchanged going into 2018. There will be no Blizzard 50 though
    Looks like the Suzi Q will be their high-end fat bike for the immediate future. Website doesn't show the specs on the Blizzard -30, but I assume Deore or SRAM NX? Still a great bike.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    Frames are unchanged going into 2018. There will be no Blizzard 50 though
    How about a frame only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jet Black View Post
    Looks like the Suzi Q will be their high-end fat bike for the immediate future. Website doesn't show the specs on the Blizzard -30, but I assume Deore or SRAM NX? Still a great bike.
    The website does have specs. It lists Deore.

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    Must have missed that. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ignazjr View Post
    Frames are unchanged going into 2018. There will be no Blizzard 50 though
    So my 2017 -50 may be a collectors item?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bentyyc View Post
    Flipped my '17 Blizzard -50º to B+ for the summer. LOADS of clearance...

    - Race Face Arc 45 rims
    - DT Swiss 350 Big Ride hubs
    - DT Swiss spokes (black)
    - DT Swiss nipples (purple)
    - Maxxis Chronicle EXO TR 27.5 x 3.0, setup tubeless



    I’d like to do this to my 2016 Blizzard-50. Looks great!
    The lower bottom bracket is a little bit of concern though.

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    The new geo seems intriguing for a 29+ (or b+) set up!

    slack w pretty short c stays and a threaded BB too

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    Any tall riders rocking the blizzard, the stack height looks appealing wih a moderate reach. I am looking for a ride with a fun geometry but won’t put too much stress on my wrists and low back. I’m 6’6 and mostly legs, and considering the ‘18 blizzard -30 for a 4 season everyday bike.

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    Any tall riders rocking the blizzard, the stack height looks appealing wih a moderate reach. I am looking for a ride with a fun geometry but won’t put too much stress on my wrists and low back. I’m 6’6 and mostly legs, and considering the ‘18 blizzard -30 for a 4 season everyday bike.
    I ride the 2016 Blizzard 50 with 120mm Bluto, 2" rise Enve bar and a +15 rise 75mm stem. When your a circus freak like us (I have 37" inseam) you have to make a lot of adjustments to get the front end of the bike up enough. The '18 Blizzard would likely work for you with some tweaks but for a 4 season everyday bike I would have to have a 29+ wheel set for the dirt. I do not have a 29+ for Blizzard as I keep it for snow only. However I do have a 29+ for my Salsa Beargrease in the dirt and that's the ticket for us big boys.

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    Has anyone confirmed that the Mastodon EXT crown will clear the Blizzard? I've got a 2017 30 degree. I'm assuming it would but wanted to make sure as thats a wiiide fork.

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    anyone having issues with their cassette coming loose on their blizzard? I have a -50 and have never had this issue with any bike before but no matter what i do the cassette keeps comingloose after a while. very odd.

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    Which year? I had this problem with my 2016 -50. The cassette is 10 speed, but the freehub body on the sun ringle hub is 11 speed compatible. A spacer behind the cassette fixed it for me.
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    2017. That is probably what I need

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    I have a -30 It has the same dt swiss rear hub as the -50. Mine has never came loose. Not sure what way yours is coming loose, from the hub body or just the whole cassette. Make sure your end cap is pushed all the way in. Not sure this will help, but here is a vid on the dt swiss rear hub maintenance https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PXJ2ao-Iq14

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    I would like to see how the Lou fits a -50 2016 Blizzard.
    They did not fit my large 2015. Had to do some hammer massage to the frame..
    They now fit with less then 8 psi.

    Anybody with a 2016 frame please post pics or your Lou in the back!

    Also interested to see how they would fit a 2017 -30. Should be even better???




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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobydoo666 View Post
    I would like to see how the Lou fits a -50 2016 Blizzard.
    They did not fit my large 2015. Had to do some hammer massage to the frame..
    They now fit with less then 8 psi.

    Anybody with a 2016 frame please post pics or your Lou in the back!

    Also interested to see how they would fit a 2017 -30. Should be even better???




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    the Lou fits on my 2017 Blizzard -50 if that helps?
    it's close to the chainstay but no rubbing at all..I have some rubber on my chainstays so it appears a bit closer than it actually is..
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    Quote Originally Posted by _rich_ View Post
    the Lou fits on my 2017 Blizzard -50 if that helps?
    it's close to the chainstay but no rubbing at all..I have some rubber on my chainstays so it appears a bit closer than it actually is..
    That really helps yes! So it fits well the 2017 -30 as well! What size is your frame?

    Just need to see them on the white 2016!!!

    Someone please!


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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobydoo666 View Post
    That really helps yes! So it fits well the 2017 -30 as well! What size is your frame?

    Just need to see them on the white 2016!!!

    Someone please!


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    my frame is a medium

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    Quote Originally Posted by _rich_ View Post
    my frame is a medium
    Ah! It’s been said that they fitted some 2015 medium frames. But not larges. Maybe there is a difference between the two.


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    To add to this...the 2016 Blizzard 50 frame does accept a Minion FBR on a 100mm rim IF the rim is perfectly dished and IF the tire beads perfectly pop into place around the rim on both sides (so as to not be more to one side than the other). But the clearance is so tight between the inward part of the S-bend chainstays and the casing that if you're hefty enough to induce frame flex under climbing effort, you should expect to hear the buzz of casing rubber eating into your paint. You also have to run the thing as a 1x drivetrain if you run this tire/rim combination, and depending on your particular crank...whether its a dedicated 1x crank or a double-triple just using 1 ring, you might still be making contact between chain and tire knobs in the granny cog.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scoobydoo666 View Post
    That really helps yes! So it fits well the 2017 -30 as well! What size is your frame?

    Just need to see them on the white 2016!!!

    Someone please!


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    I rode a Lou on my white 2016 Blizzard XL all last winter tubeless on the 80 mm mulefut rim. Clearance was fine and worked like a champ.

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    Lou fits a 2016

    Yes, this works! I'm running a Lou on my 2016 Blizzard, size large, w/ the stock Mulefut rims

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    That really helps yes! So it fits well the 2017 -30 as well! What size is your frame?

    Just need to see them on the white 2016!!!

    Someone please!


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    Quote Originally Posted by fccomtb View Post
    Yes, this works! I'm running a Lou on my 2016 Blizzard, size large, w/ the stock Mulefut rims
    Oh Wow!!! I like those pictures!!! Thanks a lot. Really looking for a 2016 or 2017 frame now then.


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    Anyone here got a Bluto on his greenish 2017 frame??


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    Ya, I do on my 2017 -30 Blizzard small

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    Quote Originally Posted by pelts79 View Post
    Ya, I do on my 2017 -30 Blizzard small
    I would like to see pics please!!


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    Pics!!!! 2017 -30 with bluto please!


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    Anyways, few more pics of my 2015.



    The last 2 are not mines.


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