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    So it's not quite a fatbike...

    After seeing a local rider a year ago on a pugsley, I've been obsessed with idea of a fat/snow bike. I tried really hard this year to save up the $$$ (being a grad student) and still came up short. So I ended up just building up a set of wheels using really wide rims (ZHI trials rims--48mm wide) on some old XT disc hubs I had. I then put them on my Castellano Fango (Ibis Rippley) and took to the trails... WOW! I'm running a 26x2.3 Weirwolf up front and a 26x2.3 conti vertical pro in the back (this is my normal XC rig) and it's incredible how well the thing floats & hooks up! Naturally, now I want even bigger tires, but unfortunately the 2.3 is about as big as my frame can handle. I think an aluminum fatback is in my future. Thanks to all of your posts--they've inspired me to never end my mtb season!
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    No real comment, other that your frame rocks! I put between 20,000 and 22,000 miles on my Ripley. Right now it is taken apart, but I suspect at some point I will build it back up.

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