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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    I know these dates are sometimes moving targets -- but have any of you shop guys in the know heard anything from Specialized more definitive than "late 2013" for the US ?

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    I've heard October is the first shipment. I haven't heard an actual date. I'm on the list for the base model.
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    I know these dates are sometimes moving targets -- but have any of you shop guys in the know heard anything from Specialized more definitive than "late 2013" for the US ?

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    I want to know when/if those lovely rims and big hunks of rubber are going to be available. I REALLY want those tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    I've heard October is the first shipment. I haven't heard an actual date. I'm on the list for the base model.
    How did you get on the list? Did you do this through an LBS? I talked to a Specialized Dealer last week and they knew almost nothing about the availability.

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    I talked to my lbs and they were taking pre-orders. The lbs aren't planning on ordering any for floor models.

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    What tires? I thought the ones on the demos were Bud and Lou?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    What tires? I thought the ones on the demos were Bud and Lou?
    "Demo bikes with Surly tires are just temporary, which is one reason I cant give final bike weights. Were developing our own tire based on our Ground Control tread. It will be one tire, 264.8, identical tread front and rear, 120 tpi."

    From the MTBR article:

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    Quote Originally Posted by drevil View Post
    what tires? I thought the ones on the demos were bud and lou?
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    I have one of the nicer models on order. I think it's call the expert. I work at a shop and my inside rep has said right now it looks like November for mine. This isn't set in stone though. There isn't any official info other than what most have seen on the web from the dealer launch a few weeks ago. My rep thought more solid info will come in a couple weeks. The main thing that has recently happened is that part numbers have been created so everyone can start getting in line for them. The rest will come soon. I can't wait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    "Demo bikes with Surly tires are just temporary, which is one reason I cant give final bike weights. Were developing our own tire based on our Ground Control tread. It will be one tire, 264.8, identical tread front and rear, 120 tpi."

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    Ha, yeah, I read that when it came out. I guess I was just wondering if they became reality and someone had pics of them already.
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    http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/fat...es-866180.html

    check out post 15. this is what has me restless at night.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drevil View Post
    Ha, yeah, I read that when it came out. I guess I was just wondering if they became reality and someone had pics of them already.


    Maybe they'll look like this???
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    Quote Originally Posted by tri-tele View Post
    http://forums.mtbr.com/fat-bikes/fat...es-866180.html

    check out post 15. this is what has me restless at night.
    I really wish they were doing a 4" tire...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    I really wish they were doing a 4" tire...
    I hear there is a fatbike tsunami coming and when it hits I bet there will be Special Ed 4" tires in it!
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    I don't know that anyone has posted this before but according to my spec rep specialized has actually purchased the tooling to produce the new tires themselves, no QBP or whatever collaboration
    Today I will do what others won't, so tomorrow I can do what others can't

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    Quote Originally Posted by TitanofChaos View Post
    I don't know that anyone has posted this before but according to my spec rep specialized has actually purchased the tooling to produce the new tires themselves, no QBP or whatever collaboration
    Did Special Ed make their own "skinny" tires to this point or did they work with a tire company?
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    My understanding has been that they've outsourced the tires to a few different companies for their tires in the past. Not sure why they would start now. OR I might of got bogos information on the internet.

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    From what I was told by my dealer, they bought their own machine because whoever currently makes the 4.8" tires wanted too much money to produce tires. I think having their own machine will be great for Specialized, should make it easier to create new tread designs.

    I put in my order for a Fatboy today..... I can't wait for winter now.

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    I have heard the same thing from my spec rep as well. Specialized wants more control over production of their fat tires. Everyone knows that tires are the most important part of the fat bike equation and most lucrative.

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    I hope they sell those tires alone otherwise there might be a Fat Boy for sale with a Bud and Lou come November

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    I hope they sell those tires alone otherwise there might be a Fat Boy for sale with a Bud and Lou come November
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    Is there confirmed weights for the base model? Also, does the base model come with hydro or cable brakes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by GnarBrahWyo View Post
    Is there confirmed weights for the base model? Also, does the base model come with hydro or cable brakes?
    This is from the MTBR article: It doesn't address the weight for the base model.

    1) What is the difference between the Fatboy and Fatboy Expert. What are the weights, projected prices?

    Both bikes feature the same frame, fork, rims, hubs, tires, tubes, and shifters. Here are the main differences between the two models:

    Fatboy Expert

    SRAM X0 rear derailleur
    e.thirteen crankset/BB (36/22)
    Shimano Deore brakes
    Butted spokes
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    Weight: TBD (current show bike is approx. 30 lbs with Surly tires)
    Pricing: TBD (targeting $2,500-2,750)
    Fatboy

    SRAM X7 carbon cage rear derailleur
    Custom Samox crankset/BB (36/22)
    Tektro Draco 2 hydraulic brakes
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    Looks great so 'finished' looking not cobbled together like my pugs
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    Ship date depends on when the tires become available. Apparently the bikes are sitting there waiting right now and as soon as the tires arrive they will be installed and the bikes will ship. I'm hoping for early October but sometime mid month looks more likely.

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    What's the thing on the bottom of the left hand fork leg in the last picture?

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    either the brake or the quick release skewer. I don't see anything else there.

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    Now that I have my fatboy on order, I can't wait for it to arrive, the days are dragging by...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcnally78 View Post
    I have one of the nicer models on order...
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    Now that I have my fatboy on order...
    Curious how your dealer handled "ordering" these? I was told today by a pretty good Specialized shop that there isn't a price or release date yet and it is not even fully up on whatever computer system they use?

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    According to the purchaser for one of the largest Specialized dealers in the southeastern United States:

    2014 Fatboy (base model). MSRP is $1999.99. Sizes are S, M, L, and XL. Two color options - either black/gold or green. Available sometime in December.

    2014 Fatboy Expert. MSRP is $2599.99. Sizes are S, M, L and XL. Only color is black/flo-red. Available sometime in December.

    Both Fatboy bikes will be produced in a very limited quantity.

    The shop needs to place their orders by the end of September for the Fatboy bikes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Curious how your dealer handled "ordering" these? I was told today by a pretty good Specialized shop that there isn't a price or release date yet and it is not even fully up on whatever computer system they use?
    My shop is one of the top 25 Specialized shops, they had quite a few of each version ordered, I just reserved one that is coming.

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    Both bikes feature the same frame, fork, rims, hubs, tires, tubes, and shifters.I like both of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetpaint View Post
    My shop is one of the top 25 Specialized shops, they had quite a few of each version ordered, I just reserved one that is coming.
    Thanks! I called a different more high-end dealer and got a different response. This dealer is doing pre-orders.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gigantic View Post
    either the brake or the quick release skewer. I don't see anything else there.
    You're right. What I took for 2 bolts seems to be the qr pivot and a reflection.

    Thanks Tim

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    Just curious is there normally differences in MSRP between different regions of the US? I've heard 1899 and 1999 for the Fatboy Base? Just seems odd to me. Looking at the images on the Fatboy thread, I'm wondering if there is any reason why we don't see 2Bliss on tires? I can't think of a reason why I couldn't run tubless, but I thought I'd ask here since I'm not totally sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    Just curious, are there normally differences in MSRP between different regions of the US? I've heard $1899 and $1999 for the Fatboy Base? Just seems odd to me.
    According to the purchaser for one of the largest Specialized dealers in the southeastern United States:

    2014 Fatboy (base model). MSRP is $1999.99. Sizes are S, M, L, and XL. Two color options - either black/gold or green. Available sometime in December.

    2014 Fatboy Expert. MSRP is $2599.99. Sizes are S, M, L and XL. Only color is black/flo-red. Available sometime in December.

    Both Fatboy bikes will be produced in a very limited quantity.

    The shop needs to place their orders by the end of September for the Fatboy bikes.

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    It's not regional. There is MSRP and there is MAP. Some of us do a more significant volume than others so we choose to go lower.

    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    Just curious is there normally differences in MSRP between different regions of the US? I've heard 1899 and 1999 for the Fatboy Base? Just seems odd to me. Looking at the images on the Fatboy thread, I'm wondering if there is any reason why we don't see 2Bliss on tires? I can't think of a reason why I couldn't run tubless, but I thought I'd ask here since I'm not totally sure.

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    I got a heads up on Wednesday that these may be able to start shipping by mid September. Couldn't get a confirmation on it but that was the wink wink nudge nudge...

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    That would be awesome if they can start shipping them earlier. I already sold my Mukluk, now I'm without a fat bike for now.

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    OK folks, help me out with a decision,, right now I have a pug necro, 2x9 set up.. a salsa enabler fork up front. lx shifters and bb7 brakes... fat sheba's right now with larry and endomorph,, got a few spares, a spare set of large marges and a set of big fat larry's will fit on front.. not quite sure about back...

    now the decision. how much more of an upgrade, improvement, etc.. do you see, if I go or the FATBOY expert... I know that bike is unproven, but considering on being a test bunny.. any thoughts.... and if you are playing,, please just keep it between these two bikes, one that I have, and the one that I am considering...

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    Quote Originally Posted by twright205 View Post
    now the decision. how much more of an upgrade, improvement, etc.. do you see, if I go or the FATBOY expert...
    About 2.8?
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    Has anyone heard any updates to ship dates? i have one pre-ordered and am very excited.

    i see they have updated the web site with the new bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tadraper View Post
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    Spoke to a dealer yesterday that said early December...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Spoke to a dealer yesterday that said early December...
    Yup... still waiting on tires.

    I thought the big guys getting into the game were supposed to solve that {Surly} Issue!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    I thought the big guys getting into the game were supposed to solve that {Surly} Issue!!!!
    Nope - I heard they were supposed to bring ultralight high-performance $50 fatbike tires to the people!~
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    Looking at all the thingies (fat bikes, steel tri-cross disc steel commuters in general) I can't help but feel like Spesh has Surly in their cross-hairs.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by duggus View Post
    Yup... still waiting on tires.

    I thought the big guys getting into the game were supposed to solve that {Surly} Issue!!!!
    In asking around about this bike, I was also told that there is currently only one machine overseas (owned by Surly) that can make full fat tires. Even tires that are not Surly are still made by Surly's machine. Can this be true? In this day and age, how hard can it be to make a fat tire? I know it has been rumored that Specialized got their own machine to make the fat Ground Control.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    In asking around about this bike, I was also told that there is currently only one machine overseas (owned by Surly) that can make full fat tires. Even tires that are not Surly are still made by Surly's machine. Can this be true? In this day and age, how hard can it be to make a fat tire? I know it has been rumored that Specialized got their own machine to make the fat Ground Control.
    That is the story that i heard but i heard that Specialized purchased the machine moved it to a building they have and were getting workers up to speed to make the tires. this had something to do with Surly not wanting them to make the tires for specialized. now this is all i have heard and have no real knowledge.

    all i know is i want the bikes to ship so we can have them!!!

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    As far as timing, dealer is telling me sometime in Oct for first shipment. My guess on tires is that they are done. My only reason for saying that is they have finally posted the Fatboy on the website. So ramping up production of tires, assembly and shipping. My gut says four to six weeks out. However we get them when we get the.

    Anyone else catch the tire size change? Original was 4.8, now spec sheet is 4.6.





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    [QUOTE=Anyone else catch the tire size change? Original was 4.8, now spec sheet is 4.6.

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    i did notice that i assume because they had the Surly Bud and Lou on the test bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    In asking around about this bike, I was also told that there is currently only one machine overseas (owned by Surly) that can make full fat tires. Even tires that are not Surly are still made by Surly's machine. Can this be true? In this day and age, how hard can it be to make a fat tire? I know it has been rumored that Specialized got their own machine to make the fat Ground Control.
    I'd love to know who started that rumour - although I could hazard a guess.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Spoke to a dealer yesterday that said early December.
    Originally, my LBS said December. Now they seem cautiously optimistic about November.

    Keep in mind, however, I live in a region of the United States where fatbikes are not popular yet. This region may be of secondary priority or even tertiary priority for the earliest shipments. I don't know.

    Was anybody able to negotiate a significant discount on the pre-order of either model? I am not good at haggling so I only achieved a small discount on the pre-order of a Fatboy Expert. I paid $2350 instead of $2600.

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    Did specialized forget they already made a FatBoy? guess since they had the name it got reused.
    To be fair, Norco's Bigfoot is even more recent, they simply enlarged and put bigger tires on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Spock View Post
    Originally, my LBS said December. Now they seem cautiously optimistic about November.

    Keep in mind, however, I live in a region of the United States where fatbikes are not popular yet. This region may be of secondary priority or even tertiary priority for the earliest shipments. I don't know.

    Was anybody able to negotiate a significant discount on the pre-order of either model? I am not good at haggling so I only achieved a small discount on the pre-order of a Fatboy Expert. I paid $2350 instead of $2600.
    $2,250 for the Expert at a shop in Arizona. They told me to figure December for delivery. This is a large Specialized shop with several stores.

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    Any new NEWS on when these may ship or still November into December?

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    Quote Originally Posted by roobydoo View Post
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    Did specialized forget they already made a FatBoy?...



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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

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    Did specialized forget they already made a FatBoy? guess since they had the name it got reused.
    To be fair, Norco's Bigfoot is even more recent, they simply enlarged and put bigger tires on it.
    Don't forget the fatboy was a 20" bmx bike before the really expensive heavy Beach cruiser of death

    When you have a trademark on a name why not re use it?

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    Per the Specialized employee at Iceman, the 2 fatboys here are the first two off the production line, after the show they'll go back into boxes to be sold. Still slated for shipping to dealers very end of November/December.

    I asked about rim weight/tubeless compatibility and he didn't have any information. The Specialized employee said he emailed the person who designed the rims, but he didn't share any information.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetpaint View Post
    Per the Specialized employee at Iceman, the 2 fatboys here are the first two off the production line, after the show they'll go back into boxes to be sold. Still slated for shipping to dealers very end of November/December.

    I asked about rim weight/tubeless compatibility and he didn't have any information. The Specialized employee said he emailed the person who designed the rims, but he didn't share any information.

    Iceman Expo ? Photos ? Specialized?s New Ground Control Tire | FAT-BIKE.COM
    Any word on when, or if the Ground Control Tires will be available for purchase separately from the complete Fatboy bikes?

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    I didn't ask, I imagine it will be awhile, it sounds like there are a ton of them on order from dealers.

    I tried convincing them to leave the yellow/black bike since it's the model/size that I have on order, it didn't work

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    I had my LBS in Southern Arizona check today and they said delivery in late December:-( I ordered long ago (expert Fatboy). No info on tires available by themselves or rims being tubeless ready. Still waiting in the desert.

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    After much arm twisting and other shenanigans I came up with the same answer. T-giving or so ship date. Hopefully I'll have mine before Hanukkah is over.

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    Well Specialized has now lost 2 customers from my LBS since they don't seem to be in much hurry to get us bikes. I had an Expert ordered months and months ago and was really looking forward to it to ride it on the Iditarod Trail 350 this year. Myself and another guy finally lost our patience with the big S and pulled the plug today and each bought a Borealis. It sucks because I really was looking forward to the Expert, but Specialized can't expect us to wait for a "winter" bike until January or February when winter is half over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wide_Open View Post
    Well Specialized has now lost 2 customers from my LBS since they don't seem to be in much hurry to get us bikes. I had an Expert ordered months and months ago and was really looking forward to it to ride it on the Iditarod Trail 350 this year. Myself and another guy finally lost our patience with the big S and pulled the plug today and each bought a Borealis. It sucks because I really was looking forward to the Expert, but Specialized can't expect us to wait for a "winter" bike until January or February when winter is half over.
    There has been lots of second hand "my LBS said" rumors about dates other than November or December. Officially I've only heard Nov or Dec. I'm in agreement that it would be nice to have one sooner, but no promises have been broken yet. I talked to a Spec. rep in a semi trailer at a ride in Aug and he said before Jan.

    If you lost your patience already, then it didn't match the common delivery dates well. Did you hear anything different from a reputable source? I hope you got your deposit back without hassle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wide_Open View Post
    Well Specialized has now lost 2 customers from my LBS since they don't seem to be in much hurry to get us bikes. I had an Expert ordered months and months ago and was really looking forward to it to ride it on the Iditarod Trail 350 this year. Myself and another guy finally lost our patience with the big S and pulled the plug today and each bought a Borealis. It sucks because I really was looking forward to the Expert, but Specialized can't expect us to wait for a "winter" bike until January or February when winter is half over.
    That sucks it's gonna be a rough winter on the Borealis maybe next year you can upgrade to the Spesh

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    adaycj - My LBS wasn't able to get a firm date at all for either bike from their rep, because he couldn't get a date from Specialized Canada. Mine was supposed to be in the first run (of which Canada supposedly only got 12 bikes), which was maybe December... but I know what Christmas can do to shipping times. The other bike they said could be February. I have been roaming these threads for other hints, but nothing good seemed to be said. Our shop had no issues selling us the two Yampa's that came through the door that day (they didn't even ask for deposits for the Specialized).

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wide_Open View Post
    adaycj - My LBS wasn't able to get a firm date at all for either bike from their rep, because he couldn't get a date from Specialized Canada. Mine was supposed to be in the first run (of which Canada supposedly only got 12 bikes), which was maybe December... but I know what Christmas can do to shipping times. The other bike they said could be February. I have been roaming these threads for other hints, but nothing good seemed to be said. Our shop had no issues selling us they two Yampa's that came through the door that day (they didn't even ask for deposits for the Specialized).

    bdundee - Going to be a long winter for sure dreaming of the Fatboy
    Yeah its crazy this seems to happen every year with the fat bike industry, its almost like its a mystery when winter is. Congrats on your new ride enjoy!

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    Glad to hear you got a new ride. It does seem that Specialized should post regional dates on their web page. I can appreciate the LBS not making up dates. It reminds me of the time I ordered a new Jeep. The order tracking system for a $30k (USD) brand new 2008 vehicle was similar to asking a room of 4 year olds to remember their sister's birthday. The Jeep was over six months late, and I'll never buy from that company again.

    One of my local LBS told be he couldn't imagine that they would be later than October. When pressed he said that his rep said Nov. or even Dec for a delivery. The same LBS wanted 100% $ down and was convinced they would all be sold before delivery. I don't appreciate his speculation on the situation because it adds to the BS about false delivery dates. Plus it made it seem he was more interested in my money than my continued business. I'm sure if I called today he would just blame Specialized for a late date that he made up and still ask for 100% down at full MSRP.

    I've got my expectations set that I will be on my Fatboy by Jan 1, 2014. From my posts in this thread you can tell I'm surfing here for better news too.

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    Im anxiously waiting for the Fat Boy as well. I check in with the LBS (often), this forum and web sites (daily) hoping to hear that the release is here. Getting a fat bike has become an obsession and the Fat Boy is the top pick for me. The pics with the Ground Controls only makes the wait worse. That said, I keep having to remind myself that Ive never read/heard anything from Specialized since the initial Just In article whereby the S Product Manager stated, Were hoping to have the bikes available to purchase late-2013. While I really wish S would deliver it now, its still in line with what was stated. However, if late 2013 (mid December) comes and Im still not riding a new fatty, I may move on to my 2nd pick.

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    Couldn't of said it better myself. I think as soon as I saw the just in article I was at my LBS getting on the list for this bike. I know my store is thinking Nov, however my opinion we'll see them Dec, however if it's late Dec, I'll see if I can grap my 2nd choice.


    Quote Originally Posted by NogginBuster View Post
    Im anxiously waiting for the Fat Boy as well. I check in with the LBS (often), this forum and web sites (daily) hoping to hear that the release is here. Getting a fat bike has become an obsession and the Fat Boy is the top pick for me. The pics with the Ground Controls only makes the wait worse. That said, I keep having to remind myself that Ive never read/heard anything from Specialized since the initial Just In article whereby the S Product Manager stated, Were hoping to have the bikes available to purchase late-2013. While I really wish S would deliver it now, its still in line with what was stated. However, if late 2013 (mid December) comes and Im still not riding a new fatty, I may move on to my 2nd pick.

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    Quote Originally Posted by buggymancan View Post
    Any word on when, or if the Ground Control Tires will be available for purchase separately from the complete Fatboy bikes?
    From the Spec guys at Iceman expo...."no tires, no hubs and no wheels available separately." At this point, he stated their supply chain is struggling to cope with current orders for bikes.

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    I am in the same boat as everyone else. My dealer told me to expect something late November. If I don't see something by late December, I will move to option 2.

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    I was told by my friend who owns the Specialized shop in town that they told him not until December will they have the fatboys to the shops. He has 12 on order with 9 already payed down. This is the same shop who originally correctly told me the name and price of the fatboy and I posted it here first, so they have been correct so far. I'm not getting one but thought I would share the info.
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    Well here in Oz we won't see any bikes till late Jan. Pissed off as we have been given confirmed dates of Nov,10, then Dec 15 anemia Jan 12 for eta landed date I work for a spec concept store and told them exactly what I thought today. Looks like option 2 for me now.

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    I stopped by my LBS today to check on the status of the bikes and I was told they are expecting them mid to late January. Im not sure if they are telling people that to lower our expectations or if thats what they have been told by Specialized. Either way we're not going to see these bikes anytime in the near future!

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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    Nobody is getting a bike until they can actually make the tires. That's why you're waiting.

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    Tyres are made, take a look at latest pics from recent shows. Bikes have ground control tyres and are production bikes.

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    Yep, they are producing tires now

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    It's a new bike and Special Ed's first fatbike. A snag or two isn't unexpected. Surly announced Krampus completes at interbike in September 2012 and they got delivered where I live in April 2013.
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    vikb is a time traveler

    Pretty sure he meant April 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chader09 View Post
    vikb is a time traveler

    Pretty sure he meant April 2013.
    Yup. Corrected. LOL. A 2yr wait for a bike might make me grumpy.
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    That January time frame was what my LBS gave me as well good thing I still have my mukluk, sold my fatback to get a fatboy

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    Quote Originally Posted by KP snowman View Post
    That January time frame was what my LBS gave me as well good thing I still have my mukluk, sold my fatback to get a fatboy
    +1 - sign of wisdom - having a back up plan
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    Waiting patiently for my green Fatboy, though I must say I am getting excited about it and I have never ridden one!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by reig3 View Post
    Waiting patiently for my green Fatboy, though I must say I am getting excited about it and I have never ridden one!!

    Bob
    I too ordered mine before ever riding one because I knew it was for me the minute I laid eyes on a fatty. I had been doing a good job having the patients of a saint UNTIL the other day a friend who manages our LBS let me take a fat bike out on demo here in the Breckenridge area on some of our heavily snow covered summer bike trails and now I CAN'T WAIT!! ha ha. I've even woke up a couple time in the middle of the night thinking about it. I've been telling people if they have never ridden a fatbike and have one on order....don't ride one, cuzz it makes the wait harder. I attribute the fat bike is the same thing as snowboarding was to the ski industry around here.. its a game changer.
    With all that said, I called the corporate offices of Specialized a few days ago to ask some questions and they actually put me on the phone with one of their fat bike "project guys" and he told me, they where still hopeful and on track for a mid to late December delivery date. I couldn't believe I got to chat so openly with them. So not sure about January dates seen on here, but I wouldn't doubt if it rolls to January delivery date.
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    I am hoping we get them by December, the wait is killing me. It took me three years to convince my wife that I "needed" a fat bike. Then of course I picked the one I have to wait for. I sure hope it is worth the wait, it looks a whole lot betteer for the price than the others out there.

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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    My buddy just put down on one today from a big Spesh shop. It was already ordered though, and manager says 30 to 45 days. No 4.6" Ground Controls until next fall, though, which make me sad. :-(

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    I think I'm going to get a Mukluk2, no maybe a Mukluk3, no how about this Specialized Fatboy oh no wait what is this, a 907 wow that looks good too. That's how my week was then today it was. wow I found a deal on a used Muk3 then it was no I'll get a new Mukluk3 and up grade it as I go. But! Oh! No! Again! it has 9spd I don't want that so I'll stick with the Mukluk2 then I say, self do you think Salsa is going to change all their fat bikes next year to 190mm rear hubs and you're going to wish you had one? "most likely" Self do you want grip shift and a lighter bike that already has bigger tires "well yes" then wait for it.

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    No 4.6" Ground Controls until next fall, though, which make me sad. :-(
    Not true... ground controls are in production already.
    I also found out that Spesh actually did try originally to get Bud/Lou spec'd on the fatboy for this year to get the bike out much sooner, but QBP said no to keep supply available... or something. Makes sense since they are always short on tires the way it is.
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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    They are in production, but not available separately at this time. I'm guessing that my local Spesh dealer just isn't going to order any till then. I would think supply should free up by springtime otherwise.

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    Uhh, these were probably "in production" about 60-90 days ago, and we are now waiting for a container to show up.

    FYI.

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    I'm right with you mate. I've been tortured by my indecision. it doesn't help that there is no LBS here that has a demo so i can't ride any fat bike. So i drove for 3 hrs yesterday to test ride a moonie. it was great, i decided right there that i need a 5" 100mm capable bike. so thats a 907 190mm or the fat boy. Im going to pursue the fat boy! at my lbs, they have one on order. Does anybody know what colour the cheaper fat boy is? the LBS doesn't know!

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    Are you sure your lbs is a Specialized dealer? I only ask because they should know the color. Look here.

    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    I'm right with you mate. I've been tortured by my indecision. it doesn't help that there is no LBS here that has a demo so i can't ride any fat bike. So i drove for 3 hrs yesterday to test ride a moonie. it was great, i decided right there that i need a 5" 100mm capable bike. so thats a 907 190mm or the fat boy. Im going to pursue the fat boy! at my lbs, they have one on order. Does anybody know what colour the cheaper fat boy is? the LBS doesn't know!
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    Quote Originally Posted by shoo View Post
    Are you sure your lbs is a Specialized dealer? I only ask because they should know the color. Look here.
    they sell a lot of specialized bikes, not sure why they don't know. there is very little interest in fat bikes around here. I makes choosing much harder.

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    The tires on the show bikes at the Iceman Expo were the ground control's, but they were not the production (machine made) tires, they were handmade or hand poured whatever makes more sense, but they were not the mass produced ones.
    Hopefully they are in production or have been for a while now...I want my Fatboy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by kpw2011 View Post
    I'm right with you mate. I've been tortured by my indecision. it doesn't help that there is no LBS here that has a demo so i can't ride any fat bike. So i drove for 3 hrs yesterday to test ride a moonie. it was great, i decided right there that i need a 5" 100mm capable bike. so thats a 907 190mm or the fat boy. Im going to pursue the fat boy! at my lbs, they have one on order. Does anybody know what colour the cheaper fat boy is? the LBS doesn't know!
    The Expert Fatboy is Black& Red and the Fatboy is Green & black or it comes in Black & Yellow. The Fatboy is about 2lbs lighter than the 907 bikes if that matters to you, after you gat a bike then it's about 50 to a 100 bucks a gram to lighten it up. The only things I see on the FB that I'll change out are the HB I have some that are carbon and the brakes the wet brakes might not work to good where I live.

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    I heard 3rd person (seriously) that an employee at a very large Specialized dealer said there was a hold up because the carbon forks were cracking. Now, that is completely unverifiable as far as I know and probably not true as it was 3rd person and said dealer has a high degree of not completely informed employees. Do with that info as you wish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kovickc View Post
    The tires on the show bikes at the Iceman Expo were the ground control's, but they were not the production (machine made) tires, they were handmade or hand poured whatever makes more sense, but they were not the mass produced ones.
    Hopefully they are in production or have been for a while now...I want my Fatboy!
    I was told by the a Specialized Employee, not bike shop employee that those were production tires. He said those 2 bikes will go back into boxes after the show & out to a dealer to be sold. They were literally one of the first bikes off the production line.

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    I was in the same quandary. Wait for the Fatboy. Mid January?! Nevermind, I'll go with 9zero7! Rode one yesterday & loved it. Went to the LBS today to order one & they were closed!!! They were supposed to be open. On my way back to work I decided to just wait for the Fatboy. It's what I wanted from the get go anyway. Ugh.
    Quote Originally Posted by idinomac View Post
    I think I'm going to get a Mukluk2, no maybe a Mukluk3, no how about this Specialized Fatboy oh no wait what is this, a 907 wow that looks good too. That's how my week was then today it was. wow I found a deal on a used Muk3 then it was no I'll get a new Mukluk3 and up grade it as I go. But! Oh! No! Again! it has 9spd I don't want that so I'll stick with the Mukluk2 then I say, self do you think Salsa is going to change all their fat bikes next year to 190mm rear hubs and you're going to wish you had one? "most likely" Self do you want grip shift and a lighter bike that already has bigger tires "well yes" then wait for it.

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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?-fat-1-spe.jpg
    what size frame do you think this one is? a medium?

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    I think that is a small.

    Compared to the medium I've seen in person, the frame's main triangle looks too small

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetpaint View Post
    I think that is a small.

    Compared to the medium I've seen in person, the frame's main triangle looks too small
    shame, i really liked the sloping top tube but i need a medium.

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    shame, i really liked the sloping top tube but i need a medium.
    If you like a sloping top tube get a 9zero7.
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    I'm getting so antsy for these to show up. A wee bit o' snow this morning really kicked it in. I've ridden the Farley I picked up for the wife three rides now and all it's done is make the wait more difficult. I want to get fatter

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    Well, I decided to wait until late January unless the bikes get shuffled back further.
    I bought myself a Krampus to ride until the Fatboy Expert arrives
    should be fun riding Chubby/Half Fat/Semi Fat

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    Any word on when the new specialized tire is going to hit the market ? Looks like a decent tire.

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    Canadian distributor is saying early spring.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemlinus View Post
    Canadian distributor is saying early spring.



    For just the tire or a complete bike?

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    Just convinced my mate to order one, lets see if he can get a Large framed one in Australia...

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    For just the tire or a complete bike?
    I believe just the tire. I heard yesterday from my LBS that it's the tires that are holding everything up. I would imagine any tires they do get produced will be going right on the bikes. I'm guessing tires themselves won't be available for awhile.

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    The reason I'm questioning that date from the prior post was that the 2nd delivery is schedule for early spring, I'm guessing by the demand that there will be a thrid shipment. (Again total guess, no LBS information on that) I'm not even convinced when I'll get the bike based on what I've heard on this forum. And I put down a deposit really fast after the Specialized event. I was really hoping to take part in some local fat bike activities, but I'm not going to register for any fatbike races until I have a fat bike.

    I guess we'll get the bike when we get the bike. I wish we had someone like Espen W on the Diamant & Nakamura bikes. We haven't heard anything really directly from Specialized on this forum.

    My wife thinks forums like this are for whinners and complainers and that most bikers just want to ride the bike and will be happy whenever the bike arrives. She may have a point. But I'm a bee that has been to the honey pot too long.


    Quote Originally Posted by Zoo1424 View Post
    I believe just the tire. I heard yesterday from my LBS that it's the tires that are holding everything up. I would imagine any tires they do get produced will be going right on the bikes. I'm guessing tires themselves won't be available for awhile.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyjose View Post
    Just convinced my mate to order one, lets see if he can get a Large framed one in Australia...
    Thanks mate. Deposit going down tomorrow for Feb delivery

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    I will hold you to it too, or make you buy a Norco...

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    gcohen wrote:
    If a miracle happens and my fatboy arrives by then I am in

    gravitylover wrote:
    From what I just heard a few minutes ago you might be seeing miracles come true.

    If I didn't work on Saturdays I would be so in to hook up for a global fatbike day ride I will certainly get out the next morning though...

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    that's from my local forum. Anybody hear anything to confirm??

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    and that forum is what?<vbg>

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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    Local mt bike forum in Westchester NY. Wmba.org

    It was a thread about a global fat day ride that I made the comment in and that was a response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcohen View Post
    gcohen wrote:
    If a miracle happens and my fatboy arrives by then I am in

    gravitylover wrote:
    From what I just heard a few minutes ago you might be seeing miracles come true.

    If I didn't work on Saturdays I would be so in to hook up for a global fatbike day ride I will certainly get out the next morning though...

    gcohen wrote:
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    that's from my local forum. Anybody hear anything to confirm??
    Confirmed! I talked to Specialized this afternoon. However he did say limited numbers will ship in Nov with another bigger batch in early December. I think it depends on who you ordered from, and when you ordered it. I ordered from a bigger dealer in MN and I ordered mine when it was first announced. I'm not sure if I'll be riding a Fatboy Dec 7, but I'll cross my fingers and wait. (Based off false rumors I almost canceled my order)

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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    Sweet!!!! Sounds like we are getting close

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcohen View Post
    Sweet!!!! Sounds like we are getting close
    I hope you get it, I really want to see Spec's fatness.

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    I hope you get it, I really want to see Spec's fatness.
    Definitely getting it. Just not sure it will be before Dec 7th.

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    Could be worse, my mates confirmed Australian delivery is February, mind you he is getting the Expert by the looks of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyjose View Post
    Could be worse, my mates confirmed Australian delivery is February, mind you he is getting the Expert by the looks of it.
    So the experts are shipping later than the standard ones? I may have to change my order if thats the case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    Confirmed! I talked to Specialized this afternoon. However he did say limited numbers will ship in Nov with another bigger batch in early December.
    Very limited this first round

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    Quote Originally Posted by crazyjose View Post
    Could be worse, my mates confirmed Australian delivery is February, mind you he is getting the Expert by the looks of it.
    Might be as early as end of December as they ordered shop stock. Better save my dollars to pay for it before then.

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    Any word on if or when the Ground control tires will be available separately?

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    Looks like one more week (give or take a few days) before the first limited shipments.

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    Limited shipments of tires or complete bikes or both?

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    For just the tire or a complete bike?
    I am interested in just the tires. Maybe by spring ?

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    bikes not tires

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    Here is the latest for CO, fat boys to be released in late JAN, Fatboy expert mid to late DEC, don't really understand why 2 different release dates but works for me since i ordered an expert. Won't believe it until i see it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by richccc View Post
    Here is the latest for CO, fat boys to be released in late JAN, Fatboy expert mid to late DEC, don't really understand why 2 different release dates but works for me since i ordered an expert. Won't believe it until i see it.
    They probably have a higher margin on the Experts hence they come out first.

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    Well it appears there has been another delay on the bike. Just got off with Specialized Customer Service and they told me they now expect to get the bikes into the warehouse Mid-December so I figure it will take another week after that, or later if delivery is delayed again. So I canceled the order for the Fatboy. I put down a little over half as a deposit and got it all back, drove to another store this evening and picked out a 9:zero7.

    I think I was #5 out of #70 people who ordered here in MN, so everyone just went up at least one today. Talking to the other store, I'm not the first person to cancel.

    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    I've heard October is the first shipment. I haven't heard an actual date. I'm on the list for the base model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by trailblazer29er View Post
    Well it appears there has been another delay on the bike. Just got off with Specialized Customer Service and they told me they now expect to get the bikes into the warehouse Mid-December so I figure it will take another week after that, or later if delivery is delayed again.
    No way to really know when these bikes are going to arrive. Special Ed isn't going to say March 2014 even if that's what they think. That just wouldn't work from a PR standpoint. Better to keep moving the ETA out 2-3 weeks at a time. That's not a Big S thing - just the reality of expectations management. Just ask the folks waiting for Krampus completes last year.

    You just gotta put it out of your mind and wait till your bike shows up. Or score something else for this winter like you did.

    Even if you really want a Special Ed you can grab a 2014/15 model next year and likely get some improvements/new features after they learn from year #1.

    Better to be riding snow now than waiting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    Better to be riding snow now than waiting.
    Totally agree (and FIFY)
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    Received a call 30 minutes ago that my Fatboy ships on Monday to the store. The store is 30 miles from the distribution center, so chances are I'll see it on Tuesday.

    This was very clearly the first shipment, and they indicated that I wouldn't be receiving the mat green I ordered, but rather the black.

    BTW, this is not the Expert.

    This is a good sign for those with bikes on order.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliasone View Post
    Received a call 30 minutes ago that my Fatboy ships on Monday to the store. The store is 30 miles from the distribution center, so chances are I'll see it on Tuesday.
    Where are you located? I'm in UT, and I think we're near a distro center here, too. Your post gives me hope (even if it is unfounded).

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlikesbikes View Post
    Where are you located? I'm in UT, and I think we're near a distro center here, too. Your post gives me hope (even if it is unfounded).
    I am in Utah. The store is a Specialized Concept store.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliasone View Post
    I am in Utah. The store is a Specialized Concept store.
    Well shoot. i didn't order mine from a there, just my LBS. Thanks for the report. I hope you get yours as soon as your expecting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliasone View Post
    Received a call 30 minutes ago that my Fatboy ships on Monday to the store. The store is 30 miles from the distribution center, so chances are I'll see it on Tuesday.

    This was very clearly the first shipment, and they indicated that I wouldn't be receiving the mat green I ordered, but rather the black.

    BTW, this is not the Expert.

    This is a good sign for those with bikes on order.
    I really, really, really hope that means I'll be getting mine soon. I ordered from a concept store as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wetpaint View Post
    I really, really, really hope that means I'll be getting mine soon. I ordered from a concept store as well.
    +1 - **fingers crossed**
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    any word on when the ground control tires (only ) might be available for purchase?

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    Here is what my buddy at the bike shop just responded to me via email. They are apparently close to the specialized HQ... Anyway here it is.

    "Just spoke with our inside rep at specialized. He told me that the rumors
    were true and that they are about to ship out some faboy's. However, they
    received a very limited number of them so far, apparently less than 50
    nationwide in various sizes and colors. We didn't get ours this time
    around, as some accounts have had them on backorder since the specialized
    dealer event earlier this year. I'm told that they are getting another
    shipment next month. I'll keep you posted!"

    Hope this sheds a little light on the situation.
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    Summit, thats basically what I heard also with not many bikes going to many places.

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    I need to visit my shop tomorrow and find out about Aussie delivery

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    Did anyone in MN get word that their bike is coming? I'm fighting the urge to pull the plug on the Fatboy and going for a Mukluk.

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    That's what I did but now I'm waiting on the Mukluk2 to show-up at the ski hut, I called yesterday and he said mid Dec. on the Muk 2. I'm thinking I might just wait to see them both side by side. I went with the Muk2 because I can put a carbon fork on it if I want to and the alternator dropouts and being able to run the 177mm x 12mm thru-axle alternator plate options, shorter chain stays isn't always the cats meow. I was wanting the Fatboy because of the being able to run a bigger tire but the guy at the shop said they are running 4.8 tires on the 2014 Mukluks with the HD rim I don't think we could do that with a CS rim and that might be a draw back for the Mukluks unless a person doesn't mind losing a few gears, so when it comes down to this the Fatboy shines, it looks like it's going to have less monkey jacking to run the bigger tires it just comes with them and with the 907's you still have to pay more for the upgraded wheels and tires & I don't think F/bikes dot com can even upgrade because they are out of the CS rims right now but I could be wrong about that.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jedalicious View Post
    Did anyone in MN get word that their bike is coming? I'm fighting the urge to pull the plug on the Fatboy and going for a Mukluk.

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    Delays are probably due to legal battles with Harley Davidson over the name Fatboy. Ironic. A Crave anybody?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Glide the Clyde View Post
    Delays are probably due to legal battles with Harley Davidson over the name Fatboy. Ironic. A Crave anybody?
    Is that true or supposition? They've been using that term for years on different bikes (as has been pointed out on these forums before). If true, it could be a looooong delay, indeed.

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    Minnesota is on the list of early deliveries........alledgedly. Second wave expected to ship by December 10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonlikesbikes View Post
    Is that true or supposition? They've been using that term for years on different bikes (as has been pointed out on these forums before). If true, it could be a looooong delay, indeed.
    I would not think so, Harley Davidson uses the name Fat Boy not Fatboy, and yes you're right Specialized had been using the name for years but now they have found a better uses for it.

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    So Clide the Glide, you are way off with the Hardly Motorcycles comment, no issue with naming as mentioned as Spec have used the name for years.

    Oz delivery is supposed to be bikes landing around Xmas time but due to holidays first bikes will reach Spec Aust warehouse first week Jan then hoping to have in our store 2nd week Jan at the latest.

    Pretty sure we will be getting the Expert models before the Fatboy's.
    Certainly hope so as I am hanging to get the Fatboy Expert out
    Although I am unable to ride till late Feb, I will be pulling it apart to dissect weights etc once I get mine

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    Well it appears that what specialized told me was completely wrong. I'm lucky to say that while I canceled it, the Erik's never cancelled the order. A handful of Fatboys are being delivered to Erik's. For those waiting on the list, you'll find out when it ships not before. Glad the this concludes my waiting and playing the what if games and can get down to what matters the most. Riding the fat bike every chance I get. .

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanesbw View Post
    So Clide the Glide, you are way off with the Hardly Motorcycles comment, no issue with naming as mentioned as Spec have used the name for years.

    Oz delivery is supposed to be bikes landing around Xmas time but due to holidays first bikes will reach Spec Aust warehouse first week Jan then hoping to have in our store 2nd week Jan at the latest.

    Pretty sure we will be getting the Expert models before the Fatboy's.
    Certainly hope so as I am hanging to get the Fatboy Expert out
    Although I am unable to ride till late Feb, I will be pulling it apart to dissect weights etc once I get mine
    Got pretty much the same story from my LBS today.

    Gives me more time to pay for it I suppose :-)

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    As a follow up to my previous post, I received a call this morning. My Fatboy came in a couple of days early; unfortunately the call came too late to pick it up and will pick it up tomorrow.

    The guy from the shop said in the entire reps area they shipped two bikes, and the five store cycle shop I ordered from got one. Glad I put that deposit down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shanesbw View Post
    So Clide the Glide, you are way off with the Hardly Motorcycles comment, no issue with naming as mentioned
    Dang, where's that tongue-in-cheek smilie??

    Btw, I love Speshy stuff. I have a 2010 Stumpy FSR 29 Expert and lots o' Speshy accessories. Wife has a 2010 Myka FSR. Had dinner once with Mike at the Speshy HQ in Morgan Hills (and about 200 of his other closest friends).

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliasone View Post
    As a follow up to my previous post, I received a call this morning. My Fatboy came in a couple of days early; unfortunately the call came too late to pick it up and will pick it up tomorrow.
    Photos!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Katt View Post
    Photos!!!
    +1. Pics or it didn't happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post
    +1. Pics or it didn't happen.
    +2

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSOR View Post
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    +3 - it's just cruel to make us wait.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vikb View Post
    +3 - it's just cruel to make us wait.
    There's a comment that pretty much sums up the Fatbike world every fall.
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    Fatboy (not Expert)

    Weight came in at 32 lbs on the scale at the bike shop.

    Looks to be everything it was billed to be.

    Sorry about the quality of the images (and the unraked yard). Wanted to show the Ground Control 4.6 tires for those interested.

    Swapping for SPDs and riding the rest stock.

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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    Nice!!

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    Yes finally someone has one. Now just hurry up and get them to Australia

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    Quote Originally Posted by gcohen View Post
    Nice!!
    +1

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    Re: Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    I like it. Any chance you could throw a caliper on that tire?

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    Cool to see someone got one!
    What size is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post
    I like it. Any chance you could throw a caliper on that tire?
    And take one off and weigh it. Pretty please!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    And take one off and weigh it. Pretty please!!!
    Oh, and while it is off can you measure the casing bead to bead?

    Then mount and measure it on all major rims. Include photo comparisons of mounted profile.

    Then try and set it up tubeless. Use a variety of methods and compare.

    Perhaps throw a sample if the rubber through a spectral analyzer, to see if the evil Specialized empire does in fact use orphan children to make tires.

    Then write a detailed review, comparing to other tires that you may or may not have ridden.

    Once you have completed these tasks you are permitted to take the bike for a spin.

    Kidding Enjoy the bike. Looks awesome.

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    The measurement everyone is waiting for is max width (tread block to tread block or casing). If you don't have calipers, you can use a C-clamp then take the clamp off and measure the opening. That's a 90mm rim, right?

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    Holy #$%*! The unicorn exists! Now hopefully my unicorn will show up soon. Glad to see you got it. Can't wait to get mine. Have a blast on it.

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    What size frame? & more photos please.

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    Looks so nice. I hope I can get my hands on one within the next month.

    Enjoy it for all of us!

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    Enjoy!
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    Reportedly, mine arrives this coming Wednesday. It's a medium base model in black. LBS indicated 50 shipping/shipped nationwide. Mine is the only one in a 4 state region (Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas ... can't remember the 4th state).

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    Quote Originally Posted by AllMountin' View Post
    I like it. Any chance you could throw a caliper on that tire?
    Didn't have a caliper or c-clamp big enough. Best estimation using my method was 4 9/16"

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    Quote Originally Posted by CJones View Post
    Cool to see someone got one!
    What size is it?
    Large/19

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdundee View Post
    And take one off and weigh it. Pretty please!!!
    8 lbs within 1/10th of a pound (front wheel/tire)

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliasone View Post
    Didn't have a caliper or c-clamp big enough. Best estimation using my method was 4 9/16"
    So about 116mm on a 90, just a tad smaller than Bud and Lou (116mm on a 82). Can't wait to get my mitts on a pair of these, hopefully they come in at a good weight.Thanks for measuring!!

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    Weight came in at 32 lbs on the scale at the bike shop.

    Looks to be everything it was billed to be.

    Sorry about the quality of the images (and the unraked yard). Wanted to show the Ground Control 4.6 tires for those interested.

    Swapping for SPDs and riding the rest stock.
    I have been wondering where this tire is being made. Is there a country of origin on the sidewall?
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    So, how was the first ride?! I am hoping to get my call today!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shiggy View Post
    I have been wondering where this tire is being made. Is there a country of origin on the sidewall?
    I'm either repetitively missing it or it's not there.

    Was interested to check out the inflation guidance-- 5-30 lbs.

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    Any ride info report anything? anyone else get one yet?

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    My shop got a large in today, it was already reserved. Still waiting on my medium to show up.

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    just because the bike belongs to someone else doesn't mean you can't take it apart and weigh things for strangers on the internet.

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    Are these bikes clyde proof?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jedalicious View Post
    So, how was the first ride?! I am hoping to get my call today!!
    Rode today. The ride was as billed. I had to lift the bike over a fence, and appreciated the weight.

    I was making an attempt to get to an elevation with snow. Keep in mind, this was my first fat bike ride.

    I ride an Epic. This was no Epic nor is it intended to be so. Missed the cushion ride on regular trail.

    I did expect the wide fat bike tire to do better in mud... both for the bike and the trail. This is not true. I think I quickly doubled the weight of the bike and made a heck of a mess. And in many places, slick is still slick.

    Did finally make it to snow elevation; the snow was too little to judge from.

    Some additonal thoughts....

    1. Really liked the grip shifter. Nice to jump to the gear you want with ease. I did find with a standing climb, I mistakenly shifted. This would disappear with experience, which brings me to point 2.

    2. Enjoyed the traction. Was able to do a standing climb on some sections that can be too steep/gravelly for it with other bikes. Won't be able to make those same standing climbs in the snow, I'm sure.

    3. Solid on the downhill. In a couple of places I would normally open up to avoid the sliding, the bike was much more stable with the bigger tires.

    4. Handled tight turns at least as well as my Epic.

    5. Loved the 2x10. Perfect.

    6. Those big wheels make for a wide trail. In several of the muddy areas, I rolled right over the dead grass and rocks on the trail side with ease, saving the trail and my bike. Next time I'm waiting for a dry, frozen or snow covered trail.

    Hope that helps. Again, so far, I haven't found anything different than billed.

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    you should review it again when you have proper fat bike legs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by volsung View Post
    just because the bike belongs to someone else doesn't mean you can't take it apart and weigh things for strangers on the internet.
    ^^^^this^^^^

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    Quote Originally Posted by walangkatapat View Post
    Are these bikes clyde proof?
    I will test that when I get mine at 120kgs

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    WOW Lewy your almost 19 stone ..
    not everyone here is on the metric system
    just trying to help out
    I am slow therefore I am

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    Quote Originally Posted by eliasone View Post
    I did expect the wide fat bike tire to do better in mud... both for the bike and the trail. This is not true. I think I quickly doubled the weight of the bike and made a heck of a mess. And in many places, slick is still slick.
    It really depends on the tire tread and the mud. I've had some low impact muddy/boggy rides and I've also collected 8lbs of mud on my fat tires. Sort of like snow there is mud and then there is mud.

    Enjoy the new bike...
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    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?

    Quote Originally Posted by Burnt-Orange View Post
    WOW Lewy your almost 19 stone ..
    not everyone here is on the metric system
    just trying to help out
    And most people here think a stone is a rock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by eliasone View Post
    I'm either repetitively missing it or it's not there.

    Was interested to check out the inflation guidance-- 5-30 lbs.
    Some times it is molded into the bead, and is hidden with the tire mounted.

    The inflation range is just the official "safe" pressures.
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    LBS just posted these on their Facebook page. I'm assuming this is my bike since they're only getting one.

    Specialized Fat Boy ETA?-fatboy-2.jpgSpecialized Fat Boy ETA?-fatboy-1.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudinyeri View Post
    LBS just posted these on their Facebook page. I'm assuming this is my bike since they're only getting one.

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    Nice bike!.... Is it the expert? Send it than to Belgium please

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    Quote Originally Posted by RUSOR View Post
    Nice bike!.... Is it the expert? Send it than to Belgium please
    Mine is the Comp (non-Expert) version. Reportedly, the Expert has red trim on the black frame whereas the non-Expert version has the yellow trim shown in my first pic.

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    Another pic or two ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mudinyeri View Post
    Mine is the Comp (non-Expert) version. Reportedly, the Expert has red trim on the black frame whereas the non-Expert version has the yellow trim shown in my first pic.
    Ok.... still waiting for my expert Have fun with yours and keep posting pics and comments about your bike

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