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    Typical Dimensions of a Fat Bike for a Van Build

    This is my first post. I am actually building out a van for camping and adventures. I would like to purchase a fat bike, but don't have one yet. During this pandemic, it is hard to get to a store to measure one out, especially where I live. I want to incorporate bike storage under the bed, which I am placing at the rear of the van, for a fat bike (undecided on make and model), which I will purchase at a later time. In order to do this, I need to have an idea of the dimensions of a fat bike, erring on the larger end of the spectrum.

    I am about 5'11" tall (~180 cm). I figure that I wouldn't want to go with a tire diameter greater than 27.5. What is the typical length and height of a a fat bike, perhaps erring on the larger size? Length with and without the front tire removed would be helpful. Similarly, it would be great to know the height to the handle bars without the front wheel removed, and overall height with the front wheel removed.

    Believe it or not, I have tried googling this for about 45 mins, and can't get the results that I am looking for. When I google the "typical length of a fat bike", and every other variation which I could think of, all that google wants to tell me is that the tires are wider than a regular mountain bike...haha. When I look at bike specs, I seem to have trouble tracking down the overall length, with and without the front tire removed, etc. Hopefully you pros have some helpful insight.

    Thanks for taking the time to read this!

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    Just go to any manufacturer's geometry chart and pick the largest you can find. Choose one a size larger than you need, to be safe.

    If you are able to build out a van, I'm sure you are able extract the significant dimensions. For example overall length will be wheelbase plus 2 wheel radii inc. tires.
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    Do you have a regular mountain bike currently? All dimensions should be almost identical, except for tire width.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bikeny View Post
    Do you have a regular mountain bike currently? All dimensions should be almost identical, except for tire width.
    Except he's looking to get a fat bike, so longer forks & chain stains, etc., to make room for the tire diameter.

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    You need to go to a fat bike manufacturers website and look at its geometry, its specifications. Bicycle stores may have that info but you will have better luck with the manufacturers website.

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    My old Hardtail Marin MTB with 26"x2" tires is dwarfed by my Trek Farley 7.

    The 27.5"x4.5" Fat Tires are close to 31" diameter.







    Even up against a 26"x4.0" Fatty, the Farley is a Monster Truck
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    When did 27.5 fat wheels come out?

    Those are huge!

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    I think Trek started moving to 27.5" wheels in late 2016 on the top tier Farley's, (27.5 x 3.8 Hodags on the 9/9.6/9.8)
    Then in 2017, the F 9.6/9.8/9.9 came out with 27.5 x 4.5 Barbegazi's, all the lower level models had 26 x 4.7 tires)

    All 2018 model year Farley's came with 27.5 x 4.5 tires as the new standard spec.
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    My size small salsa bucksaw is approx 43" tall & 75" long.

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    For length pick the bike you are going to get, look up the wheelbase on the manufactures website and add 35"-36" for height I would go 48"
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