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    Unintended side effects of owning a fat bike?

    So i was putting a new fork on my fs today, and I started contemplating 2.5s or larger. I haven't looked at this bike since i got a fat bike a month ago. I have a 2.35 on the front and a 2.1 on the back but I'm used to 4+ tires now. Anyone else deal with this type of dilemma haha

    I never thought I'd see the 2.35 small, but its so skinny!

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    Havent used my other bike since i got the fatbike :-) the fatbike give so much fun and joy :-)

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    A few side-effects that I've noticed;

    - After riding it for several weeks, and you're enjoying it, you never thought you'd ask yourself - "why the heck did it take me so long to get a fatty?"
    - Another side effect is that... you find yourself loosing a bit of your shyness. Especially when you realize that that bike you're riding, turns heads.



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    Another side effect is when you build one, is how many different "standards" exist, and how there will always be one bit that doesn't fit.
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    I forgot that it's another bike I am going to break and have to fix. A crash and recent race means I find myself replacing rd/shifter w/ x9 (went med cage this time to avoid more hazards), and went 1x10 with help from RF and WT, which means I needed a different chain.

    Oh, and my penis doubled in size, which is now a whopping 2".

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    Never had the urge to reduce weight so much on my other bikes. So much low hanging fruit there. Am used to doing this for backpacking but not on bikes in general.

    On the flip side I've never been so obsessed with being able to carry things on a bike 'till the FB either.

    And to add, I've never ever felt so compelled to purchase a pair of Five Ten type shoes for rock garden type riding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I forgot that it's another bike I am going to break and have to fix. A crash and recent race means I find myself replacing rd/shifter w/ x9 (went med cage this time to avoid more hazards), and went 1x10 with help from RF and WT, which means I needed a different chain.

    Oh, and my penis doubled in size, which is now a whopping 2".
    Diameter... wow. Beware the Highlander. There can be only one...

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    Only took a week to sell my much Giant Trance... not looking back. Most fun I've had since I was a kid

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    I rode my 29er the other day at the local trail and on the first steep rooty hill I almost crashed. I had to grab a tree to right myself. I used to feel totally secure on that bike until I started riding a bike with 4.8" tires on 100 mm rims.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jonshonda View Post
    I forgot that it's another bike I am going to break and have to fix. A crash and recent race means I find myself replacing rd/shifter w/ x9 (went med cage this time to avoid more hazards), and went 1x10 with help from RF and WT, which means I needed a different chain.

    Oh, and my penis doubled in size, which is now a whopping 2".
    Two inches?!! Dude that's awesome! Did you go tubeless on a hundy?

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    Haven't had a chance to ride my fs xc bike since I got the fat bike (weather,mud); but I'm expecting to climb like a rocket and fall in the first switchback because i come in too hot and lock my brakes.. Ha

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    Quote Originally Posted by Velobike View Post
    Another side effect is when you build one, is how many different "standards" exist, and how there will always be one bit that doesn't fit.
    This! I love my Pugz but that comment right there sometimes makes me just want to say f**k it and sell the damn thing.
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    My new bike has 4.6's. Did a ride with my friend yesterday. His 4.0 HuDu's looked slim.

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    I still enjoy the variety of riding all my bikes. This past week I did 2 rides on the Fatty, 2 on my SS, and 1 each on my HT and FS all based on the terrain on which I was riding. Keeps everything fresh.
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    Unintended side effects of owning a fat bike?

    I'm 60% Moonlander and 40% SC Tallboy. I love them both but the traction of the BFLs has me wanting wider rims with 2.35 Ikons on my TB instead of 2.1's.


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    Yeah I thought if I put 2.35 tires on my trance 29er it would bring back the love that I had for that bike last year. Unfortunately it sat with new tires on it for over a month before I even rode it. I have ridden it but 2.35 feels really narrow compared to 4.6.....pretty sure the old (1 year old) trance will be heading down the road to fund a new Echo.

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    Fat bikes!!! Myeah-yeahh!!

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    Well side effects?
    I ride more no matter of wheather

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    I bought a fat bike and all of a sudden I have a beard!
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    I went from just 'good looking' to 'freaking hot'. YMMV.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dgw2jr View Post
    Fat bikes!!! Myeah-yeahh!!

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    After purchasing the mukluk I am no longer Fat-bike-curious.

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    rigid bikes have always been the way for me no matter what the terrain or ride/race distance.

    the fatty is a whole new world of rigid that is oh so very cushy beyond my wildest dreams. best part is there's no complicating such a beautiful simple machine with complicated suspension that one day will require maintenance and money.

    9.5 front, 9.25 rear. the rocky techy tamer!

    like riding a very efficient comfy couch

    side effect? this bike makes me want to ride more than any other bike i've owned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MiniTrail View Post
    me thinks more like not too shabby
    Busted...

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    Unintended side effects of owning a fat bike?

    Totally an attention getter. Have never had more people want to ride my bike before.... Lots of questions and I have yet to see another bike that brings more smiles to peoples faces! Either riding it or riding by! Pack way more than needed but I've helped out a lot of peeps on the trail.
    Last ride had a guy want to swap bikes through the tough stuff as his high dollar carbon fiber(s) bike wasn't cutting it! (Kind of fun keeping up with the high dollar bikes through semi tech stuff on a rigid loaded down fat bike!
    Went from FS salsa el santo and can't imagine going back. Best single quiver bike for me.


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    Love all the comments!

    Anyone know how or when the Blackborow will be avaialable? I'm gonna pull the trigger on one and this one gets my vote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aidsfromoz View Post
    I bought a fat bike and all of a sudden I have a beard!
    Watch out! If it gets too long you get moved over to a recumbent...

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    the fat-bike perma-grin is manifests differently in me: perma-boner.

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    Unintended side effects of owning a fat bike?

    Getting used to riding 2.5km instead of 25?

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    I have been riding my fatbike exclusively for nearly a month (including on the road).
    Yesterday I took out my MTB and just felt really weird, mind you it has 26x2.35 Big Ben Ballon tires, so it isn't skinny. I had to be much more conscious of technique when curb hopping and riding off the pavement onto the grass and back on was scary again.

    The strangest thing was the the "narrow" Q factor, it felt very odd (my fatbike is 190mm).

    The MTB did feel a bit faster on the downwind leg, but not enough to make any significant difference in travel time.

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