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    Who makes full suspension fat bike for 5" tires

    Salsa, 907 and 11Nine all for 4" tires. Is anyone making a full suspension on a carbon frame?


    Is there a reason no one makes one?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fresno View Post
    Salsa, 907 and 11Nine all for 4" tires. Is anyone making a full suspension on a carbon frame?


    Is there a reason no one makes one?

    Thanks.
    How much money have you offered Salsa, Carver and Specialized?
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    Do you have relevant info or are you on a evening troll?

    I see 907 has a proto in the works with a Bud and Lou. 4" travel. Maybe in June.

    Anyone others coming out at inter bike?

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    At this point nobody, but for the right amount of money, a custom one could be built. The prevailing attitude is that 4" tires are plenty for a fat fully, because in deeper or softer snow, a light rigid 5" tire bike will offer much better float, and 22-24 pounds is not to hard to come by now. By contrast, the Bucksaw runs in the low to mid-thirties, and it is very noticeable on climbs. As an all-seasons trail bike it is great, but has some compromises. I would guess that the bike you want (full carbon) will be available after fat fully's gain acceptance, but at a price far north of $6-7K.

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    Carver Trans Fat is a semi custom rear suspension Ti frame they build one at a time to customer geometry specs that can take the big stuff. 6 week lead and $3000. Up front for frame and shock only. Front suspension fork extra.

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    full suspension fat bikes are too new, that's why there's not a production bike out there yet. You can guarantee that the geometries of these things will change as each new manufacturer jumps in. Some designs will prove to work well. Some will not. Some companies will take their time and do the R&D to make a bike that handles well. Others will just modify an existing FS platform to fit big tires and call it done, giving you a tank that rides like crap.

    Salsa made a conscious decision to work with the 4" tire. They've made no secrets why. Read their website if you have not yet. Whoever dives headfirst into a 5" tire platform for a production bike is going to have to do their due diligence to make sure it's a great bike that fits the purpose they intend it to have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fresno View Post
    Is there a reason no one makes one?
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    Elephant in the room alert: There's not much point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NateHawk View Post
    full suspension fat bikes are too new, that's why there's not a production bike out there yet. You can guarantee that the geometries of these things will change as each new manufacturer jumps in. Some designs will prove to work well. Some will not. Some companies will take their time and do the R&D to make a bike that handles well. Others will just modify an existing FS platform to fit big tires and call it done, giving you a tank that rides like crap.

    Salsa made a conscious decision to work with the 4" tire. They've made no secrets why. Read their website if you have not yet. Whoever dives headfirst into a 5" tire platform for a production bike is going to have to do their due diligence to make sure it's a great bike that fits the purpose they intend it to have.
    True story and well said. Just because it has a shock doesn't mean it's going to be awesome.

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