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    SS Fat bike frame?

    Hi Guys,

    I am running SC Chameleon SS (29"*2,35 with 32 oval+18 cog)

    I am a bit interested of building SS fat bike. Did some small test on geared Kona Wozo and it actually felt pretty good.

    KONA BIKES | MTB | FATBIKE | Wozo

    Is there anyone who has SS fat bike? Any good frame suggestions? Plan to use this in forest on summer and wintertime on snow.

    Thanks!

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    Yup, Kona Wozo is sweet. Surly Wednesday is what I'm on. Also really fun geo and easily SS.
    Rigid SS 29er
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    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Iíve had my Surly Wednesday SS this past summer and I love it.


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    Trek Farley. Bluto fork and 27.5 x 3.8 Hodags with 50mm rims from Mikesee.

    Tried single speed this spring to mix things up, and ended up liking it so much the gears never went back on. I absolutely love this bike.

    This fall I took off the suspension fork and put the carbon winter fork on. I generally prefer the suspension, but it's pretty fun climbing with a 23 pound fat bike.

    I've never tried single speed in the winter, but will give it a shot this year. My normal winter wheelset is 100mm clownshoes/ dillinger 5's, but for single speed I don't think this will have enough traction for stand up pedaling, so I'll up the rubber to Lou and Bud.
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    ^ sorry, with a slack seat tube angle and a super short reach I won't go there. I'm glad you like it but I want my fatbike to be fat which means 80mm rims and at least 4.5" tires in winter. Summer time I would want 29+ on 50mm rims.

    Geometry is crucial, I prefer my fatbike to be "trail oriented" as opposed to "touring or dull utilitarian" geo.
    Rigid SS 29er
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    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Different strokes I guess. I love the farley geo. Maybe it is a little more dull, but maybe dull is what I like--I want rocky, technical, baby head, loose, off camber junk to be as dull as possible. It's certainly less exciting than my 29er with tiny 2.5's.

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    Asked local Kona dealer possibility to buy Wozo frameset. Unfortunately they are not sold here in Finland as a frameset at all. Have to check other places in europe or think some other options. Looks like many people like Surly Wednesday, so that is still on my list.

    I am not a fat bike expert, so dont really know if there is a big difference with 27,5 fat vs 26 fat? Also looks like a lot of people use their fat bikes as 29+ on summer time. Suppose 29+ goes with almost all fat bike frames?

    So if you have more suggestions for frames please let me know. I kind of like modern geo with "normal" mtb, suppose that will work as well on fat bike.

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    I forgot they updated the Surly Ice Cream Truck too. I really like the changes and would definitely add that to your list.
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    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Thanks, Will add that also on the list. Have not tried Surlys, but I think they are quite heavy? I also plan to do some long endurance rides / events, but only to win myself :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sssar View Post
    Thanks, Will add that also on the list. Have not tried Surlys, but I think they are quite heavy? I also plan to do some long endurance rides / events, but only to win myself :-)
    No. The frame it's self only accounts for roughly 20% of the overall weight of the bike. The components, wheels, tires, etc. account for most of the weight. Generally speaking a steel frame will weight roughly 1-1.5 lbs more than an aluminum frame. Pretty small percentage when you consider the total weight of the rider and the bike.

    It's a fatbike, it's never going to be light unless you spend >$6k. That's ok though, fat bikes are very good at what they're intended to do. Plus they're fun.
    Rigid SS 29er
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    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    I am finishing up my Pugsley 2.0 build.
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    Salsa Mukluks can be easily converted as well. Alternator dropouts are fun...
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    Hmm, answered 2 times already, but messages has disappeared somewhere...

    ICT looks interesting and also Mukluk.

    Mukluk is quite a bit more expensive. Do you guys know if it is ok to ride carbon Mukluk SS? I heard many carbon bikes are not the best for SS due to flex.

    Any comments 27,5 fat or 26 fat?

    Will try to go test both, but it will be different bikes etc so maybe not so easy to compare by borrowed bikes.

    Any other fat bike frame suggestions for SS? Got also answer from Kona UK that Wozo is available only as a complete bike.

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    What are you looking for that your list of bikes doesn't offer?

    I like 26" for snow. Way more tire options and more float.
    Rigid SS 29er
    SS 29+
    Fat Lefty
    SS cyclocross
    Full Sus 29er (Yuck)

    Stop asking how much it weighs and just go ride it.

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    Yep, for sure one (all) of these bikes will work. Just have to try to get some test rides when I get home. And of course it is good to check what kind of options are for SS frames.

    Thanks for comments / tips everyone!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sssar View Post

    Any comments 27,5 fat or 26 fat?
    I like both. Here's my two wheelsets with summer tires on. 27.5x50mm x 3.8 and 26x100mm x 4.8. It's like having two bikes. If I had only one wheelset, it would be 27.5 x 80mm.

    Went for my first snow ride single speed friday and it was a great success. Kept my summer gearing of 28-18 and it was perfect, but traction was good with just 1-2 inch of new. Right now I don't think I will gear down any more for winter--I'm thinking the biggest change going from geared to single in the winter is loss of rear traction while standing. So this morning I'm adding more studs to my Bud/Lou...
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