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  1. #1
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    Fat Bike advice

    Hey all, recently a good deal has come up on a 2014 carbon Beargrease that I'm seriously considering. I currently have an 2016 alloy Kona Wo with a carbon fork that I ride with kids and in the winter. The differences between the bikes (as I see them) are as follows:

    Spacing:
    150 front, 197 rear - Wo
    142 front, 177 rear - Beargrease
    Any problems with future upgrades?

    Tires:
    5" front - both
    4" rear - Beargrease (although salsa and others claim they can get up to 4.8" with "drivetrain modification")
    5" rear - Wo
    I run a 4.6" rear tire in the winter. This is maybe my biggest worry.

    Seatpost:
    31.6 - Wo
    27.2 - Beargrease
    I realize this limits me for droppers, but I haven't run one on my fat bike in the past.

    HTA
    68.5 - Beargrease
    70 - Wo

    STA
    73 - BG
    73 - Wo

    Weight
    25-26# - BG
    29# - Wo

    I'm mainly doing short rides but would like to do some bike packing in the future.

    As I ride in the winter, the carbon seems like it would be more resistant to corrosion from road salts.

    Thoughts?

    Seth

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    Buy a $400 chinese carbon frame and swap your stuff over? My biggest worry would be the 142/177 spacing.

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    what problem with your old bike are you trying to solve?


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    I have the beargrease and really like it as it performs similar to a regular mtb (fastish feeling, nice turn response). However, I'm also quickly seeing the limitations that it really is only a groomed snow race bike. I can do some of the lesser packed trails, but if you plan on doing more exploration, I'd get something with a wider footprint.

    I'm hoping for more snow next year, the golf course grooms for xc skiing and allows fat bikes. I think that is the element for the beargrease. So more for fitness than exploration.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iowagriz View Post
    However, I'm also quickly seeing the limitations that it really is only a groomed snow race bike. I can do some of the lesser packed trails, but if you plan on doing more exploration, I'd get something with a wider footprint.
    4Ē tires would be a deal breaker for me. We have some groomed, but a lot of our trails are multi use with snowshoeing, runners, postholers, etc. 4.8 bud and lou were game changers even just upgrading from spesh 4.6.

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    I can't imagine having a bike that looks like an adventure bike but actually isn't. IMO with fat bikes go big or don't go at all. If you want a quicker and more nimble groomed snow machine great get a set of wheels for that but there will be enough times where a true fatty is the right tool for the job and you'll be glad you have 4.6 or 4.8 tires.
    Last edited by gravitylover; 03-14-2020 at 01:49 PM.

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    Thanks all. Opportunity is no longer there, but the concerns about tire size were at the front of my mind. The Geo was a little better and mtnions question is a good one - what problem am I trying to solve?

    All in all, probably weight and a more relaxed HTA. The Wo is nice bike and I've enjoyed my time on it. Tire size is good. Weight is okay. I'll probably keep my eyes out for a frame rather than whole bike.

    Seth

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    I like a smaller tire, Iíve found all i ride is packed groom snow, I ride a 2018 beargrease and I ride it like a summer bike. It all depends on what youíre looking to do. For me itís perfect because I want to ride fast flow like summer, but it ainít for everyone.


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