26'' vs 27.5''

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Posted: Oct 11, 2019 at 11:15 Quote
Looking to buy my first fatbike, for mostly winter use, not sure if theres an advantage to buying a 26'' tire bike now that Giant has the Yukon on 27.5 x 4.5. I recently upgraded my All mountain Norco (26") to a Giant Trance 27.5'' and I'm amazed by the rolling abilities and speed I got, would it be the same with a Fat bike?

Thanks for info!

Posted: Oct 13, 2019 at 5:32 Quote
I spent my first year on a 26” Beargreaser and have since moved to Farley 7. The 27.5 defiantly rolls over trail features easier. If you ride dry single track with your fatty I’d personally opt for the 27.5 to get over features easier. It feels like it will roll over anything you run across. If it’s just to bomb around or strictly snow the 26” would be just fine.

Posted: Oct 14, 2019 at 8:07 Quote
Cstunes wrote:
I spent my first year on a 26” Beargreaser and have since moved to Farley 7. The 27.5 defiantly rolls over trail features easier. If you ride dry single track with your fatty I’d personally opt for the 27.5 to get over features easier. It feels like it will roll over anything you run across. If it’s just to bomb around or strictly snow the 26” would be just fine.

Thanks Cstunes!

Posted: Oct 15, 2019 at 3:56 Quote
I dont own a fat bike but i have owned 26" and 27.5" bikes and my current ride, a 27.5"+ bike rolls and is much smoother on trials than my 26", it also handels a bit better as a 26" i found to be a bit twitchy when steering.

Posted: Oct 17, 2019 at 6:33 Quote
here is my break down of the 6 bikes that are in my price range, all are the base models. Did I forget any brands i should be looking at? I didn't include any bikesdirect brands because they don't seem to ship to Cananda. I have tried a fat boy on two occasions in snow, the front washed out alot and the brakes didn't feel that great, from the specking I don't find the price matches up. I think I'm leaning towards the Giant Yukon 2.

fat bike spec
1. Price
2. tire size
3. tire brand
4. rim
5. weight
6. crankset
7. drivetrain
8. derailler
10. brakes
11. head angle
12. wheel base

Devinci minus 10s
1) 1499.00$
2) 26 x 4.7
3) Veetire bulldozer
4) v2 comp db 94mm
5) 35.63lbs
6) 26t
7) sunrace csms2 10s 11-42t
Cool shimano deore m6000
9) sram level t 180mm
10) 70°
11) 1117mm

Giant yukon 2
1) 1599.00$
2) 27.5 x 4.5
3) Maxxis Colossus
4) Giant FB 86mm(inner)
5) na
6) 28t wave ring
7) shimano HG500 11x42 10 speed
Cool shimano deore shadow+
9) shimano mt-201 hydrolic 180 f, 160 r
10) 68.5°
11) 1149.8mm

Trek farley 5
1) 2099.00$
2) 27.5 x 4.5
3) Bontrager Gnarwhal
4) SUNRingle Mulefut 80SL
5) 31.31lbs
6) raceface 28t
7) shimano hg50 11-42 10 speed
Cool shimano deore m6000
9) sram level hydro
10) 69°
11) 1105mm

Specialized fatboy se
1) 1899.00$
2) 26 x 4.6
3) Ground Control fat
4) Stout xc 80 76mm internal
5) 30ish lbs
6) 28t
7) sunrace 11-42t 10 speed
Cool shimano deore shadow plus
9) tektro aries mech 180f 160r
10) 71°
11) 1113mm

Norco bigfoot 3
1) 1299.00$
2) 26 x 4.9
3) Chaoyang Big Daddy
4) Alloy SW fat rim 80mm
5) na
6) samox 28t
7) shimano deore hg500 11-42t
Cool shimano deore m6000
9) tektro md-280 180f 160r
10) 68.5°
11) 1153mm

Rockymountain blizzard 10
1) 1299.00$
2) 26 x 4.8
3) Maxxis Fbr-Fbf
4) rocky mountain speedhole 95mm
5) na
6) 24t
7) sunrace csm980 11-40t 9speed
Cool shimano altus 9 spd
9) tektro md-m280
10) 67°
11) 1147mm

Posted: Oct 20, 2019 at 5:29 Quote
Possibly consider a higher end Framed build? The low end versions I’ve ridding were not great but presumably the higher spec models are much better.

The pricing on the fat boy should get you above the SE and into the 11 speed NX build (at least in US currency). That would be a better option IMO but pricing may vary between CA and US and put it out of your budget.

My wife has a FB NX build and I have to say it’s a sweet bike. I could stare at it all day. Very nicely built. Add a dropper and it’s a great bike for single track dry or snow. The tires washing could be a number of variables. Too high pressure, just a bad tread design etc. I haven’t ridden it in earnest to say that they grip well or not but they seem to be pretty good for a beginner to the fat world.

I do love my Farley though. It would be the last bike I sold if I had to sell them.

I’d probably opt for one of the 27.5 options you have.

Posted: Oct 26, 2019 at 19:48 Quote
I am in about the same budget, and also on the fence on the 26" vs 27.5".

Based on specs, and price, I'm leaning towards the RSD Mayor (build 2), but the 27.5" wheels and studdable tires keep bringing me back to the Farley 5.

Given that my intent is a winter only bike, and the rolling diameters of the bigger 26 and 27.5" wheels are basically the same, any insights?

Posted: Oct 28, 2019 at 7:21 Quote
billg wrote:
I am in about the same budget, and also on the fence on the 26" vs 27.5".

Based on specs, and price, I'm leaning towards the RSD Mayor (build 2), but the 27.5" wheels and studdable tires keep bringing me back to the Farley 5.

Given that my intent is a winter only bike, and the rolling diameters of the bigger 26 and 27.5" wheels are basically the same, any insights?

I don't know the brand, but the price seems to be comparable to the Trek. I personaly would go for the Farley 5 if I had to choose between those two!

Posted: Oct 30, 2019 at 4:47 Quote
and I like more than 26, since I’m not very tall, it fits me perfectly

Posted: Nov 4, 2019 at 6:46 Quote
My riding buddies and I have for the most part Rocky Blizzard or Trek Farley. I own a Blizzard 10.

My less than scientific observations are that the 26 seems to have larger tires which seems to help "floats" when the trails are not too hard packed.

The 27.5 seems to rolls over things better and seems generally faster on well packed trails.

The Blizzard 10 is a really fun bike thanks to its 67 deg HA.

But the mechanical brakes needs to be replaced. The Blizzard 20 is in your price range and have hydro brakes but I'd rather go with the 10 and replace the brakes and not having a SX drivetrain. That's the route I choose as had hydro brakes laying around.

If there's lot of ice where you ride I'd be more concerned with tire "studdability" than floats.

Posted: 3 days ago Quote
Check RSD Mayor. Very nice bike and specs for the price. Plus they ship in Canada. Proud owner !

Posted: 12 hours ago Quote
norco bigfoot 2 - it's inline with several of the prices on your list, has a dropper post (mandatory for me) and comes with tires you can add studs too (also mandatory for me). But it has 26 wheels.

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