Can you use a fat bike for trail riding?

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Can you use a fat bike for trail riding?
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Posted: Feb 14, 2021 at 11:06 Quote
I was wondering if fat bikes are good for trail riding, jumps, an tech features. What would I need to do this on a fat bike?

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Posted: Feb 15, 2021 at 4:37 Quote
there's this youtube channel of a french guy who rides very technical alpine trails in the Alps on a fat bike, so you can have an idea of the capacities of a fat bike.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdH1Ga2zs_I&ab_channel=pascal77

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 at 18:54 Quote
Most definitely. I have been riding my fatty for 2 years year round and loving it. Mine weighs 32lbs custom steel frame, 26x4.0 jumbo jims(I dont like how 27.5 wheels feel), Mastodon pro fork. The bike is awesome.
I have been tossing around the idea of getting a second wheelset in 29x2.3 for more jumping stuff. So far the fat tires do everything fine.
Another person to check out is Blake Samson on GMBN. He pushes fat bikes to the limits.

Posted: Feb 15, 2021 at 18:57 Quote
You certainly can, but it's not the best tool for the job. There are reasons why "normal" bikes are more popular.

That said, I like slightly wider tires than average for my "normal" bike, providing the rims are wide enough to properly support them. Maybe you would like a "plus" bike with 2.8" - 3.25" tires.

Posted: Feb 24, 2021 at 9:19 Quote
I did and loved it. I set it up for trail riding with bluto forks, tubeless and high end components. It is a total blas. I have it for sale on pink bike.
st on trails.

Posted: Feb 24, 2021 at 9:39 Quote
Mistabonze wrote:
I did and loved it. I set it up for trail riding with bluto forks, tubeless and high end components. It is a total blas. I have it for sale on pink bike.
st on trails.
How much would a setup similar to this cost?

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 at 12:26 Quote
I ran a fatbike with + and 4" fat tires one summer (and a Bluto), while I was in between more conventional bikes.

Was OK for smooth riding, definitely not as fast. And fatbike geometry is largely pretty shit - might not be the best for techy trails.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 at 12:59 Quote
ducklord wrote:
Mistabonze wrote:
I did and loved it. I set it up for trail riding with bluto forks, tubeless and high end components. It is a total blas. I have it for sale on pink bike.
st on trails.
How much would a setup similar to this cost?

It was costly. I have it listed for 1600 but open to offers.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 at 13:55 Quote
I can and do sometimes to keep things interesting. It is fun, but you can find the limits of what you want to do on big squishy tires with weak brakes pretty fast if you push hard on rough terrain. I don't imagine fat tires would work well for jumps, but I like them in slower Rocky tech. Feels like driving a bus downhill, but in a good way.

For moderate trails or shit you ride all the time they can be a blast. Tire presure is key, for me the difference between basket ball like bounce and rim banging squishy is not as many psi as you might think.

There are some awesome videos of a guy fat biking Whistler on youtube.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 at 18:04 Quote
I always kept the tires hard. We have some trails called grapefruit trails. Place has some sick jumps i would fly on with my fatty. Loik up grapefruit on youtube. Pretty sick for Florida.

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 at 20:42 Quote
I think you can push them pretty hard? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kGl1hQclZHw

Posted: Feb 25, 2021 at 23:03 Quote
Absolutely! Big Grin

I was following this awesome dude at Mont Sainte Anne, Qu├ębec last season down '1837' - one of the gnarliest tracks on the mountain! (Full on MSA Double Black DH track) the gnar of the gnar xD haha I have it on video xD.
The guys Gnarzan! Gnarpoleon Dynamite even! Big Grin

(at 5:36 in the video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uboqX6Itj3I

Just start easy and work your way up, you got this!

YEEWWW!!! Big Grin \m/

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