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27.5+ or fat?

Postby ccoffey » November 2nd, 2018, 9:20 pm

Looking for input on riding 27.5+ vs Fatbike in the winter. Looking to thin the herd (sad, I know) and was thinking maybe I could get away with the 27.5+ as a good summer and winter bike. Thoughts?
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Re: 27.5+ or fat?

Postby Roy » November 3rd, 2018, 7:18 am

You can ride in snow that is maybe 4" deep on "thin" tires, any deeper it is hike a bike time.
The Metro parks are usually plowed with in a day after a snow. The bike trails are partially cleared.
When the snow is more then 3" deep the snow machines rule at Island Lake and do not compact the snow enough for a "thin" bike. (2.25")
In any case you will need to have a bike with studded tires on the ready. (falling on ice and landing on you elbow really hurts)
So if you want to be able to ride in all conditions you will need Fat, thin, and studded tires. (and made some CC skies)
Even fat tire bikes have limits and seen by the need for groomed trails.

My guess is you know all this and just want someone to justify your purchase of a new fat tire bike --- it's ok

JUST GO BUY IT




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Re: 27.5+ or fat?

Postby ccoffey » November 3rd, 2018, 7:46 am

Haha, no I actually own both! But I’m teetering on the edge of “s-1” (velominati rule #12)
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27.5+ or fat?

Postby amadkins » November 3rd, 2018, 8:15 am

Fat. There’s no replacement for displacement when the snow is deeper than a few inches.

You can always run B+ or 29+ with the fatbike on the dirt when warmer.
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Re: 27.5+ or fat?

Postby Steve_Balogh » November 4th, 2018, 6:07 am

I just bought a 27.5+ FS bike to use for places like the UP that have trails where a fat bike will not work well in the summer and my 29r doesn’t have enough tread. Never considered the plus bike for snow, although it would work on packed trails. If I thin the herd it will be the 29r, which I did attempt to sell but no offers. I decided to keep it for paved trails/ dirt roads as I prefer fatter tires for MTB trails, sand, and snow.

I could stick normal 29r wheels on my plus bike if I’d ditch the 29r. I can also put 29r wheels on one of my fat bikes as well.

All depends on where and how you ride that dictates what bikes you should have. A better justification for a plus bike would be sandy trails vs snow.
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Re: 27.5+ or fat?

Postby Roy » November 5th, 2018, 8:16 am

You do not need an excuse to buy a bike-- just $,$$$$
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Re: 27.5+ or fat?

Postby xcrdr » November 5th, 2018, 8:30 am

What size do you ride? I have a very nice Specialized Fuse that I'm going to sell. I would consider trading for the right fat bike. I run my dog on some pretty sloppy areas where a fat bike would be a bit better.
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Re: 27.5+ or fat?

Postby SteveF » November 5th, 2018, 9:01 am

Why choose? Get one bike and two wheelsets. The Otso Voytek for example can be had with either 27.5+ or fat.
Sometimes the squeaky wheel gets replaced.
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Re: 27.5+ or fat?

Postby bbender785 » November 5th, 2018, 3:25 pm

amadkins wrote:Fat. There’s no replacement for displacement when the snow is deeper than a few inches.

You can always run B+ or 29+ with the fatbike on the dirt when warmer.


^this.

get a fat bike.
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