I do think you need to be a very "at one with the bike" rider to tell the difference between the wicked and a nice prestige stumpie (well more at one than I am anyway) but for me it's more than that- the history and the fact that Fat was something I knew about and pawed over BITD makes them even more special. Mind you the Yo does ride in a special way those wickeds are a bit pants
Hadn't heard of FAT till I joined the site
They do seem to have a bit of a following though (ahem) so I'll have to take the word of those more sensitive souls who can feel they're riding something a bit special.
Anyway, took the FAT up the Pentlands yesterday, where I was immediately out-niched by a couple of unicyclists
Seems like a lot of walking up the hills is involved, left me wondering if it might not be a niche too far, probably more suited somewhere flatter and more technical.
So the bullmoose bars leave me strangely cold. With more width and rise, they do feel more natural when you get on the bike, but I prefer it more with the Ritchey weight weenie stem and bars - it required more concentration, and I enjoyed the rides more. I think I may go back to them
Can't believe I'm contemplating that.