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 Post subject: Fat bike advice please.
PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:20 pm 
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Hey folks, I'm playing with the idea of a fat bike. I'm thinking about going with a cheapo one to start off with (coyote fatman) yes I know it's cheap but I don't want to sink good money in and then realise I don't really like it. Has anyone got a coyote if so is it ok? I think if I do end up liking the whole fat bike thing I'd go on-one? Cheers Rob


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:28 pm 
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At 22kg (46lbs) i can guarantee that you will hate it. it has a nasty high tensile steel frame, poor components and must be hard work on any gradient. it is frankly a £100 Tesco bike with trendy fat tyres.
I would look for something secondhand instead of this lookalike. Fat bikes need specialised bits and there are no cheap short cuts.
http://singletrackworld.com/forum/topic ... -fat-bikes


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 9:47 pm 
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Ahh yeah, that's rather heavy. I may have a look at a few places to see if they have fat bikes for hire, if I could take one out to see what I think? Like I say I'm just worried if I put money down on a one that I'm not going to like it. I may just avoid the coyote!


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:37 pm 
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I picked up an On One Fatty for buttons. It is light enough, and quite lively on the tarmac and hammers most of the rough stuff effortlessly. I guess it is fairly low down the pecking order, but I am very impressed!

35 pounds odd I think.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:43 pm 
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There was an on one for Sale when I wasn't looking for one near me, he wanted around the £600 mark. I've also been looking at the likes of voodoo, yes halfords! Or the calibre dune?


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 10:54 pm 
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Looks good, and certainly light.

Aluminium makes sense on a fat bike. Unless you have the tyres rock hard, I can't see why you would get any benefit from a steel frame.

I have the 2 by 10, and while I could probably use a higher ratio now and then it is pretty comprehensive.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:03 pm 
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i believe the wazoo is at £399 too at the minute. i reckon with some upgrades it could be alright? ive gkt some v12 mags and a Bel air saddle, which i could put on- let tbe weight saving begin. haha


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:10 pm 
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I am no expert on these, having only ridden a couple then owned one! I don't see why that bike couldn't be the base for mods. I would ride it a bit before thinking about weight saving, I decided not to bother after thinking about it, as the weight is no real issue.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 26, 2017 11:15 pm 
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If I'm honest I'm useless at leaving things standard to I reckon I would upgrade bits at some point. It might be worth a look to halfords at some point, I'm going to do plenty of research on the whole thing first.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:19 am 
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The Coyote has non-standard hub widths so is effectively non-upgradeable. They are solid axles and IIRC it even has a screw-on freewheel, which gives an indication how bargain-basement it really is. Note the chainset is WAY too big, so that would have to be swapped immediately for anything more than nipping out for a packet of Marlboro at Tesco Express.

There seem to be a fair few On-Ones coming up secondhand, probably a good place to start although hiring and trying first is definitely best!


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