Kiwi's guide to Fat Bikes Nov 2015

Rate this Entry
With another Fat Bike joining the club in the next few days......

And another member asking for my help choosing which they need here's my quick guide to help any one who's "Fat Curious"

1st off, you need to ask yourself what sort of riding is it that you want the Fat Bike for?

Trails and/or hills
Beach, sand dunes and/or touring?

If you want both you will either need to compromise or buy 2 different Fat Bike, because like normal mtb's there isn't one to do everything.

So, I'm guessing that most of you will be focussed towards the "Trails and/or hills" type of riding and even this has 3 categories of Fat Bike
I would go for a normal or a smaller sized frame that you are used to, I would recommend
1) Rigid on a budget fun with an On One Fatty -
Which is under a grand (cycle to work), carbon forks with a slacker (than touring) head angle and 2 x 10

2) Hard tail also from On One, The Fatty Trail -
a cheaper option is available but I would go for this one with it's Bluto 120mm fork and 1 x 11 drive train

3) Full Suss Fat Bike - the Salsa Bucksaw would be my go to bike

Those looking for beach and touring then a classic double triangle framed fat bike is the one to go for.
I like a slightly larger frame for this sort of riding. (My On One Fatty was a small & My current Bat Fastard is a large)

For beach and sand dune single track you do need to be looking for a wider and flatter tyre to help with the "floatation" when the going gets soft with a steeper head angle for tight turns in the dunes.
I think than my 4.8" tyre on 100mm wide rims Travers Bat Fastard with it's Lauf Carbonara 60mm of travel forks is the best bike available for this kind of riding

Mainly because the forks "absorb the ride" taking the sting out of the trails that you do get with a rigid fork (even at low pressure) but there is nowhere for sand to scratch or get in and damage the moving parts of suspension forks like the Bluto.

If you want an off the shelf 4.8" Fat Bike then the only option is the steel Surly Moonlander

One thing to remember for beach riding - ALWAYS USE DRY CHAIN LUBE

As for a touring Fat Bike the classic double triangle frame bike would be best and the frame is perfect shape for fitting frame bags into rather than carrying your gear on your back.

Updated 08-11-2015 at 15:28 by JohnClimber

Tags: None Add / Edit Tags


  1. leadville lance's Avatar
    nice one John
  2. Noddyryder's Avatar
    Thanks John any view on the genesis a couple on ebay at the mo cheers mike
  3. kobe2018's Avatar
    Nice bike that last one. You moving over to the fat side paul?
  4. leadville lance's Avatar
    yes mark its due this wednesday, i opted for the forks and dropper as i want to ride rivy and the usual stuff i do but im expecting to have more FUN tho
  5. kobe2018's Avatar
    You getting that fatty trail? That looks very nice or are you getting something else
  6. JohnClimber's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Noddyryder
    Thanks John any view on the genesis a couple on ebay at the mo cheers mike
    Hi Mike, just seen this reply, sorry.

    Yes for the money the Genesis is a cracking bike for beach and long distance, rather than a fun fat bike Like Pauls On One Trail Fat Bike
  7. JohnClimber's Avatar
    One other thing to note about On One

    The Trail Fatty when writing this blog was 1499, now I'm updating it, it's up to 1599

    It looks like they are bumping up the price ready for another reduction maybe for Black Friday or Christmas sales
  8. wile E Coyote's Avatar
    thats all me arse that i got a oo fatty with bluttos its goes the beach it does trail centres its been up and down snowdon it goes on tarmac it even goes on the pavement one bike one rider goes anywere ,ps spell poice give u somethink to do on yerbike
  9. JohnClimber's Avatar

    All carbon 4" tyres for just inder 1,600
  10. Craig24's Avatar
    Do you know if the Fatty Trail could be run with the On One rigid forks? Either the steel or carbon? Or will it mess the head angle up?
  11. Glenn c's Avatar
    Mine worked great with on one carbon forks
  12. Craig24's Avatar
    @Glenn c was it the trail Fatty? Reason I ask is I might have the chance to pick up the frame and wheels cheap but can't afford a Bluto at the min. Didn't know if the normal Fatty and the Trail Fatty needed forks with different A2C?
  13. Glenn c's Avatar
    It's a Fatty Trail I think the carbons are a bit shorter than the Bluto but it handled great.

    I'm selling them BTW give me a shout if interested
  14. Craig24's Avatar
    @Glenn c if I end up with the frame I will defo be interested
  15. tizdaz's Avatar
    hey, nice info i was looking at the fatty trail & also the cube nu-trail pro, but no where had large size in stock so i opted for the Felt DD 10 which i shall be getting in a week or 2!

    1st on my list will be a dropper post & some orange rim tape & pedals (yup im a bit of a bike tart!!)