What's it like to ride a fat bike?

Merc

Active Member
I own a fat bike, a Juiced RCS since January of this year and also live in SoCal. I’ve put about 600 miles and absolutely love it. I’ve ridden this bike all over Los Angeles County. I prefer riding on bike paths but in order to get there I need to ride the streets of L.A. When I refer to bike paths I’m talking about the Rio Hondo, San Gabriel River, the LA River and the Arroyo Seco. I’ve also ridden the bike all along the shore of the Pacific from Palos Verdes to Pacific Palisades. I had done research for a year before my purchase and was in line to buy an ebike with 2” width tires, Stromer, Vintage Electric’s Cafe and even the Juiced CCX. I’m extremely please I went with a fat tire (mainly because a friend who purchased at the same time lives In Redondo Beach and he was going for fat due to the sand) for the riding I do. It provides great comfort, stability, and versatility. The streets of LA are actually decent in terms of debris, but there are a lot of potholes in some areas that the fat tire accommodates in terms of comfort and stability. The versatility is great for the minor “off-road” I may encounter in LA.
 

Chopperbill

Active Member
I’ve been riding 300 to 800 lb motorcycles for 60 years. My RadRover seems light as a feather and handles like a sports car to me.
 

The duke

Active Member
I have two fat bikes . One I bought and one I built . The one I bought is a 2x2 with 4.0 tires and while underpowered, 350 hub in rear and 250 hub in front it does okay . It's fun to ride in the desert and on bike trails . The noise doesn't bother me as Viet Nam and riding Harleys pretty much screwed my hearing . It's a mountain bike style but being hub drives doesn't climb as well as I would like but then I am 70 years old . The one I built is cruiser style , Fito Modena GT2 and has a BBSHD with 52v battery in it with 3" tires . It is pretty powerful and is fun to ride also . While I haven't ridden it too much due to back surgery before even being finished what little I have ridden it has been great . It's an upright position rather than leaned over . You might be better off building your own as it's not that hard and a hell of a lot cheaper .
3"? Is that still even a fat bike? I'd imagine that would feel a whole lot more like just a regular mountain bike....a lot less cushy.
 

Mike Burns

New Member
Hi Duke,,

Depends on the fatbike. I decided to get one (not an ebike) because my Winter employer (Utah ski area with LOTS of snow) started requiring us to take the bus to and from work to free up parking for customers. Driving - 11 minutes, bus - over 2 hours, bike, around 30 minutes. The first one I bought on Craigslist from someone who won it in a contest was new in the box but horrible for my use - 21 speeds and still not geared low enough for the snow and hills, clumsy, handlebars too narrow, and poor brakes. Sold it for what I paid for it after assembling and adjusting. New owner seems quite happy with it riding around town. Current fat bike is amazing. Climbs anything and I haven't had any handling issues. Try to ride the ones you are considering on your local terrain. Differences in geometry seems to make a huge difference on fat bikes.

I have been riding it on the road and some trails this Spring because the roads are all potholes and the shoulders washed out/nonexistent and have been enjoying it. Most of my trips have been 8-10 miles. Haven't even had any of my other bikes out yet. I have an employee that has put over 4000 miles on his Voltbike Yukon 750 and loves it. The ebike is his only transportation and he also rides it for fun on mostly fire road trails and easier singletrack.

As others have said, it is a different beast from a GOOD full-suspension mountain bike. Cheap full-suspension rigs suck. The higher-end full-suspension bikes are great, but at the lower price points, I would go fat or front-suspension only.
 

baxterblack

Member
I have a Haibike Full Fat six 7 - ( Yamaha ) - Nothing better on the rail trail and fire roads. Urban riding is perfect for potholes / jumping up and down curbs ect... Love it for single track trails also - I can enjoy almost anything the ride up is afun as the cautious decent. If the bike is not nimble enough, the trail isn't my speed - I'm near the beach and love it for sand, and yes when the snow hits I dress for it and love it
 

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The duke

Active Member
I have a Haibike Full Fat six 7 - ( Yamaha ) - Nothing better on the rail trail and fire roads. Urban riding is perfect for potholes / jumping up and down curbs ect... Love it for single track trails also - I can enjoy almost anything the ride up is afun as the cautious decent. If the bike is not nimble enough, the trail isn't my speed - I'm near the beach and love it for sand, and yes when the snow hits I dress for it and love it
I chickened out on buying a fatbike. Too many people told me I'd hate it. Too mushy feeling. Too much drag. Too much self steer. Only good for sand and snow. The fat tires are no substitute for suspension. I ended up buying a plus bike with 2.8"x27.5" tires. I don't notice any negatives...run them at about 15psi and they stick like crazy and feel really smooth. Thinking of going up to 3.2" tires....that's in the fatbike vicinity. Maybe I'll get the best of both worlds?