Fat Tire Bike????????????

oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 184 Solid Baller
My ankle (bone on bone) has got to the point I cannot hike like I want to.
After 3 to 4 miles the hiking is not fun.
I use to ride bikes some.
I am interested in purchasing a Fat Tire Bike.
If I bike it would be manly light trail riding or when in South Florida ride along the beach or in small town bike trails.
Any one have any recommendations or suggestions for a good quality brand Fat Tire Bike for under $700?


  • T_CT_C Posts: 157 Baller
    @twhisper had a fat tire bike made by SPOT(?) at Liquid Zone last week. I rode it around the lake a few times and it was awesome. It was a single speed belt drive and was really fun to ride. Unfortunately I think it probably cost way more than$700.
  • A_BA_B Posts: 4,346 Mega Baller
    My motto on bikes has been to buy used like new so I look on Facebook Market, Craigslist, or some areas have high end bike listing websites.

    Unless you ride in sand or snow a good trail bike might be all you need. There are a lot
    More of those out there than fat tire bikes. At least in NW Ohio anyway.

    I bought a Specialized flat bar bike with carbon fork and disc brakes for $300 off Facebook Market. Originally around $1k. Had about 300 miles on it. Bike resale value is lousy.
  • gcam4gcam4 Posts: 104 Baller
    When I first read this I thought you were talking about New Belgium's "Fat Tire" bike they give to their employees.
  • oldjeepoldjeep Posts: 3,889 ★★★Triple Panda Award Recipient ★★★
    edited March 2019
    Regular mountain bike. Fat tire bikes are the new fad to look cool. 99% of them I see are on pavement, when their place is snow and loose sand. If you want to work harder then buy one, otherwise get something with reasonable size tires.
    Chuck P
    Not a mechanic but I play one at home
  • GarGar Posts: 320 Baller
    Yep been wondering if I should try a fat tire bike on these pot holed rough streets in the City!
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,508 Mega Baller
    edited March 2019
    After years of being ridiculed at tournaments for riding an old Trek (1991 trek 980) around the sites by my west coast buddy's I bought a new trek two weeks ago. I bought a 29er as fat tire bikes are kinda useless for a urban assault or hard off road riding. If one wants to muddle around and drink beer I guess these fat tire things work for that.
    Side note new bike was with tax $1011.00
    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • GarGar Posts: 320 Baller
    @Jody_Seal sounds like the bike of choice in New Orleans!
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 291 Solid Baller
    Check out https://www.pinkbike.com/buysell/list/?category=71 for used Fatbikes. I recommend you find a lightly used bike from a reputable manufacture.

    My wife and I have Specialized Fat Boys we enjoy on the snow and in the summer when trails are wet or our mtn bikes are being repaired.
  • jakecuz23jakecuz23 Posts: 36 Baller
    Fat bikes are cool, but I would recommend a 27.5+ hard tail (27.5 tall x 2.8-3.0 wide). Much faster and easier to pedal compared to a fat bike, and way more fun. The specialized fuse is a great bike, and the Surly Karate monkey is a sweet bike too.

    If you do get a fat bike, make sure it is a 1x11. Cheaper fat bikes will have SLX 1 x 10 which lacks the lower gears you need for climbing. As long as your lowest gear is 46-50 teeth, you should be good.
  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,475 Mega Baller
    It all depends on what you want to accomplish, send me a message- get my cell and we will talk MTB
    NWA....Heaven on earth!
  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 184 Solid Baller
    skidawg I sent you a PM.
    To everyone else thanks for all your comments and suggestions.
  • teammalibuteammalibu Posts: 1,118 Mega Baller
    Skidawg knows bikes!
    Mike Erb Cedar Ridge Canton Miss.
    Horton is my hero
  • ForrestGumpForrestGump Posts: 6,282
    @skidawg can put you contact with his wife, who is the real brains of the operation.
    Shane "Crash" Hill

  • sixballsixball Posts: 280 Baller
    Been thinking of getting a fat bike since last fall. Actually looked at a specialized Fat Boy yesterday. Getting close to pulling the trigger. I will be riding dirt ,sand roads and trails. Also packing significant photo gear. And just off road riding. I want to get out of the house for workouts. living on a public lake riding it in winter would be fun. And I would not be the first one on the lake ice! The dog is getting old and does not want to hike much anymore.
  • CentCent Posts: 250 Baller
    Jakecuz23 gave you great advice for what you want to do.
    A good 27.5 will do what you need well and be more enjoyable than a fat tire in my estimation. As a result you will use it far more which is the real goal. I have both in high end configurations so I have a reasonable basis for judgment.
  • vtjcvtjc Posts: 291 Solid Baller
    I agree a 27.5+ bike is a better all-around bike. I also have both. If you want to ride in the sand I image its allot like riding on snow, the more flotation the better.
  • harddockharddock Posts: 187 Baller
    The rolling resistance of a FTB is much greater than a conventional MB or a 29er. So if your sticking to sand, snow ir graound that is soft the FTB is great. If you ever want to ride on hard pack dirt or pavement the other style is much more suited. I agree on a name brand used, over a box store new! ($.02)
  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 184 Solid Baller
    Jodi Seal:
    You detailed you bought new 29er that was $1011.00 with tax.
    Can you tell me the brand and model bike you purchased.
  • oldmanskieroldmanskier Posts: 184 Solid Baller
    Anyone know anything about a Trek Roscoe.
    I looked at one today at the Trek Bike store in town and it appeared to be a good quality.
    The tires were (27.5 tall x 2.8 wide) and Hydraulic brakes.
    I am 5' 7" (squatty body), the bike was a size 15.5 and felt pretty good to me when I rode it.
    It had a seat that you pulled a lever on the handle bar and it could be raised up and down while riding.
    I have been out of the bike world for so many years the new technology is very impressive.
    Thanks for all the input form my bike post.
  • Jody_SealJody_Seal Posts: 3,508 Mega Baller
    Trek Xcalibur 7

    Hobby Boats can be expensive when the hobbyist is limited on their own skill and expertise.

  • skidawgskidawg Posts: 3,475 Mega Baller
    Tire size is perfect for what u want, the dropper seat post is awesome for cleaning gnarly downhill section and ripping turns- looks like you have found your new sled
    NWA....Heaven on earth!
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