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  1. #16
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    they are very popular here. I do not have one, but several of the guys we ride with do, and they say it takes a lot of work to get them going. we rode with one of our friends last week that has one, not sure which bike, I do know it is carbon and he said under 27 pounds, and that it is still hard to get it going.

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    I could use this as an excuse for not going fast! Seriously, a tank with flat pedals seems like a nice change from my 15-17 lb. road bikes.
    Especially in the snow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    I could use this as an excuse for not going fast! Seriously, a tank with flat pedals seems like a nice change from my 15-17 lb. road bikes.
    Especially in the snow.
    Exactly the purpose of the single-speed Krampus with flat pedals, minus the snow. Click image for larger version. 

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    I'm sure Sky King could discuss the pros and cons of fat bikes versus mid-fat. (Unless you are against a mid-fat. A mid-fat is definitely a tank compared to the other bikes you mention).
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

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    Sky King, any comments?
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    Just FYI, I have 'regular' wheels on my Krampus, they are only 35 mm. I put standard sized mb tires on them. Both these things reduced cost. The bike is designed to use 50 mm wheels (and take 3 inch tires). So mine doesn't look as fat as it could. I consider it an advantage that it uses either. And Fat Bikes often need non-standard hubs and the like. Mine are 100 in the front, and 135 in the rear, which is the same as other 29ers.

    OTOH, snow. There is no snow where I live. My avatar is a winter picture. See the yellow grass in the background.
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    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    Surly Krampus!

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    I test rode a Medium Specialized Hellga (womens version) and a Fat Boy last night after work--I was loving them both. OMG it instantly put a smile on my face and made me feel like a kid again. They are so much fun!! I love skiing-- both cross country and downhill. I see many ski areas grooming trails for fat bike use too. It would be a welcome addition to our ski weekends/holiday. something else to do while exploring the wooded trails ....am I talking my self into getting one LOL
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek-chick View Post
    I test rode a Medium Specialized Hellga (womens version) and a Fat Boy last night after work--I was loving them both. OMG it instantly put a smile on my face and made me feel like a kid again. They are so much fun!! I love skiing-- both cross country and downhill. I see many ski areas grooming trails for fat bike use too. It would be a welcome addition to our ski weekends/holiday. something else to do while exploring the wooded trails ....am I talking my self into getting one LOL
    That Hellga looks like a fun ride, and the horizontal top tube is very short. I suspect the components will be more specialized for petite riders, too.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    Well, I put a deposit down on a Specialized Hellga yesterday, I got the Medium size in White. Can not wait to bring her home.....just have to wait for taxes to come in. I will post pictures up as soon as I pick it up. I have to buy a spacer kit for my 1UP bike rack now............so excited.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek-chick View Post
    Well, I put a deposit down on a Specialized Hellga yesterday, I got the Medium size in White. Can not wait to bring her home.....just have to wait for taxes to come in. I will post pictures up as soon as I pick it up. I have to buy a spacer kit for my 1UP bike rack now............so excited.
    Congrats!!

    I like it for me, too. I think the large would work. How tall are you. (Note, I do NOT need it!!).
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

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    I am 5' 6" tall with a short torso and longer legs. I tried a Medium Fatboy which would be like the large Hellga and I could have gone with either. I did feel a tad bit more stretched out on the Med fatboy so went with the Med Hellga. The geometry of the Med Hellga is spot on with the mountain bike I have (Remedy) so, I think it is a good fit.
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    I looked at the geometry of the Hellga. They do not have x-smalls (unusual for Specialized), but the small has a 26.8" standover, which is in the ballpark with my Trek Silque (27.6). It also has 165mm cranks, a necessity for me. They are on sale at my LBS...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    I looked at the geometry of the Hellga. They do not have x-smalls (unusual for Specialized), but the small has a 26.8" standover, which is in the ballpark with my Trek Silque (27.6). It also has 165mm cranks, a necessity for me. They are on sale at my LBS...
    My hesitation with Surly for you was that they all come with the same size crank-arms, relatively short head tubes, large handlebars, and some of the components are the least expensive possible, thereby making it likely you will spend a lot in the future to replace.

    The Hellga is available in carbon, if you choose.

    I've noticed that women's sizes are better for me in mountain bikes, whereas I generally prefer men's in road bike. But I like to sit up on MB's, and want a good saddle to bars drop in road. It's all relative and preference. They actually both tend to fit me unless the geometry is unusual.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
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    Surly Krampus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trek-chick View Post
    I am 5' 6" tall with a short torso and longer legs. I tried a Medium Fatboy which would be like the large Hellga and I could have gone with either. I did feel a tad bit more stretched out on the Med fatboy so went with the Med Hellga. The geometry of the Med Hellga is spot on with the mountain bike I have (Remedy) so, I think it is a good fit.
    I'm still working out my MB ideal size. A zero-offset seatpost for my KOPs usually allows me to size-up since I sit so far forward. I'm 5'7" with longer legs and arms. I do like that bigger bikes have higher head tubes, that shortens the reach considerably.
    So long as the wheels are still turning, life is good.

    Battswebb

    Pinarello Quattro~CAADX~ Zurich Lemond
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    Surly Krampus!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crankin View Post
    I looked at the geometry of the Hellga. They do not have x-smalls (unusual for Specialized), but the small has a 26.8" standover, which is in the ballpark with my Trek Silque (27.6). It also has 165mm cranks, a necessity for me. They are on sale at my LBS...

    The sale is the reason I pulled the trigger.

    I really need to stop buying bikes LOL But like they say "you only live once" I think this fat bike will be super fun and there are some races I may enter in MI for fun. I already found a group ride in my area, just need to get the bike home now.
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    Yeah, I don't think Surly is the brand for me.
    I really *don't* need this bike. And... we need snow! Obviously, I won't be racing, but something is pulling me toward this bike. It's going to be rainy on Sunday, so I might just stop by the LBS Trek Chick, I am a firm believer in you only live once. It started after my uncle died at age 52. That's why we've upped our travel and are downsizing a bit earlier than planned, so we will have $ to continue traveling. Cycling and x country skiing is what we do, so I don't feel badly about spending the $, as others spend on things a lot less healthy!
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