The 4.7-inch Vee Rubber Bulldozer tires drift well, and also the cornering knobs are tall sufficient to hook up in snowy edges without the tire rinsing. The suggested rolling instructions for these tires makes good sense out back, yet I 'd probably run the front tire in the various other instructions to enhance rolling resistance too braking grip. Or else, the ramped handles are directing the incorrect direction for a front tire.
Trip did an excellent work selecting components for this bike. I'm a huge follower of single-ring drivetrains for fatbikes especially since front shifting is generally the first thing to fall short in sloppy conditions. The Jackalope wheel as well as Hodag tire mix are also really nice. If 11 pounds of hoops and rubber seem like a lot, it's actually not the combo is just one of the lightest readily available and setting it up tubeless is insane easy, even compared to non-fatbike arrangements. The only spec adjustments I would certainly make would be carbon-fiber handlebars and brake levers except the bling factor, however since they truly aid maintain hands warmer.
When it boils down to it, the Specialized Fatboy has a bit of a split individuality, yet in the most effective way possible. The bike has the grip as well as stability that you would certainly discover on an exploration-oriented fatbike, and somehow still feels light-weight, nimble and also, dare I say, even racy. In ideal hard-pack conditions, the Fatboy's lengthy rear-end triggers it to shed a little ground in terms of snappiness to some of the other fatbikes on the market, but when problems go south or north in this instance the Fatboy actually ends up being a high-performance competitor.
Specialized did a superb task in selecting the components to hang on the framework. The added clumsiness that goes along with winter gloves truly makes Hold Shift a wise selection. The carbon-fiber fork guarantees that the front-end isn't really a bear to raise, as well as keeps the overall weight of the bike at a practical 30 extra pounds, sans pedals. The only upgrade I would certainly take into consideration making would certainly be to a carbon-fiber handlebar for included hand heat (metal bars suck warmth).
Overall the felt's geometry as well as general setup, with its neutral-length stem, produce a healthy ride. The bike rallies descents, powers through flat singletrack and also remains well positioned on sluggish, glossy, technical sections. The Double Double comes geared up with Schwalbe's sub-1,000 gram, 4-inch Jumbo Jim tires, which supply a great flight quality on hard-packed snow, yet loosened ground to knobbier footsteps in softer problems or in high-speed corners. On that note, the 455-millimeter chainstays get on the long-end of the spectrum for a 4-inch-tired bike. It shows up there is sufficient space for larger rubber, perhaps as much as 4.5 inches, however I didn't test the clearance.
The Standard Fat is offered in a number of arrangements of bare frameworks, dropouts and also forks, ranging in price from $2,000 to $2,200. If you want to drop this kind of coin on a fatbike frame, you are most likely going to build it up wonderful. The examination bike came constructed to reflect this with an array of carbon parts from Bourbon Components, and a full SRAM XX1 drivetrain. The only strangeness below was Twin Six's choice to spec a big also by summer standards 36-tooth chainring. I believe this was the doing, a minimum of partly, by prominent singlespeeder as well as equipment masher Jesse LaLonde, that benefits the company.