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The Inappropriateness Continues... 5 years 8 months ago #1055

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As requested, my thoughts on riding a fat bike in Epping and they are, go demo one and find out for yourself!!!
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No really go ride one. It's a strange can of worms, could it be the next 'standard' all I can say is it's a unique feeling that's hard to sum up and there's a werid feeling you get from riding the bike I can't quite put my foot on it. The thing that surprised me the most was the speed you could achieve, the bike was far from slow, some say it's an age thing, some say it's a distinct lack of eyesight, I say it's pure witchery. The bike takes some getting used to and those bars are the work of Satan himself. The bike climbed surprisingly well but then it did have a full length seat post and a full range of gears. What I did noticed and soon realised was the bike needs to be man handled round the corners otherwise it wants to drift out wide but that was harder said than done not knowing if 4 inch tyres like wet, rooty, off-camber corners. It strangely felt like it was floating over the ground at times and getting faster through the thick brown sludge we have come accustom to in the winter. The bike needs to be ridden hard to get the most out of it, get out the saddle and chuck it into the corners and smash it through the mud, roots, bogs, small animals and children and it will reward you with a massive smile. I've never had so much fun ripping through Epping's finest winter shit. The bike could do with a dropper post a sensible handlebar and maybe be a bit slacker but otherwise it was a pretty much spot on.

Would I buy one, no, not for £1300 but maybe I'd consider one in the £500-£700 range although I can see the novelty wearing off pretty quickly. My advise go down to Online Bikes and ask to take it out for the weekend and make up your own minds. I know I will be out on it again from time-to-time.
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The Inappropriateness Continues... 5 years 8 months ago #1057

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Nice one Mikey, it looks good fun and glad it lived up to your expectations. Having only ridden it up and down outside the pub I can appreciate what you said about the bars - they did feel weird. Must be great through puddles and bits of boggy ground though.
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