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Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 11:11am
bikerwaser wrote:.......The Gen Longitude is great for bike packing and also is so much fun for a day out on virtually all terrain which it seems to just sail over easily.
It's also surprisingly quick and light.

I agree,I'm also surprised how nibble it is both on and off road.
I get the feeling I bought a classic,and Genesis are making a huge mistake with the changes to it for next(this?) year.

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 11:00am
+1 for the Genesis Longitude.
I love mine.
I'm running it as it's normal spec but i've put racks and mudguards on it. Was planning to tour on it but have decided against it.
I have a Thorn Sherpa and that's better for heavy touring in my opinion and has 26" wheels which i feel is also better.
The Gen Longitude is great for bike packing and also is so much fun for a day out on virtually all terrain which it seems to just sail over easily.
It's also surprisingly quick and light.

Re: Fat Bikes

12 July 2015 - 10:40am
After reading your posts on Fats I checked out the weights of 3.8 and 4inch tyres which are upwards of 1.3kg which isn't really a surprise as they're so big,rim weights aren't too bad though with,Rabbit hole's @ 600g+ being reasonable.
Off road on the terrain they're designed for that shouldn't be a problem but commuting on less extreme surfaces I think I'd find such weights to be a bit of a drag,literally.

Re: Fat Bikes

11 July 2015 - 9:39pm
Also... I'd you want a 29+ too a Pugsley can take 29+ wheels and tyres... Google Krampug for more info.

The Longitude has changed for 2016.. It has 650b+ tyres and wheels now. That may be good. Have a look at the Genesis blog for more info. Not sure about an alloy fork but they know more than me about such things.

These guys use fat bikes for touring...http://www.mikehowarth.co.uk/bolivian-backlog-viva-bolivia/

Re: Fat Bikes

11 July 2015 - 9:24pm
I have a Surly Pugsley - probably the first production fat bike model. I bought one after using one in work for beach surveys and sampling.

I Bought it for beach riding (I can use about 3 miles of beach as part of my commute) and as a general trail riding MTB. What I found was that it is the most comfortable bike I have owned. Not just the soft ride but the fit and geometry.

I now use it for all kinds of riding.... Commuting, days out on bridle ways or across the hills in Mid Wales, touring on rough tracks with a mix of country lanes, bike packing, etc, etc. it's a great in town too. It is unbeatable in snow and sand.

We did the Cairngorm loop offroad last November. It was ideal for that. It's a dream on green lanes and rough gravel like the route around the Clarwen Resevoir.

With the right tires it is not as slow as people think on the road. On rough or soft surfaces it is faster than a normal bike.

In short I love my Pugsley and it is probably my favourite bike. While the range and diversity of fat bikes is increasing, the Pug remains the most practical and usefull and adaptable of fat bikes.

If you want any more info then just ask.

Re: Fat Bikes

8 July 2015 - 11:50pm
The bike will be fat, just like me. A match made in heaven

Re: Fat Bikes

8 July 2015 - 11:24pm
Halfords are coming out with their own fat bike

http://halfordsblog.com/2015/06/25/vood ... -fat-bike/

I really need a fat bike. Not just for mud,snow, beaches but in case there is a zombie invasion.....or a meteorite strike and dinosaurs.....and other reasons ..... The only thing that puts me off buying a bike from Halfords is that i used them once and i am still traumatized 6 years on from the experience

Re: Fat Bikes

8 July 2015 - 9:40pm
Fat bikes are for seriously deep mud/snow/sand due to the big 'footprint' of the 4inch wide tyres.
However there is a halfway house with the Genesis Longitude which will take a 3inch(still IMO) but comes with 2.4inch tyres fitted.
Due to my not riding on the beach or getting enough snow to worry about sinking into uncontrolably,or anything more than 3 or 4inches of mud.I needn't go any bigger than the 2.4's on my GL,they float n roll over just about any off road terrain likely to be encountered.
A great bike

BTW,IMO using Jesus as an exclamation/swear word,is likely to offend some Christian forum members.

Re: Fat Bikes

7 July 2015 - 9:25pm
Any sand dunes or snow near you? I think they look great fun but I take your pragmatic point of view as a 'mature' approach. I'm tight so 2 bikes will suffice for now [emoji49]

Fat Bikes

7 July 2015 - 9:10pm
Went into my LBS to enquire about the Genesis version. Jesus, first time i've ever had a shop put me off spending money. Are they just a fad? I really fancy one but would hate to spend a grand to end up sitttimg in the corner. Ive already got a Croix de Fer so should I bother. Any 'mature' owners out there?

Re: Giant MPH hydrolic disc brake jammed on..

5 July 2015 - 1:51pm
Its It's common in the hot weather on the MPH. If the adjusting wheel on the master cylinder doesn't have enough adjustment to cure it then crack open the bleed nipple on the caliper and let out a tunt dribble of fluid.

Re: Giant MPH hydrolic disc brake jammed on..

4 July 2015 - 6:15pm

Just a note to say thanks, just came across this when having a recurring problem with my old mountain bike and never been really bothered to get it sorted (it's not that hilly to the pub )

But was playing this afternoon and finally got around to fixing it.

Couldn't work out why it wasn't working, then if finally dawned on me that the plunger wasn't supposed to be tightly screwed onto the thread !! Doh !!

Thanks again


Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

4 July 2015 - 12:42pm
If you're heat treatment, yes. Even powder coating it requires the heat treatment be redone.

Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

1 July 2015 - 7:27pm
Does 7005 need heat treatment after welding?

Re: Expected 'lifetime' of a 7005 alum frame??

30 June 2015 - 8:34am
Too open a question. 7005 is the raw material but there are quite literally thousands of combinations of butting, tube manipulation, heat treatment, methods of bonding or welding etc to give a sensible answer.

Re: Tyre suggestions for hardtail

29 June 2015 - 11:03am
I like Panaracer Fire XC Pro, but probably ride something a bit more sandy / gravelly. Probably the best solution is to ask at a decent local bike shop about what they recommend.

Re: Newbie friendly MTB trail

27 June 2015 - 3:43pm
If we are in the Peaks the run around the Ladybower and Derwentwater is nice and mild, with a bit of clunckety-clunk trail. I do that occasionally on my hybrid. About 25 miles.

Don't forget to wild swim. You can bike right+ up to it.

There also various diversions which make it more interesting.

Check out Dean Read's peakroutes.com site here, which walking but also has mtbing.

And there are quite a number of routes published by the Local Authorities here:

The MTB icon is the one that looks like you are carrying 2 fishing.


Re: Tyre suggestions for hardtail

26 June 2015 - 5:11pm
Panaracer Trailrakers


Tyre suggestions for hardtail

26 June 2015 - 4:59pm
I've an old (1999) Orange hard-tail. For ages, it's run WTB Velociraptor's in 26x44/50, but my last set are now shot. A few online reviews suggest the current Velociraptor aren't anything like as good as the old ones. So, what to get ? The more I read the more confused I get !

Riding is mixed, though Cross-Country is perhaps the best description. I expect it to do mountains in wet and dry (including a few lake district bridleways), hills (eg. Derbyshire, N Yorks Moors), and bits of Scotland (though mostly using stalking tracks as access for walking). Locally its sandy or muddy bridleway routes, but I don't use those often. I have done routes a few made centres, such as Whinlatter, though that's not my usual choice. Road riding is only done to get between off-road bits, or very occasionally in local winter snow, so I am not really bothered about road performance.

Thoughts anyone ?


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