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    Can someone recommend a fat tire build thread???? Need advice...

    I'm looking for build thread for a fat tire build. The more I research the more overwhelmed I become with the amount of information that's available and I have zero experience with e-bikes, I'd like to build a solid bike but don't want to start down the wrong path and later find out that my lack of knowledge just cost me over $2K. I'm wanting to build a fat tire bike for hunting/riding but can't find a starting point. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

    Here's a link to mine. I started with a Gravity Bullseye Monster fixed gear, and converted it to a 3 speed internal gear hub and added the Luna BBSHD kit. Look under custom builds and customer builds. There are a few fat bike builds there.


      Here's mine. The Sturgis Bullet is a higher end frame with through axles. The rear dropout is 197mm wide, so the chainline is pretty good even with a 10 speed cassette. You don't need to offset the sprocket inwards so far, so you have more choices for front sprocket size.

      There are cheaper Motobecane fat bikes which would build similarly to this one, without the Bluto fork.

      NOTICE: Photobucket ruined this thread; the images no longer work. I refuse to pay their extortion to restore my hard work. However, I have an archived copy of an
      Fabrication is fun! Build something today. Show someone. Let them help. Inspire and share. Spread the desire.


        Two responses and no mention of Karl's site? Better go to asap............


          Here's mine: and my website devoted to the whole project:

          Maybe you could just buy a Surly Moonlander and slap a BBSHD on it. These Bud and Lou tires are 4.80" wide and 30.5" tall.

          I enjoyed using Vee Snowshoe 2XL tires on my builds because these tires are so fat. These tires are 5.05" wide and 31.5" tall, but they hold 50% more air than the Surly Bud and Lou.

          Here is a Vee Snowshoe 2XL on the left and a Surly Lou on the right.

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          One interesting note is that the maximum pressure for a Surly Bud and Lou is 30 psi, but the maximum pressure for a Vee Snowshoe is 20 psi.

          In my experience (street commuting), having such fat tires eliminates the need for a suspension fork or rear shock.
          Last edited by commuter ebikes; 02-12-2017, 04:57 PM.


            The po didn't state his budget, there are a lot of options out there.
            The 30psi is just to seat the tire on the rim. On the Surly site recommended pressure is 5-15. I use the Surly Nates on my GBM rigid, and using the Bud & Lou's on a full suspension fat bike I'm building. The Nates are 29" vs the Bud & Lou at 30+. I didn't realize the Snowshoes were taller.


              I know you must be excited, but take the time to research an existing build that fits what you want to do with it, and then just copy it.

              Street? Off road? As others stated above electric-bike blog with Karl is a good starting point.


                After reading and figuring out your needs, look at the bikes on excellent pricing!