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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby AllMountin' » March 21st, 2013, 3:53 pm

That's a heckuva value for a beach cruiser. The same coaster brake fattie setup from Sun runs 600 plus from my LBS, and isn't trail appropriate at that price point either. It's a usage that doesn't require too much out of the bike.

I think this is one situation where a Walmart bike might actually make sense.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby rvd » March 21st, 2013, 8:56 pm

If peopleofwalmart.com is any indication, then this is a match made in heaven.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby xcrdr » March 21st, 2013, 9:17 pm

Many greats have done it. Travis Pastrana, Dave Mirra, Jeremy McGrath.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby iamkickstand » March 21st, 2013, 9:20 pm

300hp wrote:
iamkickstand wrote:pretty much lost all respect for Cam Zink over that one. Sure, I'd want the money, but to endorse a walmart bike that kids are going to think they can emulate the things cam zink does on and end up getting hurt? lame.

As for the fatbike, at least that one is reasonably priced.


I dunno man,

We live in a sports culture where athlete endorsements sell products. Skateboards, ice skates, footballs, cars, you name it. Mirraco bikes have been in big box stores for ages.

At least it's a dirt jump-ish frame with a chainguide. Maybe it'll get more people into the sport, which is all that really matters.

I can't say I've lost respect for him. Zink has a very finite lifespan in this sport, and the chance of catastrophic career ending injury or death is pretty high. Making some cash and opening up dirt mtb's to a wider audience is ok with me.

Also, I would by that beach cruiser. *beep*, I might get one. Throw some origin8 tires on it and have a cruise around in the winter, why not?

I hear ya....I do.....I know pro mtb'ers only have a limited time to make some cash doing it, I get that too.....

I just think of the kid at boyne last year who taco'd a *beep* rim and was all busted up because he was out riding on what he thought was a mountain bike.....

I think of what would happen if my kid saw this and went to his mom and begged her to buy it and went out in the woods thinking he was cam zink cause he was on cam zink's signature ride and it folds underneath him....

I lose respect for people who are willing to put their name on a *beep* wallwyworld bike, and risk kids getting their asses cracked because some pro mtb dude needs to make a buck and didn't have a back up plan for life.....

On the flip side I think I am going to buy that fat bike and give it a real thrashing :mrgreen:
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby ibisman » March 22nd, 2013, 7:03 pm

The frame on the "fatbike" is listed as steel.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby deuxdiesel » March 23rd, 2013, 4:49 am

I wonder if it has the "Not for Off-Road Use" sticker on it?
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby mr_opjones » March 23rd, 2013, 9:12 am

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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby CraveSingletrack » April 16th, 2013, 7:34 am

Sounds like a great training tool. Maybe get someone with fab experience to help with the rake issue? After pushing this around all winter, you'd be a beast on an xc rig.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby mitmoe » April 28th, 2013, 10:15 pm

Judging a person and/or his ride based on price and where it was bought from.....with no knowledge of the bike is elitist and shallow. This thing hit the market and people instantly started bashing it....never even laying eyes on one. Those are the douchebags I'm speaking of. Encouraging someone to purchase the best they can afford and supporting your LBS is always the best idea.

I am employed, but over a two year time period without an income, I dug a pretty deep hole....I'm getting there slowly but surely.

I ordered a set of clamp on cantilever brake posts for the front I will get the rest of the brake parts next week, then I will have front brakes! The idea came from Manual Beastly, the guy who brought a Mongoose Beast to the Sea Otter Classic and stole the show! Check out the media on this guy and his bike...it's great! In a month or so I will get the disc brakes on the rear. I already have the hub, just need the rest. After that, I'm done upgrading for a while. Oh yea I forgot...I have a sealed YST BSA bottom bracket too for $8 waiting to go on. I think I saw somewhere there are good headsets for under $20 for this thing too.

Again, thanks for all the kind words.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby mitmoe » April 30th, 2013, 4:22 pm

What are you doing for a rear disc brake mount?


Not sure yet. Most likely make one. I need to buy the brakes and then I can really see what is needed.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby johanssont » May 2nd, 2013, 4:29 pm

I could lose the weight of that bike and still almost qualify for Clydesdale. Seems easier and more realistic to just spend ridiculous amounts of money to drop 3 lbs off the bike. I'm sure that 3 pounds of bike will make me faster than dropping the extra 40 lbs.
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby Steve_Balogh » May 3rd, 2013, 6:59 pm

Mike 373 wrote:http://m.bikemag.com/news/news-fat-and-furious/


Just noticed something in that article that I never noticed in the others, he has has all the reflectors still on the bike (even on the handlebar), and has was appears to be a crushed beer can in his spokes :lol:
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby bikerector » September 27th, 2013, 8:14 pm

In case any of you guys are interested in the Walmart fat bike, here's some more details.

http://fat-bike.com/2013/04/is-the-walm ... -that-bad/
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Re: WalMart, Fat Bikes, makes sense to me.

Postby mr_opjones » September 29th, 2013, 7:15 am

Went to check one out yesterday but they didn't have any in stock, 59 & mound
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