Over the past winter I have come to realize that I was totally wrong about fatbikes. I had seen them as an interesting novelty with not a lot of practical applications. I had also never ridden one. After borrowing a Surly Pugsley a few times for biking in the snow, I was sold on the platform. I’ve always lived where the winter season and biking clash, and I’ve tried to keep a positive attitude about winter riding, but only on a fat bike did I ever actually have a blast riding in the winter. These bikes are a ton of fun every time I hop on one. That alone is incredibly valuable! Even more, these bikes are great for all sorts of riding. I’m especially excited to ride it down stairs, over any/everything, for trail riding, and for bombing around town.
I’ll just call this bike purchase an ‘investment in the r&d dept. of Cobra Frames.’ Rest assured I’ll be building a frame for these parts after I get enough riding in to get some opinions about Surly’s design.