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Specialized Fatboy Expert Carbon
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  • Color: Gloss White/Black/Red Fade

Specialized

Fatboy Expert Carbon
2018

$5,000.00
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  • This item is not permitted to be shipped. However, it can be purchased online and picked up at your local Landry's store.
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5.0 stars
 (4 Reviews)
 

2018 Specialized Fatboy Expert Carbon

Specialized's Fatboy Expert Carbon is a bantamweight in the plus-sized world. By incorporating carbon, they've elevated the fat bike platform to a higher level of performance, strength, and efficiency. This trail-eating champ is built around a svelte FACT 10m Carbon frame and vibration-quieting carbon fork. Tubeless 4-inch wide Ground Control tires are wrapped around lightweight HED Big Deal carbon wheels that provide trail-shredding stability while flying up climbs. While you're eyeing new and offbeat places to roll your Fatboy, you can count on the efficient 11-speed one-by SRAM X01 drivetrain powered by carbon Race Face Next SL cranks to get you there quickly. When it's time to slow it all down and take in the scenery, SRAM Guide R brakes are on the case. Sand? Snow? Mud? The Fatboy is one light fatty that backs it up with ability.

Features and Information

 
Specification Description
Frame Specialized FACT 10m Carbon, tapered head tube
Fork FACT carbon monocoque, tapered steerer, 150x15mm dropouts
Rims/Wheels HED Big Deal, carbon
Hubs Specialized Stout XC disc, aluminum
Spokes Stainless-steel
Tires Specialized Ground Control, 26 x 4.0
Crankset Race Face Next SL
Chainrings 28t
Rear Derailleur SRAM X01 Type 2.1
Rear Cogs SRAM X1, 11-speed: 10-42
Shifters SRAM X01
Handlebars Specialized, aluminum
Tape/Grips Specialized Sip Grip
Stem Specialized XC, aluminum
Brake Levers SRAM Guide R
Brakes SRAM Guide R
Saddle Body Geometry Henge Comp
Seatpost Race Face Next SL, carbon

* Subject to change without notice.

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Pros

  • Nimble  (3)
  • Fast  (2)
  • Lightweight  (2)
  • Carbon 
  • Clean 

Cons

  • Pricey 

Best Uses

  • Sand  (2)
  • Snow  (2)
  • All round conditions 
  • Casual rides 
  • Cruddy trail surface 

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5.0

Totally awesome!

By Rob

from Stanislaus National Forest @ 4200 feet

About Me Expert

Pros

  • Carbon
  • Light
  • Stiff
  • Clean
  • Nimble

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wheelies
    • Cruddy Trail Surface
    • Snow
    • Casual Rides
    • Sand

    Comments:

    I live in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and have been considering a snow bike for a couple years now. Lack of significant snow kept me from pulling the trigger on the purchase though. This winter has been very snowy (Yay!) so I purchased the Fatboy Carbon Expert because of its geometry, carbon frame/fork/wheels, and components. I rode the bike for a few days and decided to make a few changes. I found the stock tires are not sufficiently wide for snow and the lack of studs is unsafe on ice. So I put on 4.8 inch studded tires and set them up tubeless. Next I found the bars to be too wide, 30.5 inches and aluminum, so I replaced them with Race Face Next carbon bars with less sweep and 1/2 inch more rise then cut them down to my preferred width of 26.5 inches. Those changes made the bike almost perfect! By the way, my Fatboy, size large, weighted 27 lbs 6 oz stock, plus Shimano platform pedals. After the tire swap, going tubless, and changing the bars the bike now weighs in at 26 lbs 12 oz. What is not told just by the weight change is that the rotational weight has dropped so the bike is even more nimble and snappy. Lately we have have a lot of warm rain and the snow around my house is mostly melted. I have kept riding the Fatboy rather than my hard tail mtb just because it is so much fun. I have discovered that the fat tires allow the bike to climb very steep and loose trails, and even rides easily across areas that have been logged and a lot slash is left behind. So, the last modification is the addition of a dropper post. I have gotten so accustomed to a dropper on my mountain bike that the lack of it on steep technical stuff is unacceptable. So I'm installing the Specialized Command Post IRcc as soon as Mike's ships it to me. I love this bike. I am looking forward to taking it to Idaho, Utah, and Colorado to ride at popular fat bike areas in March. I'll switch back to the stock tires after the winter and mostly likely ride it a lot locally just because it is so darn fun.

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    5.0

    Specialized Fatboy Expert Carbon - 2017

    By piston

    from New England

    About Me Advanced

    Pros

    • Lightweight
    • Fast
    • Great Fit

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Snow
      • All Round Conditions

      Comments:

      The Specialized Carbon Expert is just an amazingly agile and fast bike....even as a "fat bike". from climbing to all out descents, this bike will make you want to sell your full suspension bike. So lightweight yet sturdy, I highly recommend this bike to anyone who is looking for a one bike quiver.

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      5.0

      What's not to like? Carbon feel, quick, nimble, and light!

      By Bikearama

      from Portsmouth, NH

      About Me Expert

      Pros

      • Solid
      • Nimble
      • Smooth
      • Fast
      • Light

      Cons

      • Pricey

      Best Uses

      • Trails
      • Snow And Ice
      • Mountain Biking

      Comments:

      Simply a sweet, solid, lightweight fatbike. The spec includes everything you could ask for, nothing extraneous. It's geometry keeps it quick and nimble for a fatbike, but still stable at speed or in anything other than deep snow. I added 45NRTH Dillinger 4 studded tires and a Lauf Carbonara short travel suspension fork to keep the strain off my wrists and shoulders without slogging it down with another 2+ pounds of Bluto-nous weight.

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      5.0

      GO ANYWHERE!

      By DIGLESBY

      from TOLEDO, OH

      About Me Intermediate

      Pros

      • Responsive
      • Control
      • Nimble
      • Fun
      • Stable
      • Lightweight
      • Traction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Loose
        • Sand
        • Sticky
        • Soft

        Comments:

        I RIDE THE BIKE AS MY NORMAL MTN BIKE ON ALL TRAILS IN THE NW OHIO SE MICHIGAN AREA, AND IN THE NORTHEN MICHGAN SANDY TRAILS. IT IS NIMBLE AND HANDLES GREAT, I ALSO LOVE THE CONFIDENCE I FEEL WHEN CORNERING OR ENCOUNTERING LOOSE TERRAIN. I REALLY ON CAN SAY THAT IT SLOWS DOWN PRETTY FAST IN HARD PACK STRAIGHTS BUT RUNNING 5PSI ON A 4.6 IN TIRE I THINK THAT IS EPXECTED.

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