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Sorry, another which bike should buy thread... I recently test road a beargrease and a necromancer. For me the beargrease won out based on weight and handling although I like both geometries a lot. Then I test road moonlander with bud and Lou and a few other upgrades. Thought I'd hate it but was amazed at how well the big bike handles. It does not feel like a 37lb bike. I was riding wheelies in the parking lot like a big kid! I live in Michigan but the last two winters have been a dud for snow. I'm wondering how many people are using their moonlanders for general trail riding and adventuring in areas without a ton of sand and snow? How limiting is the bigger tire for general riding? I know the smaller tires will be more nimble and versatile year around, that said, how many people run smaller tires on a moonlander in the summer? I have several other bikes so not really worried about having one do it all bike, but also don't want to overbuy. Might occasionally race but mainly looking to extend my riding season on current trails and also do some off path exploring.

Do you Moonlander owners have any regrets on going bigger?
 

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I haven't ridden or owned a fat bike with smaller tires, so can't say. But I absolutely love my Moony. I really don't notice that much of a difference pushing the big tires around. I figure if there is a difference, it will just make me stronger for riding my full suspension "skinny tire" bike in the summer :thumbsup:

 

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I went into my LBS looking to purchase a Pug last summer after test riding it the salesman pulled out the Moonlander with a smile on his face and said now try this one. That smile transfered to me and has been there ever since. My only issue was coming up with the additional funds and not having the wife fined out. I had the bike 2 days later. Regrets, I have none but do wonder if smaller tires would be better for the occasional race? GO BIG OR GO HOME!
 

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I have only had mine a week and just love it, no regrets at all! I wanted the biggest fattest tired bike which was the Moonlander. I was very fortunate to get the last one in my area, an leftover 2012, just couldn't pass up the great deal.

It is the only fat bike I have ever rode, I immediately bonded with this bike! I was thinking about buying a custom touring road bike, but after getting the fat bike knowing it is capable of touring and bike packing, that is a plus for the bike! That would save me a bunch of money from buying a dedicated touring bike. Although I still may end up getting a dedicated touring road bike to have in the quiver, cant have to many bikes, they all have there own purpose, LOL!
 

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While I don't have a moonlander, i am running bud and lou on clownshoes. I don't notice any speed difference from larry on anything except pavement and even then, not a big difference. I have ridden endomorph, larry, big fat larry, nate, floyd and now bud and lou.
That said, i ride a lot on snow and i if i didn't i would look seriously at 29+ as a lifestyle choice.
 

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Weight does affect the performance of the Moonlander. That being said, I rode 95 miles on my Moonlander with an extra forty pounds on it just yesterday.

 

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Since buying the moonie I have not been on my XC bike. It only really slows me down a bit on pavement and very hard packed dirt. It is super fun to ride and very capable and stable. I am running tubeless which may help it to roll easier. Mostly ride in dirt and rocks here. Absolutely no regrets. It is my first true general purpose mountain bike.
 

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It's just a hunch but I don't think you are going to find many regrets here. I think it's fairly common to over estimate their limitations then be surprised and amazed by their capabilities once you own one.

For me, 6 months. No regrets. I really really really like this bike. I've not enjoyed a bike this much since I was a kid, it's all smiles all the time. It's my first fat bike and like others have said it has become my go to off road bike. My XC bike just collects dust. I'm running BFL's in the warm, Bud and Lou in the snow.

Get one.
 

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Love my Moonlander after nearly a years ownership, but i still term it `Mission Specific` and just use it for beach riding which includes dunes and rock crawling which it is superb at.
An amazing machine that will out ride your bike skills!, outrides the pugsley in these conditions on the coast on real soft going and techy slippery rocks...
I still prefer my pugsley for regular xc trails and any road (pavement USA ;) ) cycling to the coast or between trails, its a lot nicer to ride on the road compared to the Moonie, less effort, less squidge, but if i had to have only one it would be a hard to choose! :)

In fact no one should have to make that choice! :D

I did a blog post on this question `is bigger better` maybe of some help...

coastrider: Surly Moonlander review
 

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And coast rides!

I on the other hand ride mostly rocks and slushy trails. No regrets so far. It out performs my 50mm 3.7 tire combo on my last bike. I rock crawl way better with the BLCS combo. Check the trail markings. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1357843966.473847.jpg

A word of warning you won't be running smaller rims but you can run the 3.7 light weights in the summer.
 

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The moonlander is a bit less nimble than my pugsley was on regular summer mountain bike trails. I tried and did not like the husker du on the 100's. Seemed too short and flat and no big benefit over the big fat larrys or bud and lou. I had a marge lite husker du summer set built and although I like and use it I am not sure it is necessary. I have no regrets and as time goes on am more and more convinced that it is the best fat bike for my needs and wants. One thing not so often mentioned is the big frame bag area on the steel bikes. I much prefer that area go to storing my extra gear than having a lower tube and protecting my gear.
 

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love mine as well, going on 5 months on my 2012. amazing in every respect, dry or snowy. i have many bikes, 29er 26, cross, trail and so on, but this is one of the funnest rides in my quiver.
 

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Sure it might be a bit slower compared to smaller fat bikes, if you ride trails that are rideable even on regular mountain bikes. But I believe it would take a clock to notice a difference in the time you spend riding. I mean you'll probably notice it doesn't move around as easily, but with the same effort you still go almost as fast as on another fat bike.

If this small difference in speed is a concern, you shouldn't be riding a fattie on that kind of easy trails to begin with.

When things get soft or otherwise call for a fat bike, you'll advance as easily on a Moonlander as any other. Or even more easily.
 

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I like the extra towing capacity.
 

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Has anyone run a narrower tire on the clown shoe? Like a Nate or Skinny Larry?
I've used a Endo and and a Husker Du on my Clownshoes and actually prefer the ride compared to my old "skinny" 70mm Uma II's. You are a little more prone to side wall damage though when running skinny tires on hundos.
 
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