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I just went on my first Pugsley ride yesterday. I got it built up just in time for the first snowfall of the year (in CT). I took it out in about 4"-5 of fresh snow. I couldn't believe how well the bike worked. I rode all the trails that I normally ride in with absolutely no problems. You can only make it up moderate hills due to traction, but other than that, the bike is a monster on the snow. It was such a great ride. It felt just like the first time I did a night ride (so many years ago). If you live in an area where it snows, get one of these bikes!!!

Chris

PS I would have pictures, but it was snowing quite heavily when I went out and didn't want to ruin the camera.
 

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I'm using the endomorphs. They are an excellent tire. Surly definitely did their homework when designing this product! No snow sticks to the tire and it hooks up great.

A friend bought one too. He's running a geared bike and I'm running SS. I love it as an SS. It's fine with the downhills and anything I can't pedal uphill because of the gearing, you can't ride up anyway due to traction. I'm running a 32x22, I believe. It's also nice because it doesn't get clogged with snow, either.

I just got finished with my second ride on it and as long as it's not a super technical area, and no steep hills, you can pretty much ride anything that a normal mtb can ride.

Chris
 

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The pugsley is one of my most desired bikes .

A picture of your friends beside yours would be so cool.
 

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My lbs has one I can demo - I can't wait to mow some Sh*t down with that thing ;-)
 

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Sombody gotta post a pic of this Pugsley bike...yooz all got me wondering what the heck it's all about :confused: .
 

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flyingsuperpetis said:
Aye, and when you want to move up from the Pugs into something REALLY gnarly...

http://www.hanebrink.net/etb/index.html

Yes, they still make em, some 15 years on...
How wide are these tyres? Would they fit? Even if yes, I would probably stay with "normal" 26x4. Apart from huge footprint, Endomorphs give you nearly 30" of wheel diameter which means unmatched off-road performance. You must try it to believe :)
 

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How wide are these tyres? Would they fit? Even if yes, I would probably stay with "normal" 26x4. Apart from huge footprint, Endomorphs give you nearly 30" of wheel diameter which means unmatched off-road performance. You must try it to believe :)
Yep, I've tried em both actually. Definitely good fun. The Pugs is more mountain bike, whereas the Hane is more freakshow nutjob bike. Erm. It's like, the Pugsley is more for riding "rides", and the Hanebrink is more for riding "stuff". The Hane's come with atv tires. The rear axle is something like 10" wide. Rolling resistance galore... but you can ride over & through absolutely anything. Deep sand, mud, snow, boulder fields, you name it, you just float over it. I know people ride em on long rides, but I'd probably stick with something a little zippier, myself. Fun stuff though!
 

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I think you'd have a pretty hard time getting ATV tires on a Pugser, since they're wider than the entire frame by several inches... The footprint is huge. It (& the rolling resistance) is easily more than twice if not three times as wide as the endos, due not only to the width of the tire, but the slighter angle resultant from such a large diameter. We tried those tires without even pumping them up, and they were still ridable. Just big balloons. They'd sort of "stick" to rock faces. You'd just float through soft, deep beach sand like nothing. One of the bikes had a suspension fork on it. I'm not sure why, since the tires were pretty absorbtive. But there's something very confidence-inspiring looking down and seeing your bike through what looks like a funhouse-mirror. The massive fork legs were probably a foot apart. If I remember right, if you go onto Chris Hertings site (3D Racing frames), he's got an original tandem he welded up at Yeti in 1990 otfitted with the huge Hanebrink wheels hanging in one of the pics. I know Hanebrink makes full suspension frames & everything, but I typically ride a fully rigid on 1.8"r/2.35"f tires, and it's all a little overkill for me. If I were going to go Mountain Tandeming, I'd probably go with an FS Hanebrink. Otherwise, I'll stick to my Mountain Goat Deluxe. :)
 
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