I did it. I replaced the Fatboy with something a little more gnarly. It was a close decision between the Norco Torrent and the C'Dale Beast of the East, but the Norco had a few advantages over the C'Dale. I picked up a Norco Torrent 7.2 from the good guys at Totally Spoked in Stratford, the bike has a Shimano 1x10 drivetrain with a Race Face Affect crank (threaded bb shell, fuck yeah!), Schwalbe tires, and an SR Suntour fork. Its one of the new "mid fat" or "plus sized" offering coming to market this year with 27.5 x 3.0" tires, making the outer tire diameter effectively a 29er. The first ride went quite well, the bike likes to be ridden hard. Its not something that you want to go for a Sunday sightseeing stroll with, it really shines when you put alot of coal on the fire. The Schwalbe tires hook up awesome, I still need to tweak the air pressures though. The drivetrain was typical Shimano, perfect shifts and no issues. The SR Suntour fork worked quite well and it seems that Suntour has really upped their game as of late. I can't wait to put a bunch more miles on this rig and get to know her better. I'll follow up in a while with more of my thoughts.
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.