Not being the kind of person who can leave well enough alone, I went ahead and swapped some parts on the Fatboy SE in favour of some nicer bits. I changed out the brakes with Avid BB7. If Specialized is listening - spec the best mechanical brake made if your going to spec mech brakes! I also took out the heavy Specialized tubes and used some Q tubes in place of them, saving over a pound in rotating mass! I'm not real big in the OEM 2x driveline either, so away in went and a OneUp 30T narrow wide chainring with a OneUp 42t cassette adaptor to give me a nice wide range of gears along with the change from the Sunrace cassette to an XT unit.
I also weighed the tires and found that they (the 60tpi wire bead) weigh the same as what I've seen reported for the pricier 120tpi folding tire. Also, a good call with the XT cassette. The OEM Sunrace cassette had already dug into the aluminum freehub body during the round the block trip that the bike had seen before me. The XT has aluminum carriers for the first 6 sprockets to keep this damage from happening again. Again, if you're listening Specialized - don't spec a cheap ass cassette on an aluminum freehub body you asses! Lucky, its very minor. I've seen much worse after a few hours of singletrack riding.
I previously used a Wolftooth GC40 cassette adaptor and a Race Face narrow wide chainring on my Nashbar (click here for review), but decided to go with the OneUp package this time (watch for a review in the future).
I ended up dropping nearly 2 pounds with this setup.
The rest of the build kit is a no frills get-it-done type of spec. The bars, post, stem are run of the mill but get it done. The wide 750mm bars will take a bit for me to get use to. I also decided to give the OEM Body Geometry seat and grips a chance.
I rode a nice loop at TP today, nearly all of the East Side trails with some West tossed in. The deer flies are bad right now on the West side. Mosquitoes are getting better on the East. I put the Fatboy through its paces on a nice 30+km ride. It did not disappoint, it handles great just like the demo bike I rode last month. It feels light and the traction is amazing from the Ground Control tires. I did a bit of dialling in the pressures and ended up at 10 psi rear, 8.5 psi front, according to my digital low pressure gauge. The seat and grips worked well and will stay on the bike for now. The 1x driveline works great, always the right gear at hand (bad pun, hahaha). With all the black on black and the huge tires the bikes has a bit of a "Batmobile" look to it, I always did want to be the caped crusader. Anyways, I'll do a more formal review once I've had the bike for the long term. In the meantime, here is a healthy dose of bike porn.........
The 2016 Specialized Fatboy SE
The Bric...._ mountain biker, road rider, heavyweight gear abuser. Built like a brick sh*thouse. No bike is safe.