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This is a Mongoose Dolomite fat tire bike that I recently got. So how does this $249 WalMart bike compares to the $1,750 Surly Pugsley fat tire bike?

Weight - Probably weighs about 15 lbs more (that's OK, I bought it for the exercise - maybe I can lose the extra 15 lbs that I am carrying around :p!)

Component quality - Obviously not as good, but the Shimano shifter and mechanical disc brakes work good enough for my needs

Value - Serious bike dudes will spend more than the cost of this entire bike just outfitting the Pugsley with a set of pedals (which are not even included on the Pugsley!). Great mileage without using fossil fuels (except I am almost old enough to be considered a fossil ;))

Fun factor - Like a TW, riding this bike will put a smile on your face, plus it gets lots of looks and questions. It is just a fun bike to ride and is also a surprisingly capable bike for the price.

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You can add up to a 125cc engine to that for under $200 bucks. A few kids in my neighborhood have them. Pretty cool.

Yeah, I always liked those fat tire bikes. I had 2.30's on my mt bike back in the 90's. but had problems with small stones/pebbles getting jammed up between my front Rock-Shock forks and the tire. Only had 1/16" clearance.
 

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What frame sizes can you get ?I would love to screw around with that bike ,my vintage norco beach cruiser will be ebayed in a heartbeat ! Anybody want to send me one ?wally world up here doesn't have them .Also ,there is a guy trying to sell a mongoose he bought at toys are us in the states ,I would buy it but it originally sold for $200 and all he wants is $500.00 ,so if you haven't looked at toys are us ,they might have a better model for the same cash .His is orange but I can't remember the model .
 

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You can add up to a 125cc engine to that for under $200 bucks. A few kids in my neighborhood have them. Pretty cool.
Hey Bob,

I was wondering if it would be possible to squeeze in some type of an engine into this bike. If you get the chance could you snap a picture of one of the neighborhood kids' bikes? Just curious to see what type of engine might fit.

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Brian
 

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Cool. I need to get a winter bike.
 

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There is a you tube video of a fat guy riding a green single speeder like borneos with a gas engine ,it seems loud and kind of slow ,but the guy looks like he has the physique of a Krispy cream doughnut tester so your results would probably be better .I don't know how to post links from my iPad so you need to find it yourself.
 

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The engine drives it's own sprocket on the left side of the rear wheel ,if your bike is in good running order ,the entire original driveline is unchanged so if your bike allowed the pedals to freewheel before the engine install ,then they will do it after install .Other than a high wheeler , unicycle or tricycle ,I can't remember the last bike I ran into that didn't freewheel
 
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