Anyone Ride Fat Bikes?
I just rode one for the first time. I have to say, I don't get what the hype is all about.
Instead of getting into it, just read this: http://factionsk8.blogspot.ca/2015/01/fat-bikes-hmm.html
It was only one ride, although I did come back with a good sense of how they perform because conditions were varied.
I read your blog review of your fatbike experience and you have some valid points. Before getting a fatbike I've ridden my skinny bike hundreds of times in snow and slush (out of shear boredom and/or stubbornness) so I know the limits very well. If your sole reason for riding a fatbike is to glide over deep snow and make snow rides just like dirt rides then you will be very disappointed. If your looking to pin snow and rail corners then you will be disappointed. Just like you, I noticed that if the snow is soft and mushy the pedaling will suck even with the fattest of tires. If the snow is super-packed then you can get away with riding your skinny bike. So what happens when you ride your skinny bike on snow is your confined your riding to the "rideable" trails. With the fatbike you can expand what is rideable and when you adapt to how it rides you'd be surprised how much more you can do.
Here's a good example of a ride I recently did. I went on a ride the other day and the trails in the lower sections had about 5" of snow and weren't packed down very well. On a skinny bike I wouldn't of gotten 5' before turning around. With the fatbike I was able to struggle through the entire trail. Once we started climbing it was very packed down and I was able to start hammering. The trail then got very steep and I could still keep pedaling. I did have some hike-a-bike but it was very tolerable. On a skinny bike I would've been fine until it got the least bit steep then my tire would dig in and I'd be walking the entire climb (or turn back). When I got to the top there was a stamped down line down some pretty long steep bits. This is where the fatbike held on nicely. It would've been impossible to ride the skinny tires on this (although I would've tried). In the end we did a 3 hour ride that I wouldn't have even attempted with the skinnybike. Yeah, it was only about 10 miles but we worked hard and had a blast. Probably the coldest beers I ever had were on that ride :)
Now dirt on a fatbike is a whole different ballgame that I wont go into. I'll just leave it as it's way more fun than you think it could be. Give it a try and you'll see.