Best electric bikes | 15 top-rated ebikes for every type of rider
The best electric bike for you will depend on the type of riding you want to do, so in this guide we’ll cover the whole range of different electric bike types and recommend some of the best we’ve tested.
Electric bikes – or ebikes as they’re commonly known – are bicycles with an electric motor and battery that provides assistance as you pedal. There are many benefits to riding an electric bike. Electric bikes make riding up hills easier and will enable most riders to travel at a higher speed over longer distances without arriving at their destination covered in sweat.
Despite common misconceptions, you can still ride an electric bike for fitness. Electric bike laws limit the power of an ebike’s motor, so you still need to pedal – there’s no twist-and-go throttle here. There is an electric bike for every type of riding. Electric folding bikes and electric hybrid bikes are great choices for cycling to work, the best electric mountain bikes will help you get to the top of the next trail so you can enjoy more descending and the best electric road bikes and electric gravel bikes will enable you to take on longer adventures. Making sense of how an electric bike works and how to choose the right one for you is a daunting task. Luckily for you, BikeRadar’s team of expert testers have put in hundreds of hours riding more than 175 electric bikes across all categories. Our testing is 100 per cent editorially independent, so you can always trust our recommendations. In this in-depth buyer’s guide to choosing the best electric bike for any rider, we’ll talk you through the things you need to consider for each category of ebike. We also highlight the best bikes we have reviewed, as selected by BikeRadar’s expert team of tech editors, for each type of ebike, with links to our detailed buyer’s guide for each category. We also have a general buyer’s guide to electric bike tech at the bottom of this article that answers common questions. For even more information, take a look at our ebike FAQs. There’s a lot to cover here, so use the links below to skip to the section you need, or read on for every detail.
Best electric hybrid bikes
Like a non-assisted hybrid bike, electric hybrid bikes feature an upright riding position, flat bars and stable handling. They’re often the least expensive entry point into ebikes.
With lots of mounting points for accessories such as pannier bags and mudguards, electric hybrids are great if you’re planning to commute to work by bike, ride around town or want to go for leisurely rides on bike trails or through parks.
Electric hybrid bikes can be quite heavy because they tend to use less sophisticated motor systems and the bikes are built for robustness. This is worth bearing in mind if you need to carry them up stairs.
Below is a selection of four of the very best electric hybrid bikes as tested by our senior road technical editor, Warren Rossiter. For more recommendations, check out our full round-up of the best electric hybrid bikes.
Specialized Turbo Vado SL 4.0
- £2,600 / €2,999 / 3,500 as tested
- Pros: Well-tuned power delivery; low weight
- Cons: Lower-torque motor means you have to put in more work
Specialized makes two electric hybrid bike ranges. Whereas the standard Turbo Vado is a heavy-duty ebike, the Vado SL uses a less powerful motor with 35Nm of torque. This reduces the weight to under 15kg, but the flip side is that you have less assistance than with the Turbo Vado, which could be a problem on hills.
The other advantage of the lower output is clean looks, with the concealed battery giving a sporty appearance. Specialized fits lights to all models and includes mudguards and a luggage rack on pricier models.
Canyon Pathlite:ON 5
- £2,499 / €2,699, as tested
- Pros: Great handling and confident off-road
- Cons: Heavy versus its rivals
The Canyon Pathlite:ON 5 is a powerful electric hybrid bike that handles and rides commendably. Our testing found the Canyon’s 100km claimed range to be true, but there’s no denying the bike is heavy at 23.5kg.
Where the Pathlite:ON 5 truly stands out is off the tarmac, where it rivals electric mountain bikes with confidence-inspiring chunky tyres and a shock-absorbing suspension fork.
Tern Quick Haul P9
- £3,100 / 3,299 / AU4995 as tested
- Pros: Great fun to ride and versatile
- Cons: Official add-ons are fairly pricey
The Tern Quick Haul P9 looks like a cargo bike at first glance, but its compact design means it isn’t much longer than a typical electric hybrid.
With the option to fit a huge array of useful add-on accessories both front and back, our tester described the Quick Haul P9 as a “genuinely viable car replacement”.
Best electric folding bikes
Commuters who travel by public transport or are short on space are catered for too. Oliver Woodman / Immediate Media
If you want to cycle to work or are just pressed for space to store your ride, a compact electric folding bike could be the answer.
Folding ebikes often have the battery hidden in their frames, or they may come with a removable battery to make carrying them on and off public transport a bit easier.
A removable battery also means you can take it somewhere where it’s easier to charge (at your desk, for example, if you use the bike to ride to work).
But the extra weight of the motor and battery means carrying a folding ebike on and off public transport, and up and down stairs, will be harder. The available range can be quite limited in some models too.
For more product recommendations, check out our round-up of the best folding electric bikes.
The Brompton Electric adds a front-hub motor to the iconic folder. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
- £2,725 as tested
- Pros: Very compact fold; smooth power delivery
- Cons: Quite heavy; two pieces to carry
A front-hub motor adds electric power to the classic Brompton folding bike, giving you a range of around 40km. The battery sits in a separate pack, which can be removed from the bike for carrying.
Since we tested the Brompton Electric, the standard bike has been redesignated the C Line Explore. It’s been joined by the P Line, which uses lighter frame materials and components to chop almost 2kg off the C Line’s 17.4kg claimed weight.
- £3,999 as tested
- Pros: Larger wheels ride more smoothly; stylish design
- Cons: Expensive; doesn’t fold as small as some ebikes
While pricey, the GoCycle G4 is a folder, commuter and electric bike in one. The ride and handling are far more assured than most folding bikes on- and off-road, thanks to the meaty tyres and larger wheels.
The bike folds in half at its centre, making it easier to roll than to carry and the removable battery in the front of the frame is accessed via the fold. At over 17kg, it’s quite heavy though.
MiRider One GB3
The GB3 is an upgrade on the original MiRider One, with an accompanying price rise. David Caudery / Our Media
- £2,495 as tested
- Pros: Very compact
- Cons: Price has increased significantly from the original bike
The MiRider One GB3 is an upgrade from the original model we tested a few years ago. Unfortunately, that’s resulted in a significant price hike, but the ebike is still a compact, nippy city commuter.
The belt drive is cleaner and lower-maintenance than a chain, there’s good adjustability, and built-in rear suspension and wide tyres add comfort.
The GB3 design has three speeds, adding flexibility over the singlespeed predecessor, and you can change gear while stationary. We achieved a range of up to 50km.
Best electric mountain bikes
Electric mountain bikes can be great on the climbs, but handling on the descents can take a bit of getting used to. Ian Linton
An electric mountain bike will get you to the top quicker, particularly on technical, steeper climbs, and with more energy to enjoy the descents. Plus, getting up the ups more easily will give you extra range to explore further.
Recent improvements in eMTB performance mean handling is approaching that of the best mountain bikes without a motor, providing heaps of flat-out riding fun.
But, nevertheless, the extra weight can make handling more tricky on particularly technical sections, so it’s a good idea to ease off a bit until you’ve got the feel of the bike
This is a small selection of the best electric mountain bikes we have tested, as selected by our expert team of mountain bike tech editors, Alex Evans, Robin Weaver and Tom Marvin.
Vitus E-Sommet VRX
For the money, the E-Sommet has to be one of the best electric mountain bikes out there. Ian Linton / Our Media
- £5,499 as tested
- Pros: Quality spec; great geometry and suspension
- Cons: Awkward cable routing and bottle placement
The Vitus E-Sommet adds a powerful Shimano EP8 motor and large-capacity battery to Vitus’ enduro platform. It rolls on a 29in front and 27.5in rear wheel mullet build and is impressively specced for its price, with a 170mm RockShox ZEB Ultimate fork, a Super Deluxe Select RT shock and Shimano’s XT groupset.
The E-Sommet descends and climbs impressively, with both comfort and great grip, making it fun, engaging and highly capable.
Marin Rift Zone E2
- £5,895 / 6,299 / €6,899 as tested
- Pros: Lively; great spec
- Cons: Slightly over-geared; less powerful motor than its competitors
The Marin Rift Zone E2 is a classy, comfortable full-suspension electric mountain bike with 140mm travel. It can take you beyond its trail riding mandate, handling more technical descents well.
The Rift Zone ebike is well specced for its price, although the Shimano EP801 motor’s 85Nm torque is a little less than competitors. We’d have preferred a smaller chainring than the 38t fitted for easier climbing.
Whyte E-160 RSX
- £7,999 as tested
- Pros: Calm and composed handling; hides its weight well
- Cons: Some chain slap; seat tube too slack for optimal climbing
The Whyte E-160 RSX is a well-equipped enduro bike, with its battery mounted below the Bosch motor to lower its centre of gravity.
Whyte says the full down tube this allows improves torsional rigidity as well. Lower-spec E-160s are available in both 29in and ‘mullet’ form, so you can pick your preferred wheel configuration, although this top-spec model is 29in only.
Despite its 26kg-plus weight, we found the low centre of gravity made for impressive downhill performance, although we’d have liked to see a slightly steeper seat tube for better climbing.
Best electric road bikes
It’s often hard to tell many electric road bikes from their unassisted counterparts. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
If you enjoy road cycling, but want a bit of help to keep your speed up or to get you up hills, an electric road bike could be the right choice for you.
Most e-road bikes use lightweight motor systems that provide less power than the motors used on electric hybrid or mountain bikes. This means they’re typically a bit lighter too, with the very lightest models tipping the scales at around 11kg.
However, with many road riders achieving speeds on the flat of 15mph or above, you may feel you’re carrying dead weight around, with the motor cutting out at that top-assisted speed, although assistance can continue to 20mph, or even in some cases 28mph in much of the USA.
Below are three of the very best electric road bikes senior road technical editor Warren Rossiter has tested to date.
BMC Roadmachine AMP One
- £7,600 / €7,999 as tested
- Pros: Smooth ride; compact motor; impressive range
- Cons: Tyres may need a swap-out for colder, wetter conditions
The BMC Roadmachine AMP One doesn’t look much different from its non-assisted sibling; it’s only the slightly expanded down tube, hiding a 350Wh battery, that shows there’s extra assistance. The Mahle X20 motor is so compact it hides between the largest cassette sprocket and the disc rotor.
The ride feels like the non-assisted Roadmachine as well, despite the 12kg weight. Range is impressive, heading up to 160km, depending on the conditions. We’d swap out the tyres for winter use though.
Scott Addict eRide Premium
The Scott Addict eRide Premium looks and rides like a racy road bike. Russell Burton / Immediate Media
- £8,349 / 9,299 as tested
- Pros: Great looks; top-spec build; lovely handling
- Cons: Non-removable battery
The Scott Addict eRide Premium has similar geometry to the Scott Addict RC Disc and the same carbon frame. The result is a possible sub-11kg build powered by the consistent ebikemotion rear-hub motor.
Neatly concealed in the down tube, the battery managed 100km and 2,000m elevation in testing. The 2022 version of the bike has been renamed as the Scott Addict eRide Ultimate.
Fat tire electric bikes add stability and traction. Ride smooth and comfortable on a Cannondale fat tire e-bike.
Fat tire electric bikes are showing up everywhere these days. You’ve probably seen it, too. From cruising around town on streets and paths to slaying serpentine singletrack, and everywhere in-between, each day more and more people are finding a smoother, more fun way to ride.
Today, we’ll help you choose the right fat tire electric bike by answering a variety of common questions you may have as you prepare to make a purchase.
What is a fat tire electric bike?
There are a wide range of form factors that a fat tire electric bike can take, depending on the manufacturer. While some are styled to look like a 1970s era minibike, most quality fat tire electric bikes look a lot like regular bikes, but with the added benefit of an electric motor.
With wide, smooth riding tires, and a comfortable, upright riding position, fat tire electric bikes are one of the most popular e-bike categories. And while there is no single tire size that makes an electric bike a fat tire electric bike, some fat tire electric bikes feature tires of up to four inches in width. Tires this wide are made to perform best in snow or in deep sand and actually make for a slow rolling, hard to maneuver bike in all other conditions. So, unless you are looking for a bike to ride primarily on the beach or through inches of snow, you will find a tire size between 2.0 – 2.6 inches in width to have the best balance of shock absorption and nimble handling. These size tires, inflated to the proper tire pressure will provide the smoothest, most comfortable ride on nearly all surfaces.
Almost all fat tire electric bikes are equipped with upright MTB-style handlebars, which for most riders, are more comfortable than drop bar road-style handlebars. That said, if you’re looking for a drop bar electric bike, check out Cannondale’s electric road bike lineup.
Where can a fat tire electric bike be ridden?
One of the most fun things about e-bikes with bigger tires is that they can be ridden virtually anywhere. Much like other bicycle types, Cannondale offers a range of electric bikes with higher volume tires, including mountain e-bikes designed to tackle any terrain, and urban e-bikes optimized for smooth, comfortable speed around town.
For riders looking to conquer mountains, or simply venture out onto their local singletrack, Cannondale offers its Moterra Neo and Moterra Neo LT electric mountain bikes.
The Moterra Neo features 150mm (5.9-inches) of front and rear suspension, ideal for trail riders that like to rally both up and down the mountain. The Moterra Neo LT kicks it up a notch, with 170mm (6.7-inches) of travel in front and 165mm (6.5-inches) of rear wheel travel tuned for big hits and fast riding.
Introduction to the Ultimate Fat Tire Electric Bike Showdown
Fat tire electric bikes are quickly becoming one of the most popular and sought-after styles of ebike on the market today, and for good reason.
A fat tire electric bike has the advantage of having 4-inch-wide fat tires (or wider), which have more surface contact with the ground, providing enhanced traction and stability. Fat tire ebikes are known for their smooth ride a cool look.
The places a fat tire electric bike can take you are almost limitless: unpaved rail trails, rocky roads, sandy beaches, snowy suburbs, and urban jungles.
And fat tire electric bikes come in a variety of styles, including mountain bikes, 20″ folders, step-through ebikes and cruisers.
So let’s dive deep and explore the best fat tire electric bikes on the market today.
Table of Contents
- Revi Cheetah Fat Tire Cruiser Ebike
- Nakto Folding OX Electric Bike
- Dirwin Pioneer Fat Tire Electric Bike
- Eunorau Fat-HD 1000W Electric Mountain Bike
- Snapcycle R1 Step-Thru Fat Tire Electric Bike
- QuietKat Ranger 1000W Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike
- Bakcou Mule 750W | 1000W Electric Mountain Bike (e-MTB)
- Bakcou Storm G2 Electric Mountain Bike
What is a Fat Tire Electric Bike?
A fat tire electric bike is an ebike that features tires that are at least 4″ wide. Fat tires have more surface area contact with the ground than conventional bike tires, giving you better traction and a smoother ride.
Fat tire ebikes come in a variety of frame styles and power levels, presenting a wonderful mix of versatility, practicality and excitement.
Don’t let their rugged looks and chunky tires fool you, though. By the end of this Ebike Showdown, you will discover that there is a wild and varied world of ebikes with wide tires, and something to suit most riders’ needs.
In this ultimate fat tire ebike showdown, we’ll break down all the pros and cons of what we think are the Top 8 fat tire ebikes on the market today, across 4 different categories.
For the Practical: Folding Fat Tire Ebikes
Folding ebikes have long been popular with urban commuters and other riders who need to save space. for example, on a boat or RV.
Fat tire folding ebikes follow this tradition, with the addition of wider tires which offer greater traction and surface stability.
With a folding fat tire ebike, you will enjoy the additional versatility of being able to ride on unpaved surfaces, and the portability of a folding frame. You can learn more about folding ebikes at Electric Bike Review.
For the Adventurous: Cross-Country Fat Tire Ebikes
Cross-country ebikes with fat tires typically come in mountain bike frame designs.
These full-sized ebikes are specially designed to be ridden across a range of surfaces and are more comfortable at longer distances than the smaller folding fat tire bikes.
They’re not just enjoyable for off-road riders, either; they are most definitely aimed at those who are in need to travel the urban jungles where potholes, gravel and other surface irregularities are no match for the wider tires.
If you’re just getting into e-mountain bikes (e-MTBs), check out the Electric Mountain Bike Magazine for some great articles and e-MTB reviews.
For the Daily Rider: All-Around Fat Tire Ebikes
An all-around fat tire ebike is full-sized and primarily used for on-road riding, but it will also be compatible with light off-road riding on dirt, gravel, sand or snow.
In this category, we are looking at ebikes that would be great as a commuter, with the ability to carry baggage or shopping as needed.
For a good all-around fat tire Electric Fat Bike, we recommend the Snapcycle R1 Fat Tire Ebike and the Revi (Civi) Bikes Cheetah Cafe Racer.
For the Outdoorsman: Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bikes
We commonly term these ebikes as “hunting ebikes,” but they can also be used for a wide range of activities, including fishing, camping or deeper trail riding.
These ebikes are built more specifically for off-road riding and may be supplied with the widest tires on our list.
The use of ebikes for hunting is growing rapidly. Ebikes provide a much more efficient way of traveling a hunting ground to scout, check trail cameras and travel from stands and hides to your vehicle.
But that’s only the beginning. Most hunting ebikes can be further extended with a range of trailers and other accessories to make kill transportation off the hunting ground 100% easier.
Our Top Selling Electric Fat Tire Bike
Our top-selling and top-reviewed outdoor fat tire electric fat bikes excels in many ways, from its superior electronics to its lightweight frame, to its premium bicycle components. If you take your adventures in the outdoors seriously, and need a stealthy and powerful e-MTB to get you there and back again, then you must check out the 1000W Mule by Bakcou.
Without further ado…let’s get this Showdown started!
Alright, now that we have given you an overview of the types of fat tire ebikes on the market today, and some useful links to learn even more, let’s get this Showdown underway.
What follows are 8 of the coolest electric fatties on the market today, including folders, mountain bikes, and vintage cruisers.
Revi Cheetah Fat Tire Electric Bike
We’re going to start off our Ultimate Showdown with a bang!
The design of the Revi Cheetah electric bike was inspired by the 1960s British Café Racer motorcycles. It has an elongated frame, teardrop gas tank which hides the high-capacity battery, double stanchion fork, sweptback handlebars with stitched grips and a twist throttle, and an outsized headlamp, all beautifully integrated into one powerful ebike.
If you like to travel in style, fast and wild like its namesake Cheetah, then give this fat tire cruiser serious consideration.
Impeccable Style Attention to Detail: This striking electric bike was designed in the style of a vintage motorcycle. The battery is hidden within the teardrop “gas tank”, and people often mistake the Cheetah for an actual motorcycle.
Fun to Ride: Riding your Cheetah fat tire ebike can feel like you’re on a motorcycle when using the twist throttle only (no pedaling required). The stitched faux-leather throttle grip is located on the right of the handlebar, giving it a motorcycle feel. With it’s 4-inch fat tires, the Cheetah is great for off-road adventures, and will give you hours of riding excitement.
Powerful: the Revi Cheetah doesn’t just look like a motorcycle, it features a powerful 750W nominal output (1200W peak output) rear hub motor that can achieve assist speeds of up to 28 mph. This motor is paired with a robust 48V battery (13Ah and 17.5Ah options) that will give you a long range of travel per charge. When riding the Cheetah, steep hills and harsh headwinds will not slow you down.
Super Comfortable: The Cheetah electric bike is designed with comfort in mind. It has a very cush gel spring-loaded saddle, and you can adjust the fat tire pressure down to 5psi for a more cushioned ride. You can ride the Cheetah on many times of uneven terrain for hours without feeling discomfort.
Safety First: The Cheetah is constructed from aircraft grade aluminum alloy, with expertly welded seams throughout. This ultra strong frame can endure rough off-road conditions without the risk of breaking. over, this classic ebike is outfitted with strong hydraulic disc brakes, giving you authoritative stopping power when it’s needed most. There are also sensors in the brakes which will detect brake activation and immediately cut power to the motor.
Who’s it for?
The Revi Cheetah is for anyone who likes to travel in style, and anyone who loves to ride fast and wild like its namesake.
- Motor: 750W Bafang Rear Hub Motor
- Motor Peak Output: 1200 watts
- Battery: 48V/13Ah Samsung Lithium-ion Battery w/ 80 Newton Meters of Torque (Optional 17.5ah)
- Battery Watt Hours: 624 wh (Optional 840wh)
- Extra Battery: Extra Batteries for Cheetah
- Charge Time: 5 hours
- Estimated Min Range: 20 miles (32 km)
- Estimated Max Range: 50 miles (80 km)
- Body Position: Upright
- Suggested Use: Light Trails, Urban Jungles
- Electric Bike Class: Class 3 (exceeds 20 mph limit)
- Warranty: 1 Year Comprehensive
- Total Weight: 75.8 Lbs. (34.38 kg)
- Frame Material: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
- Frame Sizes: 19.75 in (50.16 cm)
- Geometry Measurements: 1.75” Seat Tube, 25.25” Reach, 27.25” Stand Over Height, 34” Minimum Saddle Height, 30.25” Width, 83” Length
- Attachment Points: Rear Rack Bosses
- Gearing Details: 7-Speed 1×7 Shimano Altus Derailleur, SunRace Cassette 13-28 Tooth
- Shifter Details: Shimano SIS Index Thumb Shifter on Right
- Cranks: Prowheel, Alloy, 170mm Length, 44 Tooth Steel Chainring
- Pedals: VP-565 Alloy Platform, Black
- Headset: Threadless Internal Cups, Straight 1-1/8”
- Stem: Double Crown Direct Mount, Alloy, Turn Stopper Pin
- Handlebar: Alloy, Flat, 25.4mm Diameter, 720mm Length
- Brake Details: Tektro Hydraulic Disc with 180mm Rotors, Four-Finger Levers with Motor Inhibitors
- Grips: Flat, Padded, Faux Leather with Stitching
- Saddle: CHIFA, Oversized Comfort, Faux Leather, Springs
- Seat Post: Alloy
- Seat Post Length: 300 mm
- Seat Post Diameter: 30.4 mm
- Rims: Alloy, Double Wall, 35mm Outer Width, 36 Hole, Black
- Spokes: Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge Front, 12 Gauge Rear, Black with Silver Nipples
- Tire Brand: Chaoyang, 26” x 4.0”
- Wheel Sizes: 26 in (66.04cm)
- Tire Details: 5 to 20 PSI, 0.4 to 1.4 BAR
- Tube Details: Schrader Valve
- Accessories: 8-inch Classically Styled Headlight (Steel Casing and Mount, Low and High Beam), Adjustable Length Kickstand at Center, Paint-Matched Steel Chain Cover
- Other: Non-Locking Frame-Integrated Battery Pack, 1.5 Lbs. 2 Amp Charger, 330 Lbs. Maximum Weight Capacity, 5’4″ to 6’3″ Recommended Rider Height Range
- Display Type: Fixed, Backlit, Color LCD
- Readouts: Speed, Odometer, Battery Charge Level (5 Bars), Trip Meter, Assist Level (0-5)
- Display Accessories: Independent Control Pad, Buttons: Plus, Minus, Set, Power, (Hold for Night Mode / Day Mode, Hold Set for Settings: Trip Clear, Brightness, Speed Limit, Wheel Size, Units, Battery, Advanced Settings, Information, Save Exit), Independent Headlight Toggle Switch (Low, High) (use code 0118 and download the C900E-USB Manual)
- Drive Mode: Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist, Twist Throttle
Honorable mentions go to the Cheetah Plus and Cheetah Mini, newer models based on the design of the OG Original Cheetah.
Our Price: Starting at 2,449
Price includes free shipping (200 value)
Nakto OX Fat Tire Folding Electric Bike
The new Nakto OX fat tire folding electric bike combines the portability of a folding electric bike with the durability of an all-terrain fat tire bike. The OX has been designed to accommodate bigger and taller riders, and is strong enough to be ridden off-road in the roughest terrain.
With its adjustable stem and seat, the OX ebike has a secure locking mechanism adding strength and stability to the folding frame. So even tall guys won’t feel like they are riding a kids bike.
The 20” wheels (a common wheel size on folding e-bikes) are fitted with knobby tires that are 4” wide, providing excellent traction on loose surfaces, and the smaller wheels, coupled with a powerful 500W geared rear hub motor, also improves traction and initial take-off speed.
The Bafang engine is paired with a 48V/12Ah lithium-ion battery, that is easy to remove from the frame for remote charging.
Who’s It For?
The Nakto OX is perfect for people who want a portable and affordable fat tire folding ebike, which can be stowed away in a car, truck or RV. With its wide tires, it can be ridden on snow or sand, and the knobby tires are also great for the urban jungle.
- Frame: Nakto Step-Thru Folding Steel Frame
- Drivetrain: 6-Speed Shimano Tourney w/ Trigger Shifter
- Tires: Kenda or CST 20” x 4” Fat Tires Mounted on Aluminum Alloy Spoked Rims w/ Cutouts
- Brakes: Front and Rear Shimano Mechanical Disc Brakes
- Motor: 500W Rear Hub Brushless Motor w/ 52Nm of Torque
- Battery: 48V/12Ah Seat-Tube Mounted Removable Battery w/ Lithium-Ion Tianneng Cells
- Charge Time: 4-6 Hours
- Display: 861 LCD Display (Battery Life, Speed, PAS Level, Distance)
- Drive Mode: 5-Level Pedal Assist System Right Side Full Twist Throttle
- Suspension: Trama 82B Sprung Fork w/ 60mm of Travel
- Safety Equipment: LED Front Light
- Accessories: Battery Charger, Tool Kit, Owner’s Manual, Rear Rack
- Rider Height: 5′-1″. 5′-9″
- Bike Dimensions: 64” x 44”
- Wheelbase: 43.3”
- Seat Height: 31.8”. 38.5”
- Handlebar Height: 43.3”
- Bike Weight: 70 Lbs.
- Weight Capacity: 250 Lbs.
- Box Dimensions Weight: 55.5″ x 12.5″ x 28.3″ (75 Lbs.)
- Assembly : The Folding OX comes mostly assembled. Final assembly includes attachment of the front wheel, handlebars, axle caps, seat, pedals, fender and headlight.
Dirwin Pioneer Fat Tire Electric Bike
The Dirwin Pioneer fat tire mountain bike was designed for any riding condition. Whether you plan on taking it on off-road trails or neighborhood paths its powerful 750W rear hub motor and sturdy Aluminum Alloy frame will get you there.
The Pioneer’s high-performance 750W rear hub motor delivers up to 80Nm of torque, perfect for tackling hills. Pared with a long-range 48V/15Ah LG or BAK lithium-ion battery this bike not only has the power but is able to go the distance.
With all this power at your fingertips, you will need a braking system that you can trust. This is why the Pioneer comes with powerful and precise Lagon hydraulic brake w/ 180 rotors and exceptional stopping power.
The pioneer comes with a hydraulic fork and sits on 26″ x 4″ heavy duty Kenda fat tires. They work together to provide stability and comfort over those rough or uneven terrains.
All the controls for this lovely bike are conveniently located right there on the adjustable handlebar. This includes its 7-speed Shimano gears system, a 3.5″ TFT color screen display, a powerful Luminus Flux headlight with an output of 1100 lumens and a range of up to 80 meters, a bell and much more.
Who’s it for?
The Dirwin Pioneeris for anyone looking for a powerful off-road electric mountain bike that is designed and ready to tackle any condition.
- Motor: 750W Rear Hub Dirwin Motor w/ 80Nm of Torque
- Battery: 48V/15Ah Downtube Integrated LG or BAK Lithium-ion Removable Battery
- Charger: US-Standard 2A Smart Charger
- Charge Time: 6-9 Hours
- Gears: 7-Speed Shimano Altus Derailleur 5-Level Pedal Assist System w/ Right Side Half Twist Throttle
- Frame: A6061 Aluminum Alloy Frame
- Display: 3.5″ TFT Color Display
- Controller: 48V/22A
- Suspension: Hydraulic Fork w/ Lockout
- Brakes: Lagon Hydraulic Disc Brakes w/ 180mm Rotors
- Tires: 26″ x 4″ Heavy-Duty Kenda Fat Tires
- Saddle: HQ-Comfort Saddle
- Accessories: LED Headlight, Tail Light, Fenders, Rear Rack Optional Front Basket
- Recommended Rider Height: 5′-3″ to 6′-4″
- Bike Weight: 74.9 lbs.
- Max Load: 350 lbs.
Eunorau Fat-HD 1000W Electric Mountain Bike
We enter the world of cross-country electric mountain bikes with the Eunorau Fat-HD 1000W Mid-Drive Electric Mountain as our preferred and recommended mid-level e-MTB.
Eunorau has always had a knack for producing well-designed and good-looking electric bikes, and the Fat-HD is no exception.
The Fat-HD sports a 1000W BBSHD mid-drive by Bafang, one of the most powerful and yet quiet ebike motors on the market today. This paired with a downtube-integrated 48V/15.6Ah long-range energy source, which is aerodynamic and can be easily removed for remote charging. This pairing is perfect for the serious outdoorsman.
The Fat-HD has several drive modes, including a conventional 7-speed transmission system by Shimano, a 5-speed PAS which uses a 12-magnet cadence sensor, and a thumb throttle.
Who’s It For?
The Eunorau Fat-HD is the best choice for first-time ebike buyers who want a high-performance electric mountain bike, but don’t want to make a huge financial investment. It is as well-suited to off-road trails as it is to urban roads and paths.
- Motor: 1000W Bafang BBSHD (M620) Mid-Mounted Geared Drive w/ 160Nm Torque and Super Quiet Operation
- Battery: 48V/15.6Ah Long-Range Downtube-Integrated Batt. by Yiklik
- Charge Time: 5 hours
- Estimated Range: 10 miles (16 km) to ESTIMATED MAX RANGE:
- 45 miles (72 km)
- Display Type: APT 500c, Fixed, Adjustable-Angle, Backlit, Full Color LCD, Vibration Feedback
- Readouts: Batt. Level (10 Bars), Speed, Assist Mode (0-5), Trip Distance, Total Distance, Average Speed, Top Speed, (Includes 5 Brightness Settings, Walk Mode, Time-Out Adjustment, Batt. Read-out Preference)
- Display Accessories: Integrated Button Pad Near Left Grip, Buttons:. Menu, On/Off, (Hold. for Walk Mode, Hold for Lights, Hold M for Settings Menu)
- Drive Mode: Cadence Sensing Assist, Trigger Throttle (12-Magnet Cadence Sensor)
- Top Speed: 28 mph (45 kph)
- Body Position: Forward, Upright
- Suggested Use: Neighborhood, Sand and Snow, Trail
- Warranty: 2 Year
- Total Weight: 62 lbs (28.12 kg)
- Battery Weight: 10.0 lbs (4.53 kg)
- Motor Weight: 12.3 lbs (5.57 kg)
- Frame Material: 6061 AI Alloy
- Frame Size: 19 in (48.26 cm)
- Geometry Measurements: 19″ Seat Tube, 30″ Stand Over Height, 27″ Reach, 34.5″ Minimum Saddle Height, 26″ Width, 76″ Length
- Frame Fork Details: RST Spring Suspension, 100mm Travel, Compression Adjust with Lockout, Preload Adjust, 32mm Stanchions, 135mm Hub Spacing, 9mm Axle with Quick Release Skewer
- Frame Rear Details: 190mm Hub Spacing, 12mm Threaded Axle with Quick Release
- Attachment Points: Front and Rear Fender Bosses, Rear Rack Bosses
- Gearing Details: 7-Speed 1×7 Shimano Acera Derailleur, DNP Nickel Plated 11-34 Tooth Freewheel
- Shifter Details: Shimano ALTUS Index Thumb Shifter on Right
- Cranks: AI Alloy, 170mm Length, 46 Tooth Chainring
- Pedals: Wellgo AIAlloy Platform with Reflectors, CrMo Axle, Black
- Headset: Neco H156ME, Semi-Integrated, Sealed Cartridge, 1-1/8″
- Stem: AI Alloy, Promax MA-400, 90mm Length, 8º Angle, 15mm Rise, Three 10mm Spacers, 28.6mm Clamp
- Handlebar: Mid-Rise, AI Alloy, 650mm Length, 20mm Rise
- Brake Details: Promax 310 Mechanical Disc with 160mm Rotors, Four-Finger Wuxing Levers with Motor Inhibitors
- Grips: Rubberized Slant waffle pattern, friction mounted
- Saddle: Velo Plush
- Seat Post: Promax, AI Alloy
- Seat Post Length: 320 mm
- Seat Post Diameter: 28.6 mm
- Rims: Aluminum Alloy, Double Wall, 70mm Width, 36 Hole
- Spokes: Stainless Steel, 13 Gauge, Black with Nipples
- Tire Brand: Kenda Juggernaut, 26″ x 4″ (98-559)
- Wheel Sizes: 26 in (66.04cm)
- Tire Details: 5 to 30 PSI, 0.4 to 2.1 BAR, 30 TPI
Snapcycle R1 Step-Thru Fat Tire Electric Bike
Are you looking for a stylish electric Low-Step cruiser built for the urban jungle? Do you want it to get you where you need to go without breaking a sweat? Do you crave a powerful ebike that can tackle hills and headwinds without struggle?
Welcome to the Snapcycle R1 Step-Thru, one of the best hybrid ebikes on the market today. The R1 features a 750W brushless rear hub drive by Snapcycle, which will give you Rapid acceleration in traffic, and propel you up the steepest hills. This powerful motor is paired with a long-range 48V/14Ah lithium battery featuring LG cells and management system.
The R1 has several drive modes. First, you can ride the R1 like a conventional bike, using the 7-speed Shimano gears as you pedal. When you’re ready for a boost, just turn on the Pedal Assist System (PAS) and select from 5 assist levels. You can also use the right-side Thumb Throttle, which will allow you to ride without pedaling at all. Of course, these drive modes can be used in combination, so you can find the sweet spot for every riding situation.
The R1 has a number safety features that are worth noting. First, there are the hydraulic disc brakes, which have incredible stopping power. The brakes also feature automatic motor cutoffs, so you can be certain that the electric power will disengage when you apply the brakes.
Finally, the R1 comes with a brilliant display, with readouts for batt. level, speed, assist level, odometer, and trip distance.
The R1 Fat Tire Electric Bike is one of the best electric fat tire bike we carry. Not only is it super comfortable to ride, with its step-through frame, adjustable stem and upright riding position, but it sports some awesome electronics and accessories.
Who’s It For?
The Snapcycle R1 Step-Thru is the best fat tire bike for urban jungle commuters, and anyone who wants to get off the road and into nature. The tires can be inflated from 5 psi to 30 psi, based on riding conditions. Whether it’s sandy beaches or dirt trails, the R1 is a great electric bike. It also cuts a mean path through snow.
R1 Step-Thru Specifications
- Motor: 750W Snapcycle Brushless Motor, 1200W Peak
- Battery: 48V/14Ah Downtube-Integrated Li-Ion Battery w/ LG Cells
- Charger: US Standard 3.0A Fast Charger, UL Certified
- Estimated Charge Time: 4-5 hours
- Controller: 48V/25A 12-Tube
- Estimated Range: 30 to 45 miles
- Display Type: Adjustable-Angle, Backlit, Grayscale 3.2″ LCD Display
- Gears: 7-Speed Shimano Tourney MF-TZ500-7 14-28T Freewheel 5-Level Pedal Assist System w/ Thumb Throttle
- Tires: CST BFT 26″ x 4″ Fat Tires on Aluminum Alloy Double Wall Rims w/ Stainless Steel 12 Gauge Spokes
- Frame: Low Step Frame
- Frame Material: 6061 Aluminum Alloy
- Fork: MOZO Spring Suspension Fork, 80mm Travel, Lockout and Preload Adjustment
- Brakes: Hydraulic Dual-Piston, HD-E500 w/ 180mm Front Rear Rotors Motor Cutoff Switch
- Seatpost: Aluminum Alloy, 320mm x 27.2mm Dia
- Pedals: Neco Aluminum Alloy Platform w/ Reflector
- Grips: Ergonomic, Stitched Imitation Leather
- Crank Set: 48T, 170mm Aluminum Alloy, Double-Sided Plastic Guard
- Headset: Semi-Integrated, Sealed Cartridge, 1-1/8″ Straight
- Handlebar: Aluminum Alloy, Mid-Rise, 700mm Width, 31.8mm Bore
- Accessories: Integrated Front Rear Brake Light, Fenders, Kickstand, Rear Rack, Toolkit
- Recommended Rider Height: 5′-2″ to 6′-4″
- Bike Weight: 72 Lbs.
- Maximum Load Capacity: 275 Lbs.
What Should I Look for in a Fat Tyre Electric Bike in 2022?
Fat tire electric bikes have gained a ton of popularity in the recent past. You can use them for commuting to work, mountain biking, hunting, or just kicking around town. But the question is, how do you identify the right fat tire electric bike?
A good fat-tire electric bike should have efficient brakes, a good-quality battery, a comfortable suspension system, and a powerful motor. Also, the bike’s frame size should fit the rider’s comfort.
If you are stuck on how to choose your new e-bike, you are in the right place. This article highlights the main features of a suitable fat tire electric bike. Read on!
Factors To Consider Before Buying a Fat Tyre Electric Bike
Before purchasing your next fat tire electric bike, you need to be sure if the bike suits your riding requirements. Some of the factors that will help you determine which bike is right for you include the following:
The Type of Fat Tyre Electric Bike
Start by considering your primary riding plan and which fat tire bike style suits your needs. Fat tire electric bikes are also of the same main categories as conventional and other electric bikes, namely:
- Folding fat tire electric bikes
- Electric mountain fat tire bikes (e-MTBs)
- Specific purpose electric fat tire bikes such as hunting bikes.
- General-purpose fat tire e-bikes.
The specs vary for each option making it suitable for unique situations.
Folding Fat Tire Electric Bikes
Folding fat tire e-bikes have smaller frames and are foldable. They could be the best choice if you want to commute around town with wide-tire stability. Also, they can help you save space, especially on your RV, holiday home, or boat. Swagtron Swagcycle EB-7 Elite Plus, available from Amazon, is an ideal choice for a folding fat tire e-bike.
General-purpose Fat Tire Electric Bikes
General-purpose fat tire e-bikes have a full-sized frame and are non-folding. The all-rounders come with accessories for carrying your valuable items and are ideal for about-town riding.
Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bikes
Fat tire eMTBs can be your perfect choice if you plan to go on offroad trails. They have larger frames and other great features of regular mountain bikes.
Fat Tire Hunting Electric Bikes
Fat tire hunting e-bikes resemble mountain electric bikes. What differentiates them from mountain bikes is that hunting bikes come with additional accessories making them ideal for an outdoorsman or hunter.
The Suspension System
Most recent fat tire electric bike models come with front suspension-some with both rear and front. The suspension is handy when riding on rough trails with potholes and bumps. It absorbs shock and gives you riding comfort.
So, if you are looking to ride to work or school on relatively flat and smooth city roads, you shouldn’t worry so much about suspension when selecting your fat tire e-bike.
The Braking System
A fat tire e-bike is relatively heavy and has a higher momentum when moving at high speed. Therefore, stopping it requires more braking power.
Luckily, there has been quite a significant improvement in electric bike braking lately. Today, most fat-tire electric bikes have high-quality brake discs on the rear and front wheels for ultimate braking power.
However, when examining an e-bike’s braking specs, you should consider three major factors. They include:
- The rotor size
- The type of disc brakes; whether mechanical or hydraulic
The rotor size determines the brake-stopping ability; larger rotors provide greater stopping power than smaller ones.
Also, brake Calipers squeeze brake pads onto the rotors using pistons. pistons produce a quicker stopping force and better braking performance in turn.
Most fat tire electric bike brakes have 4 or 2 pistons.
Mechanical and hydraulic disc brakes offer diverse braking experiences. The hydraulic system is more responsive and reliable. You require less effort to pull the levers when braking. However, efficiency comes with a higher cost which you should also consider.
Mechanical brakes can serve you well if you intend to use your bike to commute to work. But, if you plan to push your bike’s speed limits riding up and down hills, you should opt for a fat tire e-bike with hydraulic brakes.
The Bike’s Frame Size
Electric fat tire bike frames resemble those of conventional bikes. The only difference is that fat bike frames have widened rear stays and front forks to accommodate the wide tires. The right frame size is crucial in ensuring the rider’s comfort. But how do you determine the right bike frame size?
If you own a conventional bike that you have been riding, this can be the simplest way to work out your sizing. Just compare the measurements from your regular bike with those of the fat tire electric bike you intend to purchase. If you do not own one, follow these guidelines:
Bike sizes depend on the rider’s body frame dimensions and height. But they do not depend on weight. Therefore, you should take various body measurements before shopping for your new bike. It is necessary to know your:
Ensure you take off your shoes before taking the measurements. And, having a helper can make it easier.
Taking Your Height Measurement
If you do not know your height, stand on a flat surface, slightly spacing your legs apart, and ask your helper to take your measurement.
Taking Your Inseam Measurement
Inseam length is a very crucial measurement in bike sizing. Do not rely on your trouser size; you need to be more precise.
- Stand against the wall and place your feet about 6 to 8 inches apart.
- Place a book and move it upwards between your legs and against the wall until it snugs your crotch to mimic the bike seat.
- Ask a helper to measure from the book’s top to the floor.
Measure Your Arms and Torso
When sizing a bike, you also need your arm and torso length. To get your torso length, measure between your groin and the “V” mark in your throat. Measure from the middle of your palm to your collarbone for arm length.
Battery Brand and Capacity
A quality fat tire e-bike should have a good-quality battery. Poor quality batteries have shorter charge life, inadequate weather protection, and short lifespans. Look for reputable battery brands like Panasonic, LG, or Samsung.
Some of the listed features that will help you differentiate and compare e-bike batteries are:
Voltage indicates the potential power a battery can send to the motor. Top fat tire e-bikes come with either a 48V or 36V battery. If you need more power, go for one with a 48V battery. And this will impact the bike’s price.
Amp Hours (AH) measures the battery’s capacity, like how many liters of fuel a car’s fuel tank can hold. The higher the AH, the more power a battery has, and the more it costs.
The Type of Electric Motor
Regardless of the purpose of your fat tire e-bike, the motor plays a vital role in the bike’s performance. There are three categories of e-bike motors, namely:
The names coincide with the positioning of the motors on the bike. The mid-drive sits on the bottom bracket of the bike with the pedals and the crank, while the rear and front hub motors occupy the center of the rear and front tires, respectively.
They differ mainly in the power they produce, the riding experience, and their cost.
The Mid-drive Motor
Mid-drive motors make the bike stable by keeping the center of gravity low. They are also the most powerful and cost more than the front and rear drive categories. Most fat tire hunting and eMTBs have mid-drive motors.
Rear and Front Hub Motors
Rear and front hub fat tire electric bikes are less expensive than mid-drive ones. Front hub motors are most common in folding fat tire e-bikes. And rear-hub motors are applicable in various fat tire bike models.
The riding experience is the main difference between them. The rear hub motor pushes the bike, whereas the front one pulls it.
The mid-drive motor will give you the best performance on off-road, rugged trails. But if you plan to ride on lighter paths, choose a rear or front hub drive.
Power Rating of the Electric Motor
There are variations in fat tire electric bike motor power output; the unit of measurement for e-bike motor power is a Watt (W). Most fat tire electric bike wattage is between 500W to 1000W. So how do you establish which wattage is suitable for you?
The suitable power you require for your bike depends on how you want to use it and the weight you intend to move. If you plan to use your bike to commute or kick around town, a 500W motor will be enough for you.
However, if you plan to pull something behind your bike or go off-road, you would need a 750W or 1000W motor.
Also, consider your body weight. If you are heavy, you should go for a motor with a higher power.
Fat tire electric bikes have excitingly transformed the biking experience. They are versatile, and you can take on any trail without worrying about performance.
However, knowing which fat tire electric bike is suitable for your biking needs can be a big challenge, especially if you are uninitiated. If you are thinking of getting one for yourself, consider the above guide for a more informed choice.