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7 Best Fat Tire EBikes Guide [Test and Reviews]

Updated April 9th, 2024

best fat tire ebikes

The Electric Fat Tire Bike is the big SUV of the electric bike world. They are comfortable with big fat cushy tires. They can handle almost any terrain from dirt roads, mud, and snow to pavement. They can be used in place of ATVs where noise is a concern. They make great cruising bikes if you just want to ride around. If you can’t decide what kind of ebike you want, you can’t go wrong with an electric fat tire bike.

See our top picks below for the best fat tire ebikes available today. Keep reading for the rest of our recommendations and a guide to electric bikes

The 7 Best Fat Tire EBikes

1. Best Overall – AVENTON AVENTURE 2

Aventon Aventure 2 Product Image

Specifications

  • Max Speed – 28 mph
  • Range – 20-40 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 400 lbs
  • Bike Weight – 73 lbs
  • Motor Power – 750 watt rear hub
  • Speeds – 8 speed Shimano Acera
  • Brakes – Hydraulic disc
  • Wheel Size – 26 inch

Aventure 2 sitting in woods

What we liked:

  • Big offroad friendly wheels
  • Beefy frame construction
  • Lots of power from 750 watt hub motor
  • Torque sensor gives more control and a more natural feeling ride
  • Color LCD display that is easy to read in bright light
  • Hydraulic brakes give good stopping power
  • Available in 2 frame styles and 2 sizes per style to suit most rider sizes
  • Long range with pedal assist or throttle only riding
  • Ships in sustainable packaging. No plastic or foam to throw away

What we didn’t like:

  • Heavy weight
  • Pedal driveline is a bit clunky feeling
  • Some adjustment needed for the rear derailleur and front tire after assembly
  • Control buttons are not as intuitive as older Aventon bikes

The AVENTON AVENTURE 2 is a rugged bike built for backroads and trails. It has heavy duty construction, big fat tires, 750 watts of power, and lots of range. The torque sensor gives it a more natural feel and better control in tight technical spots on the trail. It is ready for any adventure you want to go on.

The AVENTURE 2 looks like a fatbike with 26″ x 4″ fatbike tires. The battery is integrated into the downtube while still being removable. It is a clean looking well put together package.

It has a 750 watt rear hub motor capable of dishing out up to 1130 watts of power when you need it. The Aventure 2 incorporates a torque sensor in the pedals. This gives a much more responsive motor activation when you start pushing on the pedals and is a welcome upgrade.

The pedal drivetrain is Shimano Acera which is a nice upgrade of the Shimano Tourney we see on so many ebikes. They threw in some hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors so you won’t be wishing for more stopping power. They publish a max weight limit of 400 lbs. It should be able to handle almost any rider and condition.

The Aventure 2 has a great color LCD display built into the stem that shows all the information you need such as range, speed, and remaining battery. You can connect it to your phone and use the AVENTON app to get even more information such as maps and bike location.

The front fork has 80mm travel. The bikes 26″ x 4″ tires will already provide a lot of suspension even with a rigid fork. The ride is very smooth even on rough rocky and rooty surfaces. The bike has plenty of power for acceleration and hill climbing. Overall it is really fun to ride no matter where you take it.

The only real downside to this bike is its weight. It weighs 73 lbs which means it will be heavy lifting it on and off bike racks. That is the price you pay to get 45 miles of range on a trail ready fat tire mountain bike.

See our review of the Aventon Aventure 2 to learn more.

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2. Top Pick – Mokwheel Basalt

Mokwheel Basalt Product Image

Specifications

  • Max Speed – 28 mph
  • Range – 60-80 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 400 lbs
  • Bike Weight – 60 lbs
  • Motor Power – 750 watt hub motor
  • Speeds – 7 Speed Shimano Tourney
  • Brakes – Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheel Size – 26 inch x 4inch tires

The Mokwheel Basalt is an adventure ready electric fat tire bike. It has a 750 watt motor, 48 volt 19.6 ah Samsung battery and hydraulic brakes. There is an optional inverter and solar panel so that you can use the battery for powering other devices and charge the bike when you go off grid.

The torque sensor is smooth with good low speed control. The motor has enough grunt for climbing steep hills offroad. The only downside to the torque sensor is that the bikes gearing it a bit low for riding at higher speeds. It is a challenge to pedal fast enough to get it to go 28mph.

Mokwheel has a good reputation among their dealers for providing good customer service and warranty work. If you want a bike that will be there for all your adventures, you can’t go wrong with the Basalt.

What we liked:

  • Torque sensor gives the bike a smooth feel and easy control at low speeds
  • Available inverter and solar panel to run things off of the bike battery
  • 19.6 ah Samsung battery for very long range
  • Available in regular and step-thru frames in 3 colors each
  • Lots of power for climbing hills and quick acceleration

What we didn’t like:

  • Shimano Tourney deraileur
  • Gearing isn’t high enough to easily peddle at 28mph

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3. Best Value – Gotrax Tundra

Gotrax Tundra product image

Specifications

  • Max Speed – 28 mph
  • Range – 70 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 265 lbs
  • Bike Weight – 78 lbs
  • Motor Power – 750 rear hub
  • Speeds – 7 speed Shimano Tourney
  • Brakes – Hydraulic disc
  • Wheel Size – 26 inch

Gotrax Tundra at beach

What we liked:

  • Torque sensor with an easy to ride natural feel
  • PAS level 5 that acts like a cadence sensor for easy high speed riding
  • 28mph top speed with pedal assist
  • Comfortable seat
  • Good stopping power with hydraulic brakes
  • Easy to use controls and color LCD display
  • Available with a step over or step through frame with 2 color options
  • Long range with 20 ah battery

What we didn’t like:

  • Shimano Tourney derailleur and shifter
  • Only available in one frame size
  • Suspension pre-load adjustment doesn’t seem to make the fork that much stiffer
  • Doesn’t include a rear rack

The Gotrax Tundra is a great value when you look at the bike specs. It has a torque sensor and a 20 ah 48 volt battery for less than $1500. This is a few hundred less than the Aventon Aventure and also a considerably larger battery for more range.

We have had a lot of fun with Gotrax electric scooters. The F1 folding bike gave us surprisingly good performance. Gotrax scooters and bikes always perform better than expected for their price and the Tundra is no different. It delivers a top speed of 28mph in pedal assist. It has a torque sensor for PAS levels 1-4. For PAS level 5, the bike acts like a cadence sensor and lets you ghost pedal with max power up to max speed.

The Tundra has a lot to like from the hydraulic disc brakes to the 750 watt rear hub motor and the already mentioned 20 ah battery and torque sensor. It also has a color LCD display and the battery is integrated into the frame giving it a clean overall look.

The bike is available in a step over and step thru frame. Both frames come in only 1 color and 1 size. I would like to see a few more options.

The only thing I don’t like about the specs on the Tundra is the Shimano Tourney rear derailleur. No bike meant for offroad use should have a Tourney derailleur.

The Tundra has a top speed of 20mph in throttle and 28mph in pedal assist mode. This makes it a Class 2 e-bike or Class 3 if you remove the throttle.

See our review of the Gotrax Tundra to learn more.

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4. Longest Range – Himiway Zebra D5

Himiway D5 Zebra Skyline Product Image

Specifications

  • Max Speed – 25 mph
  • Range – 60-80 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 400 lbs
  • Bike Weight – 79 lbs
  • Motor Power – 750 watt rear hub
  • Speeds – 7 Speed Shimano Altus
  • Brakes – Hydraulic disc
  • Wheel Size – 26 inch

Himiway Zebra sitting by lake

What we liked:

  • Very strong acceleration
  • Very long range with 20ah battery
  • Lots of hill climbing power
  • Available in several colorful frame options
  • Clean look with battery integrated into frame
  • Good high speed stability
  • Includes racks, fenders, and lights
  • Comfortable upright riding position
  • Hydraulic disc brakes give good stopping power

What we didn’t like:

  • Acceleration may feel too aggressive to some riders
  • Only has a 7 speed pedal driveline with Shimano Tourney Shifter

The Himiway Zebra D5 is their premium fat tire bike that has several improvements over their original budget Cruiser design. The Zebra has a bigger 20 ah battery along with hydraulic brakes and a battery integrated into the frame. New for this year are the D5 collection of frame colors. Now you can have something other than a dark grey frame for with a more vibrant and fun look.

Himiway e-bikes are known for 2 things. Long range and aggressive power and acceleration. We are happy to report that the Zebra excels at both of those. The 20 ah battery gives it a published range of 60 to 80 miles. We would expect with a heavier rider and hills you will still get at least 50-60 miles out of it.

The 750 watt motor is upgraded from the Cruiser with even more torque (86 Nm vs 80Nm). The Zebra accelerates quick from a standstill and power up hills without slowing down. The Himiway bikes we have tested have had the fastest acceleration and best hill climbing test times of any other bike brand.

The Zebra uses a cadence sensor and it needs a half turn of the pedals to kick the motor on which is about average. This combined with the strong acceleration makes the bike not that great for tight technical trails. The Zebra is great for fire roads, jeep trails, and double track offroading where it can open up and go fast. It doesn’t like slow tight spaces.

The Zebra is a Chevy Suburban of electric fat bikes. It loves going straight and fast and will smooth out and make any offroad surface comfortable.

See our review of the Hiimiway Zebra to learn more about this bike.

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5. Most Powerful – Wired Freedom

Wired Freedom product image

Specifications

  • Max Speed – 35 mph
  • Range – 60-80 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 300 lbs
  • Bike Weight – 88 lbs
  • Motor Power – 1500 watt hub motor
  • Speeds – 7 Speed Shimano
  • Brakes – Hydraulic Disc
  • Wheel Size – 26 inch x 4inch tires

The Wired Freedom is a beast of an ebike. It has a 1500 watt hub motor that can dish out up to 2200 watts of peak power combined with a 60 volt 20 ah battery. This bike is not trying to follow any Class 1-3 rules. It’s trying to give you way more performance than you would ever expect for the price.

The heart of the Wired Freedom is the motor which is one of the biggest hub motors that any ebike manufacturer uses. It can dish 138 NM of torque which is way more than the typical 60-80NM most 750 watt ebikes can put out. Their motor uses steel reinforced gears so this motor will last.

The settings of this bike are fully customizable. You can limit power and speed down to under 750 watts and under 20mph to make it Class 1, 2 or 3 legal. It ships labeled as a Class 2 ebike in that configuration. Make sure you can safely and legally ride this bike where you are before you go unleash it.

The Wired Freedom uses a BMX style handlebar and rear suspension to give it a comfortable and in control ride. It is ready to take you on or offroad anywhere you want to go.

What we liked:

  • Gigantic amounts of power with a 1500 watt motor
  • Can be setup as a Class 1, 2 or 3 ebike or unrestricted
  • Full suspension with air spring rear shock
  • Larger chainring for pedalling at higher speeds without ghost pedalling
  • Lots of torque making steep climbs easy
  • 60volt 20ah battery for high speeds and long range

What we didn’t like:

  • Cadence sensor can make it hard to control in tight spaces at full power settings
  • Only has a 7 speed pedal driveline

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6. RadPower RadRover 6+

RadPower RadRover 6 Plus product image

Specifications

  • Max Speed – 20 mph
  • Range – Up to 45 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 275 lbs
  • Bike Weight – 73.4 lbs
  • Motor Power – 750 watt rear hub
  • Speeds – 7 Speed Shimano Altus
  • Brakes – Hydraulic disc
  • Wheel Size – 26 inch

RadRover 6 Plus standing on grass

What we liked:

  • More quiet and refined than other fat tire e-bikes
  • Frame integrated battery that is more low profile without a giant looking downtube
  • The bike is quiet, even on pavement
  • The 2 LCD displays give you all the information you need while riding
  • Battery has a set of LED lights to show current battery capacity
  • Many available accessories including rack and bag options

What we didn’t like:

  • Slower acceleration and hill climbing compared to other fat tire ebikes with 750 watt motors
  • Seat is not comfortable
  • Shimano Tourney shifter

The RadPower RadRover 6 Plus is their latest iteration of the RadRover. The RadRover was one of the first electric fat tire bikes. Many companies have tried to copy the design over the years. RadPower doesn’t sit still. They continue to evolve and update the RadRover to keep it competitive.

The RadRover 6 has a 750 watt rear hub motor that has smooth acceleration and a good feel. It’s not as aggressive on takeoff as Himiway Bikes. It has a nice feel to it that feels almost as smooth as a higher end mid-drive motor.

The RadRover 6 Plus has 180mm rotor hydraulic disc brakes that do a good job of stopping the 73 lbs of bike weight and a heavy rider too.

The bike has a nice comfortable ride on pavement or dirt surfaces. It has a more upright seating position making it comfortable to ride. Like most electric fat tires bikes, it shines going straight and doing big fast turns. It’s a big bike when it comes to tight sharp corners.

The RadPower RadRover 6 Plus continues to be a solid entry in the electric fat bike category that comes from a solid company with a good reputation for customer service.

See our review of the RadPowerBikes RadRover 6 Plus to learn more.

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7. Himiway Cruiser

Himiway Cruiser product image

Specifications

  • Max Speed – 28 mph
  • Range – 35-60 miles
  • Max Rider Weight – 350 lbs
  • Bike Weight – 72 lbs
  • Motor Power – 750 watt rear hub
  • Speeds – 7 Speed Shimano Altus
  • Brakes – Mechanical disc
  • Wheel Size – 26 inch

What we liked:

  • 350 lb weight capacity
  • Gobs and gobs of power from the 750 watt Bafang hub motor
  • Long range with 17.5 ah Samsung battery
  • Very cushy ride
  • Name brand Kenda tires
  • Good power for acceleration and climbing hills
  • Shimano Altus rear derailleur
  • Relaxed upright riding position.

What we didn’t like:

  • Gearing needs higher gears for 22-25mph pedal assist
  • Battery isn’t integrated inside of the frame
  • Derailleur needed adjustment before riding

Bottom line:

The Himiway Cruiser is a powerful, go anywhere, bike with a 750 watt motor and 17.5 ah battery. It offers performance well above it’s price point.

The Himiway Cruiser is a powerful electric fat bike that is at home offroad or in the city. It has a huge 17.5 ah battery and 750 watt Bafang rear hub motor giving it lots of power and range. It has strong acceleration when the motor kicks in making it very fun to ride. The Cruiser is set up with more relaxed geometry and an upright seating position making it comfortable for an all day ride.

The bike uses a Shimano Altus derailleur with 7 speed freewheel and Shimano Tourney shifter. The bike has enough range with 7 speeds to handle the bikes full speed range without spinning out the pedals. A twist throttle is used for no pedal mode.

4.0 inch wide Kenda Juggernaut tires are used giving you a lot of traction and stability. The ride can be fine tuned for pavement or offroad by adjusting the air pressure. A front suspension fork is included to give you some extra cushion in the front end. Most bikes with fat bike wheel and tires don’t really need any extra suspension.

The Cruiser has a lot of power but still manages to get great range. The published range is 35-60 miles. Most riders can achieve those numbers if they go easy on the throttle.

The Himiway Cruiser gives you a lot of bang for the buck with 750 watts of power, a large capacity battery and it’s go anywhere setup.

See our full review of the Himiway Cruiser to learn more.

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Fat Tire EBike Guide

Fat tire electric bikes have 26 inch wheels with tires that are at least 4 inches wide. After that, there is a wide range of power levels, battery sizes, suspension types, and other performance factors.  Let’s take a look at what matters when you are looking for an electric fat bike.

Power

Fat tire e-bikes are big heavy bikes. It takes a lot of juice to turn those big fat wheels. The frames and other parts are big and heavy too. I would not consider any fat tire e-bike with less than 750 watts. If you ride somewhere where only Class 1, 2, and 3 e-bikes are allowed you will need to limit yourself to bikes with 750 watts or bikes like the QuietKat and Bakcou bikes that can be set down to 750 watts. 

Bikes like the QuietKat Rubicon and Bakcou Storm have 1000-1500 watts of power. If you need to go do serious offroading or pull a trailer, then you will want this much power. For dirt road riding, cruising around, or mountain bike trail riding, 1500 watts is overkill and not really needed.

Range

How far do you want to go on your ebike? If your ride will only be 30-40 miles then a bike with a 15ah battery will be good enough. If you want to regularly ride 40-60 miles you will want to look for a bike with a 20 ah battery such as the Himiway Zebra, Ride1Up Rift, Gotrax Tundra, or any of the Quietkat or Bakcou bikes. If you need to go farther or tow a heavy load, there are some bikes available with even bigger batteries such as the 25 ah battery option on the Bakcou Storm.

Range of e-bikes varies a lot based on rider weight, how many hills you have to climb and how fast you go. If you are heavy rider who likes to ride fast then consider bikes with a larger battery. If your a lighter rider, who rides in a flat area, you can get buy with a small battery.

Motor

There are 2 drive types that are common on electric fat tire bikes.  Mid-drives where the motor is located at the crank such as the Quietkat Rubicon. Hub motors where the motor is inside the rear wheel such as the Aventon Aventure 2. There are advantages and disadvantages to each.  

Hub motors are more simple and easier to maintain. They do not power the bike through the pedal driveline so they don’t cause it to wear as fast. They direct drive the wheel so they cannot take advantage of the pedal driveline gear reduction. This limits their hill climbing ability.

Mid-Drive motors power the bike through the pedal driveline. They can be better at hill climbing since you can gear down into granny gear and multiply the motor torque. You can go faster as well because you can take advantage of the high gears on your bike. Mid-drive motors can put out a lot of torque. More than the average biker. This means that they can wear out and brake parts of your pedal driveline much faster.  You will have to replace chains, cassettes and chain rings much more often than with a hub motor.

Mid-Drive powered bikes cost more. The cheapest mid-drive bikes tend to start around $2500. The cheapest good electric fat tire bikes with hub motors start around $1500. 

Torque Sensor or Cadence Sensor

One of the biggest differenes in electric bikes is the pedal assist sensor.  Most bikes have either a cadence sensor or torque sensor. Some bikes will have a torque sensor and a cadence sensor such as the Juiced RipCurrent S

Torque sensors sense you pushing on the pedal to activate the motor. They will give you assist that is proportional to how hard you push the pedals. This gives you lots of control and allows you to have just a little motor power or a lot of motor power. As you go faster and run out of pedal range you will run into a point where it’s difficult to push the pedals at the speed your pedalling. You won’t get as much assist.  It’s feels like your not getting much assist above 20mph which is the downside to torque sensors. It feels like you need to do a lot more work to go faster.

Cadence sensors just sense that you are turning the pedals and the motor turns on. It doesn’t care how hard you are pedaling.  Cadence sensor bikes tend to run at fixed speeds for each pedal assist level. At higher pedal assist levels you can go well over 20mph while ghost pedaling or spinning the pedals slowly without putting in any force. If you want a Class 3 ebike that will easily go 28mph in pedal assist without putting in much effort, a cadence sensor is a better choice.  The downsides to cadence sensors is that the bike wants to go a fixed speed based on the lever you have set.  On some bikes it is 10mph. When the motor kicks on it wants to go 10mph and lurches forward. This makes it hard to ride in tight places.

Battery

Battery size range for eletric fat bikes run from 15 ah to 25 ah. Most batteries are 48 volt although there are some 52 volt batteries such as the Juiced Rip Current S. Range is proportional to battery size.  If you want to go farther, get a bigger battery. Bigger sized battery cells have less voltage sag under load so they will perform better on steep climbs

Brakes

Every electric fat bike I have seen has disc brakes which is good. The brakes on the lowst cost bikes such as the Himiway Cruiser are mechanical disc brakes operated by cable pull.  The bikes with even a slight upgrade have hydraulic disc brakes. Hydraulic disc brakes have much more stopping power with less finger effort. They are strongly preferred for these big heavy bikes with large heavy wheels. Some bikes such as the Ride1Up Rift have 4 piston brakes which add even more stopping power.  

Pedal Driveline

As you go up in price you get better hardware for the pedal driveline.  More speeds means more pedal range which means you have more climbing power and higher gears for going faster. 7 speed drivelines run out of range above 20mph.  9 speed drivelines give you higher gears for going faster.

Suspension

For fat tire bikes, you really don’t need suspension in the front or back for most riding.  Most non-electric fatbikes do not even have a front suspension fork. Lower tire pressure will give you plenty of cushion. Adding front suspension forks and rear suspension give you even more cushion if you just don’t want to feel anything.  Air sprung suspension such as found on the Quietkat Rubicon and Bakcou Storm give you much more tuning adjustment and smoother ride. I wish more of the $2000 level electric fat tire bikes would at least come with an air sprung fork but they don’t.

E-Bike Classes

The 3 classes of ebikes are:

  • Class 1 – 750 watts power, pedal assist only, 20mph top speed
  • Class2 – 750 watts power, throttle control, with 20mph top speed
  • Class3 – 750 watts power, pedal assist only, 28mph top speed

A lot of places only allow Class 1 or 2 ebikes on trails. There are a lot of e-bikes out there that either aren’t classified or can be changed into different classes. An Aventon Aventure 2 can be a class 1, 2 or 3 e-bike by removing the throttle or adjusting the top pedal assist speed. It is stickered as a Class 2 e-bike from the factory. The Bakcou Storm is an unclassed bike that has 1500 watts of power and can go faster than 28mph. It can be tuned down into a Class 1,2, or 3 ebike in it’s settings for use in places that only allow those bikes.

See this article from Bosch to learn more about e-bikes classes

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Doug Ryan
Co-Founder & Chief Editor

I am a total gear nerd and love learning how things work and thinking about how they could be improved. Nothing excites me more than trying out new gear. I’d rather spend 3 hours taking my bike apart and learning how to change something than go to a bike shop. These days I reside in Michigan by the Great Lakes and go skiing, biking, and boating as much as possible. Visit our About Us page and learn more.

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