Ultimate Fat Tire Electric Bike Showdown [2023 Edition]
July 03, 2022
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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. Moreover, 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
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.
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
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-HDis 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)
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
QuietKat is another fantastic brand that is doing great work in building awareness for the use of ebikes to assist hunters. The 1000W QuietKat Ranger Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike is close in price to the Rambo R750, but it comes standard with a front suspension fork and wider tires, taking the fat tires out to 4.5”.
Why does that matter? It might not sound like a lot, but that extra half an inch coupled with the suspension fork provides additional stability, which comes in handy when you are hunting and your attention is often split between where and what you are riding on and what you are hunting.
In the power department, the Ranger won’t let you down; you’ve got a 750W (1000W Option Available) Bafang hub drive which will push you up to a speed of 19 miles per hour without pedaling.
The 48V Panasonic cells are built very nicely into the thick frame to avoid getting stuck on passing shrubs, and once again will give you a range of about 20 miles without pedaling - or you could take advantage of the 5 levels of assist, which will automatically respond to your pedaling and provide some extra juice to aid you.
QuietKat has developed a great range of accessories to support and build upon the solid base provided by the Ranger - we particularly recommend the unique single-wheel trailer for transporting equipment and kills.
Who's it for?
If you are a serious outdoors enthusiast who wants to cover ground quickly and quietly, the Ranger will make a great investment. While this ebike is marketed toward the hunting crowd, it is by no means restricted to that interest. It’s a serious mountain bike, so it will also suit serious off-roaders who like a higher-spec bike.
Drive Modes: 5 Levels PAS + Class 2 Thumb Throttle
Max Unassisted Speed: 19 mph
Motor: Bafang 750W brushless rear hub drive
Display: Digital readout with speedometer, odometer, batt. and other essential data points
The Bakcou eBikes Mule is a beast. It is built to pack like a mule, with the suspension and gearing to get you there fast. On a short trail ride or a week in the backcountry, the Mule can handle extreme riding conditions with authority.
The Bakcou Mule was designed and engineered by avid bowhunters, so they know what outdoorsmen expect from electric mountain bike (e-MTB).
The heart of the Mule is the new Ultra mid-drive from Bafang, which is a true game-changer in the world of ebikes. While this may look similar to mid-drives from Brose, Bosch, Panasonic, it is next generation. Don’t be fooled by the 1,000W nominal output specification; under the hood, the Bafang Ultra is capable of pulling 1,600W from the battery using only its stock settings.
Of course, the Bakcou Mule is so much more than its mid-drive engine. That motor is powered by a 48V/14.5Ah downtube-integrated battery, which has a high capacity and thus an extended range. You can select from five (5) levels of PAS or use the thumb throttle to propel you forward. The Mule also sports a Shimano Alivio 9-speed gear system, allowing for precise pedaling during technical hill climbing.
Who's It For?
The Bakcou Mule is perfect for the serious outdoorsman, who demands the ultimate performance from the electric mountain bike. If you need a highly responsive and powerful ebike for your adventures, the Bakcou Ebikes Mule is one of the best e-MTBs on the market today.
Motor: Bafang Ultra 1000W Mid-Drive Engine with Torque Sensor (programmable down to 750W)
We are super excited to include the new Storm G2 by Bakcou eBikes (formerly BackCountry eBikes) in the Showdown, and we know that it will be an absolute game-changer in the full-suspension electric mountain bike class.
Bakcou Ebikes spent countless hours in research, design, and testing of this new 2019 Storm model. It will no doubt rival the sales of the record-breaking Bakcou Ebikes Mule. However, it is not intended to compete with the trailer-pulling, pannier bag toting, hard tail Mule. Instead the 1000W Full-Suspension Storm G2 e-MTB is designed for the hunter/back country enthusiast, looking for that "Cadillac" ride without the need to pull/pack heavy gear.
If it's gnarly, rugged, steep or technical, then look no further than the full-suspension Storm G2 e-MTB from Bakcou eBikes. The Storm G2 will chew up those rocky climbs and steep descents with ease, while still allowing you to pull that trailer full of gear to and from your tree stand, blind or favorite hunting spot.
Who's It For?
The Bakcou Storm G2 is meant for serious outdoorsmen, who rely on their ebike as much as their bow or gun for a successful adventure.
With a background in environmental planning, Steve took his passion for sustainable development and started Really Good Ebikes, an online ebike store where he helps people find the best ebikes for their needs, and partners with ebike business entrepreneurs. He is the author of TheBeginner's Guide to Ebikes, published on Kindle in 2020. Steve is passionate about animals, and spends part of each day volunteering at the local animal shelter.