Fat tire electric bikes are quickly becoming one of the most popular and sought-after styles of electric bike for both ebike veterans and beginners alike. That's because they enable riders to go anywhere with ease - from downtown streets to sandy beaches, and from gravelly paths to snowy trails.
But if you've been shopping for a fat tire ebike, you'll probably agree it can be easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices out there. Fat tire ebikes in their varied frame styles present 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 post, you will discover there is a wild and varied world of these ebikes with wide tires and something to suit most people's needs.
In this ultimate fat tire ebike showdown, we'll break down all the pros and cons of what we think are the top 10 fat tire electric bikes on the market today, across 4 different categories. For your convenience, we have put together a list of all the Fat Tire Electric Bikes we offer.
We recognize everyone has different uses for their ebike, so we’ve tried to provide the best options in each of the main categories of fat tire electric bikes to help you be a more informed consumer.
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 course - of wider tires and often a sturdier frame.
With a folding ebike, you should enjoy the additional versatility to comfortably ride over a range of surfaces with wider tires. You can learn more about folding electric bikes at Electric Bike Review.
Cross-country fat tire ebikes follow what is commonly thought of as a mountain bike design and setup.
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 on-road riders, either: They are most definitely aimed at those who are looking to get a bit of trail action in and enjoy the great outdoors.
If you're just getting into electric mountain bikes (e-MTBs), check out the Electric MountainBike Magazine for some great articles and e-MTB reviews.
An all-around fat tire ebike is full-sized and primarily used for on-road riding, but will also be compatible with light off-road riding on dirt, gravel, sand or snow.
In this category, we are looking at fat tire ebikes that would be great as a commuter, with the ability to carry baggage or shopping as needed. If you're looking for more information about fat bikes, check out this excellent overview by REI.
At the time of writing this article, we have just one solid recommendation for you: the SSR Motorsports Sand Viper Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike.
We commonly term these fat tire ebikes as “hunting ebikes,” but they can also be used for a wide range of activities, including fishing, camping or deeper trail riding.
Generally, 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.
As described by People for Bikes, bikes with a nominal power output of 750W or below can legally be used to access public lands in many U.S. states. Ebikes in this range are classified as electric vehicles and do not require registrations. We’ve included a couple of picks for you at this power range.
Without further ado…let’s get this showdown started!
We’re going to start off our showdown with a bang!
The Emojo Lynx Folding Fat Tire Electric Bike continues to be one of our most requested fat tire ebikes, and it’s not hard to see why.
The Lynx combines a fantastic-looking design with practicality and quality components at a super competitive price point.
If you are looking for an entry into the world of fat tire ebikes that is compact and easy to use, the Lynx is the option for you.
We love the Lynx’s ability to take any punishment you can dish out. The frame is durable and exceptionally well-built.
The sturdy frame, paired with the low-pressure, quality 4-inch Kenda fat tires, makes the Lynx incredibly forgiving and easy to ride over any terrain, doubling down on its status as a great entry-level fat tire ebike.
Despite the affordable price point, Emojo isn’t skimping on features here. You’ll get a 500W Bafang geared rear hub electric motor, combined with a 36V removable lithium-ion battery.
While this isn’t the most powerful folding ebike in our showdown, it certainly packs enough punch to get most people moving swiftly over varied terrains and against strong headwinds.
But that's not all! The versatility of the Lynx can be further extended with the addition of the custom rear carry rack, which is a brilliant add-on if you are looking for a commuting option or just need to carry the groceries home.
The versatility and competitive price point of the Emojo Lynx Fat Tire Ebike mean we can easily recommend it for almost any use, except hunting or those looking for a larger-framed cross-country option.
The Emojo Lynx is suitable for any age and gender. It can be used on many terrains, including dirt, sand, gravel and roads. Its compact folding size makes it a great option for travelers, commuters, RVers, vacationers or those living in urban environments.
We enter the world of cross-country electric mountain bikes with the Emojo Wildcat as our preferred and recommended entry-level mountain bike-style ebike.
Emojo has always had a knack for producing well-designed and good-looking electric bikes, and the Wildcat is no exception.
The clean and simple frame matched with a great use of color is a perfect combination.
The Wildcat isn’t just about good looks, though.
This is an entry-level ebike for this style, so while there aren't a ton of bells and whistles, what is there is very well made.
Emojo produces great robot-welded frames, and the Wildcat follows in this tradition. The rigid frame will easily bear your weight and take a beating off the road if that is where you want to take it.
The simple and light frame is well paired with the 500W Bafang brushless motor.
The Bafang isn’t the most high-powered motor you will find in this style of ebike, but it is a quality option that - alongside the stripped-back design - will still get you up to a max speed of 20 MPH in throttle mode.
There's one area where Emojo has put some higher-end components: the braking and tire department. You’ll experience the stopping power and traction of the powerful Tektro disc brakes combined with the quality Kenda fat tires, which is a nice combination to have, especially when traveling on off-road trails.
Overall, the Wildcat presents an excellent option for anyone who is looking for their first full-sized ebike. It’s easy to ride and maintain while you decide if ebikes are right for you.
The low price point means the Wildcat is also a good option if you are only going to use it occasionally and don’t want to make a huge financial commitment.
Our Price: $1,454
The Emojo Wildcat is the best choice for first-time ebike buyers who want a full-sized ebike, but don’t want to make a huge financial investment. It is as well-suited to offroad trails as it is to urban roads and paths.
If you are looking for a tough, no-nonsense electric mountain bike, you can stop your search right now.
Prodecotech built the Rebel with one purpose in mind: to get off the road and onto the dirt, gravel, snow or pretty much any surface you can think of.
This off-road focus is clearly demonstrated by the strong build of the frame, forks and battery, which are all matched with a fantastic stopping and traction package.
The thick frame is coupled with a rigid, double-crown fork which will take an absolute beating and really gets you over rocks and bumps with ease.
We particularly enjoyed the braking package on the Rebel, which is one of the best on the market at this price point. An SRAM 4-piston hydraulic disc package with 200mm rotors front and 180mm rear provides immense stopping power, which is a must if you like to move downhill rapidly.
The powerplant isn’t the most powerful at this price point, but it is adequate and super reliable. The 600W front-geared motor is combined with a 36v downtube battery by Samsung which has been sealed from the inside out to maintain a high level of protection from water entry.
This complete package has a great balance and sense of stability off-road, and it’s quickly become one of our go-to options.
Our favorite part? Prodecotech makes its ebikes right here in the USA and backs them with a 2-year warranty, which really gives us comfort that this is a safe purchase option.
Our Price: $2,649
The Prodecotech Rebel Fat Tire E-Mountain Bike is particularly suited to those who definitely want to get off-road and hit some trails. But, it is a great package that will ride smoothly on paved surfaces, as well. The power and range make it a great intermediate fat tire ebike that can stick with you for years to come.
OK, so the price tag on this one is going to make your eyes water. But the design, build and features of this electric mountain bike are going to make them pop. It’s amazing.
At first, we were hesitant to include this ebike in our showdown, as the price is generally above what many people are prepared to pay. It is, however, excellent value for the money.
We would be comfortable in saying no other fat tire electric mountain bikes on the planet can match up to the Juggernaut Ultra FS.
It’s hard to know where to start on this one, but let’s begin with the name. FS stands for full suspension, a rarity in the ebike world.
The front suspension is standard as a RockShox Guide suspension fork, but for a reasonable amount (~$400), you can upgrade this to a Wren Inverted Suspension, which is pretty much one of the market leaders at this point.
What does that mean for you? The 150mm max travel on the Wren will easily get you through some pretty solid terrain and smooth through bumps on road.
Back to the name. The Ultra refers to one of the latest motors from Bafang. It produces a staggering 1,000W (1,500W peak) of power and is the most powerful torque-sensored motor on the market. Biktrix is the first to get this super new motor into a production ebike.
In the Juggernaut Ultra FS, Biktrix has coupled the new Ultra motor with a 48V Samsung battery, which, at standard, is going to get you a respectable 20 to 30 miles on a single charge - BUT you can have this upgraded to a 48V 20 Amp Hour LG battery that can produce up to a 60-mile range on a single charge.
Honestly, the list of features goes on and on. I encourage you to read the full list of specs below - this ebike has impressed us so much that I could probably praise it for hours.
The Juggernaut isn’t for everyone. It’s expensive and is best suited to experienced riders who know they need these impressive features. But if this is in your price range and you know you will be able to take advantage of what this ebike is capable of, there is no better electric mountain bike on the market today.
Our Price: $3,599 - $4,199 (price varies depending on options)
The Biktrix Juggernaut Ultra FS Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike is the bike for you if you like to own and invest in the best. While it is expensive, it is also a great value for the money. With 4” fat tires, it is an awesome off-road bike, but riders can also fit it with taller and narrower tires for road riding, and put its super long range to good use.
Ebikes focused toward hunting and other outdoor pursuits like fishing are starting to hit the market in leaps and bounds.
Rambo is one of the brands that are really leading that charge. Rambo specializes exclusively in fat tire mountain bikes, and we love the mix of price and features they’ve packed into the R750 G3.
You need to be able to move silently but quickly when you are using an ebike for hunting purposes. The Rambo allows you to do that with a 750W Hi-Torque Bafang motor, which is capable of pushing you up to 19 miles per hour without pedaling.
The motor is paired with an LG 48V battery which is going to last you up to 19 miles on a single charge without pedaling. If you take advantage of the intelligent power control and add in a bit of pedal power, you will find the range extended dramatically.
You need more than raw power when you are out in the scrub, though. Sometimes, you need to be able to stop on a dime. That won’t be a problem, as the R750 has both front and rear SRAM disc brakes.
Dependable Kenda 4” fat tires provide stability and eat up rough terrain, but also give you a super smooth ride on lighter gravel and road surfaces.
To get the best results with a hunting ebike, you need a range of accessories to assist you with transporting your equipment and kills. Rambo is a market leader in this area, with a huge variety of excellent accessories to extend the versatility of this fantastic fat bike.
If you are looking to test out an ebike for hunting purposes, the price point and list of features should make the Rambo R750 a serious contender for you.
Our Price: $2,399
The Rambo R750 G3 Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike is a great solution for anyone who is planning to start using an ebike to improve their hunting success. Its use doesn’t stop there, however: Look past the hunting use case, and you will find an excellent electric mountain bike for tackling serious trails and having a bucketload of fun on.
QuietKat is another fantastic brand that is doing great work in building awareness for the use of ebikes to assist hunters by producing ebikes that are focused on this use.
The Ranger is close in price to the Rambo R750, but it does provide a couple of interesting and very useful points of difference when considering primarily off-road riding.
The Ranger 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 Bafang hub drive motor which will push you up to a speed of 19 miles per hour without pedaling.
The 48V Panasonic battery is 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 pedal 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.
Our Price: $2,499
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 offroaders who like a higher-spec bike.
Rambo has gone and created a monster of a fat tire electric mountain bike with the R1000XP.
When it comes to destroying backcountry trails, we can’t think of a fat tire ebike that is better equipped.
If you like features, this is the bike for you. Rambo has specced out the R1000XP with a whole host of goodies that will combine to get you over the toughest tracks while remaining stable and able to focus on finding your target.
In this package, you’re getting a 1,000W Bafang mid drive motor which can power you to 28 mph without pedaling - easily one of the top speeds in our showdown.
The Bafang is powered by a downtube Panasonic 48W battery that is sealed against weather and will give you 20+ miles on a single charge without pedaling.
When you need to get your legs going, you’ve got access to a whopping 9 levels of pedal assist and SRAM 11 gear drivetrain, which is once again the highest spec on our list.
While this bike provides all the power you could need, it also has a braking and traction package that will keep you safe on the track.
Massive 200mm (front) and 180mm (rear) Tektro hydraulic 4-pot disc brakes put the anchors on the gigantic 4.8” Maxxis fat tires. These are the widest tires we’ve seen on a fat tire e-MTB. Further softening the ride is a high-spec RST front suspension fork.
The ride on this thing is insane, both off and on the road. We’ve spoken to many people who were initially skeptical about this ebike, but after experiencing it, were instantly sold.
Here's the only perceived drawback to the R1000XP: the price tag. It’s a hefty investment, but if you compare it to the other ebikes in our showdown, you will clearly see the level and quality of the components easily justify the higher price.
Rambo provides an extensive series of accessories to even further enhance the usability of the R1000XP to help you transport equipment and materials over uneven ground.
Rambo often sells out of this fantastic ebike, so if you are ready to grab one, jump on it now and save yourself the wait.
Our Price: $3,999
While you can definitely ride this bike anywhere on almost any surface, it will really shine offroad, where you can take advantage of its offroad-focused components. In our view, this is the premier e-MTB for anyone who is serious about traveling backcountry trails quickly and quietly.
We’re closing out our 2018 Fat Tire Ebike Showdown with a true all-around fat tire ebike.
The SSR Motorsports Sand Viper is one of our favorite fat tire bikes. We love the mix of accessibility, affordability and quality design/build this ebike presents.
The Sand Viper is our top recommendation for riders looking for a full-sized mountain bike-style ebike for commuting and light offroad use.
If an easy ride matters most to you, you'll love how the wide tires really help soak up any bumps or potholes you might encounter.
One of the benefits of using fat tire ebikes for commuting over regular thin-tired bikes is that it significantly reduces the risk of flats, saving you time and inconvenience.
Adding to the Sand Viper’s about-town credentials are the built-in rear cargo carrier and front and rear lamps to help you see in the dark.
You have the option of either a 350W or a 500W Bafang motor, which is more than enough to get you around town in a relaxed way.
Affordability is a huge benefit of this bike. For a comparably low price, you get a decent range of quality components, including a 48V lithium battery (good for 20 to 30 miles), 7-speed Shimano gearing, Tektro disc breaks and Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist.
Our Price: $1,299 (350W) or $1,699 (500W)
The Sand Viper is a brilliant entry point into the world of fat tire ebikes. If you want to give ebikes a try, buy this bike. It’s perfect for commuters, retirees and vacationers alike. If you enjoy a bit of casual trail riding on the weekends, the Sand Viper will easily fill that space for you.
While it’s tempting to name a #1 fat tire ebike, the reality is that there are different ebikes for different uses.
We’ve presented you with the best ebike for each category based on what we see as the most common uses our customers have for fat tire ebikes.
No matter what your desired price point, size or usage, you will find the best fat tire ebike to get you out and active on this list.
We will continue to update our showdown as new models hit the street. If you’ve got a recommendation for inclusion on this list, leave a comment below and let us know!
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