Imagine being able to ride your electric bike both on road and off road without having to worry so much about punctures and instability.
If you dream of being able to hit the trails, and then smoothly transition to your commute to work, you need a fat tire ebike.
There’s no denying it - 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.
And with good reason.
Fat tire ebikes in their varied shapes and sizes present a wonderful mix of versatility, practicality and excitement.
Don’t be fooled by the rugged looks and chunky tires though, as you will discover by the end of this post, there is a wide and varied world of these ebikes with wide tires and something to suit most people's needs.
We’ve included what we think are the Top 10 fat tire electric bikes on the market today, across 4 different categories.
We recognize that 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.
Folding ebikes have long been popular with urban commuters and other riders who have a 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 more sturdy frame.
If you are considering a folding ebike you should enjoy the additional versatility to comfortably ride over a range of surfaces with wider tires.
Our picks here are the Emojo Lynx, the Joulvert Playa Desert and the Ride Scoozy VeeGo 500.
Cross Country Fat Tire Ebikes follow what is commonly thought of as a mountain bike design and setup.
They are full sized ebikes that are specially designed to be ridden across a range of surfaces and are more comfortable at longer distances than the smaller folding fat bikes.
While they can be ridden on the road they are most definitely aimed at those who are looking to get a bit of trail action in and enjoy the great outdoors.
Our Top 3 Cross Country fat tire electric bikes are the Emojo Wildcat, the Prodecotech Rebel XS and the Biktrix Juggernaut Ultra FS.
An all-round fat tire ebike is one that is full sized and primarily used for on-road riding but will also be happy 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.
In our Showdown at the time of writing 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 are a much more efficient way of travelling a hunting ground to scout, check trail cameras and travel from stands and hides to your vehicle.
Most hunting ebikes can be further extended with a range of trailers and other accessories to make kill transportation off the hunting ground a 100% easier.
Ebikes with a nominal power output of 750W or below can legally be used to access public lands in many US 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.
Out top hunting fat tire ebikes are the Rambo 750C G3, the QuietKat Ranger and the Rambo R1000XP G3.
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, 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 which is paired 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.
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 means that we can easily recommend it for almost any use case with the exception of hunting or those looking for a larger framed cross-country option.
The Emojo Lynx is suited to 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 travellers, commuters, RVers, holiday transport or those living in urban environments.
Ever been to the Burning Man festival?
If you have there’s a chance you’ve seen the Joulvert Playa Desert in action.
Tested on the Black Rock Desert Playa, this folding wide tire ebike passed with flying colors thanks to it's impressive engineering and high spec component list.
Joulvert is a smaller bike manufacturer, but they are known for producing carefully considered ebikes with high manufacturing standards.
While the Playa Desert looks quite similar to the Emojo Lynx (its closest competitor) it is a step up in price but for that price, you do get some nice feature upgrades.
While the Playa Desert packs a 500W rear hub motor similar to that of the Lynx, it ups the ante with a 5 Level Pedal Assist, front and rear disk brakes, front and seat post suspension and built-in headlights.
The frame of the Playa is not quite as sturdy or bulky as that of the Lynx, which lends the Playa more towards those looking for a fat tire folding ebike for commuting or relaxed rides around town.
Our Price: $1595
The Playa Desert Ebike will be great if you are commuting or just need an easy to use and compact ebike for leisure, holidays or to store in your apartment. The Playa will well suited to any gender and can be used at all ages and heights. Particularly tall people may want to look at a larger sized ebike.
Ride Scoozy 750W VeeGo Fat Tire Folding Ebike
The third and final folding fat tire electric bike in our Showdown is the great looking Veego Fat Tire Ebike by Ride Scoozy.
While the Veego isn’t a new model for Ride Scoozy, they have just released an updated model for 2018 which does take an already solid performer to a new level and a worthy inclusion in our top 10.
Where the Veego really knocks it out of the park is the fantastic list of inclusions and design the come as standard.
Yes, it is more expensive compared to the Lynx and the Playa Desert but if you can make the stretch in price you will be very well rewarded.
The Veego packs a punch with its 750W electric motor which combined with the 22 Amp Sine Wave Controller really can rocket you up to 28 miles per hour.
Not only are you getting a bump in power over competitive models but the way that power can be applied is far more selective. The VeeGo offers 9 levels of pedal assist which combined with 3 different power levels gives you a total of 27 power options.
All of these power settings are easily managed on the go via the handlebar mounted LCD screen which also has a USB charging outlet.
While the power options allow you to go more places, quicker the VeeGo also has the handy benefit of an easy to access step-thru style frame and one of the most well-built cargo racks we’ve seen on an ebike.
These features make the VeeGo an excellent commuter or day to day bike that you can use to transport bags, shopping or other items that require transport.
Our Price: $1499
The Ride Scoozy VeeGo is a great choice for women or shorter people due to its accessible step-through style frame. The built-in heavy duty rear rack is perfectly suited to commuting, RVers, holidayers or for people living in urban areas looking for a bike to get them around their day to day tasks.
We enter the world of X 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 colour 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 isn’t a huge amount 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 paired with the stripped back design will still get you up to a max speed of 20 MPH in throttle mode.
The one place that Emojo has put some higher end components is 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 travelling 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 the thing 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: $1299
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 then you can stop your search right now.
The Prodecotech Rebel is built with one purpose in mind, to get off the road and onto the dirt, or gravel, or 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, battery which is 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, at this price point, it’s one of the best on the market. Immense stopping power is provided by an SRAM 4 piston hydraulic disc package with 200mm rotors front and 180mm rear. This 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, it’s quickly become one of our go-to options.
Prodecotech ebikes are made right here in the USA and are backed by a 2-year warranty which really gives us comfort that this is a safe purchase option.
Our Price: $2649
The Prodecotech Rebel Fat Tire E-Mountain Bike is particularly suited to those who definitely want to get offroad and hit some trails. But, it is a great package that will ride smoothly on road 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.
I was hesitant to include this ebike in our Shootout as the price is generally above what many people are prepared to pay. It is, however, excellent value for money.
We would be comfortable in saying that there are no other fat tire electric mountain bikes on the planet that can match up to the Juggernaut Ultra FS.
It’s hard to know where to start on this one but let’s start 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.
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 1000W (1500W 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 have coupled the new Ultra motor with a 48V Samsung battery which at standard is going to get you a respectable 20 - 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. I encourage you to read the full list of specs below, this ebike has impressed us so much that I could probably go on about it for hours.
The Juggernaut isn’t for everyone. It’s expensive and is best suited to riders who know that they need these impressive features. But if this is in your price range and you know that you will be able to take advantage of what this ebike is capable of then there is no better electric mountain bike on the market today.
Our Price: $3599 - $4199 (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 value for money. With 4” fat tires it is an awesome off-road bike but it can also be fitted with taller and narrower tires for road use where it super long range can be put to good use.
Ebikes that are focused towards hunting and other outdoor pursuits like fishing are really coming in leaps and bounds.
Rambo is one of the brands that are really leading that charge. Rambo specializes in just fat tire mountain bikes and we love the mix of price and features that 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 pedalling.
The motor is paired up with an LG 48V battery which is going to last you up to 19 miles on a single charge without pedalling. 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, the R750 is supplied with SRAM disc brakes front and rear.
Stability is provided by dependable Kenda 4” fat tires which will 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 market leaders in this area, there is a huge range 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 as a serious contender for you.
Our Price: $2399
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, look past the hunting use case and you will find an excellent electric mountain bike for tackling serious trails and having a bucket load 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 focussed 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”. 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 pedalling.
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 pedalling 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: $2499
If you are a serious outdoorsman who wants to cover ground quickly and quietly, the Ranger will make a great investment. While this ebike is marketed towards 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.
The R1000XP has been specced out 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 1000W Bafang mid drive motor which can power you to 28 mph without pedalling. 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 pedalling.
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 you have all the power you can need you’ve also got 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 road. We’ve spoken to a number of people who were initially sceptical on this ebike but after experiencing it was instantly sold.
The biggest perceived drawback to R1000XP is the price tag. It’s a hefty investment but if you compare it to the other ebike in our Showdown you will easily see that the level and quality of the components used 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 as save the wait.
Our Price: $3999
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 travelling backcountry trails quickly and quietly.
We’re closing out our 2018 Fat Tire Ebike Showdown with a true allrounder fat tire ebike.
The SSR Motorsports Sand Viper is one of our favourite fat bikes. We love the mix of accessibility, quality design and build and affordability that this ebike presents.
This is our top recommendation for riders looking for a full-sized mountain bike style ebike for commuting and light offroad work.
It’s super easy to ride on the road and the wide tires really help to 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 the risk of flats is significantly reduced 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 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 the comparably low price, you actually get a very decent range of quality components. You got a 48V lithium battery (good for 20 - 30 miles), 7 speed Shimano gearing, Tektro disc breaks and Cadence Sensing Pedal Assist.
Our Price: $1299 (350W) or $1699 (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 as a holiday bike. If you like 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 number 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 you’re desired price point, size or usage you will find the best fat tire ebike for you 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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