These “fat” e-bikes generally have tires that are 4+ inches wide and they are designed to handle all sorts of terrain like snow, sand, rough trails, the urban jungle (curbs, stairs) and anything else you can think of.
Because of the large volume of air these tires hold you can run the tire pressure extremely low and these tires will conform to almost anything you rollover.
The fat tire mountain bikes have been popular in the conventional bike world but adding electric assist really makes these bikes a lot of fun to ride!
If you’re looking for a bike they can handle any kind of terrain and will get you a lot of looks around town then you should definitely check out the new “fat” electric bikes!
Here is a guide to some complete electric fat tire bikes as well as some other fat tire bikes that you could add an electric kit to:
Complete Fat Tire Electric Bikes
Defiant Bicycles: these fat tire e-bikes have an aluminum frame, the Bionx electric bike system and 4.7 inch wide “Big Fat Larry” tires!
Defiant Bicycles offers a number of different fat e-bike models.
Lectric Cycles: the “Fat E-Monster” has a steel frame, either a 500 watt or a 750 watt geared front hub motor, a lithium ion battery, internally geared rear hub, and 4.8 inch wide tires!
Pedego Destroyer: this is a fat tire e-bike that is soon to be released. The Destroyer will have an aluminum frame, 500 watts of power from the rear hub, a 48 volt lithium-ion battery pack, and 4 inch wide tires. Stay tuned for the release date on the Destroyer.
Hanebrink: these are some of the original truly fat tire bikes. They have 20 inch diameter by 8 inch wide tubeless tires! They offer both a hardtail with front suspension as well as a full suspension e-fat tire bike.
Fat Tire Bikes That Could Be Electrified!
Here are some of the popular fat bikes that you could add an electric bike kit to.
Surly: these are some of the original mass-produced fat tire mountain bikes. Surly makes a couple different models (Moonlander, Pugsley, Neck Romancer Pug, Krampus) to choose from and you can buy just the frame if you want to.
Salsa Cycles: offers their Mukluk series of fat bikes. They even have a titanium frame Mukluk! And new for 2013 is their Beargrease fat bike which is designed for snow racing!
For more information on fat bikes I recommend Fat-Bike.com. They have a listing of a bunch of different manufacturers of fat bikes as well as fat bike news and information.
This is a growing niche in the electric bike world. I will be adding more to this guide as I come across more “fat” electric bikes!
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