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Fat-tire electric bikes are a dime a dozen nowadays, but which are the best?
From stable and user-friendly bike path cruisers to high powered bruisers built for hunting and heavy off-road use, e-bikes with fat tires are having a bit of a moment right now. Whatever your reason for wanting a fat tire e-bike, the Electric Bike Report staff of experts and bike geeks have tested some of the best money can buy.
Birthed from Alaskan snow and New Mexican sand, the ancestors of modern fat bikes first came about in the 90’s as a means to explore (and race) in terrain unkind to your typical bicycle tire. Think mud, deep sand and soft snow. They’ve had high-points of popularity in recent years, but it wasn’t until the rise of the electric bike that we saw the masses rolling around on fat tires. Motors made the heavy, relatively inefficient bikes more friendly to ride and people seem to like the big tires because they give you a feeling of confidence and stability — not to mention many think they just look cool. Their popularity has exploded, and fat tires have been adopted into nearly every category of e-bike.
So which fat tire e-bike is best for you? That’s a tough question with an answer that differs from person to person. We’ve compiled this list of our picks for the best fat tire electric bikes to help you suss out your best bike based on your specific needs.
While this list is comprised of e-bikes that check in with no less than 3” wide tires, you can also check out our picks for the best overall electric bikes of 2022 if you want a little more variety in tire size.
This best fat tire e-bike list consists mainly of bikes we’ve tested on our home roads and paths of southwest Utah and other e-bikes we’re including on merit alone or because so many of our readers have raved about them.
The bikes we’ve reviewed have been put through a rigorous gauntlet of testing meant to paint a picture of how they accelerate, brake, handle and climb hills in the real world. We also put them through a series of range tests to answer the all-important question of how far you can ride them on a single charge.
And for us we consider any tire 3” or wider to meet the definition of fat tire, so that’s what you’ll find on the list below.
To make this list, we evaluated fat-tire e-bikes based on a few key criteria. Mainly:
Range: It takes a lot of power to spin tires this big, so does the bike have a battery to back up its tread? There’s a reason fat bikes saw a boom in popularity after e-bikes came around. Simply put, they’re inefficient and not super pleasant to pedal without at least a little assistance. Bikes that make this list need to have batteries that will last.
Quality and affordability: This category of e-bike in particular is flush with affordable e-bikes designed to maximize performance without draining your wallet. It’s also a category where we see lots of first-time buyers. So what are you getting for your money and is it built to last?
Speed and power: Fat bikes are the brutes of the e-bike world. They typically have some of the larger motors among their peers, and all that power raises some important questions: Exactly how fast can the bike go and what does that power feel like when you’re riding? Is it delivered in a safe and measured way or does the bike leap from underneath you?
Comfort and efficiency: Because of their sheer size and the weight of their tires, fat e-bikes run the risk of being uncomfortable or downright difficult to ride. These bikes need to have balanced handling, geometry that’s comfortable but pedaling-friendly and a motor strong enough to keep everything rolling.
Usefulness: Do the fat tires add something to the bike other than looks? Fat tires can do lots of things to a bike, both good and bad. In our opinion, a well executed fat-tire e-bike needs to be more stable, more capable or more comfortable.
This is by no means an exhaustive list of the best fat-tire e-bikes – if you survey the e-bike landscape you’ll see what we mean. Considering how many of them there are out there, a comprehensive list of that sort would be very, very long. What this list is, is a compilation of the best fat bikes we’ve tested and bikes we’ve heard about non-stop from our readers, but haven’t gotten to swing a leg over yet. Know of a bike you think should be on this list? Shout it out to us. We’re always happy to look into more options.
A disruptive newcomer to the fat-tire e-bike world, the Aventon Aventure sets a new high bar for what consumers can expect from a sub-$2,000 electric fat bike.
It’s not just the 750W Bafang rear hub motor or the 720Wh fully-integrated battery that have us so enamoured with this electric fatty, it’s also that Aventon managed to chock it full of little features and extras that you just don’t see on many bikes in this category. It’s got a full-color LCD display, metal fenders, a full Shimano Acera drivetrain, hydraulic brakes and, to top it all off, it’s just a really nice riding bike. The handling is sporty without being overly athletic and, though it is a bit heavy, it handles light singletrack surprisingly well.
It also comes available in a step-over and step-through frames with a selection of good looking colors to choose from (a standout feature in a sea of black and white fat bikes).
The Aventure ships as a Class 2 e-bike, but like most of the bikes on this list it’s easily convertible to Class 3, which gives it a top pedal-assisted speed of 28 mph. We’ve tested and even compared this bike head-to-head against some of its biggest competitors>, and the results don’t lie: It’s a new breed of affordable electric fat bike.
To put it short, we’re really big fans of the Aventure and we think you would be too.
Unlocked to Class 3, this is an extremely fast and torquey e-bike
The full-color LCD display is great and features a percentage based battery readout
The 720Wh battery is on the larger end of what we see on bikes in this category
It’s got a unique styling for a fat e-bike that reminds us of another Aventon we really liked, the Level.
At 74.27lbs (we reviewed a medium with the optional front and rear racks), the Aventure is slightly heavier than many of its peers.
We’ve long been fans of Rad Power Bikes’ RadRover line and many e-bikes on this list owe some thanks to the Rover for helping popularize fat tires into the mainstream. While there was plenty to appreciate with past iterations of the Rover, the RadRover 6 Plus is a marked upgrade over its predecessors in such a way that it demands to be seriously considered among anybody’s list for the best electric fat tire bikes.
There is a noticeable aesthetic overhaul compared to previous models that is largely credited to the new semi-integrated battery housed in a more modern, angular frame. There is also a unique dual display in the center and left of the cockpit that’s functional and just plain different.
But looks aren’t all that’s new here. Rad also added hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors to bolster the stopping power and keep riders more in control when needing to come to a stop.
In a category of e-bike that’s often singularly-focused on speed and raw power, the Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus takes a different, more measured approach. It’s got a 750W rear hub motor that’s very similar to what you’ll find on many other bikes on this list, but the power delivery from that motor is much more gentle, particularly at low speeds. What this does is give the bike a very predictable and controllable power delivery that’s friendly to new riders or those who want a bike that’s easy to ride, all while still being plenty torquey to help you summit hilly areas.
If you want easily-controllable power from a bike that’s backed by an industry-leading e-bike company, the RadRover 6 plus may be the best choice for you.
The 750W motor feels refined – it’s got plenty of torque but it delivers it smoothly.
The 672Wh battery delivers impressive range even for its size..
The hydraulic disc brakes performed very well in our testing, and they added it to the newest Rover model while keeping the price relatively affordable.
While it may be subjective, we really love the new look of the redesigned RadRover.
The LED screen on the left is noticeably less bright than the center one.
The cable management feels a bit messy.
Another Class 2 Electric Fat Bike We Loved
The BikTrix Juggernaut Classic Duo
The stock options on this mid-drive fat bike are very impressive. The plethora of ways to customize it makes it even better.
The three F’s of the Lectric XP 2.0: It’s fun, it’s fat, it folds. The fact that you can have all of that for around a thousand bucks makes it a highly appealing standout on this list of the best electric fat bikes.
Fat tires aren’t reserved solely for large behemoth bikes. The Lectric XP 2.0 is living proof that a smaller or average-sized e-bike can provide lots of fun when equipped with fatter tires. The 20” X 3” fat tires on the Lectric XP 2.0 provide good use in on and light off-road situations, with enough tire width to help out a little more in corners and at higher e-bike speeds.
The 500W motor can deliver a punch and helps you zip around town or on a trail. The fact that it can fold down and fit in most any trunk means it has a lot of appeal for those not wanting to buy a bike rack as you can stow it away and head to new areas to explore.
And even with the entry-level pricing of the XP 2.0 it still comes impressively equipped. It has fenders and a rear rack for commutes, and a thick saddle and suspension fork for comfier cruises.
The EBR team always keeps our eyes open to what people are riding out in the wild, and there might not be an e-bike we’ve seen more in our corner of South West Utah than the Lectric XP and XP 2.0. From RVers to commuters, and retirees to college kids, many different people have gravitated towards the Lectric brand and found something to love on the XP 2.0.
The Lectric XP 2.0 is a jack of all trades that won’t break the bank.
The folding frame makes it easier to store and transport – two important things not many other fat tire bikes can claim.
The XP 2.0’s tires are versatile enough to enjoy the bike on pathways and light-duty trail romps alike.
The included fenders, rear rack, headlight, and suspension fork on a budget around $1,000 makes it a great value e-bike.
If any bike on this list has earned a cult following, it’s the Himiway Cruiser.
Loved for its sheer power and massive 840Wh battery, the Cruiser is the brute of the fat-tire e-bike category. While many 750W bikes curb power at low speeds (like when you’re starting from a stop) and roll it on as you accelerate, the Himiway seemingly gives you access to all 750W from the gun. If you’re looking for speed, this bike is a lot of fun.
Backing up that power is a larger-than-average 840Wh battery that gives this bike a great range on a single charge. To be clear: you can find larger batteries on other fat tire e-bikes. Heck, some even have dual battery setups. But most of those larger standard batteries will run the price of the bike over $2,000, so the Cruiser hits a sweet spot for us in terms of value and providing long rides. Our Max PAS range test yielded a 44 mile ride before the battery gave out which is a pretty impressive number.
The Cruiser also comes spec’d with a Shimano Altus drivetrain, Tektro Aires mechanical brakes and a fender and light package that’s comparable to other bikes in this category. It does also come stock with a rear rack, which is a nice feature if you’re looking to lug some cargo, and it’s backed up by a 2-year warranty.
Like most others, this bike ships as a Class 2 e-bike but can easily be adjusted to Class 3. If you’re in the market for a rocket ship of an e-bike the Himiway Cruiser might be worth a look.
The 48V 17.5Ah battery provides plenty of range. Even for a bigger, stronger e-bike, you can expect many miles on a single charge.
Super powerful e-bike that you feel the moment you start pedaling. If you are someone who likes power, you are going to like this e-bike.
The fat tires smoothly roll over surfaces with ease.
The bike was very stable, even at high speeds and we had high levels of traction on nearly every surface.
Slight delay in pedal assistance when you start pedaling. There is about a one second motor lag.
PAS has a lot of power and gets you up to speed quickly, but we would have liked a little more variation in how much speed you get amongst the different assist levels.
While there are plenty of ways that e-bikes enhance everyday lives, they have some serious advantages that change the game for hunters and outdoorspeople. Having a bike that can haul a hunter, gear, move quickly and relatively quietly, all without leaving a scent trail can drastically change your hunting experience for the better. But the best hunting e-bike of the bunch has to be the QuietKat Apex.
To be a true hunting e-bike you need much more than just a camo paint job option (which, yes, it has that option). You need to really nail the bike specs, and you need a host of accessory options. QuietKat made sure to deliver on both.
The Apex spec sheet has just about everything you’d put on your wishlist: an efficient 750W mid-drive motor (with 1000W upgrade option), 768Wh battery, four-piston Tektro hydraulic disc brakes, 150mm inverted air-suspension fork (one of the sturdier options you’ll find anywhere), all-terrain 26” X 4.5” Kenda Juggernaut tires, included rear rack for bags and gear, and a payload capacity of 325 lbs.
And while that package is providing a lot of bike, the accessories list is where you really see QuietKat’s history of designing bikes for the hunting crowd. There are single-wheel trailer options for hauling more gear, and a two-wheel trailer for hauling game. Do you want a handlebar mount for taking your bow? They’ve got that. Planning on spending multiple days out in the wild? They have a portable solar charger to keep your battery juiced. That is all just scratching the surface, there is no shortage of options for how you can customize the Apex to your hunting preferences
It’s a premium e-bike offering for sure, so don’t expect to have everything mentioned above for cheap, but if you’re ready to enhance your hunting experience with an e-bike then take a heard look at the QuietKat Apex.
The 150mm inverted air fork is a standout feature on this bike. It’s stout on the trails, absorbs impact well, and feels built to last.
The 750 or 1,000W Bafang mid-drive motor are both workhorses that will help you traverse most any terrain.
There is a staggering amount of customization options for taking the Apex hunting with you. The optional accessories cover hunters, campers, fishers and all forms of outdoor activities.
Given the premium pricing, we would have hoped that a suspension seatpost would be standard, although they do offer it as an upgrade.
Another Electric Fat Bike For Hunting We Loved
The Bakcou Mule
It make sense the Mule has been Bakcou’s best selling e-bike over the past several years — it’s efficient, capable and does exactly what it was designed to do – handle rugged trails efficiently.
Fresh off wrapping up our review of the Aventon Sinch, we were quite taken with this recent redesign and knew it had earned a spot on the list of 2022’s best fat tire e-bikes.
Aventon’s Sinch is one of the more accessible e-bikes you’ll find on the fat tire market. The low stepover height of the frame and 20” diameter wheels don’t make it as intimidating for smaller riders to try out compared to many beefier fat tire bikes, but even 6’ riders will find joy on this bike too. The fact that it folds down and can be tossed in the back of most vehicles is a serious bonus.
We’re always hesitant to list aesthetic reasons for consideration on a best list as it’s easily the most subjective thing that varies from person to person, but both the green and red frames paired with the tan wall tires help the bike pop without being too flashy so you’ll have pride in riding around on a good looking bike.
But on e-bikes we know that looks fade while performance sustains and we like what the Sinch has under the hood as well. The 500W motor and 672Wh battery pair well to deliver 30-50 miles of range, the 20” X 4” fat tires are versatile enough for fire roads and paved riding alike, and the 45mm RST fork is sturdy while helping absorb some road vibration.
Now since this one is taking home the prize for best folding fat bike let’s talk about the frame. Its overall construction is solid, and the miles we’ve logged on the Sinch have given us no concerns about the hinge that connects the front and rear half of the bike. Sometimes we see a little more flex there than we like, but that’s not been the case so far. The fact that this feels like a full-sized bike, but is capable of being fairly compact if you need to tuck it away in a corner will be a huge plus for many riders.
30-50 mile range makes it a great bike to keep in the back of a vehicle and go exploring with.
The 500W motor engages well and climbs hills fairly well.
An angular frame, eye-grabbing colors, and tires that pop – it’s a good-looking e-bike that stands out from many other fat folders.
It includes a colorful display we don’t often see on affordable e-bikes.
Not uncommon for a folder, but no way to latch it closed means that picking up a 68 lbs folded bike can feel cumbersome as it tends to want to swing open.
Another Electric Fat Bike For Shorter/Small Riders We Loved
The Rad Power Bikes RadExpand 5
The followup to the RadMini that sports a new name, the RadExpand retains a lot of what made the Mini great while adding more comfort, and reducing the bike’s weight. Less weight is a plus with folders.
While fat tire e-bikes are often used on offroad trails, we don’t typically consider fat bikes to be eMTBs or even true trail bikes. We typically consider them to be paved trail riders with some off-road capability. However, the Surface604 Boar Explorer is one of the few exceptions to that rule and would be hard not to include as a worthy trail-style bike.
The Boar Explorer feels truly dialed in for trails. At around 50lbs, it’s much lighter than most other bikes on this list, and the 500W motor isn’t overwhelmingly powerful but delivers speed in deliberate and meaningful weighs via the equipped torque sensor on this bike. Having that torque sensor on this bike made a huge difference in feeling like it could be relied upon for consistent off-road use.
The Boar Explorer comes stock with a rigid fork and while many people clamor for the option to have a fork with suspension, it feels like the right choice on this bike. The fork has scalpel-like precision when it comes to handling and the huge Maxxis Colossus 4.5” tires are cushy enough to help smooth out your ride.
When you add in the crisp Shimano Alvio 9-speed drivetrain, and good performing Tektro Auriga dual-piston hydraulic disc brakes and you have a well-stocked package that will have you exploring out in the backcountry in comfort and control.
Simply put, the Surface604 Boar Explorer is one of the few fat tire e-bikes that feels like it was designed specifically for off-road use.
The torque sensor and 500W Bafang motor pair nicely together to help you navigate over tight terrain.
The shifting from the 9-speed drivetrain is crisp, and you have enough gearing options to handle the situations you’ll encounter on this bike.
The geometry makes it a very stable bike that feels balanced. It isn’t overly tall, heavy, or long while still fitting the fat bike persona.
While we thought the bike’s hydraulic disc brakes performed well, you can make an argument that a bike designed to be ridden off-road would benefit from four piston brakes instead of two.
Another Trail Ready Electric Fat Bike We Loved
The iGo Outland OKA
Good amounts of speed, battery, and stopping power will help you navigate forests well. The iGo Connect app that allows riders to pick their riding profile is a bonus too.
Many of the bikes featured on this list of the best fat tire electric bikes were seemingly built with a “bigger is better” mindset. The RadMini 4 bucks the trend.
The RadMini features a lot of tried and true componentry delivered on a frame that is accessible enough for people 4’10” (on the step-thru frame) up to 6’2” (on the standard frame) to enjoy. Having that wide of a range will help shorter riders feel at ease and enable more to join the fat tire crowd without having to saddle up with a bike that may feel overly large and intimidating.
The bike has a peppy 750W motor that rides around quite well on the 20” X 3” tires. The tread pattern isn’t as aggressive as we typically see on fat tires, which makes it roll quite well on the paved trails it was built for, and it also handles pretty well as the wider tire base helps you lean in on corners.
The handling is fairly nimble, and the shifting and braking are reliable. It all adds up to be a comfortable package that most any rider of any height can enjoy.
Riders 4’10” – 6’2” can ride around on the Mini comfortably (depending on original or standard frame choice) – a wider spectrum than we typically see, especially on the smaller end.
The RadMini is noticeably smooth for a fat tire e-bike.
Overall the frame feels rock-solid, which is what we hope from a bike that can fold down.
The battery placement makes adjusting the seat height a little awkward sometimes.
Another Electric Fat Bike for Shorter/Smaller Riders We Loved
The Espin Nesta
At the end of the day the Espin Nesta is just a solid all around performer that can be had at a good value price. It’s small but mighty, and riders 5’2” – 6’4” can ride it.
Few bikes feel at home off-road quite like the QuietKat Jeep.
All-terrain e-bikes are something of a new category that’s emerging as more companies are equipping ultra-powerful motors on full-suspension frames with larger tires. These bikes often borrow from some of the best mountain bike componentry with sturdier suspension, and crisp shifting. These bikes are capable of handling double track, fire roads, 4X4 trails, and more – we often describe it as riding something akin to a light-duty dirt bike.
These all-terrain bikes when done right are seriously fun for exploring wilder terrain, and the QuietKat Jeep takes the crown for the best we’ve ridden around on.
The complementary package is impressive: 750 or 1,000W Bafang Ultra mid-drive motor, Tektro Dorado four-piston hydraulic disc brakes, a reliable Sram 9-speed groupset, and a 150mm GT MRK inverted fork. All of it rolls around on humongous 4.8” CST RolyPoly tires that will roll over almost anything in its path.
The seemingly endless possibilities of where you can go and what you can do on the QuietKat Jeep is what made it the best electric fat tire bike for off-roading in our minds.
The 1,000W mid-drive motor (that we tested) is a blast for delivering a lot of power while under control.
The inverted front fork is a huge plus on this bike.
The 4-piston Tektro Dorado brakes were a great choice. For a bike this powerful, you need good brakes – and it delivers..
Much like some other famous rock-crawling Jeep vehicles, the QuietKat Jeep truly is a go anywhere and do anything e-bike.
The 696Wh battery is a little outmatched by the energy demands of the 1,000W motor (that we tested). It would be nice to see this bike spec’d with a larger battery, or make sure to pick up a spare if you buy one.
Another All-Terrain Electric Fat Bike We Loved
The Himiway Cobra
A bike that shreds on fire road and double track that includes a delightfully functional rear suspension (rarely seen on something this affordable). The Himiway Cobra is worth a close look.
Bottom line: Fat tires have made e-bikes more approachable
Few of the bikes on this list will likely ever tread into the truly difficult terrain fat bikes were originally designed for full time, and that’s OK.
The hunting, trail-ready, and all-terrain e-bikes are exceptions to that statement, but by and large, your average fat-tire e-bike rider probably isn’t picturing slop, sand and snow as their ideal day out on the bike. Most of these bikes will live their lives putting in miles on paved paths, gravel roads and maybe some very light-duty trails.
So why choose fat tires over a traditional bicycle tire? The answer is simple: Because they feel more stable and are more confidence inspiring, especially to newer riders or those venturing off-road for the first time.
E-bikes have made bicycles far more accessible and appealing to people who before never thought of swinging a leg over a human-powered machine, and that’s a wonderful thing. But these new bike riders have lots of questions and maybe even reservations about traction, capability and whether or not they’ve got enough contact with the ground to keep themselves tire-side-down in corners or under hard braking. Fat tires help with that.
Sure, there’s a whole contingent of outdoorspeople who have very real concerns about floatation and traction, and many companies have delivered bikes that’ll romp through the backcountry with abandon. But by and large, your average fat e-bike rider just wants to feel secure on their bike. Or, if we’re being totally honest, they just think the big tires look really cool (we do too).
Whether you’re a backcountry enthusiast, a rider looking for the feeling of stability or a person who just thinks the big tires look cool, there is something for you here on this list of the best fat tire electric bikes.