iGo Fat Folding Electric Bike Review Part 1 – Pictures & Specs
The iGo Fat Folding is in for testing and review and this is a rather unique eBike!
It’s an eBike based on a folding bike platform while adding in 4″ wide stable fat bike tires, a low step thru frame, and powerful electric assist.
Some of the highlights of this eFat folder are a 500 watt geared rear hub motor, high capacity 48V 13ah lithium Samsung battery, suspension fork & seatpost, pedal assist & throttle, and much more.
The iGo Fat Folding is priced at $1,699 with free shipping.
In this first part of the review you will get a detailed look at this bike with a BUNCH of pictures and the specifications.
Part 2 of the iGo Fat Folding review will give you info on the ride characteristics, results from the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts on this eBike.
Alright, let’s take a closer look at the iGo Fat Folding eBike!
The iGo Fat Folding has a unique look with it’s bold 4″ wide fat bike tires and easy going folding/step thru frame design.
In addition to the red color, iGo offers the Fat Folding eBike in this black color.
Here are some videos from iGo for a closer look at how the Fat Folding eBike can be used.
Use the iGo Fat Folding as your golf cart.
And run errands around town.
The 6061 aluminum frame has been designed to build in a number of unique features not found on many other eBikes. There is the low step thru area, the frame folding hinge, central battery location, and clearance for 4″ wide fat tires.
Also, just behind the chainring there is a U shaped tube structure that is the stand for supporting the bike when it is folded.
The step thru area is very low for ease of getting and off the iGo Fat Folding. From the ground the step over height is just 16″.
There is internal cable routing on both sides of the downtube for a clean look and cable protection. In this view you can also see the reinforcing gusset at the headtube/downtube connection for added strength at this high stress area.
The rear rack is constructed out of large aluminum tubing that is welded directly to the frame for a sturdy design. This tubing is larger than a typical bike rack so it won’t fit all bike bags but iGo does sell accessories designed to fit this rack that include:
- Golf Bag attachment
- Shopping bags
The top of the rack has a flat platform created by 3 aluminum plates to support a basket or bag.
iGo went with a high capacity 48V 13Ah (624 Wh) lithium battery pack with Samsung cells. Part 2 of this review will provide the range test results.
The central location behind the seat tube is good for weight distribution which helps with the overall handling of the bike.
The charging port is on the right side of the bike and the battery can be charged on or off the bike.
The charger is about the size of a laptop charger and it takes 4 to 6 hours to full charge the battery from empty.
To remove the battery the seat is removed with the seatpost quick release, the battery is unlocked with the supplied key (2 supplied), and the battery is lifted out of the frame with the retractable handle.
Here’s a look at the bike after the battery pack has been removed. The battery weighs 8.6 pounds and when the battery has been removed the bike weighs 54.4 pounds. The total bike weight with the battery is 63 pounds.
And this is the battery and charger off of the bike.
Now let’s take a look at the folding process.
This is the handlebar mast folding mechanism.
Once the plastic safety mechanism is rotated out of the way, the quick release lever opens to the side.
The mast is then folded down to the right side of the bike.
Here is a look at the handlebar mast folded down on the right side of the bike.
This is the frame hinge in the low point of the step thru area. Once the plastic safety cover is rotated up, the quick release lever is opened to fold the frame.
Here is a closer look at the frame hinge point with internal cable routing.
And this is what the bike looks like folded. You can also see that both pedals fold down to create a narrower profile.
Here is a look at the foldable Wellgo plastic platform pedals.
The pedals are folded by pushing in on the platform and folding them down.
The Mozo suspension fork takes the edge off of rough roads and trails. It has substantial clearance for the 4″ wide fat tires.
And here is a closer look at the Kenda Krusade Sport 20″ x 4″ fat tires that have a pressure rating between 5 to 30 psi. These low pressures provide a bit of suspension effect and lots of traction. More on the ride features in Part 2 of the review.
A 500 watt Bafang geared rear hub motor provides assist up to 20 mph with pedal assist and/or throttle and up to 80 Nm of torque. It has a fairly compact size that blends in well with the overall look of the bike.
The iGo Fat Folding is a Class 2 electric bike per California law which is pedal assist and/or throttle up to 20 mph with assist and 750 watts max.
The front chainring has a chainguard that helps with keeping your pant legs clean.
This is the Shimano Altus rear derailleur that shifts through the 8 speed Shimano cogset.
The 4″ wide off road fat tires are good for exploring dirt roads.
Tektro mechanical disc brakes with 160 mm rotors are used on the front and back. This is the front brake at the Mozo suspension fork.
And this is the Tektro mechanical disc brake with 160mm rotor on the Bafang 500 watt rear hub motor.
Now, let’s take a look at the command center of the iGo Fat Folding.
On the left side of the handlebar is a rubber grip with twist grip throttle, the front disc brake lever, and the display & control pad.
The brake levers have sensors that will stop the assist as soon as either brake lever is engaged. You can also see the rubber grip surface on the lever that helps with a solid grip in wet or dry conditions.
Here is a closer look at the LCD display that provides information on the:
- Battery level
- Odometer & trip distance
- Current speed
- Pedal assist level. There are 5 levels of pedal assist.
- Current battery voltage
- Ride time
The C button turns the headlight on and off and that light is powered by the eBike battery.
Also, if you hold down the C button for a few seconds the walk mode is enabled that will provide up to ~3mph of assist for help when walking with the bike up hill or up stairs.
The display is backlit for easy visibility day and night.
On the right side of the handlebar is a the rubber grip, rear brake lever, Shimano 8 speed shifter, and bell.
Here is a closer look at the Shimano 8 speed shifter and bell. The lower paddle is pushed up to shift to lower gears for climbing hills and the upper paddle is pulled to shift to higher gears for flat to downhill terrain.
The seat has a wider profile with center relief for a comfortable ride.
There is also the suspension seatpost that helps to smooth out some of the rougher roads.
This is the LED headlight that is powered by the eBike battery.
A rear LED taillight is attached the seatpost. It is powered by 2 AAA batteries that come with the bike.
Also included in the stock accessories are front and rear fenders built for the 4″ wide fat tires.
iGo Fat Folding Electric Bike Specifications
Frame: 6061 Aluminum low step folding frame with internal cable routing
Fork: Mozo suspension fork
Motor: 500W Bafang geared hub motor with up to 80Nm of torque
Battery: 48V 13Ah (624Wh) with Samsung Cells, Rated for 750 Charge Cycles.
Assist Options: 5 pedal assist levels (cadence sensor) and twist grip throttle
Speed: Pedal assist and/or throttle up to 20 mph which makes this a Class 2 eBike
Display: LCD Backlit with information on: battery level, odometer & trip distance, current speed, pedal assist level, current battery voltage, ride time
Drivetrain: Shimano Altus rear derailleur with Shimano 8 speed cogset
Brakeset: Tektro mechanical disc brake with 160mm rotors
Tires: 20’’ x 4’’ Kenda Krusade Sport fat bike tires
Seat: Selle Royal Royal Gel Comfort with suspension seatpost
Sizes: One frame size
Colors: Red or Black
Weight: Bike without the battery = 54.4 pounds. Battery = 8.6 pounds. Total bike = 63 pounds.
Price: $1,699 USD with free shipping
Now checkout part 2 of the iGo Fat Folding eBike review with info on the ride characteristics, the range test, pros, cons, and overall thoughts!
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Patricia Dreyfus says
Part 1 and 2–Excellent reviews for the Igo Fat Efolder! We have a shop here in Nelson, BC that is dedicated to Igo Bikes so along with the review, this really helps us novices. Would love to see a review for the 2019 model year to outline upgrades.