Ebike with fat tyres - does anyone have one

MaidinDevon

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Hi all

I remember seeing an ebike with fat tyres at the Malvern Show last year. I can't remember the make, and I didn't have a test ride, but they looked fun, and stable.

I need a folding bike, so that it will fit inside the van when travelling, I don't have a garage, and a bike rack would have to be fitted too high.

I don't want to spend a fortune, as I am a fair weather rider, but wonder if anyone can advise good and bad points.

I have done lots of internet research, but the only one that looks promising is FATmini Ebikes in North Wales and they don't have any!

TIA
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When I tried one, the fat tyres made road cycling a little slower, but possibly excellent on a soft surface. I know its just me, but I think they make the bike look daft. Silly I know. o_O

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The fat tyres will produce a lot of resistance which will drain the battery much quicker than thinner tyres. Plus the fat tyres, look silly (in my opinion).
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Those 'ridiculous' tyres are for (very) serious off road use.

Where normal tyres wouldn't last five minutes and give zero grip.

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I think from the comments so far that they are a "marmite" bike. I think they look great. I like the idea of being able to cruise along the beach!! However, I have to be practical, will it be useful to pop to the shops, or should I go for an MTB or a hybrid.

I know AS bikes do both of those, and they are good folders, but when I tried one, it felt like it was trying to run away with me. I suppose that is because the motor is on the front wheel. No doubt I would get used to it. Theya re about the right price. Or maybe just go bargain basement and get a Halfords offering.

I have been dithering for two years so far!
 
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Maybe they are in the rear hub, and I am making it up. It just felt as if it was pulling me.

I presume that 26" wheels would be safer than little ones, less likely to slip in a pothole. I went to the Worcester electric bike shop and they were really helpful, but they don't sell any folding bikes.
 

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If you’re looking for an e-bike, function should count more than form.

Fat tyres will provide a degree of suspension, smoothing out minor bumps at the expense of efficiency and, if it’s an e-bike, the motor can compensate for that. The main point to look at is the overall range. Don’t expect it to be able to achieve that range, though, but do make sure your trips will be well within it. E-bikes are not light, especially if you have to push them up hill.
 

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Fat tyres also work well on snow or snow/ice. Had several nip past me recently on our snow covered bike path which I was cycling extremely gingerly on my Kalkhoff. Of course SWMBO had a smug look on her face as she zipped along on her Jorvik trike:cycle:

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I had a look at the Jorvik trike website. They are quite heavy, and I don;t think it will fit in the footwell, so that isn't an option, but they look very comfortable. Any good off road Robin?
 

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I had a look at the Jorvik trike website. They are quite heavy, and I don;t think it will fit in the footwell, so that isn't an option, but they look very comfortable. Any good off road Robin?
They aren't light and the fold is limited. Wife certainly finds it comfortable and easy to use on bike paths. Not built for off road, but is more stable than my Kalkhof in the snow! Be ok on any reasonable surface but no good on rough tracks. Wouldn't fit in a footwell, the Jorvik goes in the garage. For the price its not bad but if she gets on ok we will be uograding to something better. There are trikes that can handle off roadish out there, we looked at a Dutch one, but they are expensive
 
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the fat tyres made road cycling a little slower, but possibly excellent on a soft surface.

That's what fat tyres are for: very soft surfaces. Nothing else. They aren't intended for road or even normal off road use.

If you're not riding on something like sand or powder snow they're completely useless. You'll be working about 5 times as hard as you need to eBike or not.

And then of course there are the people who don't understand or care about any of that and buy them because they look "cool." I know a lot of places are marketing them as some sort of fashion statement but I truly despair of anyone who falls for it.
 
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Hi all

I remember seeing an ebike with fat tyres at the Malvern Show last year. I can't remember the make, and I didn't have a test ride, but they looked fun, and stable.

I need a folding bike, so that it will fit inside the van when travelling, I don't have a garage, and a bike rack would have to be fitted too high.

I don't want to spend a fortune, as I am a fair weather rider, but wonder if anyone can advise good and bad points.

I have done lots of internet research, but the only one that looks promising is FATmini Ebikes in North Wales and they don't have any!

TIA
Karen
Think the site you found offers the best compromise of both price and road legal (250w where as most are 500 or 1000 as they are used purely off road), maybe worth waiting for the next batch to arrive (if not already in). Don't have one, however, friends rave about the comfort and stability. Great for comfortable jaunts on paved roads (they pump the tyres up slightly I believe), however, avoid prolonged hills where they are definitely harder work than conventional ebikes, however, led to believe not as difficult as first appears. Would imagine would be great for around campsite, local shops, trails into countryside etc. and of course they look really good (appreciate not to the traditionalists)
 

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We've got two E Rangers which we bought at the Harrogate show 2 years ago. They've been sitting in the garage gathering dust since the day they were delivered.

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