I’ve been shopping for a 4” fat tire e-bike for what feels like an eternity. After considering so many models over the last three years, topping my list today is Juiced's HyperFat 1100 Fat Tire, which sells for $4000. As one reviewer put it, “This bike hauls @ss,... it's just that simple!”
One drawback is my budget: I only want to spend around $2500. But I can’t seem to find the power and other features I want for that price point. I read through last year’s Cake thread started by @NikkyJ and as @mbravo noted, I figured I’d wait a couple of years for the prices to come down. But I don’t want to wait too much longer!
The first e-bike I rode was in 2016 on a 40-acre property outside of Santa Fe where I was working. We had two Fat Cat XL 500w e-bikes from Big Cat. The dirt roads and hills were an ideal location for riding mountain bikes and I needed power assist to make it up some very steep inclines. Back then, the bike was around $1500 (assembled and delivered). They were a total blast to ride and we definitely put them to the test out there. Unfortunately, they came apart after several months. The crank-set basically fell off one of them. The handlebar riser and stem wouldn’t stay in a fixed/locked position (I guess the joint was stripped out?) and they dangerously dropped in the middle of a ride. Plus, there was constant tweaking of the rear derailleur cable.
But what I loved were the fat 4” tires because they took the dirt like a champ. The ride was comfortable and the extra width gave me a sense of security and stability. I also got addicted to the on-demand twist throttle, which gave me the sensation that I was riding an old Yamaha 125 dirt bike. I know for sure I don’t want a thumb/lever throttle, I only want the twist. So, the fat tires (not the racing slicks, though) and twist throttle are two of my must-haves.