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    Buying a Fat Tire ebike

    I was hoping that some of you more experienced ebike owners could help me out with finding the right bike for me. I am new to this and have not ridden a bike for a long time that's why I want a ebike.

    I am looking at the Pedego, ProdecoTech and Equalizer brands. Fat tire only!

    Does anyone here have any information that could help me find the best one for me.

    I am interested in a beach cruiser for comfort, not a mountain bike. It needs to have a good battery so that I can go at least 50 miles on a charge.

    Thanks for any help.

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    I can't suggest which bike, but can point to 3 sites that focus on electric fat-bikes where you can do some homework.

    fat-bike.com

    Guide to Fat Electric Bikes

    https://electricfatbike.wordpress.com/

    I don't own one but have one on the way. I chose The Juggernaut which I should get shortly.

    50 miles is a long way unless you're doing a lot of pedaling or carrying a lot of battery.

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    Thanks for your help dilkes. I am checking out the websites that you suggested. kubilee I am only interested in Fat Tire bikes. I am leaning towards the Equalizer I like them because they are a more progressive company and the standard options get you a big battery with more upgrades over the other companies. I also like it as it has the battery built into the frame and it seems more balanced. I like the relaxed riding position of the beach cruiser.

    Here is the link what do you think.
    http://equalizerelectricbicycles.com/store/electric-fat-tire-bikes/8-electric-fat-tire-bike.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheart2015 View Post
    Thanks for your help dilkes. I am checking out the websites that you suggested. kubilee I am only interested in Fat Tire bikes. I am leaning towards the Equalizer I like them because they are a more progressive company and the standard options get you a big battery with more upgrades over the other companies. I also like it as it has the battery built into the frame and it seems more balanced. I like the relaxed riding position of the beach cruiser.

    Here is the link what do you think.
    http://equalizerelectricbicycles.com/store/electric-fat-tire-bikes/8-electric-fat-tire-bike.html

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    That bike is wayyyyyy overpriced for what you're getting. A Pedego fat bike would be better, and less expensive. The bike you linked is old technology.

    This one by ProdecoTech will be out soon: Rebel X - Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense : Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense

    And here's a review of the Pedego Trail Tracker: https://www.electricbike.com/pedego-trail-tracker/
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    Quote Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
    That bike is wayyyyyy overpriced for what you're getting. A Pedego fat bike would be better, and less expensive. The bike you linked is old technology.

    This one by ProdecoTech will be out soon: Rebel X - Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense : Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense

    And here's a review of the Pedego Trail Tracker: https://www.electricbike.com/pedego-trail-tracker/

    Yeah I guess you get what you pay for... I'm still riding the bike I bought in 1989.

    I've ridden the Pedego and Prodeco, Talk about old tech, lot of the same old same and both were top heavy. 10 pounds of batteries don't belong over a wheel or on a down tube.

    Looks like the Equalizer is the only one designed to be an actual electric bicycle. I really like the specs on this bike. OP it looks like it has the range you're looking for 48 volt 15 amp hour with an advanced power management system the site claims 40 -70 miles on a charge without pedaling. wayyyyyy cool styling too!! It has a dash board - how awesome is that? Good call, I've been looking for an electric fat tire bike. I'm going to give them a call.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merckx_rider View Post
    Yeah I guess you get what you pay for... I'm still riding the bike I bought in 1989.

    I've ridden the Pedego and Prodeco, Talk about old tech, lot of the same old same and both were top heavy. 10 pounds of batteries don't belong over a wheel or on a down tube.

    Looks like the Equalizer is the only one designed to be an actual electric bicycle. I really like the specs on this bike. OP it looks like it has the range you're looking for 48 volt 15 amp hour with an advanced power management system the site claims 40 -70 miles on a charge without pedaling. wayyyyyy cool styling too!! It has a dash board - how awesome is that? Good call, I've been looking for an electric fat tire bike. I'm going to give them a call.

    Thanks.
    I might have agreed with you (regardless of you riding a 1989 bike, when that would elicit a big whoop-I luv older reliable bikes). The bike the op posted is an UNPROVEN ride. It's not well known, has no REAL REVIEWS. The suggestion of it seems salesman like. It's "UNTESTED" riding distance is suspect.

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    Yesterday I was looking at fat-tire bikes at the LBS. The first thing that crossed my mind was, I've had motorcycles with smaller tires. On reflection, I recall having an automobile with smaller tires! They look like really neat bikes though, and I'm sure it's great fun to ride one on the beach. I hope you enjoy it when you get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
    That bike is wayyyyyy overpriced for what you're getting. A Pedego fat bike would be better, and less expensive. The bike you linked is old technology.

    This one by ProdecoTech will be out soon: Rebel X - Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense : Electric Bikes | ProdecoTech //electric bicycles that make sense

    And here's a review of the Pedego Trail Tracker: https://www.electricbike.com/pedego-trail-tracker/


    Hey thanks for the feedback. I totally disagree I see from the specs of the two bikes that you suggested they are wayyy overpriced as to what I can get from Equalizer. Did you read the Equalizer specs?

    First of all I see that the Equalizer comes with a 48V 15AH battery standard. The claim is 70 miles on a charge. They have a superior battery management system. The LCD is like a dashboard in my car, it has everything that you would want. I didnít see that the Pedego or the ProdecoTech even have a LCD!

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    Well I took the day off today and did a lot more research. I made some contacts and found a Equalizer owner that I could talk with. He has a fat tire bike and told me that he actually rode it without pedaling for 43 miles and had a third of the battery left. He said that he weighed 230 lbs and there were some moderate hills on the ride. He also said that there is a power mode for off road us only that will go faster than 20 mph. For me that is what I am looking for, even if I get 40 to 50 miles out of a charge I would be real happy. They use good Samsung batteries. He also said that the bikes comes with a quick release front wheel that makes it easy to attach to a roof rack or fit in a suv or mini van.

    The ProdecoTeck that you suggest only has a range of 20 -25 miles with a top speed of 18 mph. This is way less than the Equalizer. Plus it costs only a little less than the Pedego and the Equalizer.

    The Pedego with the equivalent battery costs almost the same as the Equalizer. Pedego definitely has the old technology with the rack mounted battery which makes it top heavy and gives a bad ride. I took one out for a test ride and it almost fell over on the kickstand. At least the Equalizer has a frame that is specifically built to be a electric bike with a battery that is at a very low center of gravity.

    The ProdecoTeck and the Pedego are mountain bike style and look like most of the other bikes in the field with a short wheel base. Watch out for short wheel base your feet will hit the front wheel when you turn. The Equalizer has a longer wheelbase and an ďold schoolĒ charm which reminds me of a old Harley Davidson. Plus itís got that relaxed ride of a beach crusier which is what I am looking for.
    From what I learned today I feel that my money is well spent on the Equalizer.

    Thanks for all your posts.

    I will update when I get my new bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoxTurtle View Post
    Yesterday I was looking at fat-tire bikes at the LBS. The first thing that crossed my mind was, I've had motorcycles with smaller tires. On reflection, I recall having an automobile with smaller tires! They look like really neat bikes though, and I'm sure it's great fun to ride one on the beach. I hope you enjoy it when you get one.
    Thanks I have been looking for a great bike for a while now will let you know how I like it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by donheart2015 View Post
    Hey thanks for the feedback. I totally disagree I see from the specs of the two bikes that you suggested they are wayyy overpriced as to what I can get from Equalizer. Did you read the Equalizer specs?

    First of all I see that the Equalizer comes with a 48V 15AH battery standard. The claim is 70 miles on a charge. They have a superior battery management system. The LCD is like a dashboard in my car, it has everything that you would want. I didn’t see that the Pedego or the ProdecoTech even have a LCD!

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    Well I took the day off today and did a lot more research. I made some contacts and found a Equalizer owner that I could talk with. He has a fat tire bike and told me that he actually rode it without pedaling for 43 miles and had a third of the battery left. He said that he weighed 230 lbs and there were some moderate hills on the ride. He also said that there is a power mode for off road us only that will go faster than 20 mph. For me that is what I am looking for, even if I get 40 to 50 miles out of a charge I would be real happy. They use good Samsung batteries. He also said that the bikes comes with a quick release front wheel that makes it easy to attach to a roof rack or fit in a suv or mini van.

    The ProdecoTeck that you suggest only has a range of 20 -25 miles with a top speed of 18 mph. This is way less than the Equalizer. Plus it costs only a little less than the Pedego and the Equalizer.

    The Pedego with the equivalent battery costs almost the same as the Equalizer. Pedego definitely has the old technology with the rack mounted battery which makes it top heavy and gives a bad ride. I took one out for a test ride and it almost fell over on the kickstand. At least the Equalizer has a frame that is specifically built to be a electric bike with a battery that is at a very low center of gravity.

    The ProdecoTeck and the Pedego are mountain bike style and look like most of the other bikes in the field with a short wheel base. Watch out for short wheel base your feet will hit the front wheel when you turn. The Equalizer has a longer wheelbase and an “old school” charm which reminds me of a old Harley Davidson. Plus it’s got that relaxed ride of a beach crusier which is what I am looking for.
    From what I learned today I feel that my money is well spent on the Equalizer.

    Thanks for all your posts.

    I will update when I get my new bike.
    Post your impressions after you get the bike. I'd love to hear if it's a viable alternative to the other bikes I posted. I'd like a fat tire ebike for when the snow hits come winter time here in NY. This way I could still manage to get to work when cars are unable to. I'm required emergency personnel - I need to make it in no matter what happens.
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    While, unfortunately I can't speak from experience (yet), I think the Juggernaut is worth a look. I don't have mine yet but am looking forward to getting it in a few weeks. I purchased on Kickstarter, but they are now being sold from Bitrix's web site and at some dealers. For under $2,000US you get a fat bike with quality frame and components, with the big distinction being it uses the Bafang BBS02 mid-drive motor rather than a hub motor. The mid-drive has proven to be more efficient, weight distribution is excellent, and, because it drives through the crank and chain, it takes advantage of all the gears available from the rear derailleur (8 on the Juggernaut). It also has both pedelec and throttle capability.

    The 48V lithium battery uses quality Sony cells providing 11.8Ah, not the 15Ah mentioned above. However, the more efficient mid-drive motor should offset some of this difference in Ah.

    Some more thoughts on the Juggernaut at http://https://electricfatbike.wordp...-the-universe/

    Anyhow, my 2 cents worth. I'll know more when I get a chance to ride it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merckx_rider View Post
    Yeah I guess you get what you pay for... I'm still riding the bike I bought in 1989.

    I've ridden the Pedego and Prodeco, Talk about old tech, lot of the same old same and both were top heavy. 10 pounds of batteries don't belong over a wheel or on a down tube.

    Looks like the Equalizer is the only one designed to be an actual electric bicycle. I really like the specs on this bike. OP it looks like it has the range you're looking for 48 volt 15 amp hour with an advanced power management system the site claims 40 -70 miles on a charge without pedaling. wayyyyyy cool styling too!! It has a dash board - how awesome is that? Good call, I've been looking for an electric fat tire bike. I'm going to give them a call.

    Thanks.
    I guess we think alike! Good call!

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    Quote Originally Posted by tds101 View Post
    Post your impressions after you get the bike. I'd love to hear if it's a viable alternative to the other bikes I posted. I'd like a fat tire ebike for when the snow hits come winter time here in NY. This way I could still manage to get to work when cars are unable to. I'm required emergency personnel - I need to make it in no matter what happens.

    tds101 will be happy to give a complete review with pics too. Should get it next week. I am very excited!

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    Man,...the Biktrix Juggernaut would have been PERFECT for me!!! ARRRGGGHHH!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by donheart2015 View Post
    I guess we think alike! Good call!
    Called them and spoke with their customer service. What a bike... I bought it!! Since I was local they offer home delivery. They built it and delivered it to my house yesterday, for no extra fees.

    The tech that delivered it gave me some instructions and I was off riding it!!

    This bike is frigging awesome. The pictures on the site don't do it justice. In real life it is so much more. I will post some pics and give my complete run down after I have some more time on it. So far I took it for a 30 mile ride this morning and still has 3 of the 5 bars showing for battery power. Very awesome!! So much for "unproven, salesman ship". Comes with 1 year warranty and 3 years on the battery.

    For those of you interested in those lesser priced bikes, I have to tell you, read the specs. You're not any getting deals. 20 kilometers is a little over 12 miles. Those other bikes basically use after market kits bolted to regular short wheelbase cheap walmart bikes. With no guarantee of even working properly. $2K for a kit bike that might not even work??????

    Start saving up, you get what you pay for.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dilkes View Post
    While, unfortunately I can't speak from experience (yet), I think the Juggernaut is worth a look. I don't have mine yet but am looking forward to getting it in a few weeks. I purchased on Kickstarter, but they are now being sold from Bitrix's web site and at some dealers. For under $2,000US you get a fat bike with quality frame and components, with the big distinction being it uses the Bafang BBS02 mid-drive motor rather than a hub motor. The mid-drive has proven to be more efficient, weight distribution is excellent, and, because it drives through the crank and chain, it takes advantage of all the gears available from the rear derailleur (8 on the Juggernaut). It also has both pedelec and throttle capability.

    The 48V lithium battery uses quality Sony cells providing 11.8Ah, not the 15Ah mentioned above. However, the more efficient mid-drive motor should offset some of this difference in Ah.

    Some more thoughts on the Juggernaut at http://https://electricfatbike.wordp...-the-universe/

    Anyhow, my 2 cents worth. I'll know more when I get a chance to ride it.
    Hi, was reading the Juggernaut specs. You do realize that it only has a range of between 9 miles and 12 miles on flat ground with throttle only. That is very poor performance.You need to convert kilometers to Miles. It also seems that their address is a residential house.

    I see other things that send up a red flag on this bike. I am not trying to bash you dilkes but I think about the statement you said that it is more efficient.

    I wish you luck with it if you get one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merckx_rider View Post
    Called them and spoke with their customer service. What a bike... I bought it!! Since I was local they offer home delivery. They built it and delivered it to my house yesterday, for no extra fees.

    The tech that delivered it gave me some instructions and I was off riding it!!

    This bike is frigging awesome. The pictures on the site don't do it justice. In real life it is so much more. I will post some pics and give my complete run down after I have some more time on it. So far I took it for a 30 mile ride this morning and still has 3 of the 5 bars showing for battery power. Very awesome!! So much for "unproven, salesman ship". Comes with 1 year warranty and 3 years on the battery.

    For those of you interested in those lesser priced bikes, I have to tell you, read the specs. You're not any getting deals. 20 kilometers is a little over 12 miles. Those other bikes basically use after market kits bolted to regular short wheelbase cheap walmart bikes. With no guarantee of even working properly. $2K for a kit bike that might not even work??????

    Start saving up, you get what you pay for.
    merckx_rider thanks for the update! Does it perform as they say on the website? Does it ride comfortably? Does the power on demand work independently as they told me. How is the overall quality? Does it go fast? HEHEHE. I can't wait to get mine.

    Thanks

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    Well I finally got my new Equalizer Fat Tire Bike on Friday! Fedex delivered it to my door and I went to work. I was amazed at how well it was packed it seemed like everything was protected with packing material. It took me less than an hour to get the bike ready to ride. I put the battery on the charger and in only a few minutes was fully charged, I think that they charge them for you before they are shipped. I told everyone that I was going out for a 5 minute test ride, and a hour and a half later I get a call on my cell where are you. I guess you can figure it out from there. I got to the bike path and just never turned around.

    Where do I start this bike has all the things that you would want on a ebike. First of all this bike has a frame big enough that my feet donít hit the front wheel when I turn. Most of the other bikes that I have ridden have small frames, mountain bike style and you are hunched over the bars. I am 6 foot tall and have big feet. This bike is real roomy and comfortable to ride as I already have 114 miles on it in the past 3 days. The handle bars are wide and laid back and the stem is adjustable to make it even more conforming to how you want to ride.

    My real concern was how it would go up hills. I tested with pedaling and without pedaling and this bike is amazing as it took the steepest hills without a problem. I love the pedal assist I use it on the 2nd and 3rd levels most of the time as I like to pedal and usually pedal faster than the levels max speed which saves battery power and gets you farther range. The throttle on demand will take you up to the max speed of the bike at any time and in any level if you want an extra boost. On one ride I decided to use only the throttle to get home and the bike scooted home 26 miles without pedaling at a speed of 20mph. The LCD display equals any dashboard that you would find in a car. It gives you all the information about what is going on with your bike. You can set the pedal assist mode to 0 and it will turn the motor off. This bike pedals without the motor like a regular bike and is just a pleasure to ride this way too. There are three modes Eco, Normal and Power. All three modes work perfectly if you want to go fast you can do that in any mode the Eco will just get you up to speed slower using less power. If you like to ride at night this bike is ready with its led headlight, tail light and lighted dash board you can see where you need to go safely.

    This bike gets a lot of attention, people stop me wherever I go and ask me about the bike. A friend of mine took a ride on the bike he liked it so much that he is ordering a Fat Tire for himself and a Equalizer Step Thru for his wife.

    I got a rack and a set of bags for the bike as I have started to use it to do all my errands including grocery shopping. Itís working out real well. I have been running it all day and at night when I am done using it I put it on the charger.

    I am very happy and impressed with this bike. I like quality and this bike has it. I will update with some pics soon.

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