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Electra Cruiser Lux Fat Tire 7D Review?

Old 07-13-19, 09:40 PM
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Electra Cruiser Lux Fat Tire 7D Review?





TLDR. Looking for a review as it seems like the bike for me. Do the big tires really slow it down? Not my pic but it looked good.




The story....

So Iím looking for another bike. Iíve had a selection over the last few years but I have arthritis and it has made riding difficult in various ways so Iíve sold them all off and am looking for a compromise.


Trek road bike - leaning too far forward and it was tough on my neck and shoulders. Most of my riding now will be on bike paths and the dirt roads around my house so not for me anymore. No complaints just couldnít ride it anymore.


Trek DS 8.4. Loved the bike but needed the money at the time so I sold it. If I had anything bad to say I thought the tires were a little narrow (700-38) and anything other than hardback or pavement and it just dug in. On the positive I like the 27 gears the suspension fork and the hydro disk brakes. Again I really liked it but I wouldíve had the same issue as with the next one.


Electra Moro 3i. Again I loved the look and feel but arthritis reared itís ugly head and my shoulders couldnít take the lean. I tried changing the stem and bars but it wasnít enough so I ended up selling it. I really liked the bike but on the down side it still couldíve used a little more tire and it needed more gears (shouldíve had at least 5, the new one got 8 and 2.8 inch tires) While the brakes werenít hydro, as a bigger guy I loved the disks


Electra Cruiser 1. Whatís not to love? 2 moving parts and itís like riding a lounge chair. The geometry is great but my knees are having an issue with the coaster brake, and the lack of any gearing limits it (at least for me) on anything but the flats and around my house it is anything but.

So back to the Cruiser Fat Tire. It has the geometry of the cruiser with the barcalounger seating, it has disk brakes...not hydro but thatís upgradeable.

It has more tire, though maybe 3.5 is a little more than I need but on the plus side they will act like suspension. It has a few gears. While only 7 it does have a pretty wide range.

Now to my question. Iíve never had any issues with Electraís build quality , maybe not the highest spec, but always adequate. My question, what do these things ride like? Iím not looking far a racer or downhiller but an 8-12 mph cruiser on a dirt road with rain ruts and potholes ( think Jeep trail but thatís were I live) with enough gearing to get back again. I guess my question is does it require that much more effort to cruise?

I have a Trek/Electra store but they donít have one and while they could order one in, Iím asking you fine folks as I canít seem to find any reviews other than some German guy that thinks itís ďRadĒ so I was hoping for something with a little more substance.

The runner up in this would be the Non Fat tire cruiser lux 7D or the Townie Path.

The Townie has more gearing (27) and hydro disk brakes - both very nice - but Iím leaning more to the cruiser geometry. That and there is just something off-putting about the townies look...canít put my finger on it, bust just not a fan. The regular 7D seems to be the same bike with fat tires and disk brakes.

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Old 07-14-19, 04:47 AM
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Townie has the feet forward technology. You would be even more on your rear a semi recumbent bike. Never owned a cruiser, but have a raleigh retroglide 2.0. I prefer the Townie Geometry when all is said and done. Why not get and ebike?
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Townie has the feet forward technology. You would be even more on your rear a semi recumbent bike. Never owned a cruiser, but have a raleigh retroglide 2.0. I prefer the Townie Geometry when all is said and done. Why not get and ebike?

Its not about a need for transportation but a want to ride even of just a little. The Raleigh looks nice but an Ebike is too expensive and part of it is just for exercise and the occasional ride around town with the mrs.
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Its not about a need for transportation but a want to ride even of just a little. The Raleigh looks nice but an Ebike is too expensive and part of it is just for exercise and the occasional ride around town with the mrs.
An ebike would make both of you more successful.
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#1 . That Electra Fat Tire looks like a really fun ride.

#2 . I don't have a fat tire bike, and never rode one, but here's a recent discussion about speeds on one. Fat Bike--How Much Slower?

#3 . When it comes to ruts and pot holes, I'm used to standing on the pedals and letting my legs absorb the bumps when possible. That's with 2.125" wide tires and narrower. Hopefully the 3.5" wide tires on that Electra would provide enough cushion so that trying to stand on the pedals of a feet forward cruiser isn't necessary.

#4 . That Electra Fat Tire looks like a really fun ride.
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Originally Posted by alloo View Post
An ebike would make both of you more successful.
Maybe it's me, but more successful at what?

Out where I live I don't think they would be that practical as a vehicle replacement to far/too hot. I would rather have an actual motorcycle vs the cost of an ebike but that brings other challenges.
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Originally Posted by FiftySix View Post
#1 . That Electra Fat Tire looks like a really fun ride.

#2 . I don't have a fat tire bike, and never rode one, but here's a recent discussion about speeds on one. Fat Bike--How Much Slower?

#3 . When it comes to ruts and pot holes, I'm used to standing on the pedals and letting my legs absorb the bumps when possible. That's with 2.125" wide tires and narrower. Hopefully the 3.5" wide tires on that Electra would provide enough cushion so that trying to stand on the pedals of a feet forward cruiser isn't necessary.

#4 . That Electra Fat Tire looks like a really fun ride.
Thanks for the link. I get it might be slower but from looking again at the pics it appears to be geared the same as the regular bike so have semi slick 3.5 might be an ok compromise vs 4.0/.5 knobbies. SO maybe a slightly higher pressure would work.

Added pics to first post as pics make everything better
Some of it does come down to looks and to me it does look pretty cool and being able to just roll over some of the terrain looks fun.

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Old 07-16-19, 09:44 AM
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I did a test ride of the fat lux over the weekend at my local bike store.

I was going to pull the trigger but the matte black version wasn't in stock.
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LIst of 7 speed fat tire cruiser

Electra Fat Lux
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3g bikes Newport BBW 8spd
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Originally Posted by Ravensfan52 View Post
I did a test ride of the fat lux over the weekend at my local bike store.

I was going to pull the trigger but the matte black version wasn't in stock.
So the only thing you didnít like was the color? My preference is black. Iíve had a single speed version so I imagine the geometry fit/feel is the same. What did you think of the effort to actually ride vs a regular one?

Thanks.
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So the only thing you didnít like was the color? My preference is black. Iíve had a single speed version so I imagine the geometry fit/feel is the same. What did you think of the effort to actually ride vs a regular one?

Thanks.
this is the color they had in stock

I'm going to have the shop order the matte black
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Originally Posted by Ravensfan52 View Post
this is the color they had in stock
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz85Trla3r0

I'm going to have the shop order the matte black
While I like the black, that looks better in the video than the still pictures. My last cruiser was black and that might be a nice change.
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Originally Posted by JehD View Post
So the only thing you didnít like was the color? My preference is black. Iíve had a single speed version so I imagine the geometry fit/feel is the same. What did you think of the effort to actually ride vs a regular one?

Thanks.
Originally Posted by JehD View Post
While I like the black, that looks better in the video than the still pictures. My last cruiser was black and that might be a nice change.
I'm thinking about adding short ape hangers to mine
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I like the looks of the Lux Fat Tire Bike . I’m considering getting one also . That or a Ghostrider .
I have an Electra Cruiser 1 . When I bought it , it came with cruiser tires with knobs . They made the bike sluggish and hard to peddle . I bought some Kendra semi slicks 1.9’s for it and it made a world of difference in the way the bike rolled and felt . It’s become my favorite bike to ride .
I think the semi slick tires on the Lux fat tire will make it easier to ride .
I need to find one in stock locally to take on a test ride .
edit: thinking of taking a good look at the Lux 7d , the tires on it are 2.25” that should give a good cushion against potholes and bumps . I’ll be riding on an old sidewalk converted to cart path with lots of curbs and uneven concrete .

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Originally Posted by kirby999 View Post
I like the looks of the Lux Fat Tire Bike . Iím considering getting one also . That or a Ghostrider .
I have an Electra Cruiser 1 . When I bought it , it came with cruiser tires with knobs . They made the bike sluggish and hard to peddle . I bought some Kendra semi slicks 1.9ís for it and it made a world of difference in the way the bike rolled and felt . Itís become my favorite bike to ride .
I think the semi slick tires on the Lux fat tire will make it easier to ride .
I need to find one in stock locally to take on a test ride .
edit: thinking of taking a good look at the Lux 7d , the tires on it are 2.25Ē that should give a good cushion against potholes and bumps . Iíll be riding on an old sidewalk converted to cart path with lots of curbs and uneven concrete .
FWIW the Lux 7D has 2.35 tires but they look like a smoother tire. Im still leaning to the fat bike though.
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FWIW the Lux 7D has 2.35 tires but they look like a smoother tire. Im still leaning to the fat bike though.
Iíve been looking at the Electra Fat Tire 7D also. Sadly no one has one in stock in my area. ;-( In two states I found only one some 130 miles away.
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Iíve been looking at the Electra Fat Tire 7D also. Sadly no one has one in stock in my area. ;-( In two states I found only one some 130 miles away.

I know the Trek Superstores that carry Electra will normally order in a bike that is less than $1000 on request with no obligation.

Im hoping to do that within the next month or so, so I can get a chance to ride one.
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I know the Trek Superstores that carry Electra will normally order in a bike that is less than $1000 on request with no obligation.

Im hoping to do that within the next month or so, so I can get a chance to ride one.
Yes they will all order one but I want ride/see one before I buy it.
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Yes they will all order one but I want ride/see one before I buy it.
I guess Iím fortunate. I have a superstore here and can order it with obligation to buy it.
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