With a wide frame, electric bikes with fat tires or fatbikes offer many advantages over bikes with conventional tires. First of all there is their ability to go through areas that no other bike can go through… even sand on the beach or snow.
They are based on huge tires on their wheels, usually ranging between 3.6 and 5 inches, you can carry low pressure on the tires to get more grip for inconsistent pavement such as fine sand or dense mud, something similar to what happens in an ATV. Thanks to its huge ball, this type of bike does not usually use suspensions because the very size of the wheel acts as a suspension, simplifying greatly the manufacture of these models, but in bikes is something that we are not used to see.
The origin of Fat Bikes is somewhat confused, some argue that the first Fat Bikes were themselves one of the first types of mountain bikes – “The ballooners” or “klunkerz” in Marin Country, California. They modified their 1940 Schwinn cruisers with balloon tires and were ridden by themselves in the Tamalpais Mountains of Marin in the 1970s and 1980s.
Although most argue that they appeared in the snowy Alaska, and were designed as a means of transport, avoiding suspension or springs that with the cold ice ended up breaking and with these wheels between 9.5 centimeters and 13 centimeters wide did not need suspension and could move anywhere. With the passing of time, Fatbikes electric bikes not only ride over any terrain but also at great speed.
Electric motors on Fat Bikes make a lot of sense, whether it’s a central motor, a powerful electric motor like the Crystalyte or the Chromotor Beast or an all-in-one like the Flykly kits or the Copenhagen wheel. Normally, pedaling on a bike with wide tires would a priori take a little more work due to the resistance of the wide tire when riding, but with an electric motor, the resistance of the extra wide tires is negligible. These larger tyres make the ride more consistent and comfortable. In general, at Bikelec we believe that the wider the tyre and rim, the better the electric bike will go, not only fat wheeled bikes.
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The wide tyres not only give the bike an incredible appearance, but also make it more stable when riding, both on and off the road, and make it possible for us to ride on different surfaces even on snow or sand. In addition, the bike has more tire in constant contact with the pavement, so it is more stable on the pavement, similar to what happens with 29-inch wheels.
Since a couple of years we are seeing how the big manufacturers are mounting tires with the width as big as the frames allow them, for example the powerful Dogati, the aesthetics German Grace or the spectacular Stealth Fighter and Bomber and some other as the limited series M55 terminus that undoubtedly would be even more “beast” with some 5-inch tires.
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However, the traditionally wide off-road wheels found on sand bikes, such as Henbrinks, are not suitable for high-speed cornering, so care should be taken on the streets. The first commercially available sand bike was the Hanebrink. For riding in soft sand there is no better option than the Hanebrink, with its 8-inch wide tyres and its motorization system. The Hanebrink can easily ride through soft sand like never seen on any other bike, thanks to its low gears and extra wide tyres.
The Fat Bikes Hanebrinks are somewhat expensive, starting at 4,500 Euro. And until recently, this was the only way to get an electric sand bike. The arrival of Surly Endomorph tires and Large Marge wheels changed everything. These tires and wheels would be the basis for the Surley bike. While the non-electric Hanebrink sold for 3,500 euros, the non-electric Surley Pugsley sold for 1,100 euros. The Surley Pugsley with perfect triangular steel frame makes it an ideal bike for the conversion to an electric bike.
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Some innovative DIY’s have already built their own fat wheel Fat Bikes. Others simply used the wheels and tires and designed their own frames.
In general there are no known laws that prohibit cycling on the beach or in a station (because it is rare that there is someone who does) … Because the laws consider electric bikes as a bike