I stopped by the warehouse on Thursday, the 30th, to verify thier supply chain and introduce myself. It seems we can sell this bike at $799, including drop ship delivery anywhere in the continental U.S.
I would have to say this is perhaps the best value proposition I have seen to date. Not only that, but we can supply an additional battery for only $190. Yes, it is a steel frame bike, but it's also indestructable. In fact, I still have an old Shwinn bicycle that is older than I am, and it's in perfect condition. Bicycles are NOT throw away items, no matter how little you paid for it.
Before I go to much further in this thread it would be best if I reminded the reader that the fat tire bike is meant for off-road use. On the street the bike is a slug.
Case in point, I was riding today and saw a very expensive, full suspension electric fat tire bike hobby horsing down the street. Yes, this fellow was running his tires at 20 psi, and had failed to lock out the suspension, something I noticed as I flew by in my dork mobile.
Now that that's out of the way, our fat tire bike sports a 350w motor, but remember, most cyclists are only capable of sustaining about 120-160 continuous watts, so basically this motor is tripling the output of the average cyclist. Not even Greg Lemond can maintain those levels of output for more than 30 minutes.
So, while some may consider the 350 watt motor too weak or puny, I would argue it is far from that. In fact the only thing that holds this bike back from hitting 30mph + are the tires, the rear cassette and the chain ring. By changing out those three items I can go farther and faster than the Rad Rover, which by the way is not a bad bike for the price, but then ours is HALF the price.
Unless you are a serious "single track" rider the front shock and the fat tire do nothing but slow you down on hard surfaces, which is where 95% of these bikes will be ridden. First off, anyone who is serious about riding all mountain or downhill will be looking for a full-suspension bike. And secondly, not everyone, especially younger riders are sold on the fat tire bikes.
The major reason manufacturers are pushing the fat tire bike is because it comes with the proviso that it can now go 32mph off-road, but who are they kidding? And, really, few of us ever have the opportunity to let the ponies loose on the trail and go that fast, and if we do we do, it's gravity that's at work, not the motor.
OK, so now you have this real cool fat tire bike, and they are kinda cool, but if you ride on the street you are going to burn through the battery with those big fat 4" tires, which are as soft as a big ripe banana. And, don't get me wrong, they are great if you have a bad back, or ride off-road 80% of the time. However, if you plan to bomb around town then the front shock and fat tires make for a spongy ride and all of that beautiful electric power at your disposal will be dissapated in hobby-horsing, because of your low-end shocks, and the fat tires which have a huge footprint.
Why do you imagine roadies pump up their tires 100 psi more than a fat tire, and why do they wear tight fitting clothes, and ride a stiff frame, and gear their bikes for speed? That is rehtorical, because if you had to pedal your bike without the aid of an electric motor you would know .
You will pay a price even with an electric bike if you don't grasp these concepts (money out of pocket).
Remember, if you are riding with solid front forks they tend to stiffen the bike and make for a more secure riding experience. Also, the front shocks, if not locked out make the bike hobby-horse (bounce up and down), and that is where your forward momentum will dissipate. And, if they are not quality shocks, you will pay a price in the riding experience, and eventually have to replace them. OMG, I have not even addressed the maintainence of this sophisticated equipment. But remember, if, and when you arrive at the next plateau in your riding, you will have gained the experience to understand what has value and what does not.
Also, not in Europe or even in China do they even allow bikes over 350 watts, and for several reasons, (some of which I will not go into), one is safety, and the other is the cost of batteries.
A high powered bike at even 750 watts will burn through the Rad Rover's 11.6Ah battery in short order, but you can buy an additional battery for our Fat Tire bike for only $190 and you will have 20Ah of battery energy, and you have still only spent $999.
At 36 volts the 10Ah battery contains 360 watts, and of course two batteries would be 720 watts. Look at the chart below to make your own assumptions on just how much power you really need.
Buy from us and we will offer you an additional battery at cost ($190), plus shipping and handling.
Right now the quality and pricing on these bikes cannot be beat! Place your order and have your bike delivered right to your front door.
And, if you were wondering how difficult the set up is take a look at the video below and see how easily this bike is put together.
Oh, the bike frame has a 5-year warranty, the battery has a 2-year warranty and the rest of the components a 1 year warranty.
We do have women's pass through bikes and even a small folding bike too. Call for details.
This idea that more is somehow better is nonsense, and a uniquely male trait. More, never seems to be good enough? I will, however, add this caveate; in certain applications more power is essential.Even I was initially distracted by this young woman's strikingly fit body, but this is a well defined video, perhaps one of the best I've seen. It is thoughtful, precise, short, sweet, and to the point. And, if that is not enough, remember you are only paying $800 for an electric bike.
350W Brushless DC Motor
36V 10Ah Li-battery
Max Speed 19-22 MPH
Charging time 4-6 hours
Shimano 6 speed derailleur
20-25 miles with pedal assist
Front and rear disk brakes
Maxis 4" tires
70 lbs with battery
The warranty is 5 years on motor, 2 years on battery, and 1 years on the other parts.
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