Best Fat Tire Electric Bikes for 2024 – DON’T Buy Until You Read This!!

These nine fat-tire e-bikes will cover your needs, no matter what you plan to do with your e-bike.

Of the qualities people tell us they want when shopping for an e-bike, there are two things that people mention consistently. The first is comfort. No one wants a rough ride. The second is versatility. People aren’t always sure exactly what they want to do on their new e-bike, so getting something that can commute to work, make a run to the grocery store and explore paths and trails near home or out in the countryside helps to clinch the deal.

Fat-tire e-bikes have the ability to check more boxes than most e-bikes. Powerful motor? Check. Cushy ride thanks to big tires and suspension? Check. High weight capacity for carrying groceries or a kid? Check. Serve as a commuter and explore backroads? Check, check.

While the typical fat-tire e-bike comes with a 750W motor, 4-in.-wide tires, a suspension fork, hydraulic disc brakes and a 7-speed drivetrain, there’s more variety than meets the eye. We’ve included a broad range of fat-tire models and within our collection we’ve got models with more power, bigger (or extra) batteries, wider-ranging drivetrains and extra carrying capacity. Truly, we’ve got something here for everyone.

Best Fat Tire E-Bikes for 2024

Rad Power Bikes Radster Trail

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
750W hub motor produces 100Nm of torque to make it a great hill climberIt would be nice if the battery charge level was reported as a percentage of total capacity
720Wh Safe Shield battery is the safest e-bike battery we’ve tested and gives more than 75 mi. of range
3-in.-wide tires offer cushy ride and great handling with solid traction
New, larger display is easy to read and uses a security fob to unlock the e-bike
High-quality mid-step frame is easy to mount and is plenty stiff
Max rider weight is 290 lbs., and total capacity is 370 lbs., making this a good e-bike for shopping runs

In one of the most exciting e-bike releases so far this year, Rad Power Bikes introduced a new all-terrain e-bike, the Radster Trail. This is a truly versatile e-bike that is great off-road but can serve just just as easily as a commuter or grocery-getter. When putting together our new list of the best fat-tire e-bikes, the Rad Power Bikes Radster Trail immediately came to mind.

The 3-in.-wide tires give the Radster Trail better maneuverability than we see with fat-tire e-bikes, but this mid-fat tire still offers a cushy ride. This is a Class 3 e-bike with both a motor powerful enough and a drivetrain with a high gear that can reach 28 mph.

Aventon Aventure.2

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
The combination of a 750W brushless, geared hub motor and torque sensor make this e-bike unusually responsive for terrific accelerationThe Shimano Altus drivetrain isn’t quite as smooth as the Acera drivetrain on the previous edition of the Aventure
Has both the motor power and gearing necessary to give riders real Class 3 performance
Tektro hydraulic disc brakes and 180mm rotors give riders terrific stopping power and control in turns
Aventon produces a smartphone app that allows for performance adjustments as well as the ability to track rides
Can carry up to 400 lbs., including the rider

When it comes to all-terrain e-bikes, the Aventon Aventure.2 is one of our favorites due to its combination of affordability, power, range, style and go-anywhere ability. By combining a 750W brushless, geared hub motor and a torque sensor, Aventon has created an e-bike that accelerates as well as an e-bike with a mid-drive motor, but at substantially lower cost. This stylish e-bike was one of the first to come to mind when we began putting together our selection of the best fat-tire e-bikes.

While the Aventure.2 ships as a Class 2 e-bike, it can be unlocked to provide commuters with Class 3 speed, making the ride to work both quick and thrilling. The 8-speed Shimano drivetrain offers a wide enough range of gears to hit traffic speeds and still climb hills. Aventon also helps owners connect with other Aventon owners thanks to their smartphone app, building community.

Lectric Bikes XP 3.0

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
The XP 3.0 combines affordability and reliability in a way we rarely seeThe key must be inserted in the lock in order for the XP 3.0 to be ridden
Thanks to its folding design it is easy to store and transport
The 500W hub motor produces 55Nm of torque and gives great acceleration
3-in.-wide tires give a more comfortable ride than we usually see with e-bikes in this price range
The 150-lb. capacity rear rack is strong enough to carry a passenger

The Lectric XP 3.0 has earned its place as one of the most popular e-bikes in the country for a number of reasons. First, it’s one of the most affordable geared e-bikes available. Second, it offers versatility and easy-of-use that few other e-bikes can match. It can serve commuters and people doing van life equally well.

Combining a 500W hub motor, hydraulic disc brakes, a 7-speed drivetrain, heavy duty rear rack and a range estimated to be up to 45 mi., plus a suspension fork, this is a very-well-equipped e-bike that delivers an unusual degree of value for its price. No roundup of the best fat-tire e-bikes would be complete without at least one model from Lectric.

Rad Power Bikes Rover 6 Plus

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
With a 60mm suspension fork and 4-in.-wide tires, the RadRover 6 Plus offers one of the most comfortable rides we’ve encounteredWe were disappointed to see that there are not water bottle mounts on the frame
Riding off-road calls for plenty of power and the Rad Rover 6 Plus’s 750W motor delivers plenty of muscle for unpaved roads and natural-surface pathsWe would like to see bigger increments in assistance between PAS 3, 4 and 5
Includes a terrific accessory package including fenders, rear rack, front and rear lights and even a kickstand
Riders need not worry about tired legs, thanks to a throttle that can keep this e-bike rolling at 20 mph
Previous versions of the RadRover mounted the controller externally; it’s now hidden inside the frame, better protecting an important component
Rad Power Bikes has received UL’s certification for both 2849 (an e-bike’s complete electronics) and 2271 (battery)

Fat-tire e-bikes have always been heavy, which often made their handling rather sluggish, but the Rad Power Bikes RadRover 6 Plus shows that when you add a powerful motor, the handling feels much more graceful and acceleration improves dramatically. This is the sixth iteration of the RadRover model and with each new version, this e-bike has gotten better and better. We’re impressed not just with how the Rad Rover 6 Plus accelerates, but how easy it is to control in varied terrain thanks to a quality Shimano drivetrain and Nutt hydraulic disc brakes.

Rad Power Bikes estimates that the RadRover 6 Plus can offer riders a range of as much as 45 mi. on a single charge. The 11-34t freewheel includes a gear low enough to take on hills. And depending on a rider’s preference, it comes in both step-over and step-thru frame designs. Our collection of the best fat-tire e-bikes would have been incomplete without this terrific value.

Juiced RipCurrent S

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
Most all-terrain e-bikes come with a flat bar; we like the hi-rise bar that allows riders to sit more upright and look around to a greater degreeWe would like to see a charger of at least 4A to help cut charging time
The 995Wh battery is unusually large and riders with range anxiety or simply looking to do longer rides in wild places will enjoy a range that can be up to 70 mi. per charge
Thanks to a 1000W motor running on 52V circuitry, this is one of the more powerful e-bikes we’ve reviewed
To make full use of Class 3 performance the 9-speed Shimano drivetrain offers a wide range of gears
Certified to UL’s 2849 standard

When it comes to an e-bike’s design, we usually see e-bikes with hub motors built with 48V circuitry. To deliver power more quickly and make sure that the motor can deliver all its power, Juiced went with 52V circuitry in order to power the RipCurrent S’s 1000W Bafang hub motor. With such a big motor, the Juiced RipCurrent S needs a big battery and it comes with a massive 995Wh battery to give riders up to 70 mi. per charge. At least one e-bike in our roundup of the best fat-tire models needed to offer muscle car performance.

Thanks to a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain and hydraulic disc brakes, the Juiced RipCurrent S gives a decidedly premium experience. Riders also benefit from three different sizes as well as coming in both a traditional frame and a step-thru version. They also include an accessory package of fenders, front and rear lights, rear rack and heavy-duty kickstand.

Rad Power Bikes RadRunner 3 Plus

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
This utility e-bike has a 350-lb. capacity making it great for running errands or toting a kiddoWe would prefer to see a more traditional saddle spec’d on this e-bike; it’s smaller than most and isn’t as comfortable as we’d like
The mid-step frame is easy to mount and offers the stiffness necessary to carry loads and Rad Power offers a broad array of accessories to customize this e-bike
7-speed Shimano drivetrain gives riders the gear range to handle both hills and flats
Hydraulic disc brakes with 180mm rotors offer riders terrific stopping power even when loaded
A 60mm-travel suspension fork and
3.3-in.-wide tires gives a comfortable ride

Not all cargo bikes need to be extra long or come equipped with a huge front rack. The Rad Power Bikes RadRunner 3 Plus features a rear rack integrated into the frame to give this utility e-bike a versatility handy for families and commuters alike. From delivering meals for a restaurant to picking kids up from school, the RadRunner 3 Plus is no ordinary commuter.

Thanks to 20-in. wheels and an upright position, the RadRunner 3 Plus enjoys terrific maneuverability and the choice to give it hydraulic disc brakes and 180mm rotors means it will be easy to stop even when loaded. Our list of the best fat-tire e-bikes would have been incomplete without this versatile model.

Specialized Globe Haul ST

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
Of all the compact cargo e-bikes we’ve review, none can be equipped in as many different ways as the Globe Haul ST; whether using it for cargo or kids, this e-bike can do the jobDue to its stiff frame and fork, this isn’t the most forgiving ride
The 700W brushless, geared hub motor can move a heavy load up steep hills
The hub motor is more responsive than we usually see from similar e-bikes thanks to a torque sensor, making it accelerate with the rider’s effort
We’ve yet to review another one-size-fits-most e-bike that offers as much sizing adjustability as the Globe Haul ST
The Globe Haul ST provides a stable ride at speed while maintaining excellent maneuverability at low speed

Of all the compact cargo and utility e-bikes we’ve reviewed, the Specialized Globe Haul ST presents owners with more different possibilities for setup than we usually see. From equipping it to carry a kid or with bucket-style panniers, the Globe Haul ST offers a level of versatility that really can replace a car. The Specialized Globe Haul ST was a shoe-in for our roundup of the best fat-tire e-bikes.

To fill the needs of an effective cargo e-bike, Specialized gave the Globe Haul ST a powerful 700W hub motor and torque sensor to make it easy to get up to speed; a 772Wh battery for plenty of range, even when loaded; a 9-speed Shimano drivetrain so it has gears enough for hills; and 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes so it can stop, even when loaded.

Blix Ultra

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
Ships as a Class 2 e-bike, but can be switched via Blix’s smartphone app to achieve Class 3 (28 mph max speed) speeds for quick cruisingIt trades some low-speed maneuverability for high-speed stability
With 4-in.-wide tires and an 80mm-travel suspension fork, this is one of the most comfortable riding e-bikes in this roundup
750W hub motor producing 90Nm of torque gives this e-bike the muscle to deliver riders to Class 3 speeds
8-speed drivetrain has the range necessary for riding in hills and on soft surfaces
Riders with range anxiety can order it with a second battery for exceptional range in the backcountry

The Blix Ultra takes the idea of a fat-tire e-bike and gives riders the opportunity to enjoy difficult-to-beat range thanks to the fact that it can be ordered with a second battery. It ships with a 672Wh battery and at the time of purchase a buyer can order it with a second 672Wh battery, which mounts behind the seat tube. Real-world testing has shown the Blix Ultra can cover more than 50 mi. on a single, single-battery charge; with a second battery a rider could stay out all day.

With 4-in.-wide tires and an 80mm-travel ZOOM suspension fork, the Blix Ultra makes our list of the best fat-tire e-bikes because it offers an unusual level of comfort. The 750W brushless, geared hub motor is also more powerful than most we see, producing 90Nm of torque. The included rear rack is longer than most we see, making it a good choice for someone wanting to mount a child seat.

Mokwheel Basalt

HighlightsAreas for Improvement
750W brushless, geared hub motor offers the kind of power to go exploring off-roadWith a 14t small cog, ghost-pedaling begins at about 24 mph, making it hard to reach 28 mph
Has a 400-lb. carrying capacity, making it suitable for carrying loads and even a kid
Comes in either a step-over or a step-thru frame to accommodate a range of riders
Comes with a large 931Wh battery to give it lots of range in the backcountry
Can be used as an additional power supply with the addition of a power inverter; Mokwheel offers some great accessories for campers

People who want to go camping and take their e-bike with them for exploring wild places will want to take a close look at the Mokwheel Basalt. This e-bike makes our collection of the best fat-tire e-bikes thanks to its big (931Wh) battery and the accessories Mokwheel offers that are aimed at people heading into the country. Buyers can order a solar charging array as well as a power inverter that can turn the Mokwheel Basalt’s battery into a power source for everything from a camp stove to lights.

The Mokwheel Basalt ships as a Class 3 e-bike with a maximum speed of 28 mph. Our one criticism of this e-bike is that it lacks a high gear that can be pedaled at 28 mph, meaning most riders will top out at 23-24 mph. For those riding in wild places, that is unlikely to be a problem. The 110mm-travel suspension fork and 4-in.-wide tires make this more capable for off-road use than most fat-tire e-bikes we see. Hydraulic disc brakes mean this will be easy to control even on rough roads.

Finding The Best Electric Bike For You:

I’ve been reviewing electric bikes since 2012, and one of the most common questions I get asked is: “What is the best electric bike?” My answer always comes in the form of a question: What type of riding do you plan to do, and what is your budget?

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  • Ensures the product has been properly assembled.
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  • Provides ongoing tune-ups, repairs, and replacement parts.

My website and forums are dedicated to helping you find the best electric bike for your lifestyle and budget. I am not recommending products based on affiliate commissions like other sites, I’m not building an email list to send marketing materials out, and I’ve created many free tools to help you narrow down to the right bike and then find local shops that sell it. Yes, online ebikes can also be great, I’ve purchased and enjoyed many myself! However, I always recommend visiting a local shop first when possible.

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