- A full suspension fat tire electric fat bike with powerful 750 watt hub motor from Bafang, responsive 12-magnet cadence sensor, lighter than some full suspension fat tire electric bikes at 66.5 pounds
- Excellent battery position on the down tube, it's semi-integrated design means the battery can be charged on or off the bike and its location keeps the bike well balanced
- 180mm mechanical disc brakes provide ample stopping power for a bike with a top speed of 25 mph, both brake levers have motor inhibitors to ensure the shortest possible stopping distance, can also be used to manually override the motor
- Excellent kickstand placement (not all mountain bikes offer this), sturdy platform pedals, two color choices, one frame size may limit who can comfortably ride this frame, direct order only means it can't be tested before purchasing
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Hi folks! Brent here. Today I’m reviewing the EccoBike Nashorn, a full-suspension fat tire electric bike that looks like it’s aimed at tackling some pretty serious trails. This electric bike retails for $1,649 and comes with a very powerful 750 watt geared hub motor in the rear wheel, a top speed of 25 mph, 624 watt hours of juice, 180mm mechanical disc brakes and of course, a full suspension setup. With the front and rear suspension working in tandem and the massive air volume of the 4 inch fat tires, the ride here is pretty plush on everything except for the most extreme trails. Despite all this, the Nashorn is relatively light at 66.5 pounds. While this full-size frame will likely fit most riders well enough, the Nashorn does only come in one frame size, 19 inches, and two different colors, matte black and matte white.
Eccobikes is a fairly new electric bike company founded in February 2018 in Canada. Their aim is to encourage people to use electric bikes for more than just recreation, but for actually commuting, with the goal of ultimately reducing the overall carbon footprint. Customer service is a priority for these folks and they try their best to “go the extra mile for all of our customers.” I have found this to ring true in my experiences with them. I think the fact they offer a 1 year comprehensive warranty and the relatively low price of $49 for shipping to the U.S and Canada is another display of this. However, Eccobikes is almost exclusively direct-order only, with the only way to test ride one of their bikes being to visit them in BC Lower Mainland. Being a direct-order only company comes with one huge advantage — price savings — and a handful of potential disadvantages. First, it should be noted that at $1,649, the Nashorn is likely quite a bit less than if it were being sold in a brick-and-mortar shop. One potential con of direct-order only is that, like mentioned briefly above, there’s really no way to test out if a particular frame is going to fit me, and since there is only one frame size, I might be taking a gamble if I feel like the dimensions are close. Direct-order only also leaves the possibility for improper fit and finish of components and it also means I have to assemble the bike myself. Thankfully, assembly was a cakewalk and I only had put on the handlebars, front wheel and pedals to get going. As far as fit and finish goes, everything was spot on all around. Also, this is one of the very few electric bikes I’ve assembled where the brakes were perfectly true with no rub right out of the box. Yes! Another potential issue with direct-order only is a communication barrier. Thankfully, this was not an issue with Eccobike either!
Driving this bike to a top speed of roughly 25 mph is a Bafang 750 watt geared hub motor in the rear wheel. This motor has 80 Newton meters of torque is very powerful. However, because of the top speed of 25 mph and the throttle, the Nashorn is a Class 3 electric bike, which won’t be legal to ride in many areas. As with most fat tire electric bikes, the 750 watt motor here doesn’t feel quite as oomphy as it does on electric bikes with normal sized tires. The 26 inch by 4 inch fat tires add quite a bit of height, making them more like 28 inch tires. This reduces the mechanical advantage on the hub motor, and the extra wide tire patch is great for floating over soggy terrain but also creates a lot more rolling resistance, making the motor work even harder just to get me going. Still, 750 watt is VERY powerful and even with tires it can get going quickly, so please be careful with this bike! The Nashorn has a sealed internal cadence sensor with 12 magnets, and while it’s more responsive than cadence sensors with fewer magnets, there’s still a delay from the time I start and stop pedaling to the time the motor activates and cuts off. This is true of almost all cadence sensors, and is especially pronounced when getting started from a dead stop in a high gear. Thankfully, the throttle here is live from 0 mph so I can override the cadence sensor by just giving the throttle a twist. Then, when I get up to speed I can continue use the cadence sensor. For manually cutting power to the motor, I can use the motor inhibitors, which are activated whenever I slightly depress the brake levers. This is particularly useful for when I’m trying to navigate tricky terrain at low speeds — I may not want the motor to activate! The brakes on the Nashorn are mechanical disc brakes with 180mm rotors in the front and rear. The stopping power is ample, but not as strong as hydraulic disc brakes. Still, I never felt like I had a lack of stopping power. Because these are mechanical brakes, I can’t adjust the brake lever to better fit my hand size; this might be an issue for some riders with extra small or extra large hands.
Powering the Nashorn, the integrated Blaze-Lite front headlight and the LCD display unit was 48 volt, 624 watt hour locking removable downtube mounted Lithium-ion battery pack. The keyhole is located near the top of the battery, keeping the key well out of the way of the cranks, but the charging port is located on the bottom of the battery and can easily get snagged by the cranks when charging the battery on the frame. In fact, I had to charge this bike up before testing it and I almost pulled the cable out by accidentally moving the cranks. This can damage the charging cable, or even the battery. This battery does have a power indicator on the top for a quick way to tell how much juice is left, especially when it’s off the bike. It also has a full size USB Type-A port so I can power accessories while riding or use the battery as a portable power bank. Something I greatly appreciate. The 624 watt hours of juice will allow me to ride anywhere from 15 to 30 miles, maybe more, depending on how I ride, how much extra weight I’m carrying, what kind of terrain I’m tackling and the tire pressure. Remember, these tires can be deflated all the way down to 5 PSI for maximum traction and for the biggest possible tire patch, but that will greatly reduce efficiency and range.
A long press of the power button turns on the display and after a quick boot up the Nashorn is ready to ride. The display always reverts to pedal assist level 1, lights off, whenever it is turned on, regardless of the settings I had when I turned it off. I would prefer the display has a memory, but really not a big deal and maybe that’s just a personal preference thing. As mentioned earlier, the throttle is live from 0 mph and as soon as the bike boots up. I LOVE this not just because it helps me get going from a dead standstill and override the delay with the cadence sensor, but moreover, I use it for assisting the bike up stairs. The other side of this coin though is that an accidental activation of the throttle could result in the bike flying away from me… which has definitely happened. The display isn’t adjustable so I can change the angel to avoid glare, and I can’t remove it without tools, so it might get scratched up if I leave it at a public bike rack. Overall though I do like this display and I like that it provides all the pertinent information I want to see. Navigating through the display is pretty simple with the independent button pad. The + and – keys change pedal assist levels, tap the power button to toggle the lights and hold the – key to enter walk mode. There are a few settings that can be adjusted by holding the SET key, but it’s not a lot. The independent button pad itself has nice, tacky buttons that are easy to press and provide tactile feedback with an audible click to let me know I actually depressed the key I wanted to. This is great as it saves me from having to take my eyes off the road and look down at the display to see what happened.
Overall, the Nashorn is a good performing off-road fat tire electric bike, and one of the few that I’ve seen with full suspension. It has more than enough power, enough in fact to not only get in trouble legally, but also pose a safety hazard. Please be careful with this bike as it can get up to speed quickly! I like how soft the ride is here not just because of the dual suspension but also because of the fat tires, it really smooths out the road. I also like that the Nashorn has most of the wires routed internally, has a removable battery that can double as a portable power bank and rear-mounted kick stand that stays clear of the cranks. However, because of the Nashorn only comes in one frame size and color, some folks may not be able to comfortably ride this frame, and some may be excluded from riding it altogether, not to mention that some riders might want a color besides black or white. Despite these limitations, Eccobike seems to have done all they can to go the extra mile for customers, including quickly answering the phone and responding to emails, providing a 1-year comprehensive warranty and low cost for shipping. This feels like a great electric bike for anyone who wants to tackle some pretty serious trails, and especially trails with lots of loose dirt, mud, sand or snow as those fat tires will easily float through just about anything. I want to thank Eccobike for partnering with me on this review and if you have any questions or comments please feel free to leave them here or on the YouTube video comments section and Court and I will do our best to respond as quickly as possible. Thanks so much and have a great day!
- Half grip twist throttle is live from 0 mph, making it easy to get going from a dead stop and also allowing the bike to be assisted up stairs
- Display is well lit and easily visible in direct sunlight, provides all the pertinent information needed to know what is happening with the bike’s electronics, buttons on independent button pad have tactile feedback with an audible click
- Most wires are internally routed keeping the frame looking nice and clean
- Front suspension has preload adjust and lockout so they can be fine tuned to each rider’s weight and ride style
- Front headlight is attached to the suspension arch so the beam turns along with the handlebars to illuminate the path, headlight is also routed to the main battery so there’s never any batteries to replace
- Fat tires have huge tire patch to help the bike float over soggy terrain like snow, sand and mud and they also have a huge air volume to add even more suspension to the bike
- Mechanical disc brakes with 180mm rotors provide ample stopping power, which is important for a bike like this that has a powerful 750 watt motor and top speed of 25 mph
- Matte white frame looks nice should help increase visibility in low light conditions, top tube also slopes downward to provide a lower stand over height, which is great for folks with shorter inseams
- Battery is located on the downtube to help keep the weight as evenly distributed as possible, this makes for a pretty well balanced bike, battery has full size USB Type A port to charge accessories while riding or on the go, battery also has power indicator on the top to quickly check charge level
- Sealed internal 12 magnet cadence sensor is more responsive than cadence sensors with fewer magnets and the housing should help protect it from dust and dirt buildup, which could lower the sensitivity and reduce overall longevity
- Rear suspension has 50mm of travel and preload adjust to fine tune to each rider’s weight and ride style
- Double sided plastic chainring guard helps keep the chain locked in place and reduces the chance it can derail towards the inside or outside, also provides a small degree of protection to the chainring teeth in the event of a strike
- Selle Royal RoyalGel saddle is active but comfortable, saddle can be dropped all the way to the seat post clamp which is quick release so saddle height can be adjusted on the fly without tools
- Kick stand is mounted in the rear and stays out of the way of the cranks, so there’s no pedal locked if the bike is rolled backwards from storage with the kick stand deployed
- 750 watt motor provides more than enough power and helps to balance out the extra rolling resistance from fat tires
- 1 year comprehensive warranty, good customer service and low shipping costs provide added benefit to the already lower price compared to brick-and-mortar shops
- Throttle is live from 0 mph, which can prove to be dangerous on accidental activation, this doesn’t appear to be a function that can be modified in the settings
- Shimano SIS Index thumb shifters are an entry level component and require a repositioning of the hand to switch gears for many riders, this leaves less hand on the grip and less control over the bike
- Brake levers don’t have rubberized edge which reduces how grippy they are, mechanical disc brakes aren’t as powerful as hydraulic disc brakes and require more hand strength to fully activate, brake levers also aren’t adjustable and can’t be let out or taken in to finely tune the reach to each rider
- Grips aren’t locking and can spin around when under heavy torque, this can be a safety issue if tackling technical terrain
- Headlight is attached to the arch of the suspension making it unsuspended weight, headlight might rattle loose over time, this headlight also isn’t particularly bright and while it does increase visibility in low light conditions it doesn’t do much in the way of actually illuminating a path
- Fat tires have far more rolling resistance than regular sized tires and eat up much more of the battery, these tires also don’t have puncture protection or any sort of goo inside to help seal punctures
- Battery has the charging port on the bottom and the cord can easily get caught up in the cranks when charging the battery on the bike, this can damage the charging cable and even the battery
- Cadence sensor has a delay from the time the cranks start and stop rotating to the time the motor activates and deactivates, this can be particularly troublesome on technical trails which it feels like this bike is aimed at
- At 66.5 pounds this bike is lighter than other fat tire electric bikes, but is still a heavy setup and might be difficult for some folks to load and unload into a truck or on a bike rack safely
- One frame size can limit who can comfortably ride this frame and might exclude some extra short or extra tall riders altogether, also only comes in two color options: matte black and matte white
- Double sided chainring guard is made of plastic and will likely break in the event of a real strike, does little in the way of actually protecting the chainring itself
- Spokes in the back are 13 gauge, the same thickness as the front spokes despite having a very powerful 750 watt motor in the back, thicker gauge spokes equate to higher structural integrity, which again is needed for serious off-road trails and to compensate for the added weight of the motor in the rear wheel and the torque it places on the wheel
- No steel derailleur cage leave the derailleur and power cable vulnerable to damage in the event of a strike or if the bike is dropped on the right side
- Lack of bosses means the overall utility of this bike is limited, it can tackle off-road trails but probably won’t work well for bikepacking or hunting
- Direct-order only means there is no way to test this bike before buying, bike must also be assembled by the buyer