Fat bikes are popular because they provide traction in snow.I am planning to buy a fat bike that can help me ride in winter. But when I researched on it I found it to be a little expensive than the other types. Why is it so?
Can I ride other type bikes in winter also?
The main usage of the bike will be to commute daily to my office which is around 10 miles from my home.Fat bikes are popular because they provide traction in snow.
Any plus size tire bike or AWD bike should do equally well (may be not in deep snow) but they do pretty well. I myself ride with winter tires on a regular E-bike and it does well on roads. I don't ride when there is too much snow or black ice and I have not had any accident.
What will be your main usage of the bike?
What's terrain like where you ride?
What's your budget and fitness level?
all of these play into picking the right bike for you.
Thanks for the information. Will think about it.Are you looking for a 2WD fat tire, mid-drive or hub, with or without throttle?
I ride a 4" fat tire rear hub 750w/80nm TQ Radrover ebike all year; but, don't ride in snow/icy conditions. I mostly work commute and studded tires might wear down very quickly at +75 miles per week on paved roads. Radrovers come in pretty cheap at under $1800 and you can upgrade with aftermarket studded winter tires in the 4" to 4.8" range for around $120-$220.
I do ride the sandy trails in the spring/summer and fat tires do an excellent job floating on top compared to digging in with thinner tires when the hot loose sand gets 3-6 inches deep. Having full 750w of instant throttle power available to keep your momentum can be the difference of powering through deep spots or dismounting and pushing your ebike for a while.
Where I live there are extensive winter trails, many of which are now open to fat biking. In addition some hardy souls are opening more fatbike-specific trails. I've never seen a fat bike here equipped with fenders. General consensus seems to be that snow will get trapped in the fender until the wheels won't turn anymore....
A fatbike would need fenders for rain/snow. The knobby tires will toss it in your face and down your back. ...