Any Fat tire bike owners out there?

Lil Foot

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Been thinking about getting me one of these, thought I'd ask for some input.
Any preferred brands or brands to stay away from?
Features to look for or stay clear of?
I have seen prices from less than $300 to over $7100.
Thanks in advance. :)
 

mikester

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Costco had some nice looking ones - electric too!

No idea on good brands these days, seems like they all come out of the same el-crappo chinese factory. At least costco has a good returns policy.
 

WhitleyStu

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In mid August I purchased a RECON Ranger from RECON Power Bikes in Fort Wayne since I could actually ride one rather than shop online for my first bike. The only other option was the rather expensive TREKs at several local bike shops. I wanted one to exercise my knees and hips to lower my pain level. It's working!!! I have 370 miles on the bike already. RECON sells these bikes to Secret Service, FBI, Border Patrol and thousands of other law enforcements departments around the world.
I wanted a "do everything-go any where" for my first bike. In the future I would like to have a full suspension mountain bike like a Frey or Luna Cycle.
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skeets

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Last fat tire bike I had was on the Fat Boy
 
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Vlach7

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My wife and I have a Velowave Ranger, $1600 Amazon, and a Rad Rover "Step thru six plus", $2100 on line, we love them, need a good quality rack, I welded brace inside the rack for extra strength, bikes 70lbs each, took them cross country behind our truck camper, almost anywhere people hike we rode our bikes, you will ride more, great exercise or not, 40-50 miles per charge with assistance, 10-15 miles battery only, get high quality locks, thieves love them, forget using a cable, easily cut, we remove the 10lb batteries to lighten for the rack and deter the thieves.
 

lugbolt

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place i worke for got vandalized by a guy on a fat tire bike. Broke into the boss's rv, busted out the TV's (expensive ones at that), broke a window in the building came in and destroyed a bunch of stuff on the showroom. Got into the electronics store next door too and did some stuff in there. Stole nothing that we can see, but got a great up-close photo of him while he was trying to bust out a camera. Guy was out of the store by 0715. I got to work at 0725 so I missed him by 10 min. Better be glad too because growing up the way I did, I don't put up with that stuff and I learned that the cops take forever to show up
 
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rc51stierhoff

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Been thinking about getting me one of these, thought I'd ask for some input.
Any preferred brands or brands to stay away from?
Features to look for or stay clear of?
I have seen prices from less than $300 to over $7100.
Thanks in advance. :)
Good day. I have a Trek Stash (I’d call it more of a chubby bike than a fat bike 😉). I don’t have any experience in a true fat bike….the stash is what I use for off road use including on sand and when we travel we typically take it (much better for all around use for us then our gravel or road bikes). IMO a fat tire bike is not for all day touring…but on the beach or trail or towns with crappy streets or something it’s just fine. Depending on how you plan to use the bike I think the gear set you choose and the seat/ergonomics are most important. Unless you really need more than one front chain ring a single fr ring sure simplifies things. Stash has a single front ring. After getting that, I wish one of my road bikes just had a single fr ring for days not doing many hills(I am usually only on one ring anyway and makes tuning way easier). If planning to ride on sand be sure about the gearing. Once you figure out the air pressure for the different types of terrain you love the ride…it’s like an old school caddy or Buick when you let some air out. Good luck.