Best Fat Tire Bikes

Review & Comparison, Last Update April 14, 2020
Go fat or go home because bikes with extra-wide tires are not going anywhere. With fat tire bikes, you can go cycling without worrying about the road ahead. The best fat tire bikes will give you the traction necessary to plow through sand, snow, and muddy grounds like they're perfect asphalt. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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Weight
Warranty
 
PROS

The outage braking system will be able to bring the bicycle to an abrupt halt even when the terrain is pretty slippery and the speed approaches 20 mph. The LCD screen will be displaying everything from the battery status to the current speed and the available riding modes. 

CONS

The tire guard does not last. 

OUR VERDICT

The Ecotric Electric Fat Tire Bike can easily handle most snowy, sandy, and muddy terrains. From dirt trails to wet roads, the bike will let you tackle them all. You'll be able to reach ~20 mph and the battery will give you at least 19 miles before running out of juice.

detailed parameters
Frame

Aluminum alloy frame, 18"

Wheels

26" alloy wide rims, 4" fat tires

Brakes

Front and rear disc brakes

Gear

Shimano gearing and shifters, 7 speeds

Extras

500-watt brushless rear motor, 36V/12AH removable lithium battery (range up to 19 miles), LCD screen, Adjustable saddle height, Adjustable handlebar, Non-slip grips, Kickstand

Weight

58 lbs

Warranty

Lifetime for frame, 2 years for display, controller, and motor, 1 year for battery

PROS

The quick-release seat post clamp lets you easily adjust the saddle height. The pedals come equipped with light reflectors, making you more visible at night. Plus, they're not too rigid, so you do not have to press them too hard to produce results. 

CONS

The brake calipers squeal a little bit.

OUR VERDICT

Equipped with perforated rims, fat and knobby yet light tires, and this thin tapered fork, the Mongoose Malus Fat Tire Bike weighs only 40 pounds yet can easily handle the roughest terrains. The frame easily absorbs shocks to keep the ride smooth and enjoyable.

detailed parameters
Frame

High-tensile steel frame, 18"

Wheels

26" alloy wide rims, 4" fat tires

Brakes

Front and rear disc brakes

Gear

Shimano gearing and shifters, 7 speeds

Extras

Adjustable saddle height, Adjustable handlebar, Non-slip grips

Weight

~40 lbs

Warranty

Limited lifetime for frame, 1 year for parts

PROS

The 26-inch alloy rims have been reinforced to make them resistant to cracks and deformation even with you jumping from high curbs and riding across hard obstacles. The bike is shipped almost assembled. It is able to support ~350 pounds. 

CONS

The bike is pretty heavy. 

OUR VERDICT

From rocky trails to steep fire roads, the Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike is the vehicle that will allow you to challenge any path and come out victorious. You can also easily upgrade the bike down the road. The crank ratio is pretty great too.

detailed parameters
Frame

High-tensile steel frame, 17"

Wheels

26" alloy wide rims, 4" fat tires

Brakes

Front and rear disc brakes

Gear

Shimano gearing and shifters, 7 speeds

Extras

Adjustable saddle height, Adjustable handlebar, Non-slip grips

Weight

~50 lbs

Warranty

Limited lifetime for frame, 1 year for parts

PROS
With 16 available speed options, the bike not only tolerates more misalignment but also lets you switch between descending and ascending the biggest hills with ease. The available frames range from 14 to 20 inches, so all heights will be able to find a fitting bike. 
CONS

It might take you some time to assemble the bicycle. 

OUR VERDICT

The Gravity Bullseye Monster will take you anywhere you want to go. This is the bike that will be able to accommodate even the most aggressive riders who are all about challenging the roughest, bumpiest, jerkiest grounds. Plus, the model's pretty easy to maintain.

detailed parameters
Frame

Aluminum alloy frame (14", 16", 18", and 20" available)

Wheels

26" alloy wide rims, 4" fat tires

Brakes

Front and rear disc brakes

Gear

Shimano front derailleur, SRAM rear derailleur and shifters, 16 speeds  

Extras

Adjustable saddle height, Adjustable handlebar, Non-slip grips

Weight

Depends on frame size 

Warranty

Limited lifetime for frame, 1 year for parts

PROS

The non-slip grips will be able to minimize crashing/accident chances. The bike's disc brakes, fitted with 160mm rotors, enable controlled descent and are packing ample stopping power to make the bike go from 15 mph to 0 mph in a snap.

CONS

The gearing requires improving.

OUR VERDICT

Riding the Diamondback El OSO Nino, kids will be able to learn on the fly, while you do not have to worry about them falling and tumbling when the grounds become even remotely challenging. Also, the bike looks cool enough to satisfy even the choosiest kids.

detailed parameters
Frame

High-tensile steel frame (for 4- 9 y.o. riders)

Wheels

26" alloy wide rims, 4" fat tires

Brakes

Front and rear disc brakes

Gear

Shimano gearing and shifters, 7 speeds

Extras

Adjustable saddle height, Adjustable handlebar, Non-slip grips

Weight

~30 lbs

Warranty

Limited lifetime for frame, 1 year for parts

ECOTRIC Electric

Explore off the Beaten Path

The Ecotric Electric Fat Tire Bike is no trick. Sure, this e-bike is unable to match the fastest electric bicycles but that's understandable given that the product has been designed with snow and sand in mind. Considering the intended terrains, the model's ability to reach ~20 mph is nothing to sneeze at. The 7-speed gearing gives you enough speed options and tolerates more misalignment over the course of long rides. The front and rear Tektro Novela 160mm mechanical disc brakes are no joke too but when these are not enough, you also have an outage braking system that offers the extra force necessary to bring the bike to an abrupt halt.

The 36-volt battery lasts, we can tell you that much. Sticking to the throttle-only mode, the battery will give you ~14 miles. In contrast, the pedal-assist only mode will allow you to cover ~50 miles without recharging the battery.

There's more than enough to unpack here, from the LCD screen that displays the odometer, current speed, battery charge, and motor watts to the five riding modes, including Walking, Eco, Standard, Power, and Speed. But, considering everything we've mentioned above and that the bike comes 90% pre-assembled, this is already enough to tell you that this e-bike is not the best option to aid accommodate urban commute but up there with the best electric fat tire bikes as far as off-roading goes.

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Mongoose Malus

Rolling over Anything

The Mongoose Malus Fat Tire Bike is up there with the best intro bikes to turn fat tire bike newbies into lifelong enthusiasts. That being said, most riding aficionados who are into exploring rough terrains will be more than fine with this bike. Its fat, knobby 4-inch-wide mountain tires roll over anything, while the 4-inch alloy rims provide enough strength to support the tires despite the lightweight construction. The disc brakes are powerful and effective enough, so you can accelerate without worrying about the brakes failing when they're needed the most.

From the comfort perspective, the pedals are not rigid, so you won't be feeling like you're pushing two paddles when trying to propel this bike. The low-rise handgrips allow you to ride maintaining an excellent posture. The frame's sturdy enough to absorb most shocks and vibrations from the bumpiest grounds, so you can enjoy the ride even when the terrain is not necessarily conducive to the most enjoyable experience. The brake calipers will squeal sometimes but that's where the model's discomfort points end.

Bottom line, the Mongoose Malus Fat Tire Bike offers excellent clearance, precise control, and enough strength to bounce over embankments and boing over rocks.

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Mongoose Dolomite

The Weight Goes Both Ways

Some say that this bike's biggest downfall is its weight. We're inclined to disagree though. Sure, 50 pounds is more than most people are comfortable with as far as non-electric bikes are concerned. At the same time, the bike is able to hold and support 350 pounds, so the biggest, brawniest riders will be able to use this bike without worrying about safety and its lifespan.

Besides that, what separates this model is its awesome chain functionality. Guided to the front sprocket, the chain does not pop off, so you won't be able to trap the pants with the chain when pedaling. With Shimano gearing and shifters, climbing hills and switching gears while riding will be the easiest, smoothest task.

Having said all that, what defines fat tire bikes are wheels and tires (the most shocking revelation indeed), so the 26-inch rims with 4-inch tires are what will be preventing this bicycle from sinking into dirt, snow, and sand, allowing you ride through anything from gravel to ice. Likewise, the responsive braking system will be able to despite the terrain, steep slope, high speed, anything.

To sum this up, the Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike will handle rocky trails and steep fire roads like nothing.

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Gravity Bullseye Monster Aluminum

Defying Gravity

The Gravity Bullseye Monster is an awesome and a fitting name when you look at this thing. Sure, the bike is not that affordable but premium models are not supposed to be affordable, they're supposed to impose and intimidate. Incidentally, imposing and intimidating are the two words we'd use to describe this bike before else.

The 6061 aluminum frame makes this bike ultralight, along with the Chromoly steel fork. With the SRAM 2x8 drivetrain, the model's fitted with 16 speeds, tolerating more misalignment than most fat tire bikes and giving you those extra speed options that are necessary when you're hitting mixed trails.

Before that though, the bike does not discriminate, with its aluminum alloy frame available ranging from 14" to 20", so short and tall people alike will be able to ride this bicycle. It might take these people some time to assemble the bike because, unlike the models we've reviewed before, this one's not shipped 80-90% assembled. Luckily, we're only talking about time investments since there's nothing complicated about its assembly.

In short, the Gravity Bullseye Monster Aluminum Fat Bike will be able to strike fear into the hearts of people who dare to challenge you with inferior bikes. Too much? Perhaps, but the bike is that good, both from appearance and performance standpoints.

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Diamondback Bicycles El OSO Nino

Big Bike Features in a Small Package

The Diamondback El OSO Nino is how you get kids hooked up on fat bikes. The company's smallest bike, this model's what kids between 4 and 9 years old can use to monster-truck over everything the approaching path has to offer.

Made with high-tensile steel, the bike's frame and fork are tough enough to handle prowling the neighborhood, the woods, and anything in-between. The bike's 20-inch wheels have been shod with 4-inch-wide tires, enabling reduced tire pressure yet allowing this little vehicle to grab every bit of traction available, which leads to extra float with soft surfaces like sand, mud, and snow.

Apart from that, the 7-speed Shimano grip shifter will let kids charge up hills, while the Apex mechanical disc brakes with 160mm rotors will lend more than enough stopping power to stop the bike in its tracks, also enabling controlled descent. Some find the gearing pretty clunky but even those kids who are not necessarily quick on the uptake should get used to them within the first few rides.

When you add adjustable saddle height, an adjustable handlebar, and non-slip grips to this equation, the answer will be the best MTB with fat tires for kids can money buy. Plus, the bicycle is shipped 95% pre-assembled and will take you no more than 30-60 minutes to put together.

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What Is a Fat Tire Bike?

Fat tire bikes are all the rage these days and we can totally see where biking enthusiasts are coming from. See, even the best standard MTBs can only take you so far. You can hit bumpy trails, sure but what happens when the ground gets muddy? Bikes with fat tires do not care about that. Even the softest surfaces like snow, sand, and mud cannot prevent fat tires from floating through and across them. These tires provided enough traction to make the most challenging, unpleasant terrain the easiest obstacle you're yet to overcome.

Aside from that, these bikes' most defining characteristics are probably the high-tensile, high-strength frames and forks that let you prowl through the woods like they're nothing. They're still mountain bikes though, so standard attributes like smooth gearing and multiple speeds ought to be present too so that you can climb hills and crush varying terrains with poise and finesse. Also known as beach cruisers, these bikes with huge tires are what you can recommend to anyone who loves you to explore atop two wheels.

Since fat tire MTBs let you ride anywhere, bike computers will come in handy too. Alternatively, you can purchase a bike phone mount and use the phone as GPS, odometer, and whatnot.

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Publish Date: 2020-04-14 12:57:00