Types of fat bikes
We are going to review two types — the regular and the stretch fat bike.
General fat bike
The general fat bike is called ‘general’ only because it’s being compared to the stretch fat bike. Its length is pretty standard and is similar to what you might find on normal bikes. In fact, except for the length of the body, there isn’t much difference between the general fat bike and the stretch fat bike.
Stretch fat bike
The stretch fat bike has a longer body that makes it look like it’s been stretched out. The pedals are closer to the anterior wheel than the middle, and that makes it easy to reach when you’re riding. This kind of bike is designed with heavy riders in mind.
The distance between the two tires on a stretch fat bike allows for even weight distribution. This is even more important because fat bikes generally lack suspension. The cushion provided by their wide wheels is more than enough support, and it will get you through most terrains.
What are the benefits of a fat bike?
The most significant benefit of owning a fat bike is that they are fantastic for off-road riding. Normal mountain bikes will give you lots of difficulties when you’re trying to maneuver snow or sand, or even mud. But, with a fat bike, you can hit the trails, no matter what the ground is made of.
The big tires provide a lot of floatation for the rider and allow you to ride on areas with very loose traction without losing control. That way, you can focus your attention more on the trail in front of you and worry less about losing control.
What terrains are the fat bikes good for?
As you might have guessed, with their large tires and increased floatation, anywhere with loose grounds can accommodate a fat bike just fine. In this section, we’re going to talk about the best terrains where your fat bike can shine.
You can ride fat bikes anywhere, but you’re going to enjoy the experience more when you’re riding in one of these places.
Fat bikes for snow
If you’ve ever seen snow tires on a car, you’ll notice two things: They have deep zig-zag grooves, and their tread depths are deeper. Both of these features give the car improved grip when driving on the snow. Fat bike tires make their own adjustments for snow, and it’s all about having more space to grip the ground. A wider tire equals more weight distribution, and lower chances of sinking or skidding off the road.
Fat bikes for mountain trails
Unlike normal trails, mountain trails are looser. The road is littered with unpredictable turns and small rocks, and that makes it more difficult to navigate with a regular tire. This is why mountain trials are reserved for experienced riders. But, fat bike tires don’t have this problem. In fact, they are made for the mountain trail.
Fat bikes for the beach
Just like the snow and mountain trails, the beach has loose soil. It’s basically thousands of loose grains of sand on top of each other. That makes it very difficult to ride on if you don’t have a fat bike. But, if you’re riding a fat tire beach cruiser bike, you can cycle on the beach with no problems, whatsoever.
Why are fat bikes so expensive?
Like we discussed earlier, the only notable differences between fat bikes and regular bikes are the tire’s width and the lack of suspension. To an extent, both of these factors contribute to the high price of these bikes.
Manufacturers use more resources while manufacturing the tires of fat bikes. They also have to design new frames that can accommodate the tires. So, you’re paying for the increased manufacturing costs and product redesign.
The other reason fat bikes are expensive is that they are relatively new, and new products are always more expensive than regular ones.
Are fat bikes harder to ride?
The short answer is, it depends on where you’re riding. If you’re riding your fat bike on any of the terrains listed above, you’re going to have very little problems. In fact, if you’ve previously ridden regular bikes on these trails, you’re bound to prefer the fat bike experience because it’s easier.
On the other hand, if you’re riding your fat bike on normal grounds, the increased floatation and traction will take you a while to get used to, and you may have some initial difficulties. But, once you get used to it, you’re good to go.
What are the disadvantages of a fat bike?
Fat bikes are more expensive than regular bikes.
They may feel strange at first
When you start riding a fat bike, the first few rides are going to feel different because of the bike’s grip and handling.
You may spend a little more time cleaning
When maintaining your fat bike, you’re going to spend a little more time cleaning the tires because they are slightly larger than normal.
What is a fat tire electric bike?
Fat tire electric bikes are exactly like they sound. They are rechargeable bikes with fat tires. The advantages of these bikes are numerous, once you get past their price. They are rechargeable, which means that you can avoid the physical exertion you get when riding non-electric bikes riding. Also, their fat tires make them suitable for most terrains.