The all new fat wheel electric trike is great on all terrain, offering the rider great stability and cargo space. Front hub motor gives you the advantage of all wheel drive when pedalling.
The Trike is an awesome machine giving you a huge amount of stability and cargo space. Whether its a quick ride down to the supermarket for your weekly shopping, or a long ride along the coast with your dog in the back, the Trike wont disappoint! Now with the handy ready to mount hitch point for the Overide fat wheel cargo trailer for surfing, fishing and so much more! Colours available in matt black, pearl white ferrari red, and hot pink.
Motor – Powered by a quality 250 watt brushless front hub Bafang motor which will give you the power to go a distance of up to 75 km’s with pedal assist (PAS) or 25 km’s with the hand throttle (electric only – no pedalling). Speed is set to 25 km’s per hour to conform with Australian E-bike rules.
Pros and Cons:
Hub motor Pros
More affordable. More often produced in China where labour costs are lower which is passed onto the consumer.
Less effort by rider to generate the same amount of output as a mid drive motor. Especially more power on hill climbs from the takeoff.
No need for changing ones pedal stroke to minimise chain and cassette wear. Rider can pedal through the stroke in the same way as a normal bike.
Repair of parts in the motor is often but not always possible whereas most mid drive manufacturers don't support replacement of internal parts but suggest an entire motor replacement. Fine within the warranty period but not ideal outside of it.
Hub motor cons.
Far more weight in the front or rear wheel which does not give ideal weight distribution. The bike will feel quite different and heavier to a mid drive setup. This will be most noticeable when mountain biking.
Not ideal traction if the motor is on the front wheel. If the bike takes off from a steep slope especially if its wet the wheel can spin and slide. Not suitable for mountain biking at all.
The possibility of breaking spokes is higher as the wheel is laced with a relatively heavy motor in the middle of the rim. Spokes and hubs are under more stress. Imperative that the rider lifts off the saddle going over any speed jumps and pot holes. This is a skill that all riders should have but is crucial on electric bikes with rear hub motors to minimise broken spokes and fatiguing the rim.
Changing a flat tyre is more complex on most hub motor models. It will require more skill to remove and generally a spanner rather than the ease of quick release.
Mid drive pros: (Whipper Model)
Much nicer weight distribution with the motor low and centred to the frame. Bike will feel more like a standard bike.
More efficient use of the your contribution as the motor is designed to leverage the gears like a motorbike. A mid drive bike will get further range than a hub motor especially on big ascents.
Flat tyres and removing wheels is easier as the wheels on the bike are standard. No need for any tools to remove the wheels except when the ebike is setup with internal hub gears in the rear wheel.
Mid drive cons (Whipper Model)
More expensive than a hub motor. Generally the motors and bikes are made in Europe so a higher price point but this is changing with brands like Bafang from China producing mid drive kits and motors designed for frame manufacturers
Chain and cassette wear can be worse than a hub motor unless the rider is able to slow the pedal stroke to accommodate the heavy loads on the chain and cassette. On some mid drive motors like Bosch and Impulse the motor will power off when the rider shifts gears but the motor is still engaged while it spins down so the rider should slow the stroke before shifting to minimise clunky and intrusive gear shifting. In some models like Brose and Shimano e8000 this is imperative as there is no sensor to turn off the motor when shifting gears so the chance of snapping a chain or hangar is high especially on full power and on steep offroad hill climbs.
Battery – The battery is a Samsung, 48v 14.5a/h lithium ion unit, which is easily removable to take inside for charging, or you can charge it still on the bike. The battery is lockable for security.
Display – The centrally mounted easy to read LCD screen by Intelligent gives you all the info you need, battery level, speedometer, trip meter, odometer plus other features like different brightness levels for the backlight when riding at night.
The controls to the left on the handlebars has your power button and other buttons for selecting features like level of power, which is one to five and speed settings etc. Also has a handy walk mode.
Brakes – The Trike is equipped with Tektro Aries disc brakes.
This bike is equipped with a very comfortable spring loaded suspension seat, front suspension forks, together with the Fat Kenda 24 x 4.0 front and 20 x 4.0 rear tyres make this ride very comfortable. Gears are Shimano 6 speed.
Also includes the handy ready to mount trailer hitch point for the Overide Fat Wheel Cargo Trailer.
Includes LED front and rear lights, bell, reflectors on all wheels and pedals , to make this bike road legal and ready to go anywhere, just remember your helmet.