Having finally had the chance to try this electric recumbent we could not wait to do our Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle review. The bottom line is that this is possibly the most relaxing and chilled out forms of personal transportation that we have tried yet.
Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle Review – Quick Look
The Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle is a three wheeled form of personal transport. The rider sits in a seat in a laid back relaxing position. The pedals are situated out in front of the rider while the handlebars are situated to the riders sides. What makes the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle different from every other recumbent is a powerful hub motor in the rear wheel that assists you are you pedal.
|Top Speed||20 – 45 mph|
|Motor||750 – 1200 watts|
|Dimensions||83.5 x 33.25 inches|
At first glance the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle may look like any other recumbent. It is when you take a closer look and actually ride the device that you realise how well kitted out it is.
Powerful Electric Motor
The driving force that powers the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle is a powerful 750 watt electric hub motor. This can easily be increased to 1200 watts if you add the PowerBooster which is available to buy separately.
Using the basic 750 watts it is surprising just how fast the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle can go. This is a surprisingly torque filled hub motor that seems to be only slightly effected by inclines.
The very fact it is a hub motor also means that no power is lost in the drive chain.
Controls and Display
Controlling the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle is very similar to how you would control a bicycle.
Unlike a conventional bicycle the handlebar grips are positioned vertical rather than horizontal. They do however turn in the same manner a conventional bicycle. Turn the bars in the direction you want to turn which turns the front two wheels in that direction. Steering is as simple as that.
Braking and stopping the recumbent, again, is exactly the same as you would a bicycle. Brake levers are mounted on the handlebar grips.
The electric motor can be used to drive you along and to assist you with your pedalling. To engage the motor you will need to have the keys inserted and turned in a specially designed on/off switch. Once the power is turned on all that remains is to press a handlebar mounted button to engage the motor. On the handlebars is also buttons that allow you to control the speed of the motor and level of assistance that you will be given.
Fitted to the actual handlebar itself is an LCD display unit. This is very much the same as a fancy bicycle computer which displays a variety of helpful information. Such information includes remaining battery power, speed, average speed, distance, and time.
Performance and Range
What really makes the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle stand out as one of the best forms of personal transport is its range and top speed. Because this recumbent does not rely just on battery power it is able to go further and faster than any other form of personal transport.
It is possible to reach around 20 mph using just the electric motor alone. With that said when you ride the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle you automatically realise that the motor is there more of an assistance than a form of propulsion. Because your natural instinct makes you want to pedal you can expect, easily, a full day of riding before you need to recharge the battery. The range of the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle certainly blows anything and everything else out of the water.
The top speed of the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle is just the same. While you can reach 20mph using the motor alone there is no real limit to the top speed once you start to pedal. It is a well documented fact that a basic recumbent is a lot faster than a conventional bicycle. It is not uncommon to hear of a non-electric recumbent reaching a speed of over 60mph. While such speeds are usually reserved for specially geared machines it is worth considering that the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle has an electric motor to assist the rider. We experimented with this machine and even tried it with an overweight and unfit friend. Our friend was able to reach a top speed of 39mph when the motor was engaged. We would certainly expect a relatively fit rider to reach a top speed of 50mph.
Front and Rear Disc Brakes
Each of the two front wheels features its own disc brake as does the rear wheel. The brakes are operated just like they would be on a bicycle with handlebar mounted brake levers.
The big question is – how do the brakes perform? The answer is, very well indeed. Unlike rim brakes that are often found on bicycles they are not effected by moisture and provide ultimate progressive stopping power. The harder you pull the lever, the harder the brakes will apply. Even when travelling at 40mph we never felt we would be unable to stop.
The front wheels of the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle are smaller than the rear wheel. The front wheels measure 20 inches in diameter while the rear wheel is measures 26 inches.
More importantly, the tyres are 4 inches thick and capable of holding plenty air. This may seem irrelevant but when you combine the spongey tyres with the cushioned seat you cannot help but notice how well the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle soaks up the bumps in the road. You really cannot put a price on comfort and anything that acts as a shock absorber is most welcome. Especially on those longer rides which we assure you that you will want to be completing on this machine.
What We Like About Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle
First up we simply love the riding position. Not only does it give you the ability to ride fast it is also ridiculously comfortable. It is very much like relaxing on a sun lounger as you whizz along.
We also really love the big and chunky tyres that absorb bumps in the road. As you would imagine this is a huge benefit when you are so close to the ground. There is also the fact that the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle is so easy to control. If you know how to control a conventional bicycle then you will have no problems here.
There is also the powerful electric motor. The fact it can propel the rider up to 20mph without pedalling is awesome. This brings us onto the overall range between charges. When it comes to electric personal transport there is nothing out there to compete with the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle. Because you you assist the motor and the motor assists you the can literally go all day. Also, with 7 gears you never feel like you are struggling. Even when going up steep inclines.
It is also nice to see that wing mirrors are included on the handlebars for added safety.
What We Don’t Like About Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle
There is the fact you will need a tool to remove the front wheels should you get a puncture. While this is not really a huge issue it would have been nice to see a quick release mechanism instead. This just means you will need to carry an allen key with your spare inner tubes.
It is nice that a bicycle style computer has been included with the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle. However, it would have been nice to see something maybe a little fancier. Maybe a color touchscreen and possibly a satellite navigation system. We are possibly been a little harsh here but we all love our gadgets.
Finally, the one big issue with the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle is what to do with it when not in use. Because this is somewhat wider than a conventional bicycle you really need a garage or a shed to store it in. This is not something that you will want to be bringing back and forwards through your front door.
If you are looking for a relaxing, unique form of transportation but do not want an electric scooter or bicycle then the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle is certainly a good choice. It is easy to ride, fast, goes forever, and above all else, comfortable.
It is a well constructed and put together machine that really feels it will last a very long time.
There is simply no denying that the Fat Tire Electric Recumbent Tricycle offers endless amounts of fun and is one of the best and most chilled out forms of electric personal transportation that we have ever tried.
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