What happens when you add an electric motor to a fat tire bike designed for use on snow, sand, and mud? We’re not really sure either, but that’s exactly what a company called M2S is looking to find out with their latest crowdfunding campaign.
The bike manufacturer has created a new product that should allow fat tire riders to go further and faster when heading off the beaten track. The M2S All Terrain features big, knobby 4.5″ tires and an integrated 750-watt rear-hub motor that the company claims has a range of 50 miles in pedal assist mode or 20 miles in throttle only mode. That’s enough for most riders to get to and from where they want to go with plenty of power to spare.
The All Terrain is available in two models – the Standard Fork and Suspension Fork. As their names imply, the former comes with a frame that has no suspension whatsoever, while the latter is equipped with a hydraulic suspension – complete with a lockout mode – to help make riding over rough terrain a bit easier. Of course, the addition of the suspension adds about $250 to the overall cost, but I can’t imagine riding off-road anymore without one.
When the Indiegogo campaign was launched, M2S was hoping to raise $12,500 to get their electric fat tire bike into production. They have exceeded that goal fairly handily, and with time to spare, so the bike is now expected to go into production in November. Optional upgrades to the basic design will include a fender package ($50) and the addition of a Shimano Deore gear system ($150), as well as a rack and spannier kit ($300) for carrying extra gear with you when you hit the trail. M2S will also offer additional batteries for the electric drive ($375 each) and a fat tire adventure trailer ($300) for those truly long distance excursions.
The All Terrain Standard Fork model is currently available through the Indiegogo campaign for $1250, which is about $800 off the full retail price when the bike eventually begins shipping. The Suspension Fork version is selling for $1500 to early-bird contributors as well, which is $900 off the eventual retail price.
If you’ve been waiting to get your hands on an electric fat tire bike, now just might be your chance. Find out more on M2S’s Indiegogo page.
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