Will ebikes ever achieve mass adoption in these United States of America? It remains hard to say; to this day, in a country so enamored with seemingly any latest technological development, with the most collective spending power of any country in the world, only roughly 140,000 populate the U.S. streets (according to one estimate cited by Time). There can likely be cultural explanations behind the difficulty in marketing ebikes to the average consumer, as well as plain old human ones. American machismo can be unforgiving at anything it collectively perceives as unmasculine, a tag that electric bikes are unfortunately susceptible to in certain circles. The bikes are expensive, and the purchase represents a commitment to, in many circumstances, a change in lifestyle, a new way to ride to work. That simple act of change is something many of us find quite difficult.
But ebikes can actually be a very sensible decision for the many folks seeking to cut down on costs of vehicle upkeep, car insurance, and gasoline -- a considerable sum when totaled. Additionally, options like the Magnum Mi5 and the Pedego Step-Thru Interceptor seek to allay consumers concern over aesthetic-induced self consciousness, with their unadorned, classic attractiveness.
An excellent option for new riders is the Haibike Xduro Fats, a bike which, like the E3 Sumo, bears the fat style which has come into favor in recent years. The Electric Bike Review lauds the FatSix as " the only Bosch powered fat bike I’ve seen with suspension", a feature which, in conjunction with the fat tire, make this a bike an ideal solution for rough terrain. The top speeds of low 20's in miles per hour and the 25-35 mile range make it a practical way to get many of the places the typical person goes in an average day.
The 4 inch tires give a sense of stability regardless of the terrain and adjusting pressures by small amounts can have a significant effect on comfort.
It just gobbles up anything you point it at and turns heads anywhere you go.It is surprisingly light/nimble, rolls really well on tarmac and is awesome on really soft stuff.
The frame is available in three sizes! This is pretty impressive for a niche fat bike and very welcome news to taller riders who might feel squished on smaller frames.
No throttle mode here, this ebike only offers pedal assist (like all Bosch powered systems) so you have to contribute to make it go.
Handling was very easy, with the low center of gravity and fat wheels. It went through mud without any problem.