As affordable fat-tire electric bikes go, the Velowave Ranger has a price point starting at $1,800 or so. We highly recommend you shell out the $330 extra for the optional rack and fenders.
The 750W Bafang rear hub motor delivers a good kick when you use the thumb throttle or pedals, and thanks to the 720 Watt-hour battery, it’ll go a good 30 or so miles per charge on typical terrain.
We can see a hint of big bike manufacturers Giant’s style in the downtube housing the battery with its slight indent at the top. You won’t get as good an e-bike for that price from Giant, however.
This is a fat tire electric bike that’ll be used mostly on-road. For an extra $175, you can buy a special off-road controller to handle the tougher terrain and torque from the motor. In its home environment — the urban jungle — it’ll be fine with the standard controller.
Reasons to Buy
If you’re planning to use this e-bike for commuting or utility work, the Ranger can have accessories like fenders and a rack added. Both adding to its overall look and making it a machine for carrying cargo, these accessories can make it a very practical and powerful e-bike even for street use.
Things to Consider
At this price point, there are better electric fat tires for riding on off-road adventures. This e-bike will handle a commute to work after a snowstorm but not necessarily a ride into the Sierra Nevada. If used for the right environment, this is a fat tire electric bike that’ll do many miles without troubling you.