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Scott’s Genius eRIDE 920 is another bike with Shimano’s excellent Steps E8000 motor. The narrow width of this motor—same as a standard Shimano mountain bike crank—is a nice feature, as is the support and customization offered by Shimano’s e-Tube apps. Boost mode lets you cruise comfortably at up to 20 miles per hour on pavement, while Trail mode doles out torque more smoothly and increases range. But compared to the Bosch in e-mtb mode (comparable to Shimano's Trail mode), Shimano’s faster and harder-hitting torque is less desirable for navigating technical terrain. The 29-inch wheels and 150mm of travel provide the ability to straight-line some really gnarly stuff. This bike is meant for riding big and riding hard. The big travel, long trail, and slack head angle give you a bike that loves to go straight and gobble up rowdy trails. And despite being such a long bike, it still handles technical terrain well.
The bike has a maximum range of 20 miles before needing to recharge.  Keeping up with speed and battery life is a breeze with the Bafang LCD display that comes standard with this model. A durable aluminum alloy frame helps this bike take a beating and keep on going. The Stalker has an 8-speed transmission and a set of Tekro mechanical disc brakes that will give you full control over the bike. A pair of 20 inch by 4 inch tires will help you climb those steep hills and easily get down those muddy trails. 
X-Treme Scooters Mountain Bike has a 300-watt motor that is designed for urban areas. It can easily climb the hills and has a soft and comfortable seat for long travel. It is equipped with a lithium-ion battery that can travel 25 miles in a charge. You can ride the bike using a motor as well as paddles. The features of this bike include front and rear brakes, 7 speed Shimano tourney gear shifter system, RST Capa T7 hydraulic front forks, adjustable seat, tool kit, headlight, battery indicator, cargo rack, and lightweight aluminum alloy frame.
Our All Terrain electric fat bike is the ideal electric bike for hunting thanks to it’s whisper-quiet operation, 20+ mile range on throttle only and 28 mph top speed. The 4″ tires are ready to roll smoothly over all types of terrain from soft mud to deep snow. See how we’re quickly changing the game for hunters all across America with our affordable and high quality electric fat bike.
The motor is powerful enough to allow you to hit up to 35kmh on a 10.4ah battery that stays alive for 50km. With the fat Kenda tires and suspension fork, the bike does not need any pedal assistance to smoothly roll on even surfaces. The PAS provides five levels of assistance and even the first level is quite powerful. The fifth level will just blow you away with speed and torque and there is no way that you can pedal fast enough to meet any resistance.
The bike has a maximum range of 20 miles before needing to recharge.  Keeping up with speed and battery life is a breeze with the Bafang LCD display that comes standard with this model. A durable aluminum alloy frame helps this bike take a beating and keep on going. The Stalker has an 8-speed transmission and a set of Tekro mechanical disc brakes that will give you full control over the bike. A pair of 20 inch by 4 inch tires will help you climb those steep hills and easily get down those muddy trails. 

So let's take a look at the fat tire electric hunting bikes on the list.  And this review has been updated to name a clear winner from the pack.  You can't go wrong with any of these three electric hunting bike brands but after the the last 12 months or so a clear winner has stood out so at the bottom of this review we name our favorite.  So first off we have.....


It offers three levels of pedal assist modes which are eco, trail and turbo. At Turbo it is very easy to reach 20 mph speed but at eco mode it seems you need to do the most of work to be able to reach 20 mph speed. It has no problem on climbing most hills especially at turbo mode but on certain steep hills you may need to lower your gear. What sets Specialized apart from other electric mountainbikes is not it’s pure power of motor but how smooth is their motor.
The bikes we tested all use a different e-bike motor system, and the controls, the primary user interface, are an important element we rated but didn't weight as heavily as some of the others. Each motor system and its associated controls are slightly different. Our primary interest is in how user-friendly is it to interact with the system, how intuitive and ergonomic are the shifters, how good and easy to read is the display, and how easy is it to charge the battery? Each drive system also has a smartphone app that is intended to allow the user to fine-tune the motor's support settings, create custom settings, monitor battery charge and health, and a whole lot more. We don't feel the apps are necessary for the use of any of these e-MTB's, but those with an affinity for technology or personalizing your ride may be inclined to use them.
The Bulls E-Stream EVO AM 4 is a new addition to our electric mountain bike test and it didn't take long for our testers to fall in love with this new contender. This bike comes ready to rumble with a beefy enduro ready build with 150mm of front and rear wheel travel controlled by a stout RockShox Lyrik fork up front. Testers found this bike to come alive at speed with stable and confidence-inspiring trail manners that preferred to go fast, and big 2.8-inch wide Schwalbe tires that provided heaps of traction. Bulls has done a good job designing this beast, with a powerful and smooth Brose drive unit cleanly integrated into the frame along with a large 650Wh battery. The motor lays down very smooth power in all of its output settings and is one of the quietest models we tested. The large battery storage capacity provides the longest distance range of all the models in the test so you can stay out longer and ride farther than on models with smaller batteries. The e-bike controls have relatively good ergonomics and an easy to read display.
More and more people are switching to electric bikes for a lot of practical reasons. It provides convenience because you do not have to wait in traffic or look for the perfect parking spot. That saves you time and money for gas. As for health benefits, you can squeeze in some exercise and manually pedal your way to work then switch to the electric motor when you get tired.
I bought an electric bike mainly for hunting purposes earlier this year. Due to the motor size of 750 watts, it is not considered a motorized vehicle like a motorcycle where I live in the Rocky Mountains. No idea what the regs are in other states. It is considered a bicycle and can therefore be used just about anywhere on public land. Great way to go when you are covering tens of thousands of acres. Going from a week to a day to cover one of the ranches I hunt.
To help the rider find the perfect fit, the stem is adjustable. The bike also boasts dynamo powered lights alongside hydraulic disc brakes. The bike will suit riders from 4 ft 10 to 6 ft 5, and also integrates with a child seat. The total weight is 22.5kg, making it admittedly a fairly hefty folder – but that’s fairly uniform across electric versions.

Levo Battery Charger is a 4A battery charger. It is better than industry average of 3A chargers but not that impressive neither. I would expect at least in their expensive models such as Men’s S-Works Turbo Levo to see a 6A charger. Anyway it isn’t bad, actually better than what most e-bikes offer. Maybe they can offer a fast charger as an accessory who need to charge their e-bikes several times a day without wasting lot of time.


The Altitude Powerplay is one of three bikes on this list (Specialized Turbo Levo and Liv Intrigue E+ are the others) to use a custom motor. The Dyname 3.0 motor offers 100Nm of torque and is also compact enough that Rocky can use the same geometry and suspension-pivot placement as an unplugged Altitude, so the Powerplay feels more like an unplugged bike than most e-bikes. With the motor off it rides like a standard, albeit heavy, trail bike. The motor responds more quickly than some of the more popular systems and the increased torque offers increased acceleration, which, depending on the trail situation, can be welcome or a hindrance.
The Ghost is a sleek, quiet and practical bike with everything you need to carry out your daily chores and trips around town. It’s a simple and refined electric city bike – no gears, no shifter. No front suspension either, but there is the 500W motor that will get you to speeds up to 26mph. The design, the build quality and the specs are on par with much more expensive bikes. Features include the rack and fenders, an integrated LED tail light as well as a headlight. Because of the flat top tube frame style that is 28″ off the ground this bike is fits best to riders 5’4″-6’1″ tall.
Our team of experienced testers rode them for weeks on our local trails—everything from flow trails, to technical singletrack, to our enduro courses. We self-shuttled DH runs and hit the bike path. To understand the differences between them, we rode them back to back on similar trails. We tested them against standard bikes on the same trails in the same conditions. And to evaluate their range, we charged them all and ran them on full power until their batteries flickered and died.
Due to high total weights of over 20 kg, it doesn’t matter whether the scale stops at 21.44 kg or 22.2 kg for a modern eMTB. In our test, the difference between the lightest and the heaviest bike was just under 4 kg. This is not to be ignored… but a little extra weight in the form of functional, reliable componentry is better than an ebike designed and constructed to be as light as possible, at all costs, but which ends up in the workshop more often than on the trail.
While my first reaction to the surge in fat tire bikes made for hunting was one of curiosity, that has turned to excitement for trying out this new mode of transportation. Will this be another of those trends that ends up as a bit of hunting history, or will they find a niche that offers long-lasting usefulness? Speaking as a DIY bowhunter, let’s hope it’s the latter.

All the models we tested are full suspension all mountain/trail bike models with relatively similar amounts of suspension travel, geometry, and wheel/tire size. The addition of a large battery and a small motor adds significant weight to an e-bike, and they generally weigh in the neighborhood of 50 lbs, approximately 20 pounds heavier than non-e-bikes, and the heavy weight of these bikes makes them more difficult to ride without the support of the pedal-assist motor.


This is fantastic and, oddly, mindblowing to me.A decade ago I was working at a local college in IT, and one of the my duties was building/maintaining and monitoring the distance learning rooms, which were equipped with queued cameras tied directly to microphones on each desk, and blah blah blah, those classes connected via hardware codec to other classroom across the state (or in some cases, country) to broadcast a live class to multiple classrooms. Our head end had 30 hardware codecs, a 128in/128out AV router, and required a central bridge to connect multiple endpoints and designate the main source and corresponding layout. Dozens of miles of copper were spread around the campus tied to hundreds of miles of fiber connecting our satellite campuses, all costing literally millions of dollars to create.Now they can do it on Twitch with a basic internet connection and free software. In HD. Holy crap, I am an old man with an onion on my belt, but the progress we have made in a short amount of time is awesome.

now whether it be motors or geometry or indeed componentry so many lessons have been learned in the world of a mountain by again since his birth back in what 2012 something like that what about the human element of it all I've learnt so much along the way so today we're gonna be showing you guys our top five lessons learned [Music] now I've heard of a lot of lessons that Chris Smith has learnt in his long bank to buy career no more so than he'd broken back broken neck broken arm broken leg broken ankle broken wrists Matt's been done it's been done for Chris but come on take us away take us to the list of your top lessons learned on an email Mike well I think when I first started out my biggest mistake was in turbo or boost mode everywhere I didn't learn about eco in the art of eco get the most out of battery after you go would you believe it yes again the most of that and doing you know riding more trails still at a good pace I'm taking that that is your number five that's number five number four add maintenance getting back after a ride maybe a night ride sticking the bike in the shed expecting it work don't just know you don't expect it to work like clockwork the next time you get on it I think if you have to do one little bit of maintenance chain maintenance degrease and a lube is the one for Evite's digital wrong kit so rat wearing the wrong kit on this big rides I didn't used to really do massive rides I wasn't a big fan of wearing shammies and short liners and things like that and even chamois butter you heard that right well I did see you had a type of chamois butter on that trip to Mont Blanc which unfortunately you got along but yeah definitely chamois on an e-bike chamois NC common and even like big waterproof jackets in those horrible weather eyes then you got you know a lot of adverse weather on the ebike and then I think the higher pressure its suspension so I can from slopestyle and freeride and we were just like 80 psi in the tires max a shock set ends you know 350 psi on the shocks and nearly they looked like a suspension fork but actually didn't do a job so getting the right tire pressures and suspensions and ask you question but you still do a huge range ride and you do still do free ride riding I still drag you around trial sections do you still have huge sigh pressures yeah I still run you like big jumps 40 psi stuff so we still don't quite like that right I think so but it's just for those big jumps you do need those bigger tire pressures but I was sometimes plus 40 psi and it's just like riding a rock down the hill come on let's have you what is your number one lesson learned I think investing in a second batch is one of my best things that I've learned it just opens up the doors to actually what an e-bike is for you can write it hundreds of kilometres you can turn up the turbo boost you name it whichever power mode you want sometimes you know you know be restricted by keeping an eco all day you can just open up the doors and let it go don't have to stick in your backpack you can put it in your car just ride your bike all day long without range anxiety range anxiety open up the doors and letting it go one thing what is this was the lesson learned there have you been stranded on any bike I have written any bike flat and it's not a lot of fun as I'm sure you have to mm-hmm now Steve you've been riding for a few years - yeah well I'm gonna give you a next to it I'm gonna give you six not sighs I think number six on the list has got to be heart rate monitor because it just keeps you honest I think you see honest on your eyes you can keep it keep track of your of your rides you've been doing and then just go out harder next time just make sure you keep you fitness up like this my number six yeah number five I think has got to be and not knowing your your range which comes back to the you range anxiety yeah but I know exactly that on a semi water of actually I can do about five thousand feet of climbing but we're all different because when I did tour Mont Blanc and if I told you at the tormal block not hurt the Fabri sorrow to me he was fifty kilograms and he he was able to do ten thousand feet of climbing on one battery so get it to know those figures is really is a key part of from the most important part of you display I think number four has got to be China well you need just discovered that this year really is the nectar of email and biking yeah and then three and two Nestle to all but numbers now sizing is very important on a mounted bike because I'm sure you've heard it a zillion times getting that balance between the weight and the front of your bike and the weighting on the rear of your bike is very critical in terms of climbing and also descending yeah and number two has got to be chain stays and geometry mm-hmm making that short back end or along back end can make big differences it's all about I think the ebike world is still like manufacturers are still kind of zoning in on a sweet spot but it's not just what the chain stays but the bond bracket and the wheel base and getting that balance between the two and you're number one Steve come on hit me with it well I have to say that I've had the pleasure of running some of the world's best man buckets Sam Hill Lika varsity peaked fobian Burrell and to ride with people who can really really righty man bikes now I know you can you're the man when it comes to jumps and stuff like that but the likes of Nico vouilloz and Fabian brow on ebikes they they really opened my eyes to think in what sport holy now that is something really special there's something really really special and and to get a chance to go and ride with a rider who is better than you will definitely progress you're riding no end so they are there are mine Chris's top five top five lessons learned what were your lessons learned which what's your most important ones since you've been a mountain biking or indeed whether you're gonna be a biking what you think other things you need to learn first and foremost let's know in the comments down below Colbert have launched a new wild fs1 60ml travel carbon-fiber trail bike 160 milk from the Basque Country and then the place in the Basque Country where they goes guys come from yeah 625 what our battery yes a full carbon boss generator for motor on there yeah so it is looking really class yeah nice cool shop on the back as well it looks like it's got full xtr on it as you as you mentioned the the Gen 4 Bosch plus a 602 a five-hour battery range called shock looks like the three sizes small large and extra-large I'll be checking out this the sizing on this bike now at 6 foot looks like I'm just on the boundary between large and extra-large so it comes with a 455 millimeter reach on the large and obvious bigger and extra so I think I probably lean more towards the XL on that bike yeah 455 isn't a Vette reach and also for the chain stays well on that bike nice nice rounded balanced off number 14 a Frenchman or a center and a little while about really looks at and Meredith marina a 160 and now they've got a little brother the e140 says 140 mill travel trail bike and this one looks amazing I think that I think the Pont decorous is why would you choose the 140 Emery dev over the 160 Marita I think maybe if you're slightly more trail based cross country style kind of ride in as opposed to maybe like you are a style like maybe if you're based in the UK if he can get away those short travel bikes like I'm below us Tyler UK sir UK stout yeah trail centres don't really require that massive big trail trail biking miles I think you get away that 130 mode trouble ok maybe I'll ride the newer on quite a lot in some of the bigger stuff that's hundred talking about travel 29-inch wheels it seems pretty capable there you go now as you might have noticed our climb of the week as certainly morphed into more of a ride and jump of the week I know you've got some gloss to action bluster in the center of the UK yeah I've got this one in from Lee they're absolutely shredding they're Canino experts over the four one seven bike park got a new big jump lineup man just look at this after you said that they look like 4050 photos yeah isn't it meanwhile up in North Wales have been real we have actually got a climb of the week thank goodness yeah this one's in from Michael on his trek path flight lt9 as well as this looks pretty tech Michael thanks very much for saving the day saving the climb of the week on EMBA never forget if you guys won't get featured use the upload service could be you on next week's show now this one in from wreck as well towing using a specialized leave up in the forested beam draggin their kids up using an elasticated cart a rope so lovely lovely long blonde hair their wreck yeah oxide or Dalia that's lovely boot seen a lot more those two kind of tow ropes as well seeing the elasticated ones obviously coming from Toey and we've got the new one is what I've tracked I think this called like an elasticated thing he praises these zip-tie on the back ec potion it retracts every time you unhook it but keep an eye out for more of Chris Smith's kids taxi rides and coming up in the future on the MV M so in the comments if we'd be able to load a call feedback on how much faster is Annie mountain bike compared to a standard mountain bike bob bobbi's said not bothered about the times it's all about being able to climb to the places I couldn't manage before and not get in there a physical wreck I stopped all the time to admire the view and listen to the forest yeah and listen from swh to on my 2017 special enduro I would do a 12 mile loop and enjoy 10% of it I'm like 2019 power flight 7 LT I'm doing a 20 mile loop at twice the pace and a hundred percent enjoyable yeah I get that then William Laura man he's saying the good thing about ebikes you can decide whether you want a workout or a nice easy ride yeah seems everybody is getting the bike in a thing we are all around in Canada Steve so this is written from Tim he's got a trek power flight effort he says he's got the bike back in May and has already put 7,000 kilometers on it use it as a commuter around Ottawa and then converted it to a touring machine and rode at 4300 k2 in venire BC respect well I might say respect when I got there I put some Max's minions on it and covered hundreds of K in the amazing Purcell mountains now back in Ontario ride every day to school and travels on the weekend no there is a man that seems to be enjoying himself this yeah just showing our versatility I'll just check the places out as well so ride slicks on their full camping gear yeah there's got snow blue tires on slams he's up in the tram sites of course Bob get on him get on here that is a classic where in the world it's a big week this week on EMB n on Friday we've got a cool video corner mistakes all this common mistakes you guys are making in the corners where you lose that flow on the trail this one should sort all these problems out what birth these guys up making mistakes on the trail Wow to watch a video and on Sunday but maybe they should watch the video to see you making the mistakes oh yeah come on out on Sunday is pedelec versus as padlocks or speed padlock now he bites come in various categories and there's the padlock which is publicist nostril assist which provides assistance up to 25 kilometers now or if you're in America 32 kilometers now now there's also a class called the speed pal acts which are assisted at 245 km dinner and what myself and Chris did last week we went to Italy to see what was the fastest in a different range of environments padlock or s padlock coming out on Sunday right well it's time to see who's got the hottest chassis and the biggest bouncers this week it's only the bike valve time okay so kicking things off this is in from micro of sorry why peak elite this is in Tiger Mountain in Issaquah Washington USA let's see too many of those on the show more and more popular what do you think they stay erect and that is super nice because it's not white smell looks good nice it's in from Rick on a specialized turbo leaver yeah and this is in Nevada it Missoula north of Lake Como in Italy not far from where we were last Sunday morning gnarly climbed it doesn't look like an amazing client yeah like the color correlation going on there a lot I'm a nice place too is it gonna be super nice whoa this is it from clay 2020 comenzó meta sx with huntsville alabama just out cruising around on my brand spanking new comment oh my dog ty oh you did see the dog stick Lippman o bless the dog has gotta be super nice that gives us a three that's a screen or a hat-trick of super nice is nice bit of vignette as well multipole plane between lens ID and a Rossa in Switzerland I mean that's only your one-way right do you ever give it four in a row this is okay things are gonna be changing on the bug fault in the weeks to come so I won't say too much frantisek giant full E + 1 sx in lake Verdun we North Wales fresh right out in the proper mountains fracture check it's cool certain actually I quite like that this could be a record Steve I'm a few no feel another one coming on she's in it you feel another one coming on yeah you ready super nice Oh Abraham here booze a bit more there's a bit more old Chris I'm sorry - nice yeah that's more the next time Petrus Scotty genius 710 plus in the guru mountains oh the gooey mountains I wonder he's 59 years old being right in three years love it won't upgrade it it says cuprous guru mountains what's the biggest battery size nice nice nice nice but oh that likes Bruce highlight fat six equals zero what speech don't see many fat backs on the bike Wow goodness for because we don't get very many on nice for super nice please a super nice sorry that's been mean I'm not a big fan of fat bikes I'll remind you I guess we're in a sandy situation yeah super nice give it the big one big banks a big one the last one isn't gonna be in west winds no snore Chiron BH Adam X is city city a place that looks like it that looks like a shark's tooth put into the sea that's nice is that BH bikes you say yeah BH yeah we think you don't see many of those in the bike fall that's pre unique I think it has to be a super nice [Music] that's it yeah let seeing all your bikes here on the bike box aim to get if you guys want to get involved hit the upload a service get the bikes into the bike vault might see your bike changes come in on the bike vault though so there you go that's it for this week's show don't forget if you guys want to get involved in any way use the upload service down below can get you featured on the show if you want to stick around and check out another video we've got ebike vs. chairlift down below so check that one out cuz thumbs up you've enjoyed it drops in the comments in the box below especially about lessons you guys have learned from your ebike starting off 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