While there’s no suspension on this
bike, the big tires go a long way in
making it feel like there is. Higher pressure for the street keeps them rolling
along well, but can be a bit bouncy over
bumps. Lower pressure for off-road
offers better grip on surfaces like dirt,
sand, mud and snow.
The bars are seriously swept back,
with ergonomic grips on either end. The
sweep of the bars does make it a bit
harder to countersteer when the tires
want to fight you, but it also makes it
pretty comfy as a cruiser.
Assist is actuated by either pedaling
or a twist throttle. The throttle can be
used to manually control the addition of
power, or simply drive the bike forward.
There is a lockout button below the
throttle that allows it to be turned off as
well. Pedal assist works with a cadence
sensor. There are 12 magnets on the
front sprocket that let the system detect
movement in the cranks and start deliv-
ering power immediately. As a cadence
sensor, any movement of the pedals
kicks in the system.
Because the acceleration is so fast,
we started going pretty quickly almost
immediately. Then we noticed two things
about the brakes: first, the cutoffs work
on these quite well, and second, they
don’t stop this big bike very quickly.
They’re Tektro mechanical disc brakes,
often the choice of less expensive bikes,
and rarely enough for a fat bike.
Tektro mechanical disc
brakes aren’t always the
best with a big bike like
this, but they turned out
to be more than ade-
quate. The big tires offer
so much grip that brak-
ing is more effective.