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High-level components, motor power, can handle all surfaces
This bike combines a high level of craftsmanship, superior parts and components, classic fat bike design, and a beast of a motor that can power you through miles of shifty terrain, or to your workplace when the weather is favorable.
What's better than a fat bike? An electric fat bike. It doesn't even seem like it was that long ago when fat bikes were just making their way into the bicycle market, and now we have electric versions that take the concept to a whole new level.
The Addmotor Motan is a good example of this idea. You get what would already be a great fat bike on its own, and slap on a powerful motor and battery combo to really turn the bike into a path-conquering machine that can't be stopped.
The other notable thing about adding an electric motor to a fat bike?
It makes it way more versatile, instantly overcoming some of the aspects that otherwise prevent a fat bike from being more than just a bike for less-traveled surfaces.
The Addmotor Motan pays precise attention to detail, and uses some innovative engineering to create one of the most fun bikes you'll ever ride. The ride quality is the same whether you intend on having the motor assist you or not which is always the best bang for your buck electric bike. Fat tire folding electric bike with steel fenders that are less prone to rattle when riding but could rust if scratched, offer four different color schemes. The integrated headlight provides plenty of illumination, while the 750 watt fatbike optimized hub motor delivers plenty of power. Half-twist throttle, included fender, 9-speed Shimano Alivio derailleur, heavy-duty rear rack, color LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge, PAS level indicator, odometer, tripmeter, LED lighting, color LCD display with speedometer, wattmeter, battery gauge.
This is not a budget bike by any means, but if you've got some money to spend, and you want a bike that can truly do it all, the Motan is worthy of your attention.
INTRODUCING THE ADDMOTOR MOTAN ELECTRIC FAT BIKE
FRAME: Aluminum alloy
BREAKSET: TEKTRO Disc Brake Set
RANGE: 30-55 mile (regarding of mode)
WHEEL SIZE: 26 inches
EXTRA FEATURES: LED headlight, Snow bike pro crank
At first, the Motan may seem like an ordinary fat bike, with some sort of giant water bottle on the frame. Further examination reveals an alluring fat bike that doesn't explicitly advertise itself as an obvious electric bike, but it's not trying to hide it either.
You get the standard fat bike frame, which is mainly a mountain bike look with a few small adjustments. A front fork gives it more of an aggressive look, which is backed up by three different color options that all center around a black color scheme, with various detailing on the frame or rims.
Speaking of the frame, it is made from 6061 aluminum, giving it a little bit of flex, and some added response as well. This being a fat bike, it's not light, weighing in around 60 pounds.
Unless you plan on carrying it around with you, or climbing a ton of steps every day, this should not be an issue.
A hybrid-style saddle and seatpost combination gives the Motan a more relaxed feel, which can be quickly adjusted if you need to alter your riding stance for a certain situation
The drivetrain isn't generous in its speed options, providing 7 total gears, whether you're using the motor or not. Still, the speeds are all well-ratioed, providing ample efficiency in high and low gear settings. This is operated using a simple, responsive trigger shifter. All the components are Shimano TX55.
Braking needs to be a little more heavy-duty on a fat bike, and that's exactly what the Motan utilizes. When you consider the higher-quality hydraulic disc brakes, the nicer air suspension fork with adjustable pressure, preload, and lockout, the nicer 5-inch color display, the front wheel thru-axle, and all the other higher-end parts, it's easy to see how Addmotor designed the Wildtan for real-world use and abuse - not just the appearance of a tough bike.
TEKTRO alloy disc brakes are on both the front and back, operated with matching brake levers that ensure easy control without much hand pressure.
26 x 4-inch Kenda tires account for the "fat" portion of the bike. Their knobby tread gives the bike lots of grip but without making the ride to bumpy when on smoother surfaces. Different PSI amounts can be used for different riding situations.
The motor of the Motan is a workhorse. The 500W rear hub motor is operated using a twist throttle, with variable speed control that you can use to match your exact preferences in the moment. And of course, you can always just let the motor fully take over.
This is powered via a Samsung 48V lithium battery pack that can go for anywhere from 30-55 miles depending on the assistance level, and incline. It's fairly easy to get a maximum speed of 23 mph on flat roads without pedaling.
Fully-depleted batteries take around 4 hours to recharge, which is on the quick end of things given how big the battery is.
WHAT WE LIKE
As we said earlier, the Motan would already be a solid fat bike even without a motor. It has high-level components in all the right areas, specifically with the drivetrain, brakes, and tires.
This bike can tackle everything from snow to sand, and other surfaces that an ordinary mountain bike may struggle with. Add a 500W motor to the equation, and you're off to the races.
The motor's power, control, and speed turn the Motan into a fully capable commuter bike. Yes, an actual commuter fat bike. Crazy, right? It works well, and it's comfortable, fast, and efficient.
In a way, the Motan can sort of feel like a motorbike, only with pedals, and no loud gas-powered engine.
WHAT WE DON’T LIKE
It would be nice if we could fully lock out the front shock for a little more firm of a ride when desired. A few extra gears wouldn't hurt either. The Motan is totally fine without these, however.
If you really want a plush all-around ride, a gel saddle, or a wider saddle with extra cushioning would really help. Also, the Amazon full assembly option is highly encouraged.
The Addmotor Motan is easily one of the best fat bikes on the market, regardless of the motor feature. It combines a high level of craftsmanship, superior parts and components, classic fat bike design, and a beast of a motor that can power you through miles of shifty terrain, or to your workplace when the weather is favorable.
The ease of use and emphasis on comfort gives the bike one of the smoothest rides you'll ever experience, with the capability to ride places other bikes can't - and for much longer, without all the effort. We love this bike, and you will too.
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8 thoughts on “Addmotor Motan Electric Fat Bike Review”
The glowing review of the Motan M-550 is the primary reason I decided to give the Motan M-450 a try. The M-450 is a step thru version of the M-550. This was a bad decision. The bikes handle bar is not adjustable – a fact that would have been appropriate to list in the con section of the review. Likewise the fact that the front wheel is not quick release. The M-450 has another problem in that it is not really a step thru. The horizontal bar is much too high and requires you to swing your leg up and over to mount the bike. The very thing a step thru is supposed to avoid.
I’m really sorry to hear about your experience, Cyrus.
Would you like to make a video review of the model? I’d definitely consider publishing the piece on our site, as a user review.
Where can I see a bike before I buy one?
I usually go to my nearest bike store.
I bought an Admotor trike at the end of April, 2019 and fell in love with it, BUT began having brake drag immediately. I had a tech come to my home to fix and go through the bike. The fix lasted about 10 minutes into next ride. Bike tech comes out again and I ask him about “clicking” I’ve been hearing; he checks it out, we find a wobbling rear axle (bent) causing brake drag. Take video, sent to Admotor, no comment, now I see another customer has exact same problem. By the time I discovered what the problem was, the 1 month return had expired. I think Admotor knew my trike was defective and is simply sitting on their hands. I believe that if I am to get satisfaction, it will be through Amazon. Admotor is selling defective products and they know it
That’s disturbing, typically I have them highly recommended because of the generally positive Amazon user reviews. I find that these reviews are hard to ‘game’, but really sorry to hear about your defective bike, and the lack of feedback from Addmotor. Will keep that in mind moving forward.
I have an addmotor 750w foldable. It died after about a month. Support diagnosed it as a bad controller. It seems that’s all support does is diagnose. They said they ordered a controller from china. After many weeks I asked about it and was told there was no such order made. Avoid addmotor unless you plan to buy a new one monthly.
I have a m-70 bike.
It is a dangerous bike.
The handlebars are impossible to tighten enough so that the rider can stay forward to keep weight enough on the front wheel for safe steering. The handle bars are too high and should be replaced so the hands are much lower.
I had a bad crash and facial skin damage.
Do not buy this bad bike!