5 Electric Bikes For Hunting And Fishing

Fat-tire ebikes conquer untamed terrain and haul essential gear.

Bakcou Electric Bike For Hunting And Fishing
Get deeper into the backcountry with a fat-tire ebike.Bakcou

Fat-tired electric bikes just make sense for hunters and anglers looking to get deeper into the backcountry. Rolling on 4- to 5-inch-wide high-volume, low-pressure tires, these ebikes are made to float over snow, sand, tall grass, and other untamed terrain—and to haul all the necessary gear for outdoor pursuits.

For hunters in particular, ebikes can reduce physical effort and body scent from sweating that animals might detect. Many of these ebike brands also offer deep lines of aftermarket accessories for everything from carrying guns, bows, fishing rods, and camping equipment into the backcountry to trailers for hauling out deer and other game.

Here, we highlight fat-tire electrics from five companies serving this outdoor niche.

Apex Avayde Ebike
The Apex is available in a Veil Avayde Camo finish.QuietKat

QuietKat Apex

The Apex is QuietKat’s most popular electric fat bike, and it gets some new refinements for 2020, including a fully integrated battery and mid-drive motor and upgraded components. Frame geometry is updated with an eye toward optimizing ride quality and handling. The 2020 Apex also gets a 12-millimeter rear through-axle and sealed bearings in both hubs. Spec includes an adjustable air-sprung inverted suspension fork, four-piston hydraulic brakes, and a nine-speed drivetrain. The Bafang BBSHD mid-drive is available in 750W, 1,000W, and 1,500W options. The Apex will be available at dealers starting March 1. MSRP: $4,879 (Charcoal finish), $4,979 (Veil Avayde Camo).

Rungu MDV Standard Ebike
The MDV Standard is the entry-level offering in Rungu’s five-model line of dual-front-wheel electrics.Rungu

Rungu MDV Standard

Southern California’s Rungu touts its fat-tire, dual-front-wheel bikes as an ebike alternative to quad ATVs. The company says its MDV series of electrics won’t wash out up front where two-wheel adventure ebikes will—especially when hauling game or other heavy loads—and can take on mud, snow, rocky terrain, and soft sand. They’ll also fit into narrow spaces where quads won’t, Rungu says. The entry-level MDV Standard (Rungu also has four other models in its line) is built on a 6061-T6 aluminum alloy frame and outfitted with a Bafang BBSHD 1,120W/52V mid-drive motor offering both pedal and throttle assist and 197Nm maximum torque. The system is powered by a 52V/15Ah lithium-manganese-cobalt-oxide battery pack. The company estimates off-road range at 20.2 miles using pedal assist at 10 mph. On the stock MDV Standard, pedal assist cuts off at 22 mph and throttle assist goes up to 25 mph. But customers can request that the bike be configured for Class 1 (pedal assist to 20 mph) and Class 2 (throttle assist to 20 mph) use. The custom Rungu dual forks offer 100 millimeters of coil-sprung travel and have 135-millimeter hub spacing, a lockout feature, and adjustable preload. Rungu has spec’d a wide-range nine-speed Microshift drivetrain with an 11-42T cassette to handle steep terrain, and the 80-millimeter-wide rims have cutouts for weight savings and are wrapped in 4.7-inch-wide Vee Rubber Snowshoe XL tires. MSRP: $3,400.

Rambo’s Krusader
Rambo’s Krusader is equipped with hub motors both front and rear.Rambo Bikes

Rambo Bikes Krusader

The Krusader is an all-wheel-drive electric fat bike with 500W Bafang hub motors front and rear for a total of 1,000 watts of power to tackle steep climbs and rough terrain. A Samsung 48V/14.5Ah battery powers the twin motors for 20-plus miles of range using only the drive system’s thumb throttle. Rambo has outfitted the Krusader with a singlespeed drivetrain for durability and reliability, and spec includes Logan two-piston hydraulic brakes with 180-millimeter rotors, a GT MRK 355 Air 26 suspension fork, 80-millimeter-wide double-wall rims shod in 26x4-inch Maxxis Minion tires, a Selle Royal saddle, and Promax handlebar and stem. MSRP: $4,299.

Bakcou Mule ST Ebike
The Mule ST has a low-standover step-through frame.Bakcou

Bakcou Mule ST

Options abound when it comes to this low-slung step-through model, ideal for shorter outdoor enthusiasts. Customers can select a 750W or 1,000W Bafang Ultra M620 mid-drive motor with integrated torque sensor; a 14.5Ah, 17.4Ah, or 21Ah 48V lithium-ion battery; and 24- or 26-inch-diameter wheels. A suspension seatpost and 100-millimeter-travel air-sprung fork cushion the ride, two-piston Tektro hydraulic brakes with 180-millimeter rear and 203-millimeter front rotors handle stopping duties, and 4-inch-wide Maxxis Minion treads provide traction and flotation. The Mule ST comes in four colorways: Kuiu Verde 2.0 Camo, Matte Black, Desert Tan, and White. MSRP is $4,898, but the Mule ST can be preordered now at at bakcou.com for $4,398, with delivery after April 1.

Civi Bikes’ Predator
Civi Bikes’ Predator sells for $1,499.Civi Bikes

Civi Bikes Predator

Available at an entry-level price of $1,499, Civi Bikes’ Predator is driven by a 500W/48V Bafang hub motor peaking at over 800W, powered by a 48V/13Ah battery. Across all styles of ebikes, employing a low-priced hub motor rather than a mid-drive significantly holds down cost, as do the Tektro mechanical disc brakes spec’d on the Predator rather than hydraulic stoppers. The Predator has five levels of pedal and throttle assist up to 20 mph, with a stated max range of 40 miles. Component spec includes a seven-speed Shimano Altus drivetrain, Mozo suspension fork, 26x4-inch Chaoyang tires, and a Selle Royal silicone gel saddle. Total weight is 55 pounds with battery.