Normally, rogue waves are something to avoid, but this one might be something you'll want to experience.
Massachusetts-based electric bike builder Fifield is making its first foray into all-terrain e-bikes with a fat tire model named Rogue Wave, which comes in two different configurations for conquering snow, sand, mud, or just plain old asphalt. The company, which makes two beautiful hand-built mid-drive electric bikes, as well as a folding e-bike and a few other front-drive e-bikes, is now offering its Rogue Wave model to backers of a Kickstarter campaign, which promises delivery of the new electric fat bikes in May of 2017.
Founded by Ed Martin ("e-Biker-in-Chief"), Fifield Electric Bikes has been making and selling its e-bikes for the last few years, and attributes its great bike designs to master frame builder Ted Wojcik, "a Yankee tinker turned e-bike design-build guru," while preaching the benefits of e-biking as an effective method of getting more people on bikes. One of the FAQs on the company site is the misinformed question of "Would I exercise less on an e-bike?" to which Fifield's answer is "This is your conscience talking. With an e-bike, you’d actually get out there more often. Hills would suddenly feel flat and distances seem shorter."
While its current electric bikes are mostly geared toward riding around town or commuting on pavement, Fifield's new Rogue Wave features 4" fat tires for rolling over everything with ease, and offers an aggressive MTB-style frame and riding position. It doesn't have a front suspension fork, but with 4" tires, perhaps it really doesn't need it, and although it's called an "all-terrain" bike and it might look right at home on a singletrack, fat tire bikes aren't necessarily just for off-road riding, as they offer a comfortable ride on pavement as well.
The Rogue Wave is being offered in two different configurations, either mid- or rear-drive, both at the same early bird price of $1399. Both models include a 9-speed Shimano Alivio gearset, dual hydraulic disc brakes, and a weatherproof dashboard for displaying ride and bike stats (current speed, average speed, top speed, trip distance, odometer, pedal assist level, and battery level).
For the rear-drive model, a Bafang 500W motor is coupled with 48V 14.5Ah lithium ion battery, and has a peak output of 750W and a range of up to 40 miles per charge. The mid-drive model (top photo) uses a Bafang 350W motor and a 36V 14.5Ah battery for a peak output of 600W and the same range per charge, and both bikes have a top assisted speed of 20 mph and a charge time of about 3 hours. The choice of mid- or rear-drive depends on the rider's preference, as the company says the mid-drive "delivers smooth power and fantastic balance in the center of the bike," while the rear-drive model "gives incredible torque to get you over those rocks and roots in the woods."
Here's a quick look at the bikes from Fifield's Kickstarter page:
The crowdfunding campaign for the Fifield Rogue Wave is offering both the rear- and mid-drive models to backers at an early bird price of $1399 (MSRP $2300), or as a combo pack of both bikes for $2699, and the company estimates delivery of the bikes to take place in May of 2017. Check out the Fifield Electric Bikes website for more information on the company and its other bicycles.