Wing Bike Freedom Fatty 2 - In-Depth Review
If you’ve browsed around the e-bike market for a second, you’ve probably heard of Wing Bikes. This company is famous for producing high-quality commuter e-bikes with a particularly odd design.
But did you know this company also made one of the best fat tire e-bikes? Freedom Fatty 2 is definitely one of the most fun e-bikes I’ve ever had the pleasure of reviewing.
I just love the 750W Bafang motor on this thing. It provides more than enough power to conquer everything from a steep city street to a bumpy offroad track.
The only thing holding it back is the lack of included accessories. But I’ll get into that a bit later.
The Fatty 2 feature’s Wing Bike’s iconic frame design. The middle tube is pretty thin and extrudes a bit in the front and back of the e-bike. The protrusions are there for a reason - they house the front and back lights. This means there are almost no cables running outside the frame.
Contributing to the lack of cabling is also the downtube. Since it houses the battery, there’s no wiring running from the battery to the motor. It’s all hidden inside the frame.
The one thing that really surprised me was how light this e-bike is. It only weighs a tad bit under 45 lbs. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a pretty hefty e-bike, but you rarely see a fat-tire bike that’s this light.
The one thing where Wing could improve Fatty 2 is in the handlebar section. You can’t adjust them, so if you’re on the higher side, you won’t be able to sit too comfortably.
The Wing Freedom Fatty 2 features a 37V 750W rear hub Bafang motor.
As you probably already know, Bafang is one of the leading e-bike motor manufacturers in the world. It’s no surprise that the motor is what makes this e-bike so damn fun.
The motor provides a whopping 80 Nm of torque! And I love it.
Since the bike is so torquey, you’ll be able to take off and reach the 25 MPH top speed in a matter of seconds.
I had trouble containing myself not cranking up the pedal assist level to the max and just zooming around town.
Extra power and torque come in pretty handy when riding on an offroad track since you’ll have very little difficulty conquering rough terrain.
The controls are pretty simple.
There’s an LCD controller on the lefthand side of the handlebars with buttons for turning on the bike and changing the pedal assist level.
The thumb throttle is also located on the left-hand side of the handlebars, which is pretty unusual. Most bikes have it on the righthand side. But after 5 minutes with the bike, you’ll get used to it.
The Fatty 2 comes with a choice of two batteries: a 10.4 Ah or a 14 Ah one. This means you can choose between 35 or 50 miles of range.
The stock version comes with a smaller battery, which is pretty fine by me. 35 miles of range is more than enough for short trips around town. And if you don’t use the max pedal assist level, you can even squeeze out additional 5 miles.
But if you have extra cash, I recommend you get the bigger battery. A bigger range means you’ll have to recharge the battery less often.
Just like with all Wing e-bikes, the battery is pretty easy to remove. It’s secured with a lock inside the frame and pops out when you unlock it.
As for the charge time, it’s pretty quick. It takes around 4 hours for an empty battery to fully charge, and you can charge it both while it’s inside the bike or while it’s out using a separate charger.
One of the most vital components of any bike is the brakes. They’re the only thing between you and potential danger. Thankfully, the Fatty 2 has pretty beefy brakes.
This e-bike features 180 mm mechanical disc brakes that are very responsive. Even with the lightest squeeze of the lever, you will feel the bike slowing down.
Moreover, they don’t lose their efficiency if they get wet or muddy, which is essential for off-road riding.
I rode this bike on both pavement and on dirt tracks, and I had no issues stopping. They remained efficient even after I intentionally splattered mud on them.
With all that said, I recommend you check the brakes at least once every six months to make sure everything is in order. If the brakes get loose, that can lead to dangerous situations.
The rims on the Fatty 2 are pretty unique. While most fat-tire e-bikes feature full rims, the ones on this e-bike have lots of triangular holes.
At first, I thought the holes were there as a way to cut excess weight. However, they serve a completely different purpose - they are there for suspension.
As the fat tires go over bumps on the road, they bleed out excess shock through the holes in the rims. This way, Wing managed to make the riding experience extremely comfortable without adding spring suspension.
The Fatty two features 20 x 4 Kenda Krusader tires. They’re just perfect for this e-bike. Besides providing plenty of grips, they’re also puncture-resistant.
I recommend you don’t overinflate them if you’re planning on taking this bike on off-road adventures.
Besides losing grip, you’ll also make the ride much less comfortable because the tires won’t be able to absorb road shocks.
Post Test Summary Wing Bike Freedom Fatty 2 Pros And Cons
Now that you know what Wing Freedom Fatty 2 is all about. Let’s go over what I like and don’t like about this bike. Although it’s pretty hard to find any fault with this bike, there are a few things that irk me.
What I Like About Wing Bike Freedom Fatty 2
What’s there not to like about the Fatty 2. It’s pretty comfortable, comes with a powerful motor, and is very easy to ride.
Even a complete beginner can sit on this bike and ride it like a pro. The cadence sensors are pretty responsive, and thanks to beefy brakes, they’ll have no issue slowing the bike down if the speed gets uncomfortable.
I especially love how much road shocks the tires absorb. Unless you’re riding over a particularly rough road, you will think this e-bike has a full-blow suspension.
What I Don’t Like About Wing Bike Freedom Fatty 2
Although this is a pretty excellent fat-tire e-bike, there are some things Wing Bikes could do better.
The thing that irks me the most is how plain the base version of the Fatty 2 is. The stock version comes with only the essential accessories, such as the charger, battery lock, and horn.
You will have to pay extra for the fenders and cargo racks. The fenders are essential if you want to have a comfortable ride. Trust me, you don’t want to be riding this bike without fenders when it’s raining.
Another minor complaint is the lack of adjustable handlebars. As things currently are, this bike can get pretty uncomfortable if you’re over 5’9’’.
Advice To Customers
If you’re looking for an e-bike you can use for daily commuting, the Fatty 2 is a excellent choice. It has a pretty decent range and a powerful motor that won’t have any issues climbing even the steepest of hills. Moreover, you will have lots of fun riding this bike on off-road tracks.
However, if you’re on the higher side, I recommend you go for another e-bike.
As you can see, the Wing Bike Freedom Fatty 2 has a lot going for it. I personally think this is one of the most fun e-bikes I have ridden in a long while. I had a blast riding this bike in my local woods. I just love accelerating to full speed over a dirt road.
Our Rating - 86/100
The Wing Freedom Freedom Fatty 2 is one of the most fun and comfortable fat-tire e-bikes I have had the pleasure of riding. Everything about this e-bike is damn impressive, from the motor to the frame. The only thing holding it down is the lack of included accessories.