There was recently a very successful kickstarter campaign for the ‘Biktrix Juggernaut‘ that raised $69,000 by selling sub $2000 electric fatbikes to the masses ($1500 USD for early adopters). The Juggernaut is tricked out with Alivio shifters and Tektro brakes (Aquila line – similar to the Avid BB7), although several people opted for hydraulic brakes (HDC 330). From the size of the front chainring looks to be a bike mostly for on-road riding with a claimed weight of 60lbs with battery. To get in the sub 60lb territory with an inexpensive e-fatbike like this is actually quite a feat.
The frame is custom-built aluminum with a 68mm bottom bracket that fits the stock BBS02 like a glove. The description also says ‘BBS02 with custom firmware’ which I assume means they just programmed the units to 25Amps, although they may have made other changes to the firmware as well like setting 100% throttle on all PAS levels including 0. Although the kickstarter shows the C961 display, I am told that the actual bike will ship with the C963 display which is my personal favorite.
My wish list for this bike would be a smaller chainring in front, a more comfy seat (ouch) and no kickstand. I have been told that “The seat is actually quite comfy. It’s like sitting on a couch!” That being said this successful kickstarter campaign proves that there is some pent-up demand for an affordable BBS02 electric fatbike for the masses.
The retail on this bike will be in the $2000 USD range once it is available to the public. The Biktrix website is here for more info and to order one (shipping in March).