Best Fat Tyre Bicycles in India

Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
Sturdy fat bike

Sturdy Fat bikes

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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
frog cycles

Frog cycles Spartan

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Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017
tata fat bike

TATA Stryder Contino Big Rock

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Before we start talking ‘fat tyre bicycles’, we need to know about the beginnings of mountain biking in general. This opened up a whole new avenue to explore the wide open outdoors. In the early 1970s and early to mid 1980s, certain riders in California and Colorado started modifying their bicycles with wider ranges of gears, powerful cantilever brakes and durable light components. Mass production and easy availability enabled mountain bikes to outsell road racing and touring bikes by the time the 1990s arrived.

End of the pavement/road was no longer the end of the trip. Riders scouted new roads, backcountry trails, finding out all the while that wider/fatter tyres and an upright seating position are very comfortable for commuting/touring. But rocky terrain, soft surfaces and steep gradients still posed a significant challenge. Subsequent advances in suspension, materials and geometry did occur. Most of these advances however focused on speed. This is where fat tyre bicycles come in to the picture. They help tackle the challenge of riding on diverse types of surfaces like sand, mud and snow.

No other event contributed to fat tyre bicycle’s development as much as the ‘Iditabike’. Iditabike is an event under the ‘Iditarod invitational’, a challenge of epic proportions. The first Iditarod challenged participants to cover 200 miles of rugged Alaskan wilderness in the dead of winter. Cyclists are to follow trails left by snowmobiles and dog sleds. These trails are a mixture of snow, ice and water overflow. Walking alongside the bicycle in snow made a wider tyre footprint essential.

Initially, riders welded two or in some cases even three rims to increase tyre footprint and hence the grip, resulting in more riding than walking. In the meanwhile, major developments were made in the state of New Mexico while riding sand dune and arroyos. Rims and tyres developed here made their way to Alaska and revolutionized snow/ice riding.

One of the game changers in the fat tyre bicycle scene was the ‘Surley Pugsley’ with substantially larger rims and bottom brackets. This was in 2005. now almost a decade later, we have fat tyre bicycles that have carbon frames and are rack friendly.

Best Fat Tyre Cycles For Adults In india

Sturdy bikes fold able fat tyre cycle

Sturdy bikes is a manufacturer based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat that has a wide range of fat tyre cycles. The bicycle we are looking at here is the fold able version. With a blue frame made of carbon steel, this bicycle is priced approximately at Rs. 16,000/- making this an attractive option for people looking for a fat tyre bicycle under Rs. 20,000/-.

Tech Specs

  • Fold able carbon steel frame
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • 26x4 inch tyres
  • 21 speed gears
  • Front and rear suspension
Let us take a look at the pros and cons of this bicycle:

Pros

  • Price - At around Rs. 16,000/-, this bicycle is very frugally priced and is a great entry into mountain biking.
  • Size - Being fold able, this bicycle is very easy to transport.
  • Dual suspension - Front and rear suspension makes this bicycle relatively easy to ride even over bumps and ditches.

Cons

  • Frame - Fat tyre bicycles are generally heavier than their regular mountain bike counterparts, a steel frame makes this bike even heavier.
  • Failure at the hinges - If the frame is not inspected often for any wear and tear of the hinges where it folds, failure or permanent damage to the bicycle is imminent.

Frog cycles Spartan 24” 3.0

Frog cycles is a part of Alpha Vector India Private Limited and is based in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. Here we take a look at just one of their many products namely the Spartan 25” 3.0. Available in three frame color combinations namely blue-yellow, black-green and silver-red, this fat tyre cycle is priced at approximately at Rs. 14,000/-. at this price and specifications, this is one of the best fat tyre cycles under Rs. 20,000/-.

frog cycles

Pros

  • Aesthetics - The color combinations are very tastefully done and the bikes even have color coordinated wiring.
  • Rims - Double wall alloy rims make the longevity of the tyres even better.
  • Range - A claimed range of approximately 60 kilometers makes this an amazing 'value for money' proposition.

Cons

  • Frame - While the high tensile steel frame makes this fat tyre cycle very sturdy, it also ends up increasing the weight and also the risk of rust damage in the long run.
  • Rear suspension - A rear suspension package is not mandatory, but providing that with a slight bump in the price can greatly improve rider comfort.

Fit trip Marine 2.0

Based in New Delhi, one of Fit Trip’s statements is ‘FitTrip’s humble journey reflects the toil of a bunch of engineers and product designers, all focused on one goal – to produce the toughest fat bike this country has seen’. And produce they did. The Marine 2.0 is one of the best fat tyre cycles in India if not the best. Priced at around Rs. 25,000/-, this might seem somewhat expensive compared to other fat tyre cycles in this list, but the truth is that you get what you paid for as you will see in the specifications when compared to others in this list.

Tech Specs

  • 6061 aluminium frame
  • Front and rear disc brakes
  • Shimano 24 speed shifters
  • Front suspension with 100 mm travel
  • Quick release seat post with Taiwan performance saddle

Let us take a look at a few of the pros and cons of this bicycle:

Pros

  • Frame - This fat tyre cycle comes with a 6061 aluminium alloy frame making it a very lightweight offering.
  • Saddle - Bicycle has a Taiwan performance saddle justifying my previous statement you get what you pay for.
  • Cable routing - Internal cable routing keeps the frame aesthetically clean.
  • 24 speed shifters - More gear ratios to play with.

Cons

  • Rear suspension - Lack of a rear suspension unit on this fat tyre cycle may be a hindrance to some as they might argue about the asking price.

Unirox Ex-Pedition fat bike

Unirox is a manufacturer based in Kolkata, West Bengal and claim that their products are ‘Designed and developed in Germany’. They have quite a few offerings in the fat tyre cycle category. Ex-Pedition is one of them. These fat tyre cycles come in two colorways namely black with red and silver accents and black with blue and fluorescent green accents. Priced at around Rs. 25,000/-, this might be an expensive proposition for some.

Tech Specs

  • Shimano 24 speed shifters
  • Mechanical disc brakes front and rear.
  • Alloy crank.
  • Alloy frame with internal cable routing.
  • Quick release seat post.

Let us take a look at the pros and cons of this bicycle:

Pros

  • Cable routing - Internal cable routing keeps the frame aesthetically clean.
  • Frame - This fat tyre cycle comes with an alloy frame making it very light.
  • 24 speed shifters - More gear ratios to play with.

Cons

  • Frame - While Unirox says that the frame is made of 'Alloy', it is unclear if this is an aluminium alloy or a steel alloy.

TATA Stryder Contino Big Rock 26T

As the name suggests, this is a fat tyre cycle by Stryder, a brand under TATA International that manufactures premium bicycles. The Contino Big Rock is just one of their many offerings. With a big and fat head tube, this fat tyre cycle definitely looks different. Priced at Rs. 25,000/-, this is an exciting offering by one of India’s largest corporate houses. This fat tyre cycle might feel expensive to a few potential buyers, but TATA seems to have provided the quality and components to back the price. As this fat tyre cycle has no suspension whatsoever, it’s off road potential seems limited. The bicycle comes in two colorways namely matte black fluoro orange and matte black fluoro green.

Tech Specs

  • TIG welded aluminium alloy frame.
  • 7 speed Shimano shifter.
  • Mechanical disc brakes front and rear.
  • PU padded saddle with quick release seat post.
  • Rigid front fork with no rear suspension.
  • Single wall alloy rims.

Pros

  • Frame - This fat tyre cycle comes with a TIG welded aluminium alloy frame making it a very lightweight offering from TATA.
  • Transmission - This fat tyre cycle has a ‘One by’ transmission, which means there is no front derailleur and the front crank set has only one set of teeth. This makes maintenance that bit less troublesome.
  • Looks - With that fat head tube, this fat tyre cycle is sure to turn many heads. Functional or not, it sure looks cool and quirky.

Cons

  • Suspension - With no suspension at either end, the off road potential of this fat tyre cycle is definitely limited.
  • Rims - While most manufacturers have already moved on to double wall rims, why TATA has persisted with the single wall type is anybody's guess. Double wall rims have greater rigidity and strength and assure the rider of extended rim life.

Best Fat Tyre Cycles For Kids [ Updated 2019 ]

Hydra Phobos

With a four inch wide set of tyres and 21 speed shifters, any kid with this fat tyre cycle will feel like the king of the trails. Sold by Bajaj bicycle company from Delhi, this fat tyre cycle will catch every kid’s attention on the street. This fat tyre cycle is priced at approximately Rs. 27,000/-.

Tech Specs

  • Steel frame.
  • 21 speed shifters.
  • 20 inch rims with 4 inch wide tyres.
  • Front suspension.
  • Mechanical disc brakes front and rear.
Hydra fat bike for kids

Let us look at a few pros and cons of this bicycle:

Pros

  • Looks - Very attractive design and catchy colors.
  • Gears - 21 speed gears and shifters allow a young and budding rider to find his/ her rhythm.
  • Suspension - This is one of the few kid's fat tyre cycle with a front suspension.

Cons

  • Price - A steep pricing might discourage buyers from this product as they will think that their kids will outgrow the bicycle a bit too soon and that they ended up investing way too much money on a product which might be useful only to another kid once the buyer's kid grows up.

Unirox Big John 20”

Unirox is a manufacturer based in Kolkata, West Bengal and claim that their products are ‘Designed and developed in Germany’. They have quite a few offerings in the fat tyre cycle category. Big John is their offerings for kids. Priced at around Rs. 16,000/-, this fat tyre cycle for kids is available in two colorways namely black green and black orange.

Tech Specs

  • Partial alloy frame.
  • 7 speed Shimano shifter.
  • 20”x4” kompass tyres.
  • Rigid steel fork.
  • Mechanical disc brakes front and rear.

Let us know about the pros and cons of this bicycle:

Pros

  • Crankset - Crankset being a single wheel with a single set of teeth, maintenance becomes easier as there will not be anything wrong with the front derailleur as there is no derailleur because of the absence of additional wheels.
  • Cable management - Partial internal cable routing helps maintain a clean look.
  • Seatpost - Quick release seat post.

Cons

  • None. Looks like this fat tyre bicycle is an ideal choice for junior as it has the right price and just the right mix of components.

Firefox monster

This fat tyre cycle for kids is from the house of Firefox and packs quite a punch. Available in two colorways namely matte black and matte blue, this fat tyre cycle is one of the very few fat tyre cycles without gear. The bicycle is priced at Rs. 14,000/-.

Tech Specs

  • Oversized BMX frame made of steel.
  • Quick release seat post.
  • V brakes front and rear.
  • 20”x4.25” tyres.
  • Rigid front fork.
  • No rear suspension.
  • No gears and hence no shifters.
  • Fat nylon and butyl tyres.

Let us take a look at this bicycle’s pros and cons:

Pros

  • Maintenance - The lack of any gears whatsoever makes this fat tyre cycle for kids extremely easy to maintain. Less concentration on the gizmos and more concentration.
  • Frame - A BMX style frame enable skids to practice risque moves like wheelies etc under parental supervision.
  • Braking - V brakes on either end make this bicycle even more easy to maintain.

Cons

  • Price - Components offered for the price are below par compared to Unirox Big John, thus finding it hard to justify itself to any potential buyer.

Montra Big Boy 16T

Coming from the likes of TI cycles, one of India’s oldest bicycle manufacturers based in Chennai is this fat tyre cycle for very young kids. Made from 6061 aluminium alloy frame priced at around Rs. 9,000/-, this bicycle is ideal for a very young child. Colors available are glossy red, black and white.

Tech Specs

  • 6061 aluminium alloy frame.
  • Rigid steel fork.
  • Single wall alloy rims
  • 16”x3” tyres
  • Rigid front fork.
  • V brakes front and rear.

Pros

  • Price: Extremely cost effective for a very young child's parents. In fact, this might be the only fat tyre cycle for kids or adults anywhere that costs below Rs. 10,000/-.
  • Gears: No gears at all, making this the ideal learning platform for future cyclists. Another fat tyre cycle without gear.

Cons

  • None that I can think of. This fat tyre cycle for kids is so well priced in its own segment that finding any faults with its equipment borders on being frivolous.

A Few Noteworthy Points About The Fat Tyre Cycle

  • Versatility: Fat tyre cycles are extremely versatile. Not only can they be used off road, they can be used on road to commute as well and are a very fun entry into the world of mountain biking. However, the actual decision as to whether you want to commute on a fat tyre cycle is a very personal one as they are definitely usable, but their size and weight can be a serious deterrent. So I urge any prospective buyers to think long and hard before making a purchase.
  • Ease of riding: Riding on three or four inch tyres with wide rims is significantly more comfortable than riding a road bike.
  • Balance: Wider tyres mean greater balance as the tyre has a wider footprint. Their potential to be a beginner MTB is immense as beginners lack the skills needed to ride a full on MTB fast over hard terrain.
  • Investment: The initial investment on a fat tyre cycle purchase is higher compared to a regular MTB, so please keep the financial aspect in mind as well before making the purchase.
  • Weight: In order to support a fatter/wider tyre, the frame has to be beefed up as well, which is the case with a fat tyre cycle. So, if you, the rider is not used to riding at least MTBs, you can expect hard times ahead, at least for a while until you get used to this type of a bicycle.
  • Mistakes: Fat tyre cycles are far more forgiving than regular MTBs as they have the added benefits of increased stability, grip and cushioning.

Things to be aware of before buying a fat tyre bicycle (or for that matter any cycle)

  • Design: Please look for a design that you will not be able to outgrow very easily or fast as this will definitely justify your investment.
  • Budget: Hold back on some budget as you might need it for some protective gear like helmet and eye glasses. Also, you might not like the tyres that come as stock on the bicycle, so putting some money aside for those might be a good idea.
  • Weight: While I do talk about steel frames and their inherent weight disadvantage, please do not obsess over the weight. Just buy something that fits your requirements and budget as there are an endless number of options as your budget stretches.
  • Components: Any product like a fat tyre bicycle is a sum of  its parts, hence look at the individual parts before buying. A quality derailleur, crankset, cassette, shifter, tyres, rims etc make a lot of difference in the long run.
  • Suspension: Before buying think about the terrain you will use the bicycle on. If it is predominantly the pavement and very little to no off road, then go for something with no suspension at all as buying a bicycle with suspension will only mean you wasted your budget on something you won’t really use.
  • Maintenance: Know about this beforehand- saves you a lot of time, money and effort as the bicycle itself may not cost you a lot, but the maintenance might make you cry tears of blood later.

Best Fat Tyre Bcycle Review: Conclusion​

RATING: ★★★★★

A fat tyre cycle is a very versatile bicycle. Whether you are a beginner or a veteran cyclist, fat tyre cycles are bound to be a whole lot of fun for everyone. Most new riders are discouraged from the very activity of cycling because of the effort they might have to put in to pedaling the bicycle. A fat tyre cycle cuts right to the chase and tries to address this problem upfront. While fat tyre cycles are an amazing way to traverse sandy, muddy, marshy or snowy terrain, they are an exceptional way to introduce someone to cycling as an activity. Hope you readers find the information provided above useful and settle on a fat tyre cycle to purchase. Bring on the smiles and kill the miles.