This Dragster is from the company cleverly named Fat-E. This is my first bike from them, and straight off the bat I would like to say it looks like a mean machine! I can see it has taken inspiration from the old-school dragster push bikes with a modern twist – an electric motor! This particular motor is from Bafang and rated to 500W. This is where things get interesting though, Fat-E has tuned the motor to only output 250W, essentially making it street legal in some areas. Now the reason why I said in some areas is because this bike also has a thumb throttle. Thus depending on your location, this throttle could mean the difference between being able to ride your bike legally or illegally. However if there is any issues with this, you can always remove it and just run off pedal assistance.
The battery is fitted on the down tube and possesses a capacity of 11 Ah. This 36 volt pack is lithium ion and comes in a rugged looking casing with features such as a battery indicator and locking mechanism. For those interested in USB charging capabilities like some other e-bikes, this Fat-E doesn’t possess that ability.
Found at the front, are suspension fitted forks that allow about 70mm travel. These seem to be generic forks, however offer some adjustability with preload and lockouts. Coupled this with a suspension fitted seat, and you get yourself some decent dampening to your ride. Additionally, disc brakes are fitted on the front and rear of the Dragster with the Tektro Novela brakes. These are controlled by Wuxing cable levers. A little skeptical at first, but they didn’t seem to perform too bad in the brake test.
If you watch the video, you’ll see on the court pavement it didn’t perform too well, however it is important to note that the courts are naturally more slippery than the asphalt road. I did a second test on the grass where it surprisingly performed better. I assume it’s from the roughness of the ground. Nevertheless interesting results that I believe could be improved if the tyres were grippier. The brakes itself work quite well, but I’ll get more into detail later.
Onto the drivetrain, the Dragster uses a simple Shimano Tourney Thumb shifter. With seven gears, the bike provided enough for some fun rides. It won’t get you up to speed like a road bike and it’s not as forgiving on hills as a mountain bike, but it simply works for the casual off road rides with some road commuting – think of it as a BMX bike.
Okay, riding review time. The dragster was a little awkward to begin with. As you guys may know, I’m quite tall. So upon seeing such a small framed bike, I thought this was not going to work. However to my surprise, after a couple of rides the Dragster felt great. A little adjustments to the seating position and raising the seat post had me sitting comfortably. The feeling reminded me of a BMX bike. Feels like the bike is an extension of your body. Being so small and nimble to handle.
On the road test, the bike was nice! I think it helps when the motor is designed to output more power as it did not struggle under load. I tested the usual hills around my area, and it’s up there with one of the best performing street legal motors I’ve tested. The only downside that holds it back is the tyres. Being a fatty, the tyres do provide more friction which becomes evident when riding at high speeds and climbing hills. This is just a compromise that riders need to make when choosing this bike. Regardless, the bike still performed to standard on the roads.
Tempting me with the fat tyres, I needed to do an off road test. I decided to take this to some bush area nearby and see what the Dragster could do. I was not disappointed! The bike was so fun to ride. Like I said previously, it felt easy to handle and ride due to the small frame. The bike really flows with your movements with the fat tyres as the stable platform. The front shocks did excellent on the small to medium bumps and drops, and an okay job on the really rough terrain. It’s not the best and probably will struggle a bit if you’re going out to rougher trails. I would’ve liked to seen 100mm travel forks just to allow riders to push the Dragster that bit more. This aside, the 70mm forks combined with the fat tyres will give you some sort of softening to your ride. A lot more than fixies anyway which are what a lot of fat bikes are using. From the brake test, I stated that the bike wasn’t that good on the pavement, but on the grass it did better. I believe it was because of the surface finish as my experience off road was better. The brakes worked and were not too bad in the responsive aspect. The tyres did slip a bit in the loose sections and, here and there at extreme speeds, but I found the disc brakes consistently caught me.
I got the Dragster onto the dyno and see the real numbers its crunching. You can find the results below.
As you can here, the power curve peaks at 429W truly showing the motor is street legal. Most street legal motors peak around this mark. If it were unrestricted, we would see a peak close to 900W. Torque tops at 34Nm which is surprising to me. I thought it would have been a little higher because it felt torque-ey on my rides. Analysing the torque band here, it isn’t doing too bad and gradually declining after 10km/h, giving us that torque at the start up.
In all, the Dragster is a mean fun electric machine! You really get the best of both worlds with this bike. Much like the Dillenger Hunter, you can ride this on road and off road. Obviously you will have to make some compromises with the fat tyres and gearing; however these are worth it when you can basically ride anywhere. I would’ve liked to seen longer travel forks, however that’s just my opinion. It is more suited to casual off road rides, not enthusiast trails. Perhaps in the future they might change this and I could see how it performs, however for now. This bike is great and fun!
You can find the full specifications below*
*Specifications may differ from supplier
|Tyres||Kenda Juggernaut Pro 20” x 4”|
|Spokes||12G Stainless Steel|
|Brakes||Tektro 160Ø disc front and rear|
|Brakes Levers||Wuxing 108PDD|
|Gears||Shimano Altus 7S|
Shimano Tourney Thumb Shifter
|Front Forks||MOZO 70mm Travel|
|Seat Post and Seat||ZOOM Alloy Seat Post|
|Lighting||LED Headlight Supplied|
|Motor||500W Brushless DC Hub Motor|
|Battery||36V 11Ah Lithium Ion|
|Range||Range depends on use. Average Range 45km|
|Warranty||2 Years on Batter, Motor, Display & Controller. 5 Years on Frame|