Everything You Need to Know About Fat Tire Scooters

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A short guide to help start your journey with fat tire scooters

If you’re just starting your journey to discover what fat tire electric scooters are all about, then you have come to the right place.  In this condensed guide by LinksEride, you’ll find the answers you need to determine if a fat tire electric scooter is the right choice for you.

In this new guide you’ll learn:

  • What they are
  • How they work
  • Benefits of owning one
  • How safe they are
  • Lots more

Let’s get started.


What are fat tire scooters?

How electric scooters work

Why you should consider owning one

How safe are electric fat tire scooters?

Special features, available accessories, and cost

What are fat tire scooters?

The fat tire electric scooter is the most advanced electric scooter in the world.  It is ideal for users who travel over rugged terrain or want a safer ride in wet weather conditions.

They can be easily recognized by their stylish fat tires.  They also come with a full-size deck to place your feet on and an ultra-tough, patented, frame construction for durability.  This means you get a fun, comfortable, and safe ride.

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Fat tire scooters are not to be confused with electric bikes or the older, outdated thin tire scooters or mopeds powered by gas motors.  To see the difference you can check out our electric bikes or the more modern thin tire electric mopeds that we have to offer on our product pages.

Electric bikes use an electric motor and battery like an electric scooter, but that is where the similarity ends.  E-bikes look and feel like traditional bicycles and come in a variety of options such as e-road bikes, mountain e-bikes, cargo e-bikes, e-hybrid bikes, and even e-bikes that fold. The important thing to note with these bikes is that you must pedal them for the motor to kick in. The added help gives you the extra power to go further which is great for new riders or seniors needing the extra mile.

Older designed two- or four-stroke engines power thin tire scooters and mopeds and are similar to motorcycles.  These engines are fueled by gas and usually powered by motors under 50cc.  Compared to electric motors, they cost more to drive, maintain, and fix if there is a breakdown. 

Gas engines also contribute to the air pollution that climate scientists say is driving global warming.  According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration “The vapors given off when gasoline evaporates and the substances produced when gasoline is burned (carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, particulate matter, and unburned hydrocarbons) contribute to air pollution. Burning gasoline also produces carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas

Now that you have an idea of what they are, check out the LinksEride fat tire scooter product page to see how stylish, fun, and affordable they can be.

How electric scooters work

A scooter’s most essential components are its motor and battery. When the throttle is used, electric signals travel from the throttle through wires to the controller, which instructs the battery to release energy to the motor. The motor then transforms that energy into motion.

Modern electric scooters use a high-powered, brushless, high-torque motor with a continuous power of 1500 – 3000 watts on average.  In general, this means the fat tire scooter can handle tough terrain, including snow and sand.

Batteries are measured in watt hours (Wh), so the higher the Wh the larger the battery capacity. The bigger the battery, the farther and faster you can go.  The charge time of an empty battery is between 4 and 6 hours.

The advantages of electric motors include better power-to-weight ratio, better efficiency, and quieter operation than with older brushed motors.  A standard scooter of 2000 watts can reach speeds of up to 30 mph, and higher wattages can reach speeds of up to 45 mph or more.

Why you should consider owning one

How people get around is changing.  Examples are hydrogen buses and electric cars. The next big change will be electric scooters.  The sight of people using electric scooters to get around is becoming common.  A zero-emission scooter used to travel short distances is becoming very popular.  Not only are they fun to ride, but they also help the environment.

With the rising price of gas and the difficulty dealing with traffic, scooter riders are finding ways to make their “commute” more cost-effective and healthier.

The lithium battery-powered fat tire electric scooter offers a powerful high-performance ride.  This makes them ideal for roads, city bike paths, and multi-terrain surfaces.

Breakdowns shouldn’t be a concern, as most electric scooter problems are easily fixed. The technology and mechanics behind them are simple. Thus, compared to cars, the cost of repairs is quite low.  As with any vehicle you own, regular maintenance of your electric scooter will keep it efficient and reduce the chance of any major problems from developing.  The great news is a lot of the maintenance can be performed by you without the need for professional help.

Benefits of owning a fat tire scooter:

  • A great choice for sightseeing or commuting.
  • According to Wikipedia the fuel cost can be as low as “one and two cents per mile.”
  • Zero emissions mean no air pollution making them eco-friendly.
  • Low cost to maintain and easy to fix.
  • Depending on where you live, they don’t need to be registered or require a driver’s license. Check your local laws before purchasing.
  • It is easy to find a parking space.
  • Traffic jams are no longer a problem.
  • Wider tires absorb shock better making them comfortable to ride.
  • The larger contact area of the tires adds to riding stability and safety.
  • Easy and fun to ride.


How safe are electric fat tire scooters?

Electric scooters are a great alternative to driving a car.  In comparison to driving a car, any two wheeled vehicle requires dedication to learn how to navigate safely.  With a little understanding of how they are designed and the safety tips we provide here you can rest assured you will be safe.

Fat tire scooters are safer than thin tire scooters.  Tires with a wide contact surface offer better grip an

d stability since the contact area between the tire and the road is larger. This makes them more suitable for wet, rainy conditions and rough, uneven terrain.

The wider contact surface of fat tires also helps balance the scooter. This is why fat tire scooters are the ideal choice for first time buyers just learning to ride.  Owners are telling us they prefer the fat tires for the sense of stability and confidence they provide.

Top-quality hydraulic disc brakes are installed on all LinksEride fat tire scooters.  Hydraulic disc brakes are the best choice for optimum stopping power. When it comes to high-performance electric scooters, hydraulic disc brakes are crucial to staying safe on the road.

LinksEride engineers and team members are so confident that their products meet the strictest safety standards that they personally ride all models on a regular basis.

Here are some safety tips to keep in mind:

  • Perform a safety check – Before hitting the road, take a few minutes to check that everything is safe and working properly. This includes tires, lights and turn signals, controls, battery level, kickstand and brakes.  And don’t forget to always carry a tool kit and owners manual in case of emergencies.
  • Wear a helmet – If you get into an accident, a helmet can help protect you. In the US Iowa, Illinois and New Hampshire do not have helmet laws.  Regardless of the laws in your area, you should be smart and wear a helmet at all times.
  • Wear protective gear – Besides a helmet, added layers of safety include a jacket, gloves, riding pants, boots, and eye protection. Don’t forget to pack rain gear in case of inclement weather.
  • Brightly colored clothing – It is harder for drivers to see you if you wear dark, drab looking clothes. Bright colored clothes may not always be an option, especially if your scooter is used for a daily commute.  So, when choosing your outer safety gear such as jackets or pants try to make them as bright as possible.  And don’t forget reflective material if you are planning on driving your scooter at night.
  • Driving in rain and snow – If possible, driving in rain and snow should be avoided no matter what vehicle you choose for transportation. Wet weather hinders visibility and how well tires grip the road which is why fat tire scooters are best.  If you can’t avoid wet weather, pay extra attention to your surroundings, beware of intersections, avoid deeper water near the roads shoulder, and always wear rain gear.
  • Road hazards – Avoid road hazards such as oil slicks, gravel and potholes. Look out for construction zones on the road and pay close attention to signage which can help you to navigate these areas.  Railroad tracks should be crossed at at 90-degree, perpendicular angle.  Never attempt to cross the tracks when the railroad crossing gate is down.
  • Braking safely – LinksEride electric scooters come with both front and rear hydraulic disc brakes so make sure you always use them both at the same time. The front brakes can supply up to 70% of your scooters stopping power so never apply them so hard as to risk locking up the wheel.  Locked wheels can cause a bike to skid.
  • Parking you scooter – Scooter or moped parking laws vary depending on the state or city you live. It’s important to check your local laws before heading out on the road.  For example; in California when parking near a curb your wheels must be touching the curb.  Most scooters have steering locks but the added protection of a cable lock or U-lock is suggested for peace of mind.

For a more exhaustive list of tips we recommend the Motorcycle Safety Foundations riding tips titled “You and Your Motorcycle: Riding Tips.”

Special features, available accessories, and cost

With electric fat tire scooters, you can choose the base package or the add-ons of your dreams to fit every imagination.  The easily recognized fat tires offer good traction and a cushioned ride.  Batteries can be charged from any standard outlet, so no need for special accommodations. For extra safety, both front and rear hydraulic disc brakes are standard on all LinksEride fat tire scooters.

With higher wattage batteries, you can expect to travel distances of up to 50 miles on a single charge.  Accessories, such as saddle bags, allow you to carry a second battery, which will increase your range.

Other available accessories include:

  • Handlebars in all sizes and color choices.
  • Seats and saddles to fit every rider.
  • Extra or higher capacity batteries.
  • Rear brackets.
  • Saddle bags for more storage and stylish looks.
  • LED lights.
  • Customized tires & wheels for higher performance and durability.

If you are worried about the cost of a fat tire scooter, consider this: “The advertised price for the average used car in America reached over $25,000 in June (2021), according to Cox Automotive — $25,101, to be exact.”  Cox Automotive is the parent company of Kelley Blue Book.

On average, the MSRP of a new fat tire scooter is around $3,000 in US currency.  Instead of a used car that is expensive to purchase, run, maintain, and fix, you get a brand new ride that costs significantly less.


Tesla revolutionized the car industry with electric powered cars.  Now there is a global two-wheeled electric revolution led by China that is respectful to the environment and contributes to energy saving.

Join the revolution and “Go Green, Go Electric.” That’s the message from LinksEride, one of China’s leading manufacturers of electric fat tire scooters.

If you’re still not sure that a fat tire scooter is for you, then we recommend trying one out first.  Since they are so popular, electric scooter rentals can be easily found in most major cities.  If you happen to be in California, stop by our Chino, California warehouse and take one for a test drive.  We are open Monday to Friday, 9 am to 6 pm.

Imagine yourself riding a fat tire scooter.  Where will your journey take you?  Let us know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading and happy riding.


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