The Freedom Fatty 2 is Wing's take on off-road and adventure-ready. Known mainly for their frames that have a gravity towards the city streets, it was cool to see how the thick Kendas transformed it into an Eike ready to go off concrete and through a muddy trail or two.
Frame and Contact Points
Intro - Something different
With a name like 'Freedom Fatty 2', you'd expect this offering from Wing to be an offbeat character, and it doesn't disappoint. Traditionally sticking to slim, urban chic designs, Wing's ventured off the beaten path with the Fatty, strapping on chunky Kenda tires that scream "Adventure time!". But can this e-bike stomp through a muddy trail as comfortably as it saunters down a city boulevard? Let's find out.
Motor - Unleashing the Torque Kraken
Under the hood - or rather, wedged in the rear wheel hub - is a 750W Bafang motor with an impressive 80Nm of torque, like a caffeinated squirrel on a mission. Quite a push for a ride weighing in at a featherweight 40 lbs. Pedal-assist mode gets you zipping along at a breezy 28MPH, while the thumb throttle keeps you cruising at 20 MPH.
Battery - Energy Pack with a Punch
The Fatty 2.2 packs a 499Wh battery, ready to offer a minimum range of 20 miles. Perfect for an urban commute or a wild romp through nature, just make sure you're not trying to cross the Sahara. They offer a 14Ah battery as well, and in our opinion, it might make sense to spend the additional $200 and snag yourself some extra range.
Safety - A Suit of Armor
Playing it safe has never been more stylish. The Fatty 2 sports integrated front and rear lights, full fenders, and mechanical disc brakes with 180mm rotors. The lights might not rival a lighthouse, but they do their job decently, ensuring you're visible. The fenders worked great here, offering good protection from the flying flotsam of both city and trail. The brakes... well, hydraulic would be the dream, but the mechanical discs do pull their weight here. Plus, the double-locking grips add that extra sense of security; it's good to know your hands won't fly off the handlebars mid-ride.
And let's not forget Wing's included alarm system and key fob - perfect for when you need to leave your Fatty unattended and you don't fancy finding it gone when you get back.
Ride Feel - Comfort's Name is Fatty
Despite its bulky appearance, the Fatty 2 doesn't skimp on comfort. The upright riding position combined with a standard saddle may not be the plush lounge chair, but it's surprisingly comfortable for both city and off-road rides. The 7-speed Shimano Tourney gears allow for a good range of speed, while the Shimano RapidFire Trigger Shifter ensures seamless gear shifting, letting you conquer city streets and country trails. For a bike with no suspension, the Fatty really did have a fairly comfortable ride feel.
Final Thoughts - The Bold and the Beautiful
The Freedom Fatty 2 is an oddball, and we mean that in the best way possible. It's an e-bike that stands out, blurring the line between urban cruiser and trailblazer. At $1,300, it offers an attractive blend of off-road capability and on-road finesse, wrapping it up in a package that's as hard to define as it is to resist.