The volume and variety of bikes and bike-related products on proud display at Interbike 2015 is really quite astonishing. Of all the fantastic and interesting innovations we saw, one that really stood out to us was an electric fatbike from Vancouver-based company, Surface 604.
At first, we were reluctant to approach the Surface 604 booth. This bike brand has been around for a while and in our eyes had become associated with heavy, low quality, unattractive electric fat bikes. However, we quickly discovered that the only thing the same about this company was the name. Internally, they have changed management. Externally, their 2016 product lineup is suave and well built.
Their flagship model is an electric fat bike called the Boar. The name conjures up an image of the wild, agile and burly forest dwelling beast, which certainly gives insight into the personality of this bike.
We saw quite quickly that this bike has a lot going for it. It adopts the industry standard for front and rear hub spacing, making it compatible with the growing range of fatbike forks, in addition to ensuring the design is future-proof and ready to accept the latest and greatest forks, hubs, rims and rubber as they hit the market.
Surface 604 didn't stop there. They've created their own line of fat bike racks, and have put an extremely hard to find item onto the market: fat bike fenders. We were pretty excited about that! We got our hands on some of these accessories and have to tell you, Surface 604 has made some quality bike racks and fenders. Definitely check them out.
This company strikes an excellent balance between performance and price. The Boar comes stocked with high quality components and a well thought out frame design. The battery is low profile, and keeps the center of gravity low and centered, creating a very natural and stable ride-feel. There is even a USB charging port on the battery, to keep your gadgets topped up.
The cable routing is complimented by rubber grommets, to keep the elements from creeping in. The front hub is sealed, and the motor is waterproof. They have even moved the electrical control box up towards the stem, keeping it high and far from the searching tendrils of all that grimy goodness you will, no doubt, need to charge through once you swing a leg over this bike.
One thing is clear: this bike was designed for bikers, by bikers. We are proud to be working with this Canadian company, and we invite you to come by Power In Motion and try out these new 2016 electric fatbikes!
Low Profile Battery Placement (37V, 13.3Ah Samsung-cell Li-ion)
High Torque Bafang 350W Geared Hub Motor
SRAM 1x10 Transmission
Torque Sensing Battery Management System
Tektro Hydraulic Disc Brakes
Suspension Fork Compatible
Sizes: Small/Medium (17.5"), Medium/Large (19")
Colours: Green, White, Black