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Hi all,

I'm on the fence about whether to buy a thin or fat-tire Sondors. I'm planning to commute from the burbs to the city (~30 minute ride) and the terrain is fairly smooth barring a few potholes and slopes on the way. Some of the online forums suggest that the fat-tire bike is more comfortable of the two but the thin is more portable. There aren't many reviews however that compare the bikes head to head. For eg. are there features in the original that are not available on the thin and vice versa? Is the original easier to upgrade? is one easier to assemble that the other? 

If you own a Sondors and could provide feedback on which bike you would pick and why that would be amazing! Thanks everyone!! and thank you Sondors!

Cheers,

SG

 

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Hey there!

I own a Sondors FAT and I'm absolutely satisfied with it. And I just LOVE the bad-ass look of those fat wheels. ;) It is quite heavy though, but since I do not plan to carry my bike around, that's OK. Since I do not own a THIN, I can't compare those, but I can try to summarize some facts:

  • Both FAT and THIN can be upgraded with the K3-LCD
  • Both FAT and THIN have a 350W geared hub-motor
  • Both FAT and THIN have a similar max. speed and range
  • The FAT can be upgraded with a front suspension fork
  • The FAT can be upgraded with a higher capacity battery
  • There are third party vendors who sell replacement batteries for the FAT
  • The FAT has a steel frame
  • The FAT can be upgraded with an aluminium frame
  • There is no suspension fork upgrade for the THIN (yet*)
  • The THIN's battery can not be upgraded (yet*)
  • There are no third party vendors who sell replacement batteries for the THIN (yet*)
  • The THIN has an aluminium frame
  • The THIN can be upgraded with a belt drive

* (yet) There might be more upgrades available in the future, though this is just an assumption.

Additionally, you can find tons of upgrade- and modification-posts for the FAT here on the forum. The number of THIN related posts is low, because the THIN is available for a short time only. However, the numbers of THIN owners here on the forum is constantly growing.

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