Ecotric Tornado Full-Suspension Fat Tire Electric Mountain Bike Review
In this Ecotric Tornado fat tire mountain electric bike review we will show you premium Ecotric electric bike with full suspension. It is not as good as BAKCOU or RAMBO electric bikes, but for the price of $1579.99 it offers more than you can expect. Definitely worth the money you pay.
So far we wrote about different Ecotric electric bikes like the Ecotric Lark, Ecotric Hammer, Ecotric Vortex etc., but none of the mentioned isn’t even close to the Tornado concerning quality of craftsmanship, performances, speed and motor power. After all, this is a top electric bike by Ecotric. The fit and finish might not match the pros like the BAKCOU Mule, but this electric mountain bike offers wide possibilities during off road driving.
The Ecotric Tornado is a star electric bike among multitude of Ecotric bikes and it was launched as a full suspension fat tire mountain electric bike. It’s huge and overbuilt so that you can take it just about anywhere and throw it at just about any terrain. However, thanks to a lightweight, high-quality 6061 aluminum alloy frame it weighs only 62 lbs, so you can lift it up when needed during the off-road ride.
Fat tires and full-suspension at the Tornado are begging you to leave the asphalt behind and do some real off-road riding.
Ecotric Tornado Main Specs
- Motor: 750W nominal, 1.5 kW peak rear hub motor
- Range: Up to 37 miles (60 km) with pedal assist
- Battery: 48 V 12Ah Samsung battery
- Charge time: 6-8 hours
- Max load Capacity: 265 lbs (120 kg)
- Weight: 62 lbs (28 kg)
- Frame: 6061 high quality aluminum alloy
- Suspension: Front dual fork suspension and central shock absorber
- Brakes: Hydraulic disc brakes with 160 mm rotors
- Derailleur: 7 speed Shimano
- Tires: Fat 26″×2.35″ Tires
- Lights: Front and rear
- Display: Ecotric smart LCD with USB port
- Saddle: Ergonomically designed seat with extra cushions
The Ecotric Tornado Main Features
This is one powerful electric bike thanks to a rear 750W hub motor. And believe me, it feels like a tornado when you ride it since the Tornado is only 62 lbs and this amount of power feels absolutely insane at such a light bike. Don’t worry, it’s not going to lift you in the air, but you’ll want to make sure you’re holding on tight.
A cool feature that I don’t see very often is a programmable maximum speed. It means that you can limit maximum speed and adapt it to you skill level or local speed limits. I really don’t use this feature too much because you probably won’t need it during off-road riding.
The Ecotric Tornado comes with 5 power assist levels. Level 1 is the least powerful and almost all the pedaling is left to your muscles, but at level 5 bring the motor in at its highest giving you that jolt of power that many riders are looking for. This feature is very useful, especially during fine maneuvers.
On the battery side of things, Ecotric shows the seriousness with high quality Samsung 48V, 12 Ah battery. The battery has 400 – 600 cycles service life and Ecotric gives 18 month warranty on the battery. I admit that the battery could be with higher capacity and more power, but this is not too bad for $1,579.99. Of course, lower capacity means lower range. However, 37 miles on a single charge is not too bad, and remember 37 miles with pedal assist level 1. If you are in throttle only mode maximum range drops significantly, even below 15 miles. The good thing is that the Tornado comes with 7 speed Shimano derailleur so you can use it as a plain mountain bike after the battery drains.
Made for Off-Road Riding?
Ecotric advertise the Tornado as a fat tire mountain electric bike. Tires are fat but I like even bigger tires. With 26” x 2.35” you can explore only light off-road terrains. If you are an extreme off-roader, than leave the Tornado behind and use some more expensive off-road bike.
The good thing is that the Tornado is designed like a mountain electric bike and if you aren’t a pro it will suite your needs. The fat tires and suspension make it easy to hit obstacles you’d never consider on a plain electric bike.
Both the front fork suspension and central shock absorber aren’t top notch parts like we find on more expensive electric bikes. But they’re good enough for recreational riding, which is exactly what the Tornado is made for. It can withstand plenty of riding through tall grass, forest trails etc.
With a 7 speed Shimano derailleur you can adjust the position to as easy as possible overcome any hill. Thanks to a 750W motor you can do it even in higher speed almost without real effort.
Don’t expect hit top speed on the trail especially when you are riding uphill, but downhill and on open roads is totally different story and I advise you to hold on downhill.
At $1,579.99 this is not expensive mountain electric bike. You get a lot for the buck. High power, quality Samsung battery, full-suspension, hydraulic disc brakes etc. It’s even cheap comparing to other full-suspension fat tire e-bikes in its class.
I can definitely say that this is one well adjusted and reliable electric bike. With the Tornado you will be able to do off-road exploring as well as urban jungle riding.