From the first time I saw a bowhunter riding an electric fat bike, I wanted one. I knew it would change how I hunt, especially on public land where I often walk miles upon miles. An electric fat bike allows hunters to access hard-to-get-to locales that are often neglected for fear of being unable to get animals out quickly enough, without risking meat spoilage.
So when Rogue Ridge Founder Mark Garcia called to talk to me about the new RM750, I couldn’t wait to test it out.
This is a sophisticated, fun, reliable and impressive two-wheeled machine. Honestly, riding this bike, which I rode on blacktop, logging roads and more-rock-than-dirt trails, took me back to being a 10-year-old screaming down the sidewalk on my first Huffy. Only the RM750 is about five times smoother than a Huffy and offers a lot more purposeful bells and whistles. The bike is balanced and, at 65 pounds, not a pain to load and unload. It runs like a top and proved ultra reliable.
Assembly and battery life
I figured the bike would be a nightmare to assemble. I was wrong. In less than 15 minutes my wife and I had the bike’s Promax HB-3188 handlebars on, the front wheel aligned and the seat set. After screwing in the pedals and making a few personal adjustments, the bike was ready to roll.
The battery box is set into the main part of the bike’s 6061 aluminum frame. It is easily removable with a simple turn of the included key (the bike comes with a spare key as well) and a firm pull on the lift-up handle. The battery can also be charged while remaining attached to the frame. Total charge time (with battery box removed) took about four hours, and after covering 22 miles I have yet to recharge the battery. It should be noted that, other than once during initial testing, I ran the bike at the one and two speed settings (there are five total speed settings). I also pedaled along with the RMG06 motor and didn’t rely entirely on the throttle. With the battery box switch turned to the “on” positon, I’m able to constantly monitor battery life. The included Digital Display 8fun DP C10.U3.0 displays juice life as well as speed, trip distance and the like.
The shocks showcase a “lock/unlock” option, which is accomplished with a simple twist. I found when riding on a hard surface like a packed dirt road, it was fine to have the shocks locked and inoperable, but when going off road, I highly recommend the unlock option. The seat is ultra comfortable, and the 26-inch by 4-inch Kenda tires with included inner tube handled any terrain I covered with ease. This machine is a beast.
The Rear ARDT300D Seven Speed Shimano Cassette is ultra smooth and switching between gears is a simple matter of pushing or pulling on one of the two gear/switch levers. Top speed on the bike while running at a five-speed motor assist setting using only the throttle is about 20 mph. With that noted, if you’re in a high gear and pedaling hard at the five-speed motor assist setting, you can achieve higher speeds. Regardless of how fast or slowly you ride, this bike is church-mouse quiet.
Currently, I’ve been using the bike to access a speck of public land where I will be hunting Centennial State whitetails in the coming months. I’m checking game cameras and hauling stands into the area. This bike has proved to be a tank. The Mid-Motor system is ideal for covering more difficult terrain. What has been a 20- to 30-minute walk with a 25- to 30-pound pack has become a smooth and steady 10-minute ride. I will also be using the RM750 on an upcoming elk hunt. I’ll be sure to keep you all posted.
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