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Summary of Reviews
We have read all expert and user reviews on the TurboAnt Thunder T1. In summary, this is what cyclists think.
13 reasons to buy
- Very wide 4” tires provide stability and cushioning while allowing the Thunder T1 to be ridden on or off-road.
- By reports, the Thunder T1 can achieve a 60-mile range with combined pedaling and throttle.
- One tester had the Thunder T1 rolling for 30 miles with throttle-only on a single charge.
- Name brand parts provide reassurance on the Thunder T1’s Shimano drivetrain and Tektro brakes.
- The Thunder T1’s RST fork irons out imperfections on roads and hardpack dirt.
- The Thunder T1 has a throttle kill-switch to prevent accidental acceleration.
- A twist throttle can be mashed for pedal-free acceleration on the Thunder T1.
- The Thunder T1’s battery is removable for off-bike recharging and security.
- The Thunder T1 is fitted with front & rear LED Lights with a purported night-time illumination range of 16.4 feet.
- Owners found the Thunder T1 quick and easy to assemble with the provided tools.
- TurboAnt says the Thunder T1 arrives at your door with 90% of assembly already done.
- Reviewers say the Thunder T1 is geared appropriately for climbing steep hills.
- The Thunder T1 has an adjustable stem, allowing riders of different sizes to customize their ride position.
5 reasons not to buy
- Testers and reviewers experienced serious accuracy issues with the battery level indicator and speedometer on the Thunder T1.
- At 73 pounds, the Thunder T1 is very heavy. Reviewers had to remove the battery to lift it.
- Tektro Aries mechanical brakes struggled to stop the heavy Thunder T1 on steep descents.
- Reviewers note that the Thunder T1 is very large and awkward to store in a small living area.
- Test riders sought a harder gear when riding the Thunder T1 on fast flats or descents.
Expert Reviews83/100 based on 2 expert reviews
TurboAnt Thunder T1 Electric Bike Review
The Thunder T1’s smooth and comfortable performance, all-terrain capability, and battery flexibility already put it at the top of the fat-tire bike list, and the extra thought that is put into a throttle lock definitely speaks in its favor. Unfortunately, its buggy speedometer and even buggier battery meter call into question the quality assurance testing that is performed on such a critical aspect of a product that partially runs on battery power.
TurboAnt Thunder T1 Review 2021
The T1’s design makes gravel roads seem not so gravelly and on-road riding feel like a magic carpet… I think that TurboAnt is on the right track with their bike. I still think they have a little ways to go before their bike is completely refined — things like the inaccurate speed and battery readout should be fixed — but aside from that, it’s a solid electric fat bike.
There Is a Fat Bike Here. | Turboant T1 |
This is a big bike. It’s tall, taller than most bikes I would usually ride… It’s so fun. It’s like right on the edge of owning an electric dirtbike or a s****y motorcycle… I really hope the battery doesn’t die. This thing would suck to have to pedal back… It died…it’s so heavy, it’s very heavy.
My New E-Bike! // TurboAnt Thunder T1 Review
Nice bike. Good commuter. Nothing too fancy but also everything you could need. I like the removable battery… Good throttle. Brakes are decent. Suspension’s decent… Street-legal. Nice ‘n’ fast. You don’t have to pedal, don’t burn any calories.