TurboAnt Thunder T1

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Facts

Gender
Release Year
Brand
Maximum Range
60 Miles
Top Speed
20, 28 Mph
Watts
750W
Torque
80 Nm
Volts and Amp Hours
48V 14Ah
Wheel Size
Number of Gears
Weight
72.8 lbs
Suspension
Brake Type
Frame Material

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.

Bottom line

TurboAnt is a new entrant into the e-bike sector. The Thunder T1 is their fat-tire do-everything model for mattress-like on-road cruising or hardpack off-road shenanigans. It’s available in one size for riders 5’3″ to 6’4″, though adult male reviewers found the bike tall. On their website, TurboAnt claims this is a Class 3 bike, reaching a top speed of 28mph. Owners and reviewers reported it topping out at a Class 2 limited 20mph? Bumps are ironed out by an RST suspension fork, featuring adjustment and lockout. The Thunder T1’s throttle kill-switch is a great safety feature, especially when mounting and dismounting the bike. It prevents accidental lurching into traffic at high speed. More than one reviewer experienced seriously inaccurate speedometer and battery-level readings. Overall, the Thunder T1 is a very solid e-bike that still has some bumps to iron out. It ain’t pricey, though.

Expert Reviews

83/100 based on 2 expert reviews
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BikeFolded

TurboAnt Thunder T1 Fat-Tire Electric Bike Review – Unbeatable for the Price

A well-built e-bike at an affordable price… This is undoubtedly the most comfortable bike I’ve used in my entire life… I no longer feel a pain in my butt at the end of each ride.

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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.

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Electric Bike Report

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.

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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.

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Sur Ronster

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.

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#60 Best Electric
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#82 Best Commuter
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#229 Best of All Bikes
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