Bakcou Flatlander Review: 750W Electric Hunting Bike
Originally introduced by the brand in 2020, the Bakcou Flatlander is a rugged rear hub motor e-bike designed for hunting flatland and rolling hills...
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What is the Bakcou Flatlander?
A rear hub motor version of the best-selling Bakcou Mule hunting e-bike, the Flatlander brings hunters, anglers, and outdoor enthusiasts the same great features as the brand’s most popular model in a more affordable and less powerful configuration designed for flatter terrain.
Recognizing that the Mule is overkill for many hunters who simply don’t need an ultra-powerful mid-drive motor that puts out 160Nm of torque, Bakcou introduced the Flatlander to its electric bike range in 2020 and it’s been one of the brand’s top-selling models ever since.
In our full review of the Bakcou Flatlander electric hunting bike, we’ll check out its features, specs, performance, and pros and cons. We’ll also tell you who this e-bike is best for and share an exclusive coupon code that you can use to save a ton of money when you order.
The Bakcou brand was originally launched in 2016 by Dave Andre and Bryan Child. Rooted in a passion for the backcountry, the Bakcou electric bike line was introduced as a way for avid sportsmen to enjoy the outdoors without the pollution and disturbance caused by traditional hunting vehicles like an ATV (all-terrain vehicles such as quads) or UTV (utility task vehicles such as side-by-sides).
Bakcou hunting e-bikes are built to incredibly high standards and backed by a rock-solid 1-year warranty that provides customers with full coverage in the event of a manufacturing defect.
- Durable 6061 aluminum alloy frame
- BCEB GT MRK adjustable, lockout front air suspension fork (100mm of travel)
- SHIMANO ALIVIO 9-speed gearing
- 740mm wide handlebars
- Tektro dual piston hydraulic disc brakes (203mm front, 180mm rear)
- Selle Royal Sport saddle
- MAXXIS Minion 26″ x 4″ fat tires
- Rear cargo rack
- Mud fenders
- 750W BAFANG rear hub motor
- 48V lithium-ion battery (17.5Ah, 19.2Ah, 21Ah, or 25Ah)
- BAFANG full-color LCD display
- Thumb throttle (left side)
- 400-lumen headlight
Bakcou Flatlander Review: E-Bike Overview
Available in six different color options (Matte Black, Realtree Edge, Gloss White, Matte Desert Tan, Matte Cavalry Blue, and Matte Army Green) and four different 48V battery configurations (17.5Ah, 19.2Ah, 21Ah, and 25Ah), the Bakcou Flatlander is an affordable, high-performance hunting e-bike that delivers rugged durability, top-shelf features, and a comfortable riding experience. As mentioned, Bakcou added the Flatlander to its fat tire electric bike range as a less expensive, rear hub motor alternative to the mid-drive powered Mule.
Crafted from high-end 6061 aluminum alloy, the Flatlander’s tough frame can support up to 300 pounds of weight, and the bike rolls on massive 26″ by 4″ MAXXIS Minion fat tires for versatile, all-terrain performance.
The Flatlander is powered by a BAFANG 750W rear hub motor that puts out 85Nm of torque and a long-range lithium-ion battery (battery life will obviously depend on the battery configuration selected at the time of purchase). The SHIMANO drivetrain delivers smooth shifting and the dual-piston Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide plenty of stopping power in both wet and dry conditions.
Up front, there’s a BCEB GT MRK AIR suspension fork with 100mm of travel. There’s also a full-color BAFANG LCD display and removable thumb throttle mounted to the left side of the 740mm wide handlebars.
Bakcou includes mud fenders and a bright 400-lumen headlight which really comes in handy during nighttime rides and in low-light situations. There’s also a heavy-duty rear rack on the bike that is ideal for hauling small game, camping gear, or attaching pannier bags.
The Bakcou Flatlander weighs in at 63 lbs and is suitable for riders from 5’8″ to 6’8″. Riders who are shorter than 5’8″ should check out Bakcou’s Flatlander ST with its step-through frame.
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48V battery (17.5Ah, 19.2Ah, 21Ah, or 25Ah)2 of 13
Rear rack for hauling hunting gear, small game, pannier bags, and supplies3 of 13
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750W BAFANG rear hub motor (85Nm of torque)6 of 13
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Bakcou’s Flatlander delivers impressive performance for a rear hub motor ride. While it’s definitely a few notches below the Mule, the 750W BAFANG motor provides plenty of power for normal uphill climbing and towing.
The front air shocks and MAXXIS fat tires deliver a comfortable ride that handles well in mud, snow, gravel, sand, and grass. In addition to the excellent off-road riding experience, the Flatlander is also a lot of fun on the road and can be useful for around-town cruising, daily commutes, and grocery runs.
Bakcou’s bikes have enjoyed a good reputation for their build quality, and the Flatlander is another prime example of this. The bike is well-constructed and ships with high-quality componentry. It also arrives well-packed and well-assembled from the factory, requiring only minor assembly by the customer.
An aggressive, attention-getting ride, the Flatlander is a head turner wherever it’s ridden. The bike’s huge tires, front suspension fork, and rear cargo rack announce that it’s all business, we think the Flatlander looks great in each of the six color options.
The Flatlander includes front and rear fenders, a rear pannier rack, puncture-proof tire liner, and 2.0 A charger. Additionally, Bakcou also sells a growing range of replacement parts and accessories including batteries, chargers, hunting trailers, bags, tools, and more.
The Bakcou team offers a 1-year warranty on all of its e-bikes. If a customer isn’t satisfied with their bike and decides to return it, Bakcou also provides a 30-day return window, although return shipping charges and a 15% restocking fee apply.
As far as customer service goes, there are several ways to reach the company. We’ve had the best experience with live chat and the company is super responsive to inquiries. Additionally, you can contact Bakcou via its toll-free phone number or website contact form.
Recharged Rides always conducts an independent test of each brand’s customer service department to rate their responsiveness, and we’re happy to report that Whitney over at Bakcou sent us a same-day reply to our submitted inquiry, responding in just over an hour to our message…
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Price, Where to Buy it, & Coupon Code
At the time of this review, the Bakcou Flatlander has an MSRP of $3,747 to $4,446, depending on the configuration. You can purchase the bike directly from Bakcou, but we recommend that you pick it up here instead. For a limited time, you can get an additional 5% off the bike through the link above with the coupon code RECHARGEDRIDES. To take advantage of this special promotion, just add the Flatlander and desired accessories to your shopping cart and then enter the promo code during the checkout process.
The Bakcou Flatlander hunting bike is manufactured in China.
Pros and Cons
- Attractive aesthetics and nice finish options
- Four optional battery configurations
- Powerful BAFANG 750W motor
- Front air fork suspension and 26" x 4" MAXXIS Minion tires deliver a very comfortable ride
- Nice component package
- Good build quality
- Super versatile and can handle snow, sand, trails, and gravel with ease
- Handsome rear rack gives you the ability to load up hunting gear, game, pannier bags, and more
- Included front and rear fenders help to keep the rider clean
- Reliable 1-year warranty
- 30-day return policy
- Friendly and responsive customer service
- Doesn't pack the same steep hill climbing and heavy towing capabilities as Bakcou's mid-drive Mule
- Like all fat tire e-bikes, the Flatlander is a bit on the heavy side
Overall, we’re very impressed with Bakcou’s Flatlander model. This fully-loaded hunting e-bike offers riders a great range of features and options but makes some cost-saving compromises that are appropriate for customers who simply aren’t interested in the additional power (and more expensive price tag) that comes with some of Bakcou’s other rides such as the Storm or Mule.
The Flatlander is a nice option for serious hunters, anglers, and camping enthusiasts. It’s a nice-looking bike that is also very well-built and can be easily customized to suit your needs.
Whether you’re hauling camping gear for a multi-day adventure, heading deep into remote areas to go hunting, or carrying your rods and tackle box to the lake for a day of fishing, the Flatlander is a capable ride that you can feel confident riding.
The overall ride experience of this bike is excellent, and the Flatlander offers a nice mix of power, performance, and versatility. Considering what you get for your money, the bike is also relatively affordable, which makes it a nice option for folks who need a high-end electric bike but aren’t interested or able to spend a ton of money on it.
Lastly, Bakcou is a friendly, Utah-based brand that’s great to deal with. They have a great track record of looking after customers and are extremely easy to reach whenever an issue may arise.
All things considered, the Flatlander is a great-looking, high-performance fat tire e-bike that’s a solid option if you’re in the market for a versatile ride that won’t let you down.