Bikonit Warthog MD1000 Review: 1000-Watt Fat Tire Electric Bike
Referred to by some as the "Hummer of e-bikes", the 1000W Bikonit MD1000 is an insanely powerful ride that's loaded with high-end componentry and massive MAXXIS all-terrain fat tires...
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What is the Bikonit MD1000?
An all-terrain fat tire electric bike built from the ground up with long-range performance and rugged versatility in mind, Bikonit’s Warthog MD1000 is the ultimate e-bike platform for serious outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you’re packing out large game or riding deep into the backcountry on a multi-day camping trip, the MD1000 is designed to take you wherever you need to go.
In this Bikonit MD1000 review, we’ll take a detailed look at this impressive e-bike’s features, specs, and how it performs in a wide variety of scenarios. We’ll also give you the scoop on Bikonit’s warranty coverage, customer service rating, and share an exclusive promo code that you can use to save a significant amount of money on the bike.
|CATEGORY||Fat tire, all-terrain|
|RECHARGING TIME||6-8 hours|
|WEIGHT||71 lbs (w/o batteries)|
|MAX RIDER WEIGHT||300 lbs|
|COUPON CODE||RECHARGEDRIDES ($200 off)|
|PRICE||Click here to see best price|
A popular brand with avid hunters, anglers, and camping enthusiasts, Bikonit was founded in 2018 by Daniel Hang and the company has expanded its lineup of tough fat tire e-bikes to 3 models for 2022. Designed to perform well in a wide variety of challenging conditions, Bikonit's bikes are a go-to option for tackling steep hills, enjoying the flat, or embarking on long-distance adventures.
Headquartered in Ontario, CA, Bikonit has built up a devoted following over the past several years and is well-known its outstanding customer service. All of its electric bikes are built-to-last and covered by a 1-year warranty.
- Corrosion-resistant 6061 aluminum alloy frame
- RST Renegade front air suspension (lockout, 120mm of travel)
- 14-speed Rohloff hub
- Gates Carbon belt
- Low-rise Promax handlebars
- Selle Royal saddle
- 203mm Tektro HD-E725 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes
- Cityway CNC pedals
- 26″ x 4.8″ MAXXIS Minion FBF fat tires
- 1000W BAFANG G510 Ultra Max mid-drive motor
- 48V 30Ah LG battery
- BAFANG CANBUS controller
- Thumb throttle (left)
- Full color LCD display with USB charging port
Bikonit MD1000 Review: E-Bike Overview
An extremely capable e-bike with top-shelf build quality and components, Bikonit’s flagship MD 1000 is a beast of a machine that’s designed with toughness and high-performance in mind. The kind of electric bike that you’d expect to take you on a multi-day fishing trip or long-range camping expedition, the MD1000 is built from the ground up to deliver the ultimate in versatility and all-terrain utility.
Powered by a 1000-watt BAFANG mid-drive motor (1500W peak output and 160Nm of torque) and a massive 48V 30Ah LG dual battery setup, the MD1000 is capable of providing riders with up to 100 miles of range on a single charge. Equipped with a 48V 5A 110V-240V quick charger, the Warthog MD1000’s batteries can be rapidly recharged in 6-8 hours.
Packing 500 pounds of towing capacity, this bike can be used with a fat tire trailer to tow large game out of the woods and the BAFANG mid-drive motor’s impressive torque and acceleration gives you all the power you need for climbing hills and challenging off-road terrain.
Up front is a full color LCD display which is easily readable in all lighting conditions. The bike also features a very nice RST Renegade front air suspension fork which does a good job of handling the bumps.
As far as size and weight goes, the Bikonit MD1000 is a big bike. Coming in at 78.5″ long with a 50.3″ wheelbase, the MD1000 has a standover height of 29″ and measures 45.5″ at the handlebars.
As far as weight goes, the MD1000 weighs in at 88 lbs with both batteries installed (70.8 lbs without batteries). Riders who prefer the durability and performance of a Bikonit bike in a lighter package should check out the brand’s entry-level Warthog HD750.
1-year warranty1 of 11
Dual 48V 30Ah LG battery setup for super long range2 of 11
Huge 26″ x 4.8″ MAXXIS Minion FBF fat tires3 of 11
1000W BAFANG CANBUS mid-drive motor with hub motor with 160Nm of torque4 of 11
Color LCD display with USB charging5 of 11
Thumb throttle (left side)6 of 11
203mm Tektro HD-725 hydraulic disc brakes7 of 11
KMC chain8 of 11
Gates Carbon belt and Rohloff 14-speed hub9 of 11
Corrosion-resistant 6061 aluminum alloy frame10 of 11
Selle Royal saddle11 of 11
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The ride quality of Bikonit’s top-of-the-line MD1000 is superb, providing riders with smooth acceleration and handling in on and off-road conditions. The chunky 26-inch x 4-inch MAXXIS tires do an amazing job of handling mud, gravel, snow, and sand, and the front air suspension provides plenty of cushion when the going gets rough.
The bike comes with four ride modes, including regular pedal power, pedal-assist levels, unassisted throttle mode, and walk-assist. The walk-assist functionality is super convenient for those times when you’re navigating through thick brush and prefer to walk the bike through. When loaded down with heavy gear or a trailer, it’s nice to have some help from the 1000W BAFANG motor.
Bikonit has a good reputation as far as build quality goes, and its MD1000 doesn’t disappoint. The frame and welds are top-notch and the packaged componentry is outstanding. The bike also arrives very well-packaged and the detailed assembly instructions make it easy to put this bike together.
Make no mistake about it, the Bikonit Warthog MD1000 is an aggressive-looking ride that’s guaranteed to turn heads. The massive tires and thick frame lets everyone know that this e-bike is all business, and the three color options are all nicely done in our opinion (Sandstone, Matte Black, and Camo).
While the MD1000 isn’t the only fat tire electric bike that comes equipped with twin batteries, it is one of the only ones that integrate both batteries neatly into the downtube of the frame. This gives the MD1000 a polished, premium vibe and the batteries are easily removed for swapping or recharging.
This is one area where we’d love to see Bikonit improve upon. The stock, out-of-the-box configuration of Bikonit’s Warthog MD1000 is very minimalist. For a bike that’s designed for utilitarian use, we find it odd that the company ships it without cargo racks or baskets. At the very least, we’d like to see a rear rack included (especially on a bike in this price range).
Of course, the MD1000 can be easily customized with all manner of racks and mounts, and the company’s growing accessory catalog offers riders plenty to choose from as far as that goes.
As mentioned, Bikonit stands behind every electric bike they make with a rock-solid 1-year warranty. This provides Bikonit customers with coverage in the event of a manufacturing defect within the first year of ownership.
Additionally, Bikonit offers a 15-day return window. Unfortunately, the company does charge a 15% restocking fee on bikes with fewer than 10 miles on the odometer. An additional 1% fee is added for each mile over 10 miles.
Bikonit offers several contact options, including email, live chat, and phone support. We’ve had the most success with live chat, and the company is pretty quick to respond. Just keep in mind that the brand’s customer service department is most likely located in Asia, so customer support department’s working hours are going to be a bit inconvenient for many customers.
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An Introduction to Bikonit's MD1000 (VIDEO)
Price and Where to Buy it
At the time of this review, the regular price of the MD1000 is $7,799. Having said that, if you use the coupon code RECHARGEDRIDES when checking out, Bikonit will instantly credit your order with a $200 discount. To take advantage of this promotion, just click here, add the bike and all desired accessories to your shipping cart, click the “Checkout” button, and then enter the coupon code in the field that says “Gift card or discount code”. After clicking reply, you’ll see the $200 credit automatically applied to your order…
All of Bikonit's electric fat tire bikes are manufactured in China.
Yes, the Warthog MD 1000 comes with an IP64 water resistance rating.
Pros and Cons
- Excellent build quality and top-shelf componentry
- Ultra-wide MAXXIS tires perform incredibly well in sand, snow, gravel, and mud
- Powerful BAFANG mid-drive motor is amazing for hill climbing and trailer pulling
- Huge removable dual-battery design delivers insane range
- Front fork air suspension offers great ride comfort and off-road handling
- 203mm Tektro hydraulic disc brakes provide top-notch stopping power
- Super versatile, all-terrain design that's ideal for hunters, anglers, camping trips, and everyday riding
- Ultra-reliable, low-maintenance drivetrain
- Nice-looking frame design with neatly integrated batteries
- High-quality full color display is easy to read and includes USB charging
- Four riding modes: Pedal-assist, throttle, normal pedaling, and walk-assist
- Three color options (Sandstone, Matte Black, and Camo)
- Rock-solid 1-year warranty
- Cargo rack not included
- As is typical with fat tire models, this is a heavy bike
- Bikonit charges a 15% restocking fee for all returns made during the 15-day return window
- Expensive (if budget is a concern, we recommend checking out the lower-priced Bikonit Warthog MD750)
We’ve always been impressed with Bikonit’s range of fat tire e-bikes, and the MD1000 is no different. It’s the kind of bike you want to have with you when the going gets tough, and it’s the perfect platform to build on if you want to build a customized fishing, hunting, or camping rig.
While the Warthog MD1000 isn’t as capable as an electric mountain bike in some extreme scenarios, it’s one of the best electric bikes for general off-road duty that we’ve reviewed. Equally at home in the snow, on the beach, and riding backcountry trails, the Bikonit MD1000 is a do-it-all type of bike that makes no compromises when it comes to quality and performance.
The powerhouse combination of the BAFANG 1000W mid-drive motor and dual battery configuration provide this bike with next-level power and range, and the bike’s 500 lbs towing capacity and 160Nm of torque mean you’ll have the juice necessary to haul heavy gear and large game out of the woods.
With an MSRP of $7,799, the MD1000 isn’t a cheap investment, but if you’re in the market for a versatile, seriously-capable e-bike to get out and explore the great outdoors, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a better option.