This high-powered ‘fun-size’ e-bike is basically a miniature motorcycle

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High performance electric bike manufacturer Juiced released the RipRacera powerful, tired bike designed for little riders.

Labeled as a “fun size” e-bike with a smaller, lighter frame than Juiced’s other high-performance bikes, the RipRacer is said to be aimed at “a younger generation” as well as generally smaller riders – in this context, any person over 5′ tall, up to a maximum height of 6’3″. It includes a motorcycle-style twist throttle to fire up the 750W motor and make biking a breeze at high speed.

The bike is available in Class 2 and Class 3 options, with a 52-volt battery powering speeds of up to 20 mph and 35 miles on a single charge (for the Class 2 model) and 28 mph and an impressive 55 miles on a single charge (for Class 3 model).

Designed for all-terrain use, its 4-inch-thick knobby tires seem capable of taking on anything you can throw at them. Class 3 even comes with its own LCD screen.

Currently, it is only available in the United States. The RipRacer is reasonably priced, likely due to its thinner and smaller frame, at $1,599 for the Class 3 model and $1,399 for the Class 2. The lights are already built into the frame, so no need to incur additional expenses there.

RipRacer Juice

(Image credit: Juice)

Analysis: Too much for a small bike?

Small frame sizes are nothing new, as many other e-bikes offer options suitable for smaller riders. However, it is a purpose-built, high-performance off-road bike at a very reasonable price, and it will certainly find an audience with smaller, lighter off-road riders looking for a thrilling, long-lasting ride. .

It’s also marketed for the younger generation, and here’s where it gets tricky: some US states have legislation in place to prevent children from riding Class 3 or Class 2 e-bikes, as they are sometimes classified as vehicles. motorized. You can check what the laws are in your particular state here.

The addition of the twist throttle can also get in the way: in the UK, any vehicle fitted with this type of throttle is classed as a motorcycle. Although US laws do not have this particular restriction, if they changed to match the UK, it would present another obstacle to riding this pocket rocket in public. Also, some parents may not be comfortable with their child riding a miniature motorcycle around town, regardless of the laws in their area.

The end result is a bit of a Goldilocks problem – too powerful for many kids and teens to ride anywhere other than private terrain, but too small for most adults, who may prefer a full-size option. Time will tell if Juiced’s fun-sized offering can rank up there with the best cheap electric bikes we tried.

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