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Dual-motor, dual-battery Grizzly offers a lot of ebike for the money

Dual-motor, dual-battery Grizz...
Arielrider's dual-motor, dual-battery Grizzly ebike
Arielrider's dual-motor, dual-battery Grizzly ebike
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Arielrider's dual-motor, dual-battery Grizzly ebike
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Arielrider's dual-motor, dual-battery Grizzly ebike
A range over 75 miles will ensure not many people get stuck on a bridge like this guy
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A range over 75 miles will ensure not many people get stuck on a bridge like this guy
It's hard to see, but that's a 7-speed Shimano Altus shift
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It's hard to see, but that's a 7-speed Shimano Altus shift
Kickstand buddy! Your kickstand's down!
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Kickstand buddy! Your kickstand's down!
Double seat is an optional extra
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Double seat is an optional extra
A motorcycle-style headlight and brake lights on the back will get you seen
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A motorcycle-style headlight and brake lights on the back will get you seen
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Ariel Rider has released a beefy, moped-styled full-suspension ebike with dual batteries for monster range, and hub motors in the front and rear wheels for exceptional off-road capability. The Grizzly's cheaper than we'd expect, too, given its specs.

Each motor is rated for 750 W and 80 Nm (59 lb-ft), and you can choose whether to power the front wheel, the rear wheel or both depending on whether you're shooting for efficiency, uncanny hill climbing abilities or fully sick burnouts. Together, they enable top speeds over 30 mph (48 km/h) whether you run the bike off its half-twist motorcycle-style throttle or in cadence-sensing pedal-assist mode.

The Grizzly carries a pair of Samsung-celled 52-V battery packs – one slung on the downtube, the other sandwiched into the parcel rack – for an impressive total capacity of 32 Ah, or 1,664 Wh. Ariel Rider says that's good for more than 75 miles (121 km), and if you keep it in pedal-assist mode we'd guess that figure should get a lot higher.

A range over 75 miles will ensure not many people get stuck on a bridge like this guy
A range over 75 miles will ensure not many people get stuck on a bridge like this guy

There's hydraulic Tektro disc brakes with motor cutoff switches, and front and rear suspension, too. Ariel Rider calls it "motocross level," but that's a fair stretch for such short-travel gear with a dual-shock setup at the back. Still, there's rebound damping adjustment on the shocks, which is pretty neat for an ebike, and the fat 20x4-inch puncture-resistant tires will help smooth out the ride as well.

It's set up for practicality, with standard front and rear fenders, motorcycle-style headlight and brake lights, a kickstand, a USB charging port and a color LED screen. Behind the seat is a simple flat platform you can strap things to; if you want to upgrade it to an aluminum rack, you can drop an extra US$69 to do so. Otherwise, for $89, you can get a long double banana saddle for two-up riding. Either way, fold-out passenger footpegs come standard.

Is it street-legal? In many places, no. But that doesn't stop it looking like an excellent way to get around, and from delivery riders to what we see on the bike paths, there seem to be plenty of folk willing to skirt what many consider to be overly restrictive ebike laws. Still, ride at your own risk.

The Grizzly is currently on pre-order at $2,799, which strikes us as a pretty impressive price. You can certainly get a lot less than this for that kind of money; the battery alone offers a pretty outrageous capacity we'd struggle to find on anything at this price point. Deliveries are slated to begin in February. Check out a video below.

Ariel Rider Ebikes - Grizzly 52V dual motor, dual battery, dual suspension

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9 comments
guzmanchinky
That really is amazing for that price. I guess you just ride it until a park ranger tells you not to?
paul314
All of these moped-style bikes are more akin to motorcycles, except that they don't have enough power to be safe on anything but regular city streets or segregated bike paths.
PAV
This idea of dual battery, dual motors is certainly not new, but it is brilliant! I do hope that it catches on and becomes more readily available.
michael_dowling
75 mile range would be great for a street legal commuter bike. Price is reasonable too. I wonder if it would be classed as a motorcycle most places,with a 30+ top speed?
Signguy
People with lots of disposable income say this is cheap; when it's $1K maybe...
BlueOak
While I realize the benefits of hub motors, how is the power to them reliably connected?

Seems like friction-spring contacts would be unreliable when exposed to weather.
JeffK
As usual with these products, the video producer(s) insist on inserting a loud, intrusive music sound track that totally masks what is arguably the best feature of e-bikes as a whole; they are mechanically quiet. For those of us who live in parts of the world where 4,000' (1,219 m) plus above sea level is the altitude of the valley floor, having quiet transport on the roads and trails is greatly appreciated. All the more so as we (and our joints) age.

This definitely seems to be more than well featured for the price, even on a fixed income. As for park rangers, I live midway between two of the most popular national parks in the world, Glacier and Yellowstone. They are spectacular and spectacularly crowded in summer and spectacularly cold in winter. I prefer the path less travelled.
ColinChambers
This video was noise + noise.. what is required is information on details, ie -seats-Control-electronic display.. most important of all ,is it’s components made in China .. if so and you live in the northern hemisphere , it’s first winter in your [lean too] equals ‘corrosion’.. Jacktar
MikeDalton
It has more torque that a Harley-Davidson 883 motorcycle. I guess it is top-speed limited for safety reasons. Still, I think I could commute with this thing. It would be great to not be soaked in sweat when I arrive at the office.