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Juiced Bikes opens up CrossCurrent X ebike with cut-price step-through

Juiced Bikes opens up CrossCur...
Juiced Bikes has announced a new CrossCurrent X step-through, opening the brand's best commuter bike up to a wider range of riders
Juiced Bikes has announced a new CrossCurrent X step-through, opening the brand's best commuter bike up to a wider range of riders
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Juiced Bikes has announced a new CrossCurrent X step-through, opening the brand's best commuter bike up to a wider range of riders
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Juiced Bikes has announced a new CrossCurrent X step-through, opening the brand's best commuter bike up to a wider range of riders
The big battery pack means you'll want small feet if you're stepping through there
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The big battery pack means you'll want small feet if you're stepping through there
Thumb throttle and basic LCD dash
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Thumb throttle and basic LCD dash
Braced frame and torque-and-cadence-sensing pedals
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Braced frame and torque-and-cadence-sensing pedals
Nine-speed Shimano shift and 750-W Bafang hub motor
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Nine-speed Shimano shift and 750-W Bafang hub motor
Rear rack and fenders are standard
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Rear rack and fenders are standard
Ergonomic grips, bell and thumb shifter
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Ergonomic grips, bell and thumb shifter
52V, 15Ah,
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With 52-V, 15-Ah, 777-Wh removable battery
Available in a cheerful light blue
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Available in a cheerful light blue
Standard front light
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Standard front light
Suntour NCX suspension fork
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Suntour NCX suspension fork
28 mph limitd
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The bike has a 28-mph limited top speed
A range over 65 miles will cover most two-way commutes
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A range over 65 miles will cover most two-way commutes
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Juiced Bikes has opened up its top commuter ebike to a broader range of riders with a new step-through version of its CrossCurrent X, decked out with practical extras and more accessible than ever before – while undercutting the original bike's price by US$500.

Juiced hasn't played with the formula too much here; the new bike retains much of what's made the CrossCurrent X a popular, practical daily rider: the 750-W Bafang hub motor, capable of torque and cadence sensing, the Shimano Altus 9 speed gearset, the simple LCD display and thumb throttle, disc brakes, Suntour NCX suspension, 1,050-lumen headlight and hardtail back end.

Like the original bike, the step-through gets a pack rack and front and rear fenders standard, which is nice, and a set of Schwalbe Marathon Plus 28-in x 1.75-in puncture-resistant tires designed to keep you on the road longer.

The step-through gets a 52-volt, 15-Ah, 777-Wh battery, smaller than the original bike's impressive 994-Wh pack but still a decent size for the class. It's capable of delivering range figures over 65 miles (105 km), which is more than enough to get you out of a car or a train and doing exactly as much exercise as you feel like on your daily commute – if daily commutes continue to exist in your part of the world.

Available in a cheerful light blue
Available in a cheerful light blue

The minimum height of the broadly-adjustable seat stays the same as the smallest CrossCurrent X at 31.5 in (80 cm), suiting riders from around 5 ft 3 in to 6 ft 1 in (160 to 185 cm). But the extra beef required to brace that frame without a top crossbar does come at a cost: the step-through frame adds more weight than the smaller battery takes away. The step-through weighs a meaty 67 lb (30.4 kg), 2 lb (900 grams) heavier than the standard CrossCurrent X.

But weight is forgotten once you're moving, particularly on a Class 3 ebike, and plenty of shorter riders prefer a step-through frame when it comes time to pop a foot down and stop. They're also handy if you're wearing a suit that might rip a very undignified hole in the pants if you went to sling a leg over, or if you're rocking a child seat on the back and don't want to Bruce Lee your wee one right in the face every time you hop on.

The CrossCurrent X Step-Through ebike is available now for US$1,999 – a hefty $500 down on the standard CrossCurrent X. Check it out in the video below.

Juiced Bikes CrossCurrent X Step-Through: Urban Adventure E-Bike

Source: Juiced Bikes

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2 comments
2 comments
Daishi
It makes sense that they would launch a step through version because a lot of the ebikes I see around the trails these days are couples going on rides together. I'm happy to see a lot of older couples finding their way back out on bike trails through ebikes. Rad is cheaper (and more popular) but IMO I think you are probably better off spending the extra money to get a bigger battery and torque sensor with Juiced. They both have "walk assist mode" which is really more for pushing the bike up stairs than actually walking.
Lee Bell
Nice bike! Out of my price range but a decent ebike all the same.