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Rize Bikes hits streets, trails and mountains with 15-strong ebike range

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Built for off-road adventures, the RX Pro is one of 15 ebikes in the 2021 range from Rize Bikes
Built for off-road adventures, the RX Pro is one of 15 ebikes in the 2021 range from Rize Bikes
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The RX Pro features a 1,500-W (peak) mid-drive motor and can be had in a dual battery configuration for up to 90 miles of range per charge
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The RX Pro features a 1,500-W (peak) mid-drive motor and can be had in a dual battery configuration for up to 90 miles of range per charge
Lockable suspension fork, suspension seat post, chunky 4-inch tires and adjustable handlebar stem
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Lockable suspension fork, suspension seat post, chunky 4-inch tires and adjustable handlebar stem
The RX Pro offers five levels of pedal assist, and can throttle up to 35 mph
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The RX Pro offers five levels of pedal assist, and can throttle up to 35 mph
Built for off-road adventures, the RX Pro is one of 15 ebikes in the 2021 range from Rize Bikes
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Built for off-road adventures, the RX Pro is one of 15 ebikes in the 2021 range from Rize Bikes
Built for road or trail, the Rize MD has a 750-W (peak) Bafang motor and can be optioned with dual batteries for per-charge potential of more than 120 miles
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Built for road or trail, the Rize MD has a 750-W (peak) Bafang motor and can be optioned with dual batteries for per-charge potential of more than 120 miles
The Rize MD comes with a gear-shift sensor that briefly disables the motor when changing gears for a smoother ride
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The Rize MD comes with a gear-shift sensor that briefly disables the motor when changing gears for a smoother ride
The Bolt X can be folded down for between-ride transport, but at 70 lb, it's no lightweight
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The Bolt X can be folded down for between-ride transport, but at 70 lb, it's no lightweight
With dual batteries optioned in, the Bolt X can roll for 80 miles or more
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With dual batteries optioned in, the Bolt X can roll for 80 miles or more
The Moped style Blade 2, with a dual battery option and 1000-watt rear hub motor
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The Moped style Blade 2, with a dual battery option and 1000-watt rear hub motor
The Blade is a moped-style ebike with a 750-W hub drive and a dual battery option
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The Blade is a moped-style ebike with a 750-W hub drive and a dual battery option
The folding Blade ebike comes with a 48-V/14-Ah battery and 500-W rear hub motor
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The folding Blade ebike comes with a 48-V/14-Ah battery and 500-W rear hub motor
The City MD step-through ebike sports a 750-W mid-drive motor and can be had with dual Samsung 50E batteries
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The City MD step-through ebike sports a 750-W mid-drive motor and can be had with dual Samsung 50E batteries
The City step-through offers an upright riding stance, comes with a 500-W rear motor and can be optioned with dual batteries
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The City step-through offers an upright riding stance, comes with a 500-W rear motor and can be optioned with dual batteries
The Fixie road ebike features a 350-W rear hub motor and 36-V/9.6-Ah battery
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The Fixie road ebike features a 350-W rear hub motor and 36-V/9.6-Ah battery
As its name suggests, the Leisure Step is a step-through fat-tire ebike with a 750-W rea hub motor and single or dual battery options
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As its name suggests, the Leisure Step is a step-through fat-tire ebike with a 750-W rea hub motor and single or dual battery options
The Leisure fat-tire ebike comes with a 750-W rear hub motor and single or dual battery options
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The Leisure fat-tire ebike comes with a 750-W rear hub motor and single or dual battery options
The Liberty is a moped-style step-through with a 750-W rear motor for 80 Nm of torque, and the option of single or dual batteries
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The Liberty is a moped-style step-through with a 750-W rear motor for 80 Nm of torque, and the option of single or dual batteries
The Rize RX off-roader comes with a 1,000-W mid-drive motor and can pack a single 52-V/15-Ah battery or a dual-battery configuration for up to 100 miles of per-charge range
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The Rize RX off-roader comes with a 1,000-W mid-drive motor and can pack a single 52-V/15-Ah battery or a dual-battery configuration for up to 100 miles of per-charge range
The Rize X fat-tire ebike comes with a 750-W rear hub motor for 80 Nm of torque, and can be optioned with single or dual batteries for up to 110 miles of per-charge range
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The Rize X fat-tire ebike comes with a 750-W rear hub motor for 80 Nm of torque, and can be optioned with single or dual batteries for up to 110 miles of per-charge range
The Rize city ebike features a 500-W rear hub motor and a single 48-V/15-Ah battery or dual battery option
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The Rize city ebike features a 500-W rear hub motor and a single 48-V/15-Ah battery or dual battery option
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Canada's Rize Bikes is a relative newcomer to the ebike market, being just over a year old, and with the 2020 model run now down to the last few available models, the company has launched its 2021 ebike range – which seems to include a model for just about every need.

Rize has divided its 2021 range into six categories, which covers everything from city rides to trail adventurers and retro moped-style rollers to folding commuters, with prices running from US$1,399 right up to just over three grand.

The Bolt X can be folded down for between-ride transport, but at 70 lb, it's no lightweight
The Bolt X can be folded down for between-ride transport, but at 70 lb, it's no lightweight

Detailing all 15 models on offer might be a bit much, so we've picked a few that caught our eye – starting with the $1,899 Bolt X folding commuter. This city ride can fold down to 43 x 23 x 29-in (109 x 58 x 73-cm) dimensions and weighs in at 70 lb (32 kg), which is nearly twice as heavy as Gocycle's G4 so won't be quite as easy to haul on public transport for the journey to work. But is is markedly cheaper.

It can be had with a single 672-Wh battery for around 45 miles (70+ km) of per-charge range, or with 1,152-Wh dual batteries for 80 miles (130 km) or more, depending on rider style and terrain. The Bafang 750-W motor can produce 80 Nm (59 lb.ft) of torque and offers a default top speed of 20 mph (32 km/h), which can be unlocked for up to 28 mph.

Elsewhere, there's a thumb throttle available for pedal-free motoring, Shimano Acera 7-speed gears with a Rapid Fire shifter, Tektro hydraulic braking, front fork suspension with adjustable lockout, LED lighting front and rear (with the tail-light doubling as a brake light), double-wall rims wrapped in 20x3.3-inch Kenda K-Shield puncture-resistant tires, and rear rack and fenders.

Built for road or trail, the Rize MD has a 750-W (peak) Bafang motor and can be optioned with dual batteries for per-charge potential of more than 120 miles
Built for road or trail, the Rize MD has a 750-W (peak) Bafang motor and can be optioned with dual batteries for per-charge potential of more than 120 miles

Next up is the camo-packing $2,399 Rize MD mid-drive trail/road ebike, which can be had with one Samsung 50E frame-integrated battery at 48-volt/15-Ah (720 Wh) for around 60 miles (96.5 km) per charge, or a dual-battery configuration for 1,440 Wh and 120+ miles (193+ km).

The 500-W Bafang BBS02 mid-drive motor produces 120 Nm (88.5 lb.ft) of torque, has a peak power output of 750 watts and a default top speed of 20 mph (which can be unlocked for 28 mph). This model also comes with 7-speed Acera gears and Rapid Fire shifting, but rocks a gear-shift sensor that very briefly cuts off motor assist when changing gears so the rider benefits from smooth switching.

Other features of note include throttle power on demand, five levels of pedal assist, an 18.5-inch aluminum alloy frame for an overall ebike weight of 66 lb (30 kg), a Suntour suspension fork, Tektro hydraulic brakes with 180-mm rotors, 27.5-inch Kenda K-Shield tires, rear rack and fenders, and a Selle Royal gel saddle.

Our final choice is top of the 2021 Rize model tree, the $3,099 fat-tire trail monster known as the RX Pro. As this ebike sports a 1,000-W (1,500-watt peak) Bafang M620 mid-drive motor producing 160 Nm (118 lb.ft) of torque and is able to throttle up to 35 mph (56 km/h), it's for off-road use only. Both torque and cadence sensors are employed for pedal assist, with five levels available. Again, single or dual battery options are available, but this time it's one 52-V/15-Ah or two 52-V/30-Ah Samsung 50E flavors, with the latter offering over 90 miles (145 km) of range for five hours on charge.

The RX Pro features a 1,500-W (peak) mid-drive motor and can be had in a dual battery configuration for up to 90 miles of range per charge
The RX Pro features a 1,500-W (peak) mid-drive motor and can be had in a dual battery configuration for up to 90 miles of range per charge

This capable-looking ebike features 9-speed Alivio gears with smooth shifting courtesy of a gear sensor that disengages the motor for a few milliseconds when changing gears, the 17-inch aluminum alloy frame offers a stand-over height of 29 in (73 cm), a lockable suspension fork and Suntour hydraulic suspension seatpost combination is said to almost make the RX Pro a dual-suspension ebike, and the adjustable handlebar stem allows for a more upright riding stance.

The off-roader rides on chunky 4-inch Kenda tires, stopping power comes from Tektro hydraulic braking, and it packs a Selle Royal gel saddle for a more comfortable ride, rear rack to carry trail essentials, and fenders to keep spray down.

All 2021 Rize ebikes are available for pre-order now, with shipping estimated to start next month.

Source: Rize Bikes

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jerryd
I hope the others are a lot better as these are marginal except good size battery.