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Juiced RipCurrent S delivers a killer deal on a fully loaded fat-tire commuter e-bike

The Juiced RipCurrent S is a fully loaded fat-tire commuter ebike at a terrific price
The Juiced RipCurrent S is a fully loaded fat-tire commuter ebike at a terrific price
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Juiced RipCurrent S: lockable frame-mounted battery
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Juiced RipCurrent S: lockable frame-mounted battery
Juiced RipCurrent S: fat rear tire allows a fat Bafang 750-watt motor
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Juiced RipCurrent S: fat rear tire allows a fat Bafang 750-watt motor
Juiced RipCurrent S: integrated 1,050-lumen headlight
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Juiced RipCurrent S: integrated 1,050-lumen headlight
Juiced RipCurrent S: fat backside and rear rack in red
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Juiced RipCurrent S: fat backside and rear rack in red
Juiced RipCurrent S: heck of a deal for the price
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Juiced RipCurrent S: heck of a deal for the price
The Juiced RipCurrent S is a fully loaded fat-tire commuter ebike at a terrific price
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The Juiced RipCurrent S is a fully loaded fat-tire commuter ebike at a terrific price
Juiced RipCurrent S: mudgaurds, rear rack, lights... She's ready to roll
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Juiced RipCurrent S: mudgaurds, rear rack, lights... She's ready to roll
Juiced RipCurrent S: battery options up to over a kilowatt-hour make this a super long range machine
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Juiced RipCurrent S: battery options up to over a kilowatt-hour make this a super long range machine
Juiced RipCurrent S: available in red, brushed aluminum (shown) and matt black
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Juiced RipCurrent S: available in red, brushed aluminum (shown) and matt black
Juiced RipCurrent S: available in three frame sizes
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Juiced RipCurrent S: available in three frame sizes
Juiced RipCurrent S: speed limiters, cruise control and a 1000-watt power boost mode make this a smart machine
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Juiced RipCurrent S: speed limiters, cruise control and a 1000-watt power boost mode make this a smart machine
Juiced RipCurrent S: 4-inch wide tires will make for a plush ride and should be able to handle all sorts of terrain and weather conditions
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Juiced RipCurrent S: 4-inch wide tires will make for a plush ride and should be able to handle all sorts of terrain and weather conditions
Juiced RipCurrent S: thumb controls and LCD dash
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Juiced RipCurrent S: thumb controls and LCD dash

Fat-tire bikes with powerful electric assist are a match made in heaven. Juiced Bikes says it's pulled out all the stops to make its upcoming RipCurrent S "the ultimate fat tire commuter e-bike," and for the price, it looks like the team has pulled off something pretty special.

Why go with fat tires? Don't they add a bunch of rolling resistance? Sure. But they add a go-anywhere, all-weather element to your riding, and those big hoops soak up bumps like extra suspension. These are the bikes to take if you want to take your commute across the sand dunes, down a trail or two, or even through snow in the winter months. And with electric pedal assist, extra resistance ceases to be an issue. Mind you, prepare to burn those quads if the battery runs out.

Juiced RipCurrent S: fat backside and rear rack in red
Juiced RipCurrent S: fat backside and rear rack in red

The new RipCurrent S

The RipCurrent S is a solid-looking hardtail-framed bike with a 750-watt Bafang hub motor, 4-inch Kenda tires, a 9-speed Shimano Altus cassette drivetrain and a range of impressive battery options, the lowest of which offers a pretty solid 13 Ah at 48V.

It ships as a fully loaded, 66-lb (30-kg) commuter machine with mudguards, kickstand, a heavy-duty tail rack, cheapie Mozo Fatman air suspension forks, hydraulic brakes, a Lookin gel seat, a 1,050-lumen front light, rear lights and a set of spunky Velo ergonomic handgrips.

It runs using a thumb throttle, in conjunction with a latest-generation torque-based pedal sensor that checks both if you're pedaling and how hard, 1,000 times per second, to adjust power output to the hub motor.

Juiced RipCurrent S: thumb controls and LCD dash
Juiced RipCurrent S: thumb controls and LCD dash

Through a tidy LCD display, you can check all your numbers, and also access features like cruise control, which keeps you rolling at any speed below 20 mph (32 km/h) whether you pedal or not. There's also a speed limiter, which you can set at whatever the legal limit is in your jurisdiction, or de-restrict completely to give you a top speed over 30 mph (48 km/h) limited only by the grunt of the motor.

If you want a brief burst of extra power and 750 watts isn't doing it for you, you can hit the throttle while you're pedaling to engage a 1,000-watt boost mode. And there's a low voltage limiter that lets you set your own level for how deep you're willing to discharge your battery, letting you give it an easy (and hopefully longer) life in the process.

Juiced RipCurrent S: lockable frame-mounted battery
Juiced RipCurrent S: lockable frame-mounted battery

Options and batteries

The RipCurrent S comes in three colors (black, brushed aluminum and red) with three frame sizes and three battery options on offer, making it a pretty simple shopping experience. All batteries are by LG, so decent gear.

The smallest battery is the 48V/13-Ah unit, giving you a 25 to 42 mile (40 to 68 km) range, for a super impressive US$1,699 price tag. The middle battery is 48V/19Ah, offering a range between 37 and 61 miles (60 and 98 km), and that bumps the price up to $1,999.

The big daddy steps things up to 52V and 21 Ah to bring capacity up over a kWh. The extra voltage pulls extra speed and torque out of the motor, and the range is basically about twice what you get from most ebikes on the market. The "hyper extended range" bike will cost you $2,999, but to soften the blow it also includes a real-time GPS tracker in case the bike gets pinched, as well as a high-speed 8-amp fast charger that lets you program a gentler charge if you want, to keep your battery fresh for more than 1,500 charge cycles.

How does it stack up?

To put the prices in context, let's look at some similarly specified fatty ebikes we've written about recently.

The Moar folding fat bike with 750-watt mid drive and a 17-Ah battery is currently going for "43 percent off" on Indiegogo for $2,299. It has been wildly popular at this price.

Fantic's Euro-friendly Seven Days commuter tops out at 250 mid-driven watts of pedal assist, and a 36V/11.6-Ah battery, with prices starting at $3,330.

The Big Easy, from Defiant Bicycles, with its ultra-wide 4.7-inch tires, 500-watt hub motor and piddly 20-mile (32-km) range, started at $4,495 and has been superseded by a $2,999 Defiant One with 500 watts and 36v/12.6 Ah.

It seems fair to say Juiced Bikes has come up with a terrific deal on the RipCurrent S in all its configurations. You're getting a ton for your money, from a trusted company that's making a real product rather than crowdfunding a prototype.

Juiced RipCurrent S: battery options up to over a kilowatt-hour make this a super long range machine
Juiced RipCurrent S: battery options up to over a kilowatt-hour make this a super long range machine

You need good power and plenty of battery to pull a decent range out of a fat bike, and these specs look like they're on the money. If you live in the heavily restricted locales of Europe or Australia, you can get a neutered 250-watt version to meet the head-scratching regulations your masters impose. And if you like the look of this thing but you're more of a road rider, there's a slightly lower-spec, but very similar looking, thin-tire street version called the CrossCurrent S for around the same dollars.

Pre-orders on the RipCurrent S are open now. The team has already built a whole bunch and deliveries are already underway.

Source: Juiced Bikes

11 comments
Bob
Evey one I know who bought an ebike wasn't happy and have sold them already. They are heavy to pedal when not under electric power and the range has been far short of advertised claims.
Bruce H. Anderson
Could it be that E-bikes are finally getting mainstream? Decent price at long last, and the Cross Current S probably makes more sense for most folks.
Thaddeus
If you've had e-bikes of the past with poor range, buy one from Juiced. And if you're still worried, drop real money on their big batteries, like I did. E-bikes have come a LONG way in the last 3 years. AND Juiced really pushes the envelope.
SuperArgo
Prices starting at $3000.00 !!! Good gosh, that is freakin' expensive!
IvanWashington
those batteries cost a small fortune to replace. they don't make a size that will fit me, all the ones I've ridden forced me to bend my knees way more than 90 degrees. not good.
john07
I've not ridden the Ripcurrent, but I am the very happy owner of Juiced's CrossCurrent S. It's the finest, most enjoyable commercial product I've ever owned. I enthusiastically recommend that you drop whatever you're doing and buy one of Juice's ebikes NOW. They've amazing bang for the buck. I received mine of January 9th, or thereabouts, and I've put on close to 200 miles with the CCS. The Ripcurrent is even more powerful and versatile. I am a rather heavy man because of obesity, although I'm losing weight. The point of mentioning that is that I completed a 14-mile 1-way trip 2 weeks ago that used just 1/9th to 1/10th of the battery's power, by staying mostly in their lowest 'ECO' mode, which sort negates the bike's weight and makes it feel like a very nice road bike. I went home in level 2, another 14 miles, and despite the cold temperature, the higher assist, and my weight, I still had almost a quarter of the battery's power available to me. It's a fine company, making a fine product.
rude.dawg
I agree SuperArgo. Back in the real world, commuters can easily buy a good 2nd hand motorcycle for $3,000.
Guitartec
I have a Ripcurrent S on order with the biggest battery they offer; a 52volt 20Ah Lithium Ion with built-in GPS. Tora Harris, the CEO and chief designer of Juiced' Bikes, is not only a bonafide 2-time olympian, he also graduated from Princeton with a mechanical and aerospace engineering degree AND he speaks fluent Mandarin. The man knows performance and can communicate with the Chinese at a level that results in a very special e-bike company. Other e-bike owners go to China to visit and usually get offered products they get cheap. Tora lives there for months at a time and designs and develops his products with the Chinese. The Ripcurrent S is the result of his designing the Current series street bikes and the 2017 Hyperfat... a 1000watt fat bike that he has pedaled up to 38MPH on his video. The Hyperfat was a true labor of love. All of the best Current and Hyperfat technologies were put into the Ripcurrent S, and it's only $3k, which is less expensive than virtually any similar e-bike. A few cool features are Cruise Control, Walk Mode and a 1000watt boost to get you off the line faster than any normal car. It comes stock running Class 2, but can easily be programmed for class 3. It is a seriously well thought out bike worthy of giving a look at, even if you don't think you'd like an e-bike.
Daishi
Juiced made a high end 1000w fat bike called the HyperFat 1000. They ran into a few snags in production and redesigned some of the parts delaying it a bit. It was one of the first bikes of its kind with those specs. I pre-ordered one and love it but they are now out of stock. Juiced essentially took what they learned building and selling the HF1000 and built the Ripcurrent S. The big tires make the ride a bit smoother and help it navigate potholes, bumps, and off road trails. I admit I'm pretty impressed with the HF1000 and the build quality and it feels like ebikes have arrived in a big way. I think the Ripcurrent S and the HF1000 use a lot of the same parts. It's super rugged and built like a tank. I'm pretty happy with mine.
stormbeta
rude.dawg - Motorcycles also require gas and more expensive maintenance than a quality e-bike, can only legally be ridden on roads with other traffic (more dangerous), and require a license + insurance. I feel far safer riding an e-bike and being able to use bike trails and bikes paths than I would on a motorcycle. And, even at lower speeds, that also means I can often take shorter routes that wouldn't be possible in a car, and parking is often easier on a bike. Plus electricity is cheaper than gas. And sure, batteries need to be replaced eventually, but that's still usually cheaper than the cost of gas. Motorcycles and mopeds are a great option for a lot of people, but they have different trade-offs than an e-bike.