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.
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.
Prices starting at $3000.00 !!! Good gosh, that is freakin' expensive!
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.
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.
I agree SuperArgo. Back in the real world, commuters can easily buy a good 2nd hand motorcycle for $3,000.
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.
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.
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.