Juiced RipRacer Review
E-bike brand Juiced Bikes has made a name for itself by designing e-bikes that deliver impressive performance at reasonable prices. The RipRacer is no exception.
For less than $1,500, you get a Class 3 e-bike that quickly reaches its 28 mph max speed, thanks to its powerful 750W motor that peaks at 1300W. Initially, the RipRacer was only available as a Class 2 ebike, but now you can choose between Class 2 and Class 3 models.
One of the standout characteristics of this bike is its compact design. It’s smaller than the rest of the brand’s models and can easily fit into an elevator, your apartment, or a large vehicle such as an SUV.
Our Juiced RipRacer review will examine the bike’s features and specs to see how this model stacks up to similar competition and the rest of the brand’s lineup. With this information, we hope you can decide if this is the right electric bike for you.
Juiced RipRacer Class 3 Specs:
- MSRP: $1,499
- Class: 3, 28 mph
- Motor: 750W hub motor, 80 Nm
- Battery: 811 Wh, 52V
- Charge Time: 7.5 hours
- Range: 55 miles
- Tires: 20″ x 4″
- Drivetrain: Single-speed
- Brakes: Logan hydraulic disc brakes
- Weight: 66 lb
- Payload Capacity: 275 lb
Juiced RipRacer Review: Big Power and Versatility in a Small Package
The Juiced RipRacer is a unique electric bike, a word infrequently used to describe new e-bikes. Its compact design, burly four-inch fat tires, rigid frame, and huge motor and battery mean it evades narrow classification.
As a result, it’s hard to recommend the RipRacer to a specific type of rider, as it doesn’t quite fit in the ‘commuter’ or ‘off-road’ categories. However, it is versatile and has more than enough power for most e-bikers, peaking at 1300W and achieving up to 55 miles of range.
The unusual combination of traits means there aren’t many easily comparable options. However, we think the Wing Bikes Freedom Fatty, Blix Dubbel, and Velowave Prado S are close enough in terms of spec and price ($1,300 to $2,000), despite their significant differences. Each bike has 4″ fat tires on 20″ wheels, a compact frame, and a solid range.
The Juiced RipRacer, with its distinctive compact design and powerful performance, defies traditional e-bike categorization, offering unparalleled versatility, though not without its nuances for potential commuters.
The Prado S and Dubbel have more utility, and the Freedom Fatty is lighter and more agile, but none of these options has the same exciting power and acceleration as the RipRacer.
This bike could be a good option for you if you have limited storage space at home, want a comfortable and robust bike that’s simple to maintain or need a cheap machine that can handle most terrain you encounter.
However, if you plan to use this bike for commuting, you’ll need to budget for a rack and fenders.
Juiced RipRacer E-Bike Pros and Cons
A Compact Frame With Basic Integration and Upright Geometry
Juiced bikes are known for being heavy and bulky, and although the RipRacer is the smallest of the company’s lineup, it still tips the scales at 66 lb without a rack or fenders.
The compact frame, upright geometry, and high-rise BMX handlebars give this bike quick handling and maneuverability. This results in a fun and lively ride uncharacteristic of the fat tire category. The ride position is also relaxed and upright, making it ideal for urban rides or light trails.
In contrast, the step-over Wing Freedom Fatty is slightly longer, with a longer reach and more bent-over position than the RipRacer. Impressively, the Freedom Fatty only weighs 40 lb (with the smallest battery), the lightest of our comparison bikes. The Prado S (77 lb) and Dubbel (70 lb) have longer frames designed for cargo-carrying utility.
The RipRacer from Juiced Bikes emphasizes maneuverability and an upright ride, but its design prioritizes function over aesthetic integration of electronics.
Juiced Bikes is one of the few brands that doesn’t integrate its electronics into the frame. This means bikes aren’t as aesthetically appealing, but it makes sense, given they use huge 52V batteries on each model. Integrating these batteries would require enormous tubing and cause unnecessary engineering complexity.
Finally, the low payload capacity of just 275 lb is worth mentioning. While this bike isn’t designed to carry cargo, it is rear rack compatible, so a higher capacity would be appreciated. If you want to carry cargo, the Dubbel and Prado S can support 400 lb and 330 lb, respectively.
Impressive Power and Range
The Juiced RipRacer is a 750W e-bike designed for riding at high speeds. With a motor that peaks at 1300W and a cheap cadence sensor, this bike is best for experienced riders. Fast, jerky acceleration and aggressive power output can quickly overwhelm new or inexperienced e-bikers.
The 52V system means the RipRacer quickly reaches its top speed of 28 mph. The throttle also packs plenty of punch and acceleration, getting you up to the 20mph limit in just a few seconds.
An 811 Wh battery sounds like a lot of juice and looks bulky on the frame. However, with so much power available from the high-voltage system, the battery capacity drains surprisingly quickly. On the lowest PAS levels, this bike can achieve up to 55 miles of range, which is still more than enough for most riders.
The RipRacer easily out-muscles the Wing Freedom Fatty and Blix Dubbel but has a similar sustained and peak power to the Prado S (750W, 1275W).
Impressively, the RipRacer has the highest max range, despite being the cheapest of the four.
A Minimalist Rigid Design
Where the Juiced RipRacer e-bike falls short is its basic build kit. This minimalist, low-maintenance design may appeal to some buyers, but it limits its functionality. Adding a rack and fenders to make this bike commuter-friendly will set you back $179.
Another potential drawback to this bike is the single-speed drivetrain. If you like to pedal, you should consider an e-bike with multiple speeds. Likewise, the lack of suspension will deter riders who like buttery smooth riding.
Two final inclusions worth mentioning are the bright LED lights (1050-lumen headlight) and hydraulic disc brakes, which are necessary to stop this heavy, powerful bike safely.
How fast is the Juiced RipRacer?
The Juiced RipRacer can reach 28mph using pedal assist or 20mph with the throttle alone. This max speed makes it a Class 3 e-bike. The RipRacer was previously available in a Class 2 configuration with a 20mph max speed from PAS or throttle.
What is the difference between RipRacer Class 2 and Class 3?
The differences between the Class 2 (discontinued) and Class 3 RipRacer are the motor specs, battery size, and display. The Class 3 model has 80Nm and 1300W peak power compared to 64Nm and 1030W. Additionally, it has a 15.6Ah battery instead of a 10Ah battery.
What is the range of the RipRacer?
The RipRacer Class 3 has a max range of around 55 miles from the 811Wh battery. This 52V battery allows rapid transfer of power to the motor. However, it also means that the minimum range can be much lower when using the highest assist settings.
How much does a Juiced RipRacer weigh?
A Juiced RipRacer weighs around 66lb, which is heavy for an e-bike with small wheels and no rack or fenders. This high weight is due to the large battery, wide rims and fat tires, and cheap components used to keep the price low.
What is the weight limit for the RipRacer?
The weight limit for the Juiced RipRacer e-bike is 275lb, which is lower than average for fat bikes with small wheels. Smaller wheels typically mean the bike can support higher payloads. In this case, the bike’s frame must limit the total capacity.
More Juiced Bikes Reviews:
- Juiced RipCurrent S Review
- Juiced HyperScrambler 2 Review
- Juiced Hyperscorpion Review
- Juiced Scorpion Review
- Juiced Bikes Scrambler Electric Bike Review
Our Verdict: Ride or Pass?
The Juiced RipRacer Class 3 is a compelling option in a competitive fat-tire e-bike category.
It offers huge power, solid riding range, mixed-terrain capability, and decent comfort in a compact package. In addition, it’s affordable, so it undoubtedly earns a ‘ride’ verdict from us.
That said, if you want a similar-style fat bike with better urban functionality, you’ll likely appreciate the fully-equipped Prado S or Blix Dubbel. Alternatively, if you want a more aesthetic bike and you aren’t concerned about power, consider the Wing Freedom Fatty.
All things considered, if you have a tight budget and you want a powerful bike for recreational riding around the city or on your local fire roads and gravel trails, add the RipRacer to your shortlist.